Mar Ivanios College since its inception under the percipient guidance of Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios in 1949 has been an institution of distinction providing quality education. The College is one of the Malankara Syrian Catholic Colleges established and administered by the Major Archdiocese of Trivandrum in accordance with the rights of the minority community guaranteed in the Constitution of India. Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios of revered memory was the first Principal of the College and Patron for 40 years. His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos, the Major Archbishop of Trivandrum is the Patron and the Manager of the College and executes the administration through the Managing Council.
The College offers Degree Courses in Economics, English, Commerce, Mass Communication &Video Production, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology and Botany & Biotechnology. There are also two Bachelor of Vocation (BVoc) programmes under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Knowledge Acquisition and Upgradation of Skilled Human Abilities and Livelihood (DDU-KAUSHAL) Kendra, in Software Development and Tourism & Hospitality Management. Post-Graduate Programmes offered include English, Malayalam with Media Studies, Commerce, Tourism & Travel Management (MTTM), Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Zoology.
In its endeavor to achieve excellence in academic pursuit, the Institution has established six Research Centres attached to the Departments of English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, and Commerce. Mar Ivanios College is the first Institution in the University of Kerala to receive accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 1999. The College was also the first to be re-assessed and re-accredited with \\\'A\\\' Grade by NAAC in 2004. In 2011 the College was re-assessed by the NAAC Peer team as part of the Third Cycle of re-accreditation process. Mar Ivanios College became the first private college affiliated to the University of Kerala to receive the status of CPE (College with Potential for Excellence) from the UGC. The College has been conferred with Autonomy status by the University of Kerala upon recommendations from UGC from 13th June 2014.
The NAAC Peer Team over the years has commended the various contributions of the College to the student community and society at large. The opportunities for student progression provided by the College are unparalleled and the support aims at comprehensive care in academic, social, vocational, ethical and spiritual spheres of life. Total quality management is evident in the functioning of the Institution. The College has contributed to the State and the Nation\\\'s leadership in almost all areas, besides uplifting a considerable body of weak sections of the population. The College has a tradition of familial fellowship and distinctive academic progress.
The Association of Mar Ivanios College Old Students (AMICOS) was formally constituted in 1990 when Late Rev. Dr. Thomas Kottarathil was the Principal. Since Then the association is functioning for the progress of the College.