Mar Thoma College


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Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla
മാർത്തോമ്മാ കോളേജ്, തിരുവല്ല
Mar Thoma College Logo.png
Motto in English
Education par Excellence and Educated for the Society
Established1952; 69 years ago (1952)
AffiliationMar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar
ManagerDr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,

9°24′11″N 76°34′48″E / 9.40306°N 76.58000°E / 9.40306; 76.58000Coordinates: 9°24′11″N 76°34′48″E / 9.40306°N 76.58000°E / 9.40306; 76.58000
AffiliationsMahatma Gandhi University, UGC

Mar Thoma College is an institution of higher education located in Tiruvalla in the south Indian state of Kerala.[1] The college is affiliated with Mahatma Gandhi University and offers 12 undergraduate, 10 post-graduate, and 7 doctoral programmes.[2] The college is accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).[1]

The college ranked 92 in All India Ranking by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2019, 84th rank in 2020 and 80th rank in 2021. [1] [2] [3]

College rankings
General – India
NIRF (Colleges) (2019)[3]92
NIRF (Colleges) (2020)[4]84
NIRF (Colleges) (2021)[5]80


Mar Thoma College was founded by the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar[6] in 1952 as a junior college offering two intermediate courses. Alexander Mar Thoma was the school's founding principal. It has been affiliated with the University of Kerala since its inception. When Mahatma Gandhi University was established in 1983,[7] the college was brought under its affiliation and two years later, two of the departments of the college, English and zoology, were recognized as research centres to commence doctoral programmes. In 1998, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council extended accreditation to the college, the first college in Kerala and one of the first colleges in India to receive the NAAC accreditation.[8] The college was re-accredited with A Grade in 2005 and the central government accreditation agency retained the grading at A during its reassessment in 2012. The NAAC has extended the period of accreditation to seven years(till 2019) as the college has obtained the highest possible grades in two consecutive accreditations.

The college is a member of United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and All India Association of Christian Higher Education. It hosted the 29th Kerala Science Congress in 2017. Dr. Alexander Mar Thoma Metropolitan (Rev.MG Chandy), Padma Shri Samuel Paul( an Indian scholar, economist, former visiting professor at Harvard Business School, advisor to the World Bank and the UN Commission on Transnational Corporations), Dr. A.V Varghese, Dr. J.V. Vilanilam (both former Vice Chancellors) were among the distinguished faculty of the college.

The college campus is located in Kuttappuzha,[9] a small hamlet in Tiruvalla,[10] known for the Sreevallabha Temple, one of the oldest temples in Kerala.[11] Tiruvalla town is 2 km away and the distance to the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram and the commercial city of Kochi are 120 km[12] and 89 km respectively. The campus is near to many centres of pilgrimage such as Niranam Church, Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple and Parumala Church, besides the Sreevallabha Temple.[13]

The college is coeducational[14] and has a student strength of about 1800.[15] The administration is under a manager deputed by the Mar Thoma Syrian Church and is headed by a principal who is assisted by 80 teaching and 45 non teaching staff. It offers 12 under graduate, 10 post graduate, seven doctoral and many other non formal programmes.


The academics is sectioned into independent departments based on subjects of instruction such as English, Malayalam, Hindi, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Economics, History, Political Science, Commerce, Physical Education and Bio-Sciences (SF).[16] Non teaching programmes have a separate department handing them while non formal computer educational programmes are handled by Mar Thoma College Institute of Computer Sciences, a subsidiary functioning under the same management.


Mar Thoma College offers regular, vocational, self-financing and research programmes. It also has short term certificate programmes as add-on courses.[16]

Three year graduate degree courses (Regular)

  • Bachelor of Arts – English language and literature
  • Bachelor of Arts – Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts – Political science
  • Bachelor of Arts – History
  • Bachelor of Science – Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science – Physics
  • Bachelor of Science – Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science – Botany
  • Bachelor of Science – Zoology
  • Bachelor of Commerce – Finance and Taxation

Three year graduate degree courses (Vocational)

  • Bachelor of Science – Food Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Commerce – Computer Applications

Two year master's degree courses (Regular)

