History and Growth

MACFAST (Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies Tiruvalla), Kerala, India, a post graduate and research institution, was established in 2001, with  the aim of promoting professional and quality education to students with the specific objective of offering  cutting edge courses in Biosciences. With  the commencement of M. Sc Bioinformatics in 2002, MACFAST has been able to provide education in the primary areas of scientific and technological development. In the subsequent years, specialized courses in Biosciences have been introduced. Along with the addition of courses, the face of MACFAST has been transforming from a single building to multi-storeyed building, and with the construction of a separate campus  for Biosciences.The infrastructure too has been modified with the setting up of  world  class auditorium, library covering an entire floor, digital library, state-of-the-art  labs and  research facilities, wireless connectivity, food court and separate hostel for women and a 6 storeyed hostel for men

There are modern equipments in all the laboratories, gadgets worth mentioning are Silicon Graphics Lab, Retort Sterilizers, Modified Atmospheric Packaging Machine, Pulverizer, Fruit Pulpers, Automatic Filling Machines, Retort Feelers, Spectrophotometer, Laminar Air flow Device, Electronic Barrels, PCR etc.. The latest centre to be added to the campus was the Food Science Pilot Plant and Incubation Centre for developing ethnic and unique food products.

MACFAST has reached a new height of success with the establishment of the MACFAST Center for Research and Development (MCRD), a research centre approved by the M.G.University in early 2008. The MCRD offers Ph.D programmes in Biosciences and is poised to enhance student creativity and produce high quality research.

A research journal titled Journal of Science, Technology and Management (JSTM), has also been initiated in 2008. JSTM is dedicated to bring together research in these three fields from around the world and also publish original work from the MCRD.

A Community Radio was launched in November 2009. Community Radio MACFAST 90.4 believes that the emergence of a Knowledge Society is possible through focused work at the grass-root level. It realizes that transfer of Knowledge happens in both directions-from the urban society to to the rural and vice-versa.

In the month of November 2009, MACFAST started an innovative program in partnership with the well established and highly reputed McDaniel College in Maryland, USA to provide a post-graduate degree in Education which will enable successful candidates to obtain the Master of Science (M. S.) degree as well as the US teaching license from the MSDE (Maryland State Department of Education) under an accelerated and intensive course work including structured class room teaching in regular secondary schools.

P. G. Diploma in Food Science &


2002 - Introduction of M.Sc. Bioinformatics (MACFAST is the first College in Kerala to start M. Sc.Bioinformatics)

2003 - Introduction of M. Sc. Plant Biotechnology (MACFAST is the first College in Kerala to start M. Sc. Plant Biotechnology) 

2003 - Introduction of M.Sc. Food Science and Technology 

2004 - Introduction of M. Sc. Biochemistry

2005 - Introduction of M. Sc. Phytomedical Science and Technology (MACFAST is the first college in India to start M. Sc. Phytomedical Science and Technology)

2008 - Approval of the MACFAST Center for Research and Development as a research center under the M. G. University

2008 -  Journal of Science, Technology and Management (JSTM) initiated

2009 -  Launching of Radio MACFAST 90.4 FM

2009 -  The MACFAST-McDaniel Partnership Programme

2010 - Post Graduate Diploma in Food Science & Technology, IGNOU Centre, St.John's Campus


2011-  Clean and Green Tiruvalla Project

2012- 30KW Solar Project Launched

2012- Student Initiated Campus

2012- War Against Drugs Campaign Launched

2013- Bio LAB

2013- Traffic Awareness Campaign Launched

2013- Entrepreneurship Development Club

2013- MACFAST Proficiency Award

 Till now.