Education is the process through which we draw out the best from individuals so as to enable them to invest their talents and capabilities to build a better world, an ever more developed universal family of human beings, living in harmony with one another and with nature. This is a process that demands more self-esteem, mutual respect and cooperation rather than destructive criticism and mindless competition. The integral growth and fulfilment of individuals happen in the wider context of the overall development and wellbeing of humanity and the environment. This requires an optimum advancement both in humanistic and technological studies. Mar Ivanios College founded by the great visionary, Servant of God, Mar Ivanios,has been pursuing this ideal right from its inception.
The milestones in the growth of Mar Ivanios have been enviously numerous. Situated in the capital city of Kerala, in close proximity to the top Government offices, institutions and Kerala University and living in intimate relation to the general public, irrespective of caste or creed, Mar Ivanios College was adjudged the best Arts and Science College in Kerala once and at the highest grades by UGC-NAAC on three accreditations. A college which has been consistently showing Potential for Excellence, Mar Ivanios was one among the first colleges in the state of Kerala to be shortlisted for autonomy status by the Government of Kerala. The conferment of autonomous status by the UGC in 2014 fulfils the far sighted vision of the venerable founder.
Mar Ivanios College, as everyone knows, lays a lot of emphasis on the curricular and co-curricular development and value based enhancement of potential of students. Having 12 UG and 8 PG programmes, 6 Research Departments, enrolling about 2400 UG and PG students, and about 100 fulltime and part-time research scholars, home to about 170 teaching and non-teaching staff, the College has grown to its fifth year of autonomy and is learning gradually but firmly to stand on its own feet. The NIRF ranking in April 2018, placing the College in the 36th position among all the colleges in the country is another significant attainment.
The past lives in the present and the present evolves into the future. In the present era of growing materialism and consumerism, Mar Ivanios College has to go against the current and uphold its spiritual and humanistic values. ‘Truth Shall Liberate You’ is the motto of our institution. Truth leads to the genuine freedom of individuals, harmony in society and progress towards a better world. His Beatitude Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos, the Head and Father of the Malankara Syrian Catholic church remains an immense source of inspiration and support to the College. May his dream to shape Mar Ivanios College into a Deemed University with more facilities and diverse training avenues come true. I acknowledge with gratitude His Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. Samuel Mar Irenios, the former principal of the College who is a constant source of support and guidance for the College.
I would like to place on record the selfless and effective contributions of all our former principals, our staff, both former and present, our Alumni and numerous friends and well-wishers from all walks of life. May God bless each and every one for their love and service to the College. Finally I would like to entrust Mar Ivanios College to the loving providence of the Father, the God of all creations and to the maternal care and protection of blessed Mother Mary, who will surely facilitate the growth of the entire Mar Ivanios community in stature, wisdom and unity.
Dr. K.I Georgee