  • Master of Arts – English language and literature
  • Master of Arts – Economics
  • Master of Science – Mathematics
  • Master of Science – Physics
  • Master of Science – Chemistry
  • Master of Science – Analytical Chemistry
  • Master of Science – Botany
  • Master of Science – Zoology

Two year master's degree courses (self financing)

  • Master of Science – Microbiology
  • Master of Science – Biotechnology

Research courses

  • Doctor of Philosophy – English language and literature
  • Doctor of Philosophy – Mathematics
  • Doctor of Philosophy – Physics
  • Doctor of Philosophy – Chemistry
  • Doctor of Philosophy – Botany
  • Doctor of Philosophy – Zoology
  • Doctor of Philosophy – Economics

Add-on programmes

  • Certificate course in Communicative English
  • Certificate course in Communicative Hindi
  • Certificate course in Visual Communication
  • Certificate course in Medical Lab Technology


The college has an interdisciplinary research lab established with the help of the Department Science and Technology, Govt. of India.

Mar Thoma College Institute of Computer Sciences functioning in the campus offers post graduate diploma courses in subjects such as Computer Basics, Computer Operating Systems, Programming languages like Basic, Cobol, FoxPro, Visual Basic, RDBMS, Oracle and C++, Systems and Analysis Design and Web designing. The institute is open to students for preparation of their curricular project work.

A fully equipped Media Centre functions in the college. The college is WiFi enabled and the students have access to unlimited usage within the campus. The school has one of the best libraries which stocks over 55,000 print titles and subscribes to 88 academic journals. It operates an Online Digital Library, which has been hosted on their web site.[17] A collection of Microfiche, CD-ROMs and Cassettes are also made available to the students and teachers. A Counselling Centre is functioning in the college.

A subsidized canteen and a store for textbooks and general stationery goods are functioning. There is the Indian Bank extension counter in the college. There are two hostels,[18] for girls. A fitness club functions under the supervision of the Department of Physical Education. A Hobby Workshop has been set up with the assistance of the University Grants Commission. A number of organizations are functioning in the college to support the students and the community including:[19] Mar Thoma College Union, National Service Scheme, NCC, Subject Associations, Placement Cell, Mar Thoma Students' Association, Union of Evangelical Students of India, Parent Teacher Association, Astronomy Club, Eco Club, Brains Trust, Best Arts, Medical Club, Alcohol and Drug Information Center (ADIC), Tourism Club, Science Forum, Planning Forum, Community Extension Cell, Women's Cell, and

SC/ST Cell.

College rankings
General – India
NIRF (Colleges) (2019)[3]92

Football club

Mar Thoma College is famous for its Football teams, both men and women. The College has produced many National and State level players. C The football team is trained by the Kerala State Sports Council coaches and the Physical Directors of the College. Sports hostel facilities provided for the women players with the assistance of the Sports Council and the college management. The college conducts an intercollegiate football tournament.

The club has won the Kerala Premier League in 2015–16 season and finished runners up in 2014–15 season

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ a b "Mar Thoma College on Mingle Box". Mingle Box. 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Mahatma Gandhi University". Mahatma Gandhi University. 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Colleges)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 2019.
  4. ^ "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 (Colleges)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 11 June 2020.
  5. ^ "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2021 (Colleges)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 9 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Educational Institutions". Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church. 2015. Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  7. ^ Ameeta Gupta, Ashish Kumar (2006). Handbook of Universities, Volume 2. Atlantic Publishers. p. 472. ISBN 9788126906086.
  8. ^ "Private Colleges". Zon Kerala. 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Web India". Web India. 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  10. ^ "About Tiruvalla". 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Sreevallabha Temple". Kerala Tourism, Government of Kerala. 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Make my Trip". Make my Trip. 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Pilgrim Centres". 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  14. ^ "Kerala Colleges profile". Kerala Colleges. 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Zon Kerala profile". Zon Kerala. 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  16. ^ a b "MTC on Educrib". Educrib. 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  17. ^ "Mar Thoma College Online Digital Library". Mar Thoma College Online Digital Library. 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Hostel". 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  19. ^ "Students Conference". 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.

External links

  • "Mar Thoma College, Thiruvalla – Nostalgia". Video. YouTube. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2015.