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Admission : 06/04/2015



MBA Admission : 05/03/2015



National Science Day : 04/03/2015



National Science Day : 03/03/2015



CTMA Seminar : 20/02/2015



CTMA Seminar : 19/02/2015



CTMA Seminar : 19/02/2015



MBA Admission : 17/02/2015



CTMA Seminar : 17/02/2015



IT Fest at MACFAST College : 13/02/2015



IT Fest at MACFAST College : 13/02/2015



MBA Admission : 04/02/2015



Wanted Director : 04/02/2015



IT Fest at MACFAST College : 23/01/2015



UN Academic Impact Chapter Inauguration : 09/01/2015



Book Published : 29/12/2014



Management Fest-TANTRA : 09/12/2014



Clean campus- safe campus : 03/12/2014



Clean campus- safe campus : 03/12/2014



Clean campus- safe campus : 03/12/2014



Clean campus- safe campus : 03/12/2014



World AIDS Day Celebrated : 02/12/2014



Road Suraksha Rally : 28/11/2014



6th anniversary of mumbai terror attack : 27/11/2014



6th anniversary of mumbai terror attack : 27/11/2014



Radio MACFAST 90.4 5th Anniversary : 18/11/2014



Vanambadi Grand Finale : 17/11/2014



Vanambadi Grand Finale : 17/11/2014



Vanambadi Grand Finale : 17/11/2014



Radio MACFAST 90.4 5th Anniversary : 15/11/2014



Radio MACFAST 90.4 5th Anniversary : 14/11/2014



Radio MACFAST 90.4 5th Anniversary : 14/11/2014



Radio MACFAST 90.4 5th Anniversary : 14/11/2014



Radio MACFAST 90.4 5th Anniversary : 09/11/2014



Clean Your City Challenge : 30/10/2014



Clean Your City Challenge(Deepika) : 30/10/2014



Clean Your City Challenge(Indian Express) : 30/10/2014



Clean Your City Challenge : 30/10/2014



Few Seats Avaliable for M.Sc Courses : 28/10/2014



MCA and lateral entry batch inagurated : 17/10/2014



MCA and lateral entry batch inagurated : 17/10/2014



MCA and lateral entry batch inagurated : 17/10/2014



MCA and lateral entry batch inagurated(Manorama) : 17/10/2014



MCA and lateral entry batch inagurated(Deepika) : 16/10/2014



MCA and lateral entry batch inagurated(Mangalam) : 16/10/2014



New MCA batch inaguration : 14/10/2014



Akshara Jyothi yaathra(Deepika) : 09/10/2014



Akshara Jyothi yaathra(Manorama) : 08/10/2014



Akshara Jyothi yaathra(Manorama) : 08/10/2014



Bioscience New Batch Inauguration (manorama) : 25/09/2014



Bioscience New Batch Inauguration : 24/09/2014



Bioscience New Batch Inauguration(Deepika) : 23/09/2014



MACFAST Advertisement : 25/08/2014



Manorama : 22/08/2014



Admission(Deepika) : 20/08/2014



Manorama : 20/08/2014



Manorama : 29/05/2014



nano film(subashitham news) : 20/05/2014



MACFAS(subashitham news) : 20/05/2014



MACFAST(manorama) : 18/05/2014



MACFAST(mangalam) : 16/05/2014



MACFAST(manorama) : 15/05/2014



MACFAST(manorama) : 13/05/2014



MACFAST : 01/05/2014



MACFAST : 07/04/2014



MACFAST : 07/04/2014



LECTURE WORKSHOP ON MOLECULAR BIOLOGY(Manorama) : 29/03/2014



LECTURE WORKSHOP ON MOLECULAR BIOLOGY(Deepika) : 29/03/2014



LECTURE WORKSHOP ON MOLECULAR BIOLOGY(Manorama) : 29/03/2014



Silpasala on 28 and 29th (Manorama) : 19/03/2014



National Science Day Celebration at MACFAST(Deepika) : 01/03/2014



National Science Day Celebration at MACFAST(Manorama) : 01/03/2014



MACFAST (Manorama) : 23/02/2014



MACFAST (Manorama) : 20/02/2014



MACFAST (Manorama) : 07/02/2014



MACFAST (Hindu) : 06/02/2014



MACFAST : 29/01/2014



MACFAST (Manorama) : 02/01/2014



Advertisement(KERALAKAUMUDI) : 02/01/2014



Radio MACFAST Grand Finale(Deepika) : 17/12/2013



Radio MACFAST Grand Finale(Mangalam) : 17/12/2013



Radio MACFAST Vanampadi(Manorama) : 16/12/2013



MACFAST awards presented(The Hindu) : 14/12/2013



Radio MACFAST Award disa(Deepika) : 12/12/2013



Radio MACFAST Award disa(Mathrubhumi) : 12/12/2013



Radio MACFAST Anniversery(Manorama) : 12/12/2013



MACFAST got chakravyuh overall championship : 09/12/2013



The hindu : 09/12/2013



Silpasala at MACFAST : 06/12/2013



Silpasala at MACFAST(Manorama) : 06/12/2013



International Management Fest(Manorama) : 04/12/2013



International Management Fest(Mathrbhumi) : 04/12/2013



International Management Fest( Mangalam) : 04/12/2013



International Management Fest(Deepika) : 04/12/2013



International Management Fest(Mangalam) : 02/12/2013



International Management Fest TANTRA 2013-Dec 3rd and 4th : 30/11/2013



International Management Fest TANTRA 2013-Dec 3rd and 4th : 30/11/2013



Deepika : 23/11/2013



Manorama : 23/11/2013



Mathrbhumi : 23/11/2013



Mangalam : 22/11/2013



IRC Conference: Research on Astronomy(12th-14th Aug) : 13/08/2013



IRC Conference: Research on Astronomy(12th-14th Aug) : 11/08/2013



Dr. Shashi Tharoor - E.D.C. Inauguration (Mangalam) : 26/07/2013



Dr. Shashi Tharoor - E.D.C. Inauguration (Mangalam) : 25/07/2013



Dr. Shashi Tharoor - E.D.C. Inauguration (Manorama) : 25/07/2013



Dr. Shashi Tharoor - E.D.C. Inauguration (Deepika) : 25/07/2013



Dr. Shashi Tharoor - E.D.C. Inauguration (Mathrubhumi) : 25/07/2013



Dr. Shashi Tharoor - E.D.C. Inauguration (The Hindu) : 24/07/2013



Dr. Shashi Tharoor - E.D.C. Inauguration (Mangalam) : 24/07/2013



Radiomacfast Traffic Awareness Drive - Indian Express : 20/07/2013



Radiomacfast Road Awareness Drive - Deepika : 19/07/2013



Radiomacfast Road Awareness Drive - Malayalamanorama : 19/07/2013



Radiomacfast Road Awareness Drive - Mangalam : 19/07/2013



MBA Inauguration 2013 - Mangalam : 18/07/2013



Radiomacfast Traffic Awareness Drive - Manorama : 17/07/2013



MBA Inauguration 2013 - Deepika : 17/07/2013



Radiomacfast Traffic Awareness Drive - Mathrubhoomi : 16/07/2013



Radiomacfast Traffic Awareness Drive - Mangalam : 16/07/2013



MBA Inauguration 2013 - Mangalam : 16/07/2013



MBA Inauguration 2013 - Manorama : 16/07/2013



MBA Inauguration 2013 - Mathrubhoomi : 16/07/2013



Biospectrum 2013 Inauguration - Hindu : 12/07/2013



Biospectrum 2013 Inauguration - Deepika : 12/07/2013



Biospectrum 2013 Inauguration - Mangalam : 12/07/2013



Biospectrum 2013 Inauguration - Malayalamanorama : 12/07/2013



Biospectrum 2013 Inauguration - Indian Express : 12/07/2013



Biospectrum 2013 - Manorama : 09/07/2013



Biospectrum 2013 - Hindu : 09/07/2013



Biospectrum 2013 - Deepika : 09/07/2013



Biospectrum 2013 - Indian Express : 07/07/2013



Biospectrum 2013 - Mangalam : 06/07/2013



ICMCMM 2013 - Malayala Manorama 16-06 : 16/06/2013



ICMCMM 2013 Inauguration - Deepika 14-06 : 14/06/2013



ICMCMM 2013 Inauguration - Malayala Manorama 14-06 : 14/06/2013



Malayala Manorama - ICMCMM 2013 : 13/06/2013



Deepika - ICMCMM 2013 : 13/06/2013



The Hindu - ICMCMM 2013 : 13/06/2013



Indian Express - ICMCMM 2013 : 13/06/2013



Mangalam - ICMCMM 2013 : 13/06/2013



Bio LAB - Published in The Hindu : 29/04/2013



Bio LAB - Published in The Hindu

Smart Family - April Issue : 01/04/2013



Article Published in Smart Family - April Issue


Malayala Manormma (17-03-2013) : 17/03/2013



Malayala Manormma (17-03-2013)


Article on MACFAST - Passline Magazine (31-01-13) : 31/01/2013



Article on MACFAST - Passline Magazine (31-01-13)

Ramanujan Day Deepika News : 14/12/2012



Ramanujan Day Mangalam News : 14/12/2012



Tantra Hindu News on : 18/11/2012



Tantra MalayalaManoramma News on : 16/11/2012



Tantra Deepika News on : 16/11/2012



Director Appointment : 16/11/2012



MCA Workshop Deepika News on : 21/09/2012



Deepika News on : 14/09/2012



Deepika News on : 06/09/2012



Mathrubhumi News on Solar 1-08-2012 : 01/08/2012



Mathrubhumi News on Solar 1-08-2012

Vidyavani Deepika News on : 29/07/2012



Radio Deepika news on : 26/07/2012



Deccan Chronicles - State's 1st Solar Campus : 04/01/2012



Deccan Chronicles - State's 1st Solar Campus

Managalam -26/11/11 : 26/11/2011



Managalam -26/11/11

BS Hindu - 26/11/2011 : 26/11/2011



BS Hindu - 26/11/2011

Hindu - 26/11/2011 : 26/11/2011



Hindu - 26/11/2011

Deepika - 26/11/11 : 26/11/2011



Deepika - 26/11/11

Deepika - Advertisement 26/11/11 : 26/11/2011



Deepika - Advertisement 26/11/11

Hindu - Advertisement 26/11/11 : 26/11/2011



Hindu - Advertisement 26/11/11

Deepika - Solar Project at MACFAST : 24/11/2011



Deepika - Solar Project at MACFAST

Mangalam - Solar Project at MACFAST : 24/11/2011



Mangalam - Solar Project at MACFAST

Deepika - Solar Project at MACFAST : 24/11/2011



Deepika - Solar Project at MACFAST

Deepika: 10th Anniversary Celebrations 24_11_11 : 24/11/2011



Deepika: 10th Anniversary Celebrations 24/11/11

Mangalam: 10th Anniversary Celebrations 24_11_11 : 24/11/2011



Mangalam: 10th Anniversary Celebrations 24/11/11

Deepika: Solar Project -24_11_11 : 24/11/2011



Deepika: Solar Project -24_11_11

Manoramma : 23/11/2011



Manoramma 23/11/11

Deepika : 23/11/2011



Deepika 23/11/11

MalayalaManoramma:10th Anniversary 23-11-11 : 23/11/2011



Malayala Manoramma:10th Anniversary Celebrations 23/11/11

Deepika: 10th Anniversary Celebrations 23_11_11 : 23/11/2011



Deepika: 10th Anniversary Celebrations 23/11/11

Handbook - Malayala Manorama : 09/11/2011



Handbook - Malayala Manorama

Clean and Green City - Malayala Manorama : 04/11/2011



Clean and Green City - Malayala Manorama

Handbook - Mangalam : 19/10/2011



Handbook - Mangalam

MACFAST principal elected as Christian Self Financial Management Association V.P : 14/10/2011



MACFAST principal elected as Christian Self Financial Management Association Vice Principal

Painting Competition Deepika : 03/10/2011



Painting Competition Hindu News : 02/10/2011



Painting Competition Mangalam : 02/10/2011



MACFAST MCA 2011-14 Batch Inaugration : 24/08/2011



MACFAST MCA 2011-14 Batch Inaugration

Clean & Green City Project - Mangalam : 26/07/2011



Clean & Green City Project - Mangalam

Clean & Green City Project - Malayala Manorama : 26/07/2011



Clean & Green City Project - Malayala Manorama

Clean & Green MACFAST - Manorama : 09/07/2011



Clean & Green MACFAST - Manorama

CGC - Mangalam : 04/07/2011



CGC - Deepika : 04/07/2011



CGC - Manorama : 04/07/2011



MP launches environmental awareness programme : 04/07/2011



Excessive exploitation of natural resources has disturbed the rhythm of nature, leading to natural disasters and it is high time society make an effort for the conservation of nature, said Anto Antony, MP.

He was inaugurating a school-level awareness programme as part of the Green and Clean City project, jointly sponsored by Thiruvalla municipality and the Mar Athanaseos College For Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla, (Macfast) at Mar Thoma Residential School at Kutappuzha, near Thiruvalla, on Monday.

Indiscriminate dumping of waste at public places had been posing serious health risk even in rural Kerala and it was better to keep diseases away by maintaining a healthy environment, he added.

He said children should play a key role in making people aware of the importance of conservation.

Delivering the keynote address, Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, chairman of the Pushpagiri Medical Society, said the very mission of the project was to make Thiruvalla a model, waste-free, green, clean, and healthy city by effectively implementing a viable, cost-effective and financially sustainable waste management system with active people's participation.

What is needed is a paradigm shift in the attitude of the community from the not in my backyard' (Nimby) syndrome to an in my backyard (Imby) habit by enabling the local community to segregate and dispose of the waste at source itself, he said

Mathew Chacko, municipal vice-chairman, presided over the function. He said the Clean and Green City project was targeted at management of waste at source itself.

M.M. Mathew, school Principal, Fr Pradeep Vazhatharamalayil, Macfast Principal, Paul V.Mathew, project co-ordinator, and George Mathew, Radio Macfast director, spoke.

Mangalam : 04/06/2011



Malayala Manorama : 04/06/2011



Mathrubhumi : 04/06/2011



Deepika : 04/06/2011



Malayala Manorama dated 20-05-2011 : 20/05/2011



Malayala Manorama dated 20-05-2011

Deepika : 05/05/2011



Rev. Dr. Abraham Mulamoottil, Chairman of Pushpagiri Group of Institutions.

Mathrubhumi : 05/05/2011



Rev. Dr. Abraham Mulamoottil, Chairman of Pushpagiri Group of Institutions.

Malayala Manorama : 05/05/2011



Rev. Dr. Abraham Mulamoottil, Chairman of Pushpagiri Group of Institutions.

Mangalam : 05/05/2011



Rev. Dr. Abraham Mulamoottil, Chairman of Pushpagiri Group of Institutions.

Meet on herbal science in November : 29/03/2011



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Meet on herbal science in November

Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (Macfast), in association with Confederation for Ayurvedic Renaissance Kerala Ltd., will host an international symposium and congress on advances in herbal science and technology, Biospectrum-2011,' at the college from November 25 to 27.

In a statement here on Monday, C. Balagopalan, Resident Dean of Macfast Bio-campus, and C. Maya Subramoni, Head of Phytomedical Science and Technology Department, said the symposium would bring together scientists, technologists, medical practitioners, non-governmental organisations, educationists, traditional healers, tribal people, Ayurvedic physicians and drug manufacturers on a common platform. Those who wish to participate may call ph: (0469) 305 8010 or 9846 011235; e-mail: balagopal@macfast.org or mayasubramoni@macfast. org

Meet on herbal science in November : 29/03/2011



Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (Macfast), in association with Confederation for Ayurvedic Renaissance Kerala Ltd., will host an international symposium and congress on advances in herbal science and technology, Biospectrum-2011,' at the college from November 25 to 27.

In a statement here on Monday, C. Balagopalan, Resident Dean of Macfast Bio-campus, and C. Maya Subramoni, Head of Phytomedical Science and Technology Department, said the symposium would bring together scientists, technologists, medical practitioners, non-governmental organisations, educationists, traditional healers, tribal people, Ayurvedic physicians and drug manufacturers on a common platform. Those who wish to participate may call ph: (0469) 305 8010 or 9846 011235; e-mail: balagopal@macfast.org or mayasubramoni@macfast. org

Emulate Japanese model national spirit, development culture : 27/03/2011




Online edition of India's National Newspaper

"India is like a beehive. Millions of people are its part and particle. Proper and pragmatic utilisation of the immense man power and other resource potential is what badly needed to achieve the target of a sustainable development of the country in a time-bound manner," said Dr M.S.Valiathan, renowned cardiac surgeon and founder director of Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology.
Dr Valiathan who is also the Chairman of the Academic Council of Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies Thiruvalla (Macfast) was addressing a students meet held at the college auditorium at Thukalasserry near Thiruvalla on Sunday.
According to him, India should take Japan a role model in terms of national spirit and development. World is confident that, as in the past, the earthquake-ravaged Japan will survive and resurrect from the ongoing crisis soon like the mythical Phoenix bird. Japanese spirit implied a strong sense of pragmatism, living knowledge, ability needed in reality and spirit of national prestige, Dr Valiathan said.
He said India, with its immense growth potential, can grow like anything. A disciplined society, enterprising attitude coupled with national spirit and pride is what badly needed in the process, he said.
Dr Valiathan said "we need visionaries like C. Achutha Menon who was instrumental in instituting the prestigious Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology (SCTIMST) under a separate Science Technology Department in 1974 to carry forward our development agenda."
SCTIMST was a great step forward in pursuit of an indigenously developed health care system with the backing of science and technology.
Presiding over the meeting, Fr Abraham Mulamoottil, Macfast principal, said modern science and technology in India is heavily indebted to visionaries like Dr Valiathan who had initiated successful efforts to produce cost-effective heart valves with in the country. Chitra Heart Valve is known for its worldwide acceptance, he added.
Dr Valiathan also released a brochure of the international symposium on `Advances in herbal science and technology to be hosted by Macfast in November on the occasion.
Dr M.V.Pylee, former Vice Chancellor of CUSAT, Dr A.M.Michael, former VC of Kerala Agriculture University, Dr N.Jayasankaran, former director general of Bharatidasan University, Dr A.P.Dikshit, chairman of Sustainable Development Foundation, Dr P.K.K.Nair, director of Environment Research Centre, Dr Jacob Thomas, former chairman of Cochin Port Trust, Mr P.E.Thomas, managing director of Merchem, Kochi, Fr Mathew Mazhuvancherry, Pushpagiri Medical College Director (Research) and Fr Pradeep Vazhatharamalayil, Macfast vice-principal, addressed the college director board meet held, later.

Macfast students bag top MBA ranks : 31/01/2011




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Macfast students bag top MBA ranks

Staff Reporter


ALL SMILES:Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, Macfast Principal, Alisha Mohammed and Divya Susan Mathew who won the first and second ranks in the MBA examination conducted by Mahatama Gandhi University, and Fr. Cyriac, director of the MBA Department, on the Macfast campus; and (right) Anupama S.R who won the third rank.

PATHANAMTHITTA: Mar Athanaseus College For Advanced Studies Thiruvalla (Macfast), one among the State's first batch of private self-financing professional colleges, has bagged the top three ranks in the Master of Business Administration examination conducted by Mahatama Gandhi University in October 2010.

Alisha Mohammed, Divya Susan Mathew and Anupama S.R, three girls hailing from Central Travancore, got the first, second and third ranks, respectively, in the MBA examination taken by as many as 1,560 students from 21 MBA colleges in Ernakulam, Kottayam, Idukki, Pathanamthitta and parts of Alappuzha district.

It was all a joint effort by the students and the teaching faculty. Here at Macfast, we had the feel of a family. Fr Abraham Mulamoottil, the visionary college Principal and all our teachers were the motivating factors, say Ms. Mohammed and Ms. Mathew.

Macfast started the MBA course in 2002. Renji Zacharia of its first batch had won the second rank in the university examinations held in 2004 and Vimal Chandran of the second batch bagged the first rank in 2005. Sindhu Samuel of the third batch got the third rank in 2006 and Reshma Nair of the fourth batch secured the first rank in 2007. Mridula James and Dileep Koshy bagged the first and the second ranks, respectively, in 2008, while Indukrishna P became the topper in the 2009 MBA examinations, continuing the winning tradition ever since the introduction of the course at our college, Fr. Mulamoottil said.

Fr. K. Cyriac, director of the MBA Department, said the true purpose of education was not only imparting knowledge, but also encouraging personal empowerment of every individual with the desire of self-development.

Ms. Mohammed said she aspired to start her own company where human resources had a strategic role, providing opportunities to bring out the best in her. Ms. Mathew is pursuing her CA studies and is keen on supporting her father's business.

Ms. Anupama is undergoing a training programme

Seed Sowing - Deepika : 10/01/2011



Seed Sowing - Kaumudi : 10/01/2011



Seed Sowing - Malayala Manorama : 10/01/2011



Seed Sowing - Mangalam : 10/01/2011



Seed Sowing - Mathrubhumi : 10/01/2011



Christmas 2010 : 25/12/2010



Christmas celebrated with religious fervour in Central Travancore

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The special service held as part of the Midnight Mass at the St Johns
Metropolitan Cathedral in Thiruvalla on the Christmas eve. Photo: Leju Kamal
The Hindu The special service held as part of the Midnight Mass at the St Johns Metropolitan Cathedral in Thiruvalla on the Christmas eve. Photo: Leju Kamal

Christmas, marking the historic birth of Jesus Christ was celebrated with gaiety and religious fervour in the Central Travancore district of Pathanamthitta on Saturday.

Special services were held at various churches in this part of the State on the Christmas eve.

Believers took part in the midnight mass as well as holy eucharist early in the morning hours at various churches in different parts of the district.

Almost every Christian household in this part of the State have decorated their courtyards with a crib, `Pulkoodu' as they call it, made of dry grass, in which the images of Infant Jesus and cute dolls representing angels, shepherds, lambs, etc, are kept, besides an illuminated Christmas Tree.

The holy mass as part of Holy Christmas began at St Johns Cathedral in Thiruvalla at 9 pm on Friday.

Fr Abraham Mulamoottil, principal of Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies Thiruvalla (Macfast), was the chief celebrant.

Hundreds of faithfuls attended the midnight mass followed by the ritualistic `fire-warming held as part of the service, later, around 12 midnight.

Prayers were rented aloud, making the atmosphere surcharged with devotion. A statue of Infant Jesus was ceremoniously taken out in a procession. Priests and the faithful proceeded to the specially prepared fireplace in front of the Cathedral in devout veneration, symbolising the warming of the `baby immediately after the birth of Jesus.

Mar Gregorios award presented to T. K. A. Nair : 20/12/2010




Mar Gregorios award presented to T.K.A. Nair Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: This year's Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios Award was presented to T.K.A. Nair, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, at a function held at the Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (Macfast) auditorium at Thukalassery, near Thiruvalla, on Sunday.

Addressing the meeting, Mr. Nair said love towards fellow beings was like divine worship and practising this sublime truth was the panacea for all ills plaguing the modern world.

Inaugurating the meeting, Metropolitan Archbishop of Thiruvalla Thomas Mar Coorilos recalled the contributions of Mar Gregorios to society as a whole.

He said Mar Gregorios was a personality who always strived to make the common man's life prosperous and happy.

The Metropolitan Archbishop of Thiruvalla presented the award to Mr. Nair.

Additional Director-General of Police Alexander Jacob delivered the keynote address. Mr. Jacob said Benedict Mar Gregorios was a spiritual leader who had influenced the State's socio-cultural spheres for about five decades. Joseph M. Puthusserry, MLA; and Philipose Mar Stephanos, Auxiliary Bishop of Thiruvalla spoke.

Economic Times : 20/12/2010



Getting more out of an MBA degree : 14/12/2010



EDUCATION PLUS
FR. DR. K. CYRIAC AND SNEETHA SAJI
MACFAST Industry Interface tries to bridge the gap between management education and the specific challenges from modern business practices.
MACQUEST 2010 was designed with an aim to help students explore what is in store for them at the corporate level.
Nobody doubts the fact that the glamour attached to an MBA degree is due to the opportunities that open up before students once they get the degree in their hands. But just imparting conceptual understanding and bookish knowledge to students will not help in carving out professionals. What the corporate houses actually look for is whether these MBA holders can cope with ever demanding challenges posed by modern society.

In this scenario, Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla, has launched a MACFAST Industry Interface (MII) to bridge the perceived gap between the management education imparted today and the specific challenges from modern business practices.

Through this initiative, students at MACFAST are given an opportunity to get a feel of the real world awaiting themSynergising capabilities in diverse fields like computer science and management, MACFAST initiated the MII project at Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram a year ago.

The initiative aims to foster a long-term relationship between industry and academia. With this objective in mind, the MBA batch of 2010-12 embarked on a six-day study tour to Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram.

Called MACQUEST 2010, the programme was designed by the MBA department of the college with an aim to help students explore what is in store for them at the corporate level. During the stay in Thiruvananthapuram, interactive sessions were conducted for the students from MACFAST on the company premises by Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), UST Global, Toonz Animation, Smart Business Centre, and Technopark Technology Business incubation Centre. The Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Kerala, also offered a half-day programme to them highlighting the importance of applying IT technology and modern management techniques to agriculture and to such other areas of the Indian economy.

During the interactions the companies gave utmost importance to the holistic development of the future managers. In addition to getting an opportunity to know more about the corporate environment and work culture, the event catapulted the students' ambition to new heights. On return they embarked on several additional learning activities like weekly class quiz, business update, talent hunt and the like. Personality development training was also imparted to the students.

Designed by experts in psychology, these training sessions focused largely on confidence building, effective interpersonal communication and soft skill development worked out through psychological tests, growth labs, small group exercises and creativity games.

(The authors are director, MBA, and lecturer, respectively, at MACFAST Thiruvalla.)

MACFAST Industry Interface-Getting more out of an MBA degree : 14/12/2010



Getting more out of an MBA degree FR. DR. K. CYRIAC AND SNEETHA SAJI

MACFAST Industry Interface tries to bridge the gap between management education and the specific challenges from modern business practices.


MACQUEST 2010 was designed with an aim to help students explore what is in store for them at the corporate level.

Nobody doubts the fact that the glamour attached to an MBA degree is due to the opportunities that open up before students once they get the degree in their hands. But just imparting conceptual understanding and bookish knowledge to students will not help in carving out professionals. What the corporate houses actually look for is whether these MBA holders can cope with ever demanding challenges posed by modern society.In this scenario, Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla, has launched a MACFAST Industry Interface (MII) to bridge the perceived gap between the management education imparted today and the specific challenges from modern business practices.Through this initiative, students at MACFAST are given an opportunity to get a feel of the real world awaiting themSynergising capabilities in diverse fields like computer science and management, MACFAST initiated the MII project at Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram a year ago.The initiative aims to foster a long-term relationship between industry and academia. With this objective in mind, the MBA batch of 2010-12 embarked on a six-day study tour to Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram.Called MACQUEST 2010, the programme was designed by the MBA department of the college with an aim to help students explore what is in store for them at the corporate level. During the stay in Thiruvananthapuram, interactive sessions were conducted for the students from MACFAST on the company premises by Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), UST Global, Toonz Animation, Smart Business Centre, and Technopark Technology Business incubation Centre. The Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Kerala, also offered a half-day programme to them highlighting the importance of applying IT technology and modern management techniques to agriculture and to such other areas of the Indian economy.During the interactions the companies gave utmost importance to the holistic development of the future managers. In addition to getting an opportunity to know more about the corporate environment and work culture, the event catapulted the students' ambition to new heights. On return they embarked on several additional learning activities like weekly class quiz, business update, talent hunt and the like. Personality development training was also imparted to the students.Designed by experts in psychology, these training sessions focused largely on confidence building, effective interpersonal communic

Tantra 2010 concludes : 05/12/2010



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Management meet concludes

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Tips for success: Judith Hollows, specialist in knowledge management from the U.K., inaugurating the valedictory of the national management meet, Tantra-2010, on the Macfast campus in Thiruvalla on Saturday.

PATHANAMTHITTA: A two-day national management meet, Tantra-2010, organised by the MBA Department at Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies Thiruvalla (Macfast), came to a close on Saturday.

Inaugurating the valedictory, Judith Hollows, knowledge management expert from the United Kingdom, said India must ensure sustainable development to cement its favourable position in the global economic map.

Indian economy is growing so fast that it cab emerge as an economic superpower in the next decade. Effective management education, rooted in the philosophy of sustainable development, is needed to accelerate this growth potential, she added.

The event was inaugurated on Friday. Delivering the keynote address on the occasion, Salil Pillai of IBM India Private Limited, Bangalore, said that India was witnessing a second phase of Information Technology boom. Mr. Pillai said IT had to play a key role in the sustainable development of the country.

Fr. Abraham Mulamootil, Macfast Principal, presided the valedictory. The meet had an assortment of management games, speeches by experts and academics, besides cultural programmes by students. Winners in the management games, quiz and various other contests were given away prizes on the occasion.

Winners in various contests are Best Manager' contest: Bina Mary, Rajagiri College of Management, Ernakulam; Finance game: Rajagiri College, Ernakulam; HR game: College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram; Marketing game: CET, Thiruvanathapuram; Business quiz: MSN College, Kollam; Corporate Show: SJCET, Pala.

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Management meet begins today

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PATHANAMTHITTA: The Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (Macfast) will be hosting a national management meet, Tantra-2010, at the college auditorium at Thukalasserry near Thiruvalla on December 3 and 4.

In a statement issued here on Monday, Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, college Principal, said Tantra-2010 was aimed at polishing the event management skills and the organising capacity of the students.

Fr. Mulamoottil said as many as 4,000 students from more than 40 colleges in different parts of the country were expected to participate in the two-day event.

The event would be an assortment of management games, speeches by management experts and academicians. A cultural evening on December 4.

Saleel Pillai, leader at the IBM Centre of Competency, Bangalore, would inaugurate the event at 9.30 a.m. on Friday.

Radio Macfast setting a role model : 01/11/2010



Radio Macfast setting a role model; first anniversary of CRS tomorrow

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`V FOR VICTORY AND ALL SMILES: The jolly band of Radio Macfast team at the Macfast campus in Thiruvalla on Saturday.  Photo: Leju Kamal
The Hindu `V FOR VICTORY AND ALL SMILES: The jolly band of Radio Macfast team at the Macfast campus in Thiruvalla on Saturday. Photo: Leju Kamal

Its anniversary time for States first campus-based Community Radio Station (CRS), `Radio Macfast-90.4.

Setting itself a role model to the rest of the higher education centres in the State, Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (Macfast) and its visionary principal, Fr Abraham Mulamoottil, launched a novel CRS on the previous Kerala Formation Day on November 1, 2009. The first anniversary celebrations of Radio Macfast will be held at the college auditorium at Thukalasserry near Thiruvalla on Monday.

Radio Macfast has proved its merit in transmitting the philosophy of love, brotherhood and sharing to the local social psyche of Central Travancore during the past one year. The shooting popularity graph of this community radio station in this Central Travancore belt spread across Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Kottayam district is a testimony to this bare truth.

Our mission is to exploit the potential of CRS in the socio-economic development of the region by effectively utilising the youth power with the help of modern technology, said the visionary Macfast principal, Fr Abraham Mulamoottil who is also the chairman of Radio Macfast and Fr Pradeep Vazhatharamalayil, Manager.

The CRS has made many fruitful attempts to tap the human resource potential of this highly literate region, making the radio a peoples channel of interaction and sharing.

George Mathew, station director, says the social networking programmes aired by Radio Macfast have been receiving immense public response and participation. Programmes on healthcare, environment conservation, heritage, `successline, farming, youth power, womens world, kids time, literature, moral talks, legal awareness and a series of socially relevant entertainment programmes were proved to be big hits both in the rural and urban belt, he said.

``We are very particular that every programme aired on Radio Macfast should be rooted in the spirit of sharing and our well-knit team, comprising professionals as well as students, have succeeded in making it a partner friend of the local populace, says Fr Mulamoottil.

Radio Macfast focuses on low cost and low return pattern of operation, aimed at educating and entertaining the people using their own idioms and language, he adds.

Students at Macfast as well as the nearby educational institutions were getting a chance to fine tune their talents through this campus-centred radio station.

True to its punchline, ``Naattukarku koottayi, Radio Macfast-90.4, the CRS has become a

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Tuned to success:The Radio Macfast team on the Macfast campus in Thiruvalla.

PATHANAMTHITTA: The State's first campus-based community radio station, Radio Macfast-90.4, launched by the Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (Macfast), will celebrate its first anniversary on Monday.

The celebrations will be held at the college auditorium at Thukalasserry, near Thiruvalla, on Monday.

Radio Macfast has gained popularity in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Kottayam districts.

The mission is to exploit the potential of community radio in the socio-economic development of the region by effectively utilising youth power with the help of modern technology, said Principal Abraham Mulamoottil, who is the chairman of Radio Macfast, and Pradeep Vazhatharamalayil, manager.

The service has made many fruitful attempts to tap the human resource potential of this highly literate region, making the radio a people's channel of interaction and sharing, they said.

George Mathew, station director, said the social networking programmes aired by Radio Macfast had been receiving good public response and participation.

Programmes on health care, environment conservation, heritage, successline, farming, youth power, women's world, children's time, literature, moral talks, legal awareness and socially relevant entertainment programmes had proved to be hits both in rural and urban areas. We are very particular that every programme aired on Radio Macfast should be rooted in the spirit of sharing and our well-knit team, comprising professionals as well as students, have succeeded in making it a partner friend of the local populace, Fr. Mulamoottil said. The service focusses on a low-cost and low-return pattern of operation, aimed at educating and entertaining the people in their own language, he added.

The students at Macfast and nearby educational institutions get a chance to fine-tune their talents through the radio station.

Algal Conference : 06/08/2010




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For More studies:Maya Subramoni, scientist, demonstrating different types of algae at the Algae Museum opened at Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies Thiruvalla on Thursday.

PATHANAMTHITTA: A three-day national symposium on recent trends in algal biotechnology' organised by the Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies Thiruvalla (Macfast) came to a close on Thursday. Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, Principal, presided the valedictory function.

Maya Subramoni, scientist and head of the Centre for Algal Biotechnology at Macfast, said the symposium stressed the need for more research in the new branches of traditional medicine such as Ethanopharmacology, Reverse pharmacology, System biology and Metabolomics to evaluate and fully utilise the therapeutic efficacy of traditional drugs.

Medicinal properties of seaweeds like as anti-HIV effects, anti-tumour activity, potential contraceptive effects were reported at the symposium, stressing the importance of evaluating different varieties of seaweeds to identify the active components and synergetics in traditional medicine to make the formulation simple and cost effective, Dr. Subramoni said.

She said Chlorococcum, a fresh water alga, is a good source of the antioxidant -carotene, which is found to inhibit tumour growth induced by Benzopyrene. More work was needed to identify the components responsible for anti-tumour effects. The various neutraceutical components in different algal sources should be identified and documented.

In India, no agency had come forward with algal standard materials and hence this area of study should be initiated and strengthened, she added.

An Algae Museum was also opened at Macfast Bio-campus as part of the symposium on Thursday.

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PATHANAMTHITTA: The Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies Thiruvalla (Macfast) will host a three-day national symposium on algal biotechnology from Tuesday.

In a statement here on Monday, Maya Subramoni, scientist and head of the Centre for Algal Biotechnology at Macfast, said the symposium would discuss the recent trends in algal biotechnology. It would bring together academics, scientists, scholars and researchers and provide them an opportunity to check out directions for future work in the field, Dr. Subramoni said.

The symposium would discuss algal biofuel, algal nanotechnology, algae as source of food, feed and nutraceutical, value-added products from algae, algae in ethnopharmacology, bio-prospecting of marine algae, algae as source of pigments, seaweed farming, recent trends in algal taxonomy, algae in industry and agriculture and see weed tissue culture.

P. Pushpangadan, director of the Krishnamurthy Institute of Algology, Chennai, will inaugurate the symposium on Tuesday forenoon. Cherian Ramanalil Corepiscopa of Malankara Orthodox Church will preside over the inaugural function.

Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, Macfast Principal, and C. Balagopalan, Resident Dean of Macfast Bio-Science Campus, will also address the meeting.

V. Krishnamurthy from Chennai, C.S.P. Iyer, IITMK, Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram; S. Shanmughasundaram of Madurai Kamaraj University and R. Rangasamy, director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Botany in Chennai would be among the invited speakers at the symposium.


International Conference on Mathematical Computing and Management, ICMCM-2010 : 18/06/2010




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Recounting India's history of maths

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Global meet on mathematics, management and computer science begins.




Scientific tradition: Rajan Gurukkal, Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, inaugurating an international conference, ICMCM-2010', at Mar Athanaseus College For Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla on Thursday.

PATHANAMTHITTA: India has a rich tradition in astronomical calculations and experts of the yore used to predict the exact timing of solar and lunar eclipses, Rajan Gurukkal, Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, has said.

Dr. Gurukkal was inaugurating the International Conference on Mathematical Computing and Management, ICMCM-2010, at the Mar Athanaseus College For Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (Macfast) on Thursday.

Kerala too had a rich tradition of mathematics. Proofs for the sine' and cosine' series of calculus, credited to Newton and Leibniz, were given here more than 300 years before them. However, Dr. Gurukkal said there was no point in boasting about our rich heritage unless that inspires the young generation.

The Vice-Chancellor also lauded the initiative taken by the organisers of ICMCM-2010 in selecting a topic of multi-disciplinary nature. The three-day conference is being organised by the Department of Computer Science at Macfast and Department of Management Science at Victoria University in Australia with academic support from Computer Society of India, Thiruvananthapuram chapter and Kerala Mathematical Association.

Presiding over the inaugural function, Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, Macfast Principal, said the event would focus on the relationship between Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science and Management Science.

T. Thrivikraman, Academic Advisor, Kerala Mathematical Association, K. Mathew, MGU Syndicate member, Krishnankutty, head of the department of Information Technology at Government Engineering College, Barton Hill, P.K. Abraham, Macfast director and M.S.Samuel, director, MCA Department, spoke.

S.K. Joag from St John's University, New York and Sundarapandyan from Vel Tech University, Chennai, addressed the afternoon session. The conference will come to a close on Saturday.

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Global meet to link maths, management, computers Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: Mar Athanaseus College For Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla, (Macfast) will organise an International Conference on Mathematical Computing and Management, ICMCM-2010, in association with the Victoria University, Australia, at the college auditorium at Thukalasserry near Thiruvalla from June 17 to 19. In a statement on Thursday, college Principal Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil said the multidisciplinary conference would focus on the inter-relationship between Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science and Management Science.

Fr. Mulamoottil said there would be talks by scholars in these three fields with the focal theme being applications of theory and their implementation.'

A session on demonstration of working models, which could be utilised in various industries, would be another attraction at the three-day event.

Papers can be presented

Details are available on the website (www.macfast.org/icmcm). Those who wish to present papers may send the abstracts and full papers to experts in the following address:

Mathematical sciences and applications: Prof T.Thrivikraman, Academic Advisor, Kerala Mathematical Association, Thekkedathu Mana, Perole-Palakkattu Link Road, Nileswar, Kasaragod-671314 (email:thekkedathumana

@gmail.com).

Management science: Prof. Bernadine Var Gramberg, Chair, Education and Research Board, Victoria University, P.O.Box 14428, Melbourne MCMC, Victoria 8001, Australia (email: vangramberg@vuedu.au).

Computer science and applications: Prof. M.Ramachandra Kaimal, Dean, School of Computer Science, Amrita Viswa Vidyapeetom, Kollam- 690525 (email: mrkaimal@yahoo.com).

Papers will be selected on the basis of originality, relevance to the conference and quality of presentation, Fr. Mulamootil said. M.S. Samuel, director, Department of Computer Applications at Macfast may be contacted at 9447456938 for registration and details, he added.

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Eco seminar held

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PATHANAMTHITTA: Waste, if properly managed, can be wealth, according to Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, principal, Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies Thiruvalla (MACFAST).

Fr. Mulamoottil was addressing a seminar on Environmental awareness and waste disposal, organised jointly by MACFAST and the Thiruvalla municipality, at the municipal stadium in Thiruvalla on Tuesday.

He said proper management of waste at its source was the best way to tackle the problem. Presiding over the seminar, municipal chairman Cherian Polachirackal stressed the need for making the people aware of their social responsibility to desist from polluting their surroundings by dumping wastes. He said the municipality would soon launch a public awareness campaign in association with MACFAST and various social organisations in the region in an effort to resolve the issue of waste disposal in and around Thiruvalla. Jose Philipose, attached to the Bodhana Social Service Society; Sasidharan Nair, environmentalist; Varkey Mathew from Kottayam; and Pampa Parirakshana Samiti general secretary N.K. Sukumaran Nair also spoke. Anto Antony, MP, inaugurated the seminar.

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Eco awareness exhibition begins

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PATHANAMTHITTA: The Thiruvalla municipality and Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST) are organising an exhibition on solid waste management techniques at the municipal grounds in Thiruvalla.

Inaugurating the exhibition on Monday, Anto Antony, MP, said people should bear it in mind that sanitation and waste management should begin from their home and its surroundings.

Delivering the keynote address, Mathew T. Thomas, MLA, said he would release Rs.18 lakh from his local area development fund for implementing waste disposal schemes in various wards in Thiruvalla.

Cherian Polachirackal, municipal chairman, presided over the inaugural function. Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, MACFAST Principal, and C. Balagopalan, resident dean, MACFAST bio-campus, also spoke. Seminars on different topics related to waste management will be held on Tuesday.

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MACFAST Industry Interface launched

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Integrate industry with academia, says M.S. Valiathan

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Industry Interface programme of Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST) was inaugurated by Aswathi Tirunal Gouri Lakshmi Bayi, member of the royal family of erstwhile Travancore, at Technopark here on Monday.

Inaugurating the programme, Ms. Gouri Lakshmi Bayi asked the students of MACFAST to uphold the traditions and legacies of India wherever they went. While you search the unseen horizons, I will request you not to forget your traditions, heritage and legacies. So wherever you go, whatever you do, remember you go as ambassadors of India, she said.

The former director of Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology M.S. Valiathan said the Industry Interface and entrepreneurship development programme of MACFAST was a big step in integrating industry with academia.

There is generally a complete disconnect between the academia and the industry in India. In this kind of unpromising context, the Industry Interface is a big step. Integrating industry-based training with the academic curriculum will make the students more competent in the job market by the end of their course, he said.

Chhattisgarh State Planning Board Deputy Chairman D.N. Tewari, who delivered the keynote address, said visionary initiatives by institutions such as MACFAST would help India cater to the huge challenges posed by globalisation.

Youngest nation

By 2020, India will become the youngest nation in the world with 70 percent of its population being below the age of 35. According to the United Nations, the world will need 46 million skilled persons every year from 2020. So the whole world is looking at India with hope. It is in this context that visionary institutions like MACFAST play a significant role by imparting knowledge that promotes production and furthers right action, he said.

Archbishop Stephen Thottathil also spoke. MACFAST Principal Abraham Mulamoottil delivered the welcome address, while director P.K. Abraham presented the vote of thanks.

Archbishop of Thiruvalla Thomas Mar Koorilos and the former Cochin University of Science and Technology vice-chancellor M.V. Pylee were present at the function. The Industry Interface initiative was aimed at offering collaborative learning opportunities for students with multinational companies. Geojit BNP Paribas, Faith InfoTech and LogicManse are some of the companies collaborating with the programme.

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Cleanliness campaign in Thiruvalla

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Municipality and MACFAST to launch Clean City, Green City project soon


Breeding ground: A view of the solid waste dumping yard of Thiruvalla municipality in the wetlands adjoining the Chairmans Road in Thiruvalla.

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Thiruvalla municipality and the Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST) have decided to launch a Clean City, Green City project in Thiruvalla.

Talking to The Hindu here on Saturday, Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, MACFAST Principal, and Cherian Polachirackal, municipal chairman, said the project aimed at disposal of waste at source.

A meeting of representatives of various socio-environmental organisations and experts in the field of waste management was held on the MACFAST campus on Saturday to discuss the programme.

Addressing the meeting, Mr. Polachirackal stressed the need for making the public aware of keeping the surroundings clean and hygienic by adopting their own methods of waste disposal. He said people should dispose of the waste at their house, institution or business establishment in an eco-friendly manner.

What was needed was a change in the mindset of the people. Instead of blaming the civic body alone for the sorry state of waste management, people should take it as their collective responsibility to tackle the littering of public places, he said.

Fr. Mulamoottil said the idea behind the project was to ensure active cooperation and participation of the people in waste management. It was a fact that the municipality had been facing hurdles in finding a waste dumping yard and setting up a solid waste disposal plant in its jurisdiction owing to public protests. The common man was not willing to take the civic body into confidence as it had miserably failed to ensure proper functioning of existing waste disposal schemes such as the one attached to the municipal slaughterhouse at Thukalasserry, Fr. Mulamoottil said.

Experts who attended at the meeting said disposal of the waste at source was most suitable for a thickly populated place such as Thiruvalla.

Mr. Polachirackal said the civic body would seek the cooperation of various socio-environmental groups for effective implementation of the project through public awareness campaigns.

Seminar

MACFAST and the municipality would organise a three-day seminar and exhibition at the municipal stadium in Thiruvalla as part of the project.

Small and medium size waste disposal units, developed by various non-governmental organisations and companies, that suit the needs of homes, residential apartments, business establishments and others would be displayed at the exhibition, Mr. Polachirackal said.

K.R. Prathapachandra Varma, Bharatiya Janata Party district president; C. Balagopalan, Resident Dean of MACFAST bio-campus; and K.P. Philipose of the Bodhana Social Service Society; spoke.

MACFAST to launch clean city project in Thiruvalla : 30/01/2010



A view of the solid waste dumping yard of Thiruvalla municipality in the wetlands adjoining the Chairmans Road in Thiruvalla town.

Thiruvalla Municipality and Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies Thiruvalla (MACFAST) has decided to jointly launch a Clean City, Green City project in Thiruvalla.

Talking to The Hindu here on Saturday, Fr Abraham Mulamoottil, MACFAST principal, and Cherian Polachirackal, municipal chairman, said the proposed project aimed at the disposal of waste at its source.

A meeting of representatives of various socio-environmental organisations and experts in the field of waste management was held at MACFAST campus on Saturday to discuss the programme.

Addressing the meeting, the municipal chairman stressed the need for making the public properly aware of the grave need to keep their surroundings clean and hygienic by adopting their own methods of waste disposal.

Mr. Polachirackal said people should make it their responsibility to dispose the waste in their house, institution or business establishment in an eco-friendly manner.

What is needed is a change in the mindset of the people. Instead of blaming the civic body alone for the sorry state of waste management, people should make it their collective responsibility to tackle the pollution menace due to indiscriminate littering of waste at public places, he added.

Fr Mulamoottil said the idea behind the proposed Clean City Green City Project is to ensure active co-operation and participation of the people in the waste management scheme.

It is also a fact that the municipality has been facing hurdles of various sorts in finding a waste dumping yard and setting up a solid disposal plant in its jurisdiction owing to public protest against the same. It is also a fact that the common man is not at all willing to take the civic body into confidence as it had failed miserably to ensure the proper functioning of various existing waste disposal scheme like the one attached to the municipal slaughter house at Thukalasserry, said Fr Mulamoottil.

Many experts at the meeting felt that disposal of waste at its source was best suited for a thickly populated place like Thiruvalla.

Mr. Polachirackal said the civic body would seek co-operation of various socio-environmental groups in Thiruvalla for the effective implementation of the project through public awareness campaigns.

MACFAST and municipality would jointly organise a three-day seminar and exhibition at the municipal stadium in Thiruvalla as part of the project.

Small and medium size waste disposal units developed by various non-governmental organisations and companies that suit the needs of homes, residential apartments and business establishments would be displayed at the exhibition, Mr. Polachirackal said.

K.R. Prathapachandra Varma, BJP district president, Dr. C. Balagopalan, Resident Dean of MACFAST Bio-campus and K.P. Philipose of Bodhana Social Service Society also spoke.

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A novel initiative in self-financing sector

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MACFAST, in its effort to make education free for all its students, will elevate itself from the self-financing mode to the self-sustaining one.



Pioneering venture: Fr Abraham Mulamoottil at the Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla.

In an effort to make itself a role model in the field of higher education, Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies (MACFAST), Thiruvalla, State's first private self-financing college, is planning to make education free for all its students from the next academic year.

Our idea is to elevate the college from the self-financing mode to a self-sustaining one, making the otherwise expensive advance studies absolutely free for all students here, says the college principal, Fr Abraham Mulamoottil.

Talking to The Hindu-EducationPlus, Fr Mulamoottil said MACFAST has chalked out certain innovative programmes that include the proposed academy-industry interface', corporate badging' and corporate scholar' as part of the project.

He said the idea is to implement the programme in a phased manner. As a pilot project, students who are willing to work at various campus enterprises at MACFAST will be selected for the master of computer applications (MCA) course from the next academic year. The programme would be extended to various other postgraduate courses, including MBA, food science and technology, bio-technology and bio-Informatics in the subsequent years, he added.Students need not pay any tuition fee provided they are ready to work at various campus enterprises which would help them to fine-tune their skills. The mode of studies would also be redesigned taking into account the professional aptitude and calibre of the students and in consultation with various corporate bodies that have shown keen interest in the proposed programme.

MACFAST with accreditation from AICTE and affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University offers MCA and MBA courses as well as PG programmes in biosciences and food technology.

In order to impart training for students and to improve the academia-industry interaction, MACFAST is planning to launch a series of joint ventures in association with certain companies at Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram, Geojit BNP Paribas, Geojit Technologies and Geneseek Inc in the U.S., he said. According to Fr Mulamoottil, the industry is turning to colleges to fulfil their recruitment needs. However, a recent Nasscom survey indicates that 90 per cent of the Indian graduates are unemployable by IT/ ITeS companies. The MACFAST approach to address this problem is to provide facility for an academy-industry interface at the college itself, he adds.

Fr Mulamoottil said MACFAST has been working for a constructive academy-industry interface aimed at filling the gaps in the academic curriculum with the real industry requirements, besides focussing on the employability of students.

Dr. Abe Oommen, CEO of Geneseek Inc, had a meeting with the MACFAST bioscience faculty and the students recently. It was stressed at the meeting that the proposed academy-industry interface could help improve the quality of higher education system in the State. The proposed programme would facilitate setting up of a world-class training and research centre for bioscience students, creating a new trend of academy-industry collaboration, creating new avenues of jobs and setting up of an accredited centre for molecular diagnostics in Thiruvalla which, in the long run, will be upgraded to the level of a personalised genome sequencing centre, Fr Mulamoottil said .

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Dr.Sunny Luke and Dr Thomas Matthews of Genesys Inc., New Jersey, in the U.S. have also proposed a collaborative venture with MACFAST. Their proposal involves setting up of a fully operational cytogenetic laboratory in Thiruvalla, centre for chromosome analysis and molecular testing of bone marrow and tissue biopsy aimed at training graduate students with guaranteed placements, he said.

Corporate badging

Fr Mulamoottil said MACFAST will also introduce a corporate badging' scheme which could identify talented students with the right kind of aptitude, interest and passion that suit well to the requirements of the industry.

Under corporate badging', students will be given opportunity to opt their companies and these companies will provide them with a corporate badge'. Students who are badged will feel that they have become the integral part of the company and the company in turn will give them live projects and internships. The company will also closely monitor their academic performance and calibre before offering them placement.

A collaborative venture with Geojit BNP Paribas and Geojit Technologies is another MACFAST project which would provide opportunity for the students to associate themselves with these companies and stock exchanges across the world, Fr Mulamoottil said.

Incubation facility

Fr Mulamoottil says the start-up incubation facility will foster an entrepreneurship culture on the campus. It facilitates a lower cost structure in terms of infrastructure and labour costs. Campus hires are able to earn on campus while getting an industry perspective from within the campus, he said. MACFAST obtained accreditation from AICTE and is affiliated to the Mahatma Gandhi University offering MCA and MBA courses apart from other PG programmes in biosciences.

MACFAST has set up a plant tissue culture kiosk a year ago and has launched the State's first on-campus radio, Radio MACFAST-90.4, two months ago.

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MACFAST training programme in information technology and management

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PATHANAMTHITTA: The department of computer applications at the Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla, (MACFAST) will organise an advanced-level intensive training programme in information technology and management at Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram, from January 28 to February 12.

In a statement here on Saturday, M.S. Samuel, director of the MCA department at MACFAST, said the 16-day training programme was aimed at MCA faculty at various educational institutions approved by the All-India Council for Technical Education in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Dr. Samuel said the programme would be held at the MACFAST Centre for Industrial Interface Private Limited at Technopark, bridging the gap between academic studies and the IT industrial needs in its entirety.

According to him, the main objective of the programme is to develop both theoretical and practical skills in advanced level areas of computer science and to inculcate a research culture in faculty members for professional competence. Advanced-level topics of data mining, data base management systems and design and analysis algorithms will be covered under the proposed training programme. MCA degree holders with a first class and not less than five years of teaching experience can participate. Further details can be obtained from at Ph: 9447456938, E-mail: sdp@macfast.org.

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Potential for India in space science: scientist

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PATHANAMTHITTA: India has a bright future in developing space science technology. The lunar mission, Chandrayan-I, is testimony to this, said Shyam Bhaskaran, scientist with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Dr. Bhaskaran, who had associated with the Indian Space Research Organisation in Bangalore in Indias maiden moon mission, spoke to The Hindu on Wednesday during a visit to Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies (MACFAST) at Thukalasserry, near Thiruvalla.

He said the landmark achievement of Chandrayan-I was its successful discovery of water molecules in the polar regions of the moon. The credit for this discovery goes to the ISRO-NASA joint venture. I personally feel the ISRO-NASA collaboration should continue in the proposed Chandrayan-II mission too. I will be happy to work for the cause, he added.

Dr. Bhaskaran is the supervisor of NASAs Outer Planets Navigation Group at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He began his career as an orbit determination specialist on the Galileo Mission. He was a member of the navigation team for several missions, including Deep Space-I and Mars Odyssey, and the navigation lead for the European Mars Express and JPLs MRO missions. He was one of the principal architects of NASAs autonomous navigation system used on Deep Space-I and is currently a navigator and member of the imaging science team for the STARDUST mission. He said India should be proud of the indigenously developed PSLV.

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NASA scientist sees bright future for Indias space programme

Radhakrishnan Kuttoor
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``The future of Space Science in India is bright and Indias successful lunar Mission, Chandrayan-I, is a testimony to this bare truth, says Shyam Bhaskaran, scientist attached to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Dr. Bhaskaran who had worked closely with Indian Space Research Organisation in Bangalore in Indias maiden Moon Mission was talking to The Hindu during his visit to Mar Athanasios College For AdvancedStudies Thiruvalla (MACFAST) at Thukalasserry near Thiruvalla on Wednesday.

The landmark achievement of Chandrayan-I was its successful discovery of water molecules in polar regions of the moon. This has been accredited as an important discovery and the whole credit goes to the ISRO-NASA joint venture, said Dr. Bhaskaran.

``I personally feel that the ISRO-NASA collaboration should continue in the proposed Chandrayaan-II mission too and I will be happy to work for the cause, if my organisation takes a decision to that effect,he added.

Born in Mumbai, Dr. Bhaskaran is the supervisor of NASAs Outer Planets Navigation Group at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He started his career as an orbit determination specialist on the Malileo Mission and since then, he had served as a member of the navigation team for several missions, including Deep Space-I and Mars Odyssey and as the navigation lead for the European Mars Express and JPLs MRO missions.

He was one of the principal architects of NASAs autonomous navigation system used on Deep Space-I and is currently a navigator and member of the imaging science team for the STARDUST mission.

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Former President, A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, too appreciated this 48-year old NASA scientist of Indian origin in the Indian Parliament for his achievement as the team leader of the Deep Impact-I Mission that hadsuccessfully smashed into the comet Tempel-I in July, 2005.

Dr Shyam says the crushing of the comet attains much significance by becoming an important milestone to develop standardised techniques for combating asteroids which may hit the earth in future.

According to him, the primary goal was to peer beneath the surface of a comet, revealing freshly exposed material for clues to the early formation of the solar system. He said NASA is on an extended missionto image comet Hartley-II on November 4, 2010.

He says India should be proud of the indigenously developed Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle and its successful lunar mission.

Dr. Bhaskaran says India is sure to witness a big drive in the overall development of the country by giving thrust on the development of Space Science and Technology. Development of Space Science and

Technology will further prove as an inspiration for the youth in the modern age of science and reasoning, he adds.

Dr. Shyam has also made a presentation for the students on `47 Years of space exploration at the MACFAST auditorium, later. Fr Abraham Mulamoottil, college principal and Dr Balagopalan, resident dean of Bio-Campus, also spoke.

MACFAST-Mc Daniel Education Partnership : 08/12/2009



Setting up a knowledge highway'

RADHAKRISHNAN KUTTOOR

About an innovative educational partnership between Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies and McDaniel College in Maryland, U.S.



INTER-ACTIVE SESSION: Dr. Lynn McClintock and Fr Abraham Mulamoottil with four candidates selected for the MACFAST-McDaniel educational partnership programme.

"This is nothing but the dawn of a new era in the Indo-U.S. educational partnership with active private participation,'' says Fr Abraham Mulamoottil, principal of Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla, (MACFAST) who is the brain behind the innovative educational partnership programme launched by MACFAST and McDaniel College in Maryland near Washington DC.

The MACFAST-McDaniel partnership offers opportunity to qualified science and mathematics graduates aspiring for teaching profession in the United States to pursue their higher studies there and get suitable placements there at the various U.S. public schools.

The very mission of our partnership programme is establishing a new `knowledge highway' linking the Central Travancore town of Thiruvalla with Maryland in the U.S., thereby throwing the doors open into the world of opportunities abroad for the State's unemployed educated youths, says Fr Mulamoottil.

It is officially known that the U.S. has severe shortage of qualified school teachers in mathematics and science subjects. Last year, there

were 350 unfilled teaching positions at various public schools in the State of Maryland alone and the partnership programme is aimed at

effectively tapping this employment opportunity in favour of the scores of well qualified youths in India, he said.

Fr Mulamoottil said a total of 25 candidates in the age group of 20-40 years with ability to communicate and positively interact with young children would be selected for the first batch. The selected students will have to undergo a three-month resident preparatory course at MACFAST Santhinilayam campus. Dr Lynn McClintock, a post-graduate teacher from McDaniel College, is now in Thiruvalla to teach them the language skills, American accent and way of life. Four candidates have joined the training programme that has already started at MACFAST Santhinilayam campus in Thiruvalla. Talking to The Hindu, Dr. Lynn said the selected students will have to undergo a one-year post-graduate degree course in education at McDaniel College which will enable the successful candidates to obtain the Master of Science (MS) degree as well as the U.S. teaching license from Maryland State Department of education under an accelerated and intensive course, including structured class room teaching in regular secondary schools.

With this, they can work at any public school in the U.S., she adds. "It is true that the U.S. is facing shortage of school teachers in mathematics and science subjects. President Barak Obama has set apart $ 5 billion to improve the quality of science and mathematics teaching at school-level, besides making financial resources available to the school system on a competitive basis,'' Dr Lynn said.

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Dr. Lynn said Indians have proved themselves excellent teachers in the U.S. as well as various other parts of the globe. America would only be happy to accept more Indians as teachers and the MACFAST-McDaniel venture has opened a new chapter in the Indo-US educational partnership, she added.

The McDaniel College offers 12-month accelerated graduate programme for selected students from India, based on its BEST (Better Educators for Students of Tomorrow) programme, emphasising on areas such as mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. Successful participants will receive the MS degree along with MSDE (Maryland State Department Education Certification in their respective areas of concentration, which in turn make the license holders eligible to teach in Higher Secondary Schools in Maryland (Grade 712) and 30 other States in the U.S.

Employment

McDaniel and MACFAST will act only as facilitators for employment and not participate in the actual job offers. MACFAST selects well-qualified graduates in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology, preferably those with Masters or those who have obtained high marks at degree-level. Candidates with teaching experience will be given due consideration.

Those with B.Tech. or post-graduation in science subjects and mathematics will also beconsidered, says Fr Mulamoottil. The estimated total cost of the programme is approximately Rs.15 lakh, including the tuition fee, food and accommodation, says Pradeep Vazhatharamalayil, college manager. The college will also arrange education loans from banks, if needed, Fr Pradeep said. Candidates may apply with supporting documents showing their educational qualification and job experience, if any, to Coordinator, MACFAST-McDaniel Partnership Programme, MACFAST Campus, Thiruvalla, Kerala- 689 101 .

THE BALTIMORE SUN -MACFAST-McDANIEL : 01/12/2009



McDaniel to educate aspiring teachers from India

Math, science graduates would take version of education course

December 1, 2009

A new McDaniel College partnership aims to give aspiring teachers in India a chance to earn a master's in education, as well as their teaching certification, on the Westminster campus.

The partnership, with Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies in Kerala, India, would bring people who already have degrees in math or the sciences - and an interest in teaching - to McDaniel for "an accelerated and intensive" one-year version of its graduate education program, said Henry Reiff, dean of graduate and professional studies.

"We certainly have a lot of confidence that there is a real interest in India to take advantage of this program," said Reiff, adding that the students' training also would be in demand in India.

The program was also designed with American needs in mind. Math and science, particularly at the secondary level, are among critical shortage areas for teachers in Maryland and the nation, and the state brings in a greater number of new teachers in those subjects than it produces each year, Reiff said.

The ways in which school districts end up filling some positions - seeking career-changers from the professional world or teachers trained abroad - "leave some big gaps in terms of teacher preparation," Reiff said. "That's what we're committed to doing.

"It's clear that this need exists in Maryland and, again, in many states," Reiff said, though he added that the program does not guarantee employment here. "The ramifications are not just about having teachers in high school, but preparing students to go to college and major in those areas," ultimately filling jobs.

The idea for the program emerged late last year, when a consultant from India, Varghese Keerikatte, contacted the college to discuss several possible educational partnerships, Reiff said. It is unclear whether other colleges have a program like McDaniel's. In 2004, Towson University launched a graduate program in secondary education for teachers in Shanghai, China, part of which involves faculty members traveling there to teach during summers, said Stuart Zang, a spokesman.

Applications for McDaniel's program are still coming in, and the first group of students, who could come from various fully accredited Indian universities, is expected to start at the college in January, Reiff said. Earlier this month, accepted students began a program at Mar Athanasios College to help familiarize them with American English, and prepare them for the realities of working with U.S. students and for a standardized test teachers must take, called the PRAXIS, Reiff said.

The college could have two or more cohorts of 15 to 25 people each year, he added, but could start with about 10 or possibly fewer participants for the first round.

Donald A. Peccia, assistant superintendent for human resources for Baltimore County schools, said he thinks the program is "an admirable effort." While Baltimore County hasn't had trouble filling positions in areas such as math or science, it is an exception among districts, he added. And although the recent drop in departures among current teachers, likely because of the troubled economy, could mean fewer jobs for new graduates in the short term, Peccia said, "the more people who can get degrees in those particular areas, I think the long-term effect will be a plus."
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INAUGRATION OF RADIOMACFAST : 02/11/2009



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Community radio service goes on air

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Baselios Cleemis Catholicos launches Radio Macfast-90.4


PEOPLES VOICE: Major Archbishop of Thiruvananthapuram Baselios Cleemis Catholicos launching Radio Macfast-90.4 at a function at Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla, on Sunday.

PATHANAMTHITTA: Transmitting the philosophy of love, brotherhood and sharing to the social psyche will be the mission and motto of Radio Macfast, first community radio service (CRS) in Central Travancore, Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, Major Archbishop of Thiruvananthapuram, has said.

He was inaugurating Radio Macfast-90.4 that is also the States first campus-based community radio service at a function at Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST) on Sunday afternoon.

The Catholicos expressed hope that the service would be of help in effectively tapping the human resource potential of this region, promoting its overall development.

Presiding over the function, Metropolitan Archbishop of Thiruvalla Thomas Mar Coorilos expressed hope that Radio Macfast would develop into a peoples channel of interaction and sharing.

Metropolitan of Mar Thoma Church Joseph Mar Thoma said the service could be an effective medium in ensuring public participation in the development needs of Thiruvalla. It should be rooted in the spirit of sharing, he added.

Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, college Principal and chairman of the service, welcomed the gathering.

Geevarghese Mar Themotheos, Senior Metropolitan of the Malankara Catholic Church; Mon. Cherian Ramanalil Corepiscopa, Senior Vicar-General; P.J. Kurien, Rajya Sabha member; Anto Antony, MP; Mathew T. Thomas, Joseph M. Puthusserry, C.F. Thomas, MLAs; Cherian Polachirackal, municipal chairman; Rajan Varghese, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University; Satheesh Kochuparambil, Syndicate member; Muhammed Yousuf AlKausiri, Imam of Thiruvalla Muslim Jamaat; and Sr. Serina, former Mother Provincial of Thiruvalla, spoke.

Cultural programmes followed the inaugural function.

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Baselios Cleemis Catholicos launches Radio Macfast-90.4


PEOPLES VOICE: Major Archbishop of Thiruvananthapuram Baselios Cleemis Catholicos launching Radio Macfast-90.4 at a function at Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla, on Sunday.

PATHANAMTHITTA: Transmitting the philosophy of love, brotherhood and sharing to the social psyche will be the mission and motto of Radio Macfast, first community radio service (CRS) in Central Travancore, Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, Major Archbishop of Thiruvananthapuram, has said.

He was inaugurating Radio Macfast-90.4 that is also the States first campus-based community radio service at a function at Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST) on Sunday afternoon.

The Catholicos expressed hope that the service would be of help in effectively tapping the human resource potential of this region, promoting its overall development.

Presiding over the function, Metropolitan Archbishop of Thiruvalla Thomas Mar Coorilos expressed hope that Radio Macfast would develop into a peoples channel of interaction and sharing.

Metropolitan of Mar Thoma Church Joseph Mar Thoma said the service could be an effective medium in ensuring public participation in the development needs of Thiruvalla. It should be rooted in the spirit of sharing, he added.

Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, college Principal and chairman of the service, welcomed the gathering.

Geevarghese Mar Themotheos, Senior Metropolitan of the Malankara Catholic Church; Mon. Cherian Ramanalil Corepiscopa, Senior Vicar-General; P.J. Kurien, Rajya Sabha member; Anto Antony, MP; Mathew T. Thomas, Joseph M. Puthusserry, C.F. Thomas, MLAs; Cherian Polachirackal, municipal chairman; Rajan Varghese, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University; Satheesh Kochuparambil, Syndicate member; Muhammed Yousuf AlKausiri, Imam of Thiruvalla Muslim Jamaat; and Sr. Serina, former Mother Provincial of Thiruvalla, spoke.

Cultural programmes followed the inaugural function.

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Radio Macfast 90.4: Travancores new voice

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An MBA student speaks at the studio at Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla on Saturday, ahead of the launch of Radio Macfast-90.4 on Sunday. Fr Abraham Mulamoottil, college principal, looks on.
An MBA student speaks at the studio at Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla on Saturday, ahead of the launch of Radio Macfast-90.4 on Sunday. Fr Abraham Mulamoottil, college principal, looks on

Keralas first campus-based community radio service at Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla (MACFAST) will be on the air on Sunday.

Radio Macfast-90.4 will be the first community radio service (CRS) in Central Travancore, the second in the State and the 46th in the country.

MACFAST has successfully conducted test broadcasts from its 50 watt power transmitter that almost covers an aerial distance of 20 kilometres, says Fr Abraham Mulamoottil, the college principal, who promoted the novel project. Radio Macfast with its wide range of diverse and interesting programmes is going to be a trendsetter in the CRS segment, said Fr Mulamoottil.

According to him, community radio focuses on low cost and low return pattern of operation, aimed at educating and entertaining the community using its own idiom and language, in contrast to the private FM Radio, which is primarily driven by entertainment and business considerations. Ultimately it will strengthen democratic institutions and practices, giving common people access to information.

The mainstream media is unable to cater to the information needs of the community as it is primarily market-driven and run with a profit motive, he says. The question of CRS as an alternative media becomes relevant here. It must have space in terms of localisation of content, participation and involvement of the community, narrowing the differences between the broadcaster and the audience.

The students at the college will also get a chance

Radiomacfast : 01/11/2009




TRIAL: A student takes a trial at a studio set up in Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla on Saturday.

PATHANAMTHITTA: The States first campus-based community radio service (CRS) at Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla (MACFAST) will go on air on Sunday.

Radio Macfast-90.4 will also be the first community radio service in Central Travancore, second in the State and 46th in the country.

MACFAST has successfully conducted test broadcasts from its 50-watt power transmitter that almost covers an aerial distance of 20 km., said Abraham Mulamoottil, college Principal, who is the brain behind the project. Radio Macfast with its wide range of diverse programmes will be a trendsetter in the CRS segment, he said.

According to him, community radio focuses on low-cost and low-return pattern of operation aimed at educating and entertaining the community using their own idioms and language, in contrast to private FM Radio, which is primarily driven by entertainment and business considerations. Ultimately, it will strengthen democratic institutions and practices, giving common people access to information.

He said the mainstream media were unable to cater to the true information needs of the community, as they were market-driven and run with profit motive. Here arises the question of CRS as an alternative media, which definitely has to have space in terms of localisation of content, participation and involvement of the community, narrowing down the differences between the broadcaster and the audience.

The students of the college will also get an opportunity to fine-tune their talents through Radio Macfast, said Anju Jacob, MBA student who has been selected as radio jockey.

MBA students are looking after the marketing aspects of the CRS and almost the entire show will be run by MACFAST students under the guidance of experts.

Punchline

True to its punchline, Naattukarku koottayi, Radio Macfast-90.4 will be a partner-friend of the local people in all their endeavours, said Fr. Mulamoottil.

He said the main focus of Radio Macfast would be on issues relating to regional news updates of socially relevant issues, women empowerment, health, agriculture, education, environment and rural development, imparting value education to children and youth, besides entertainment programmes.

He said MACFAST would also set up a chain of rural radio clubs in Central Travancore region to ensure maximum public participation and involvement in the radio programmes.

Moran Mor Baselius Cleemis Catholicos, Major Archbishop of Thiruvananthapuram will launch Radio Macfast at a function to be held at the college auditorium at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Metropolitan Archbishop of Thiruvalla Thomas Mar Coorilos will preside over the launch ceremony.

Radiomacfast 90.4 Inaugration : 30/10/2009




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Meet on Second Green Revolution begins in capital tomorrow

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PATHANAMTHITTA: The School of Bio-sciences of Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST) will organise an international symposium on Second Green Revolution: Priorities, Programmes, Social and Ethical Issues at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Bio-technology (RGCB) in Thiruvananthapuram from Thursday to Saturday.

In a statement here on Tuesday, Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, college Principal, and C. Balagopalan, Resident Dean of the MACFAST Bio-campus, said M. Radhakrishna Pillai, RGCB Director, will inaugurate the symposium at 9.30 a.m. on Thursday.

Major Archbishop and Catholicos of the Malankara Catholic Church Baselius Cleemis will preside.

Satheesh Mundayoor, RGCB Dean; Fr. Mulamoottil; Dr. Balagopalan; and P.K. Abraham, MACFAST Director; will address the function.

Presentations

Special presentations on crop improvement in cereals, food security strategies to face changes in weather and biotechnological options for nutritional improvement in cereals will be held on the first day of thte symposium.

Need for second green revolution to increase spices production, bio-technology and value-addition strategies, organic farming and farming of pulses would be the main topics of discussion on Friday.

Value addition

Value addition of tuber crops, fruits and vegetables, biotechnological approaches to improving shelf-life, crop production, crop improvement, crop protection, tissue culture, value addition, post-harvest processing and storage would be discussed on Saturday, Dr. Balagopal said.

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Community Radio Station to Start at Tiruvalla Kerala

Posted on 22 June 2009 by admin

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 New Delhi.  Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India has signed a Grant of Permission Agreement for establishing, maintaining and operating a Community Radio Station at Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Tiruvalla (MACFAST) Kerala. Letter of Intent had been issued to the Institute after recommendations of Inter Ministerial Committee and seeking requisite clearances from various Ministries. The Community Radio Station is expected to be operational within three months as per the agreement. With this, the number of CRS will increase to 46 in the country.

The Ministry encourages setting up the Community Radio Station as it promises to provide an opportunity to the local communities to be actively involved in welfare activities. The Tiruvalla College has several innovative programs, such as CAP (Community awareness program), SALT (Social Awareness and Leadership Training) programs which are aimed at sensitizing the student community about the needs and requirements of the society. The college also has an active forum called MSS (Macfast Service Scheme) which has conducted several programs like, clean and green campus drive, campaign to eradicate breeding areas of mosquitoes to prevent contagious disease like chikengunias and disseminating information regarding importance of water harvesting etc.

As a step forward in its mission to serve the society more effectively, the Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies is looking forward to setting up a community radio station with the objective of focusing on issues relating to education, health, environment, agriculture and rural community development and also to transform young people and mould them into value driven, culturally enriched and professionally competent change agents who would significantly contribute to improving their immediate community, the state, the country and the world at large. Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India has signed a Grant of Permission Agreement for establishing, maintaining and operating a Community Radio Station at Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Tiruvalla (MACFAST) Kerala. Letter of Intent had been issued to the Institute after recommendations of Inter Ministerial Committee and seeking requisite clearances from various Ministries. The Community Radio Station is expected to be operational within three months as per the agreement. With this, the number of CRS will increase to 46 in the country.

The Ministry encourages setting up the Community Radio Station as it promises to provide an opportunity to the local communities to be actively involved in welfare activities. The Tiruvalla College has several innovative programs, such as CAP (Community awareness program), SALT (Social Awareness and Leadership Training) programs which are aimed at sensitizing the student community about the needs and requirements of the society. The college also has an active forum called MSS (Macfast Service Scheme) which has conducted several programs like, clean and green campus drive, campaign to eradicate breeding areas of mosquitoes to prevent contagious disease like chikengunias and disseminating information regarding importance of water harvesting etc.

As a step forward in its mission to serve the society more effectively, the Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies is looking forward to setting up a community radio station with the objective of focusing on issues relating to education, health, environment, agriculture and rural community development and also to transform young people and mould them into value driven, culturally enriched and professionally competent change agents who would significantly contribute to improving their immediate community, the state, the country and the world at large.

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Community Radio Station to Start at Tiruvalla Kerala

Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India has signed a Grant of Permission Agreement for establishing, maintaining and operating a Community Radio Station at Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Tiruvalla (MACFAST) Kerala. Letter of Intent had been issued to the Institute after recommendations of Inter Ministerial Committee and seeking requisite clearances from various Ministries. The Community Radio Station is expected to be operational within three months as per the agreement. With this, the number of CRS will increase to 46 in the country.

The Ministry encourages setting up the Community Radio Station as it promises to provide an opportunity to the local communities to be actively involved in welfare activities. The Tiruvalla College has several innovative programs, such as CAP (Community awareness program), SALT (Social Awareness and Leadership Training) programs which are aimed at sensitizing the student community about the needs and requirements of the society. The college also has an active forum called MSS (Macfast Service Scheme) which has conducted several programs like, clean and green campus drive, campaign to eradicate breeding areas of mosquitoes to prevent contagious disease like chikengunias and disseminating information regarding importance of water harvesting etc.

As a step forward in its mission to serve the society more effectively, the Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies is looking forward to setting up a community radio station with the objective of focusing on issues relating to education, health, environment, agriculture and rural community development and also to transform young people and mould them into value driven, culturally enriched and professionally competent change agents who would significantly contribute to improving their immediate community, the state, the country and the world at large.

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http://www.radioandmusic.com/ : 22/06/2009



 
By: Anita Iyer    22 Jun 09 12:31

MUMBAI: Kerala based Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies signed their GOPA (Grant of Permission Agreement) with Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on 16th June for setting up a community radio.

Letter of Intent had been issued to the Institute after recommendations of Inter Ministerial Committee and seeking requisite clearances from various Ministries. The college representatives signed their GOPA last week in Delhi and this agreement allows the institute to purchase a transmitter. The college has submitted relevant documents to obtain the WOL (Wireless Operating License).

To be set up in Tiruvalla, Kerala, MACFAST will broadcast agricultural, educational, consumer oriented, agricultural, micro-finance, women empowerment programmes.

Elaborates MACFAST director P K Abraham, We would develop educational and community oriented programming which would be non political and non-religious. The programmes would be mainly designed by the students within the campus, people from the community and women self-help groups in the adjoining areas.

The college would start broadcasting within three months and the content might be produced at the already existing fully functional studio in Tiruvalla. Tentatively called the Tiruvalla Radio, this radio would be broadcasted from Tiruvalla and the reach would cover 15-20 kms which would cover the adjoining villages in this taluka. The language of broadcast would be 90 per cent in the local language Malayalam and 10 per cent in English.

The Tiruvalla College has several innovative programs, such as CAP (Community awareness program), SALT (Social Awareness and Leadership Training) programs which are aimed at sensitizing the student community about the needs and requirements of the society. The college also has an active forum called MSS (Macfast Service Scheme) which has conducted several programs like, clean and green campus drive, campaign to eradicate breeding areas of mosquitoes to prevent contagious disease like chikengunias and disseminating information regarding importance of water harvesting etc.

The Community Radio Station is expected to be operational within three months as per the agreement. With this, the number of CRS will increase to 46 in the country, according to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.




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(22 June 2009 4:00 pm)

 

NEW DELHI: One more Community Radio Station is to be set up soon in Kerala - at Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Tiruvalla (MACFAST) to propagate its innovative programmes.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has signed a Grant of Permission Agreement for establishing, maintaining and operating the station that would be the 46th in the country.

After recommendations of the Inter Ministerial Committee and seeking requisite clearances from various ministries, the letter of intent had been issued to the Institute .


The Community Radio Station is expected to be operational within three months, as per the agreement. The Tiruvalla College has several innovative programmes, such as CAP (Community awareness program), SALT (Social Awareness and Leadership Training) programmes which are aimed at sensitising the student community about the needs and requirements of the society.

As a step forward in its mission to serve the society more effectively, the Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies is looking forward to setting up a community radio station with the objective of focusing on issues relating to education, health, environment, agriculture and rural community development and also to transform young people and mould them into value driven, culturally enriched and professionally competent change agents who would significantly contribute to improving their immediate community, the state, the country and the world at large.


The Central Government in December 2006 had liberalised the Policy on Community Radio by bringing in the civil society and voluntary organisations, agricultural universities, ICAR institutions, Krishi Vigyan Kendras etc under its ambit.

The policy was liberalised to allow greater participation by the civil society on issues of development and social change. Earlier, only educational institutions were permitted to launch community radio channels.

In the new guidelines, limited advertising and announcements relating to local events, local businesses and services and employment opportunities shall be allowed. The maximu

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  Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
 
 
COMMUNITY RADIO STATION TO START AT TIRUVALLA KERALA

 
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  Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India has signed a Grant of Permission Agreement for establishing, maintaining and operating a Community Radio Station at Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Tiruvalla (MACFAST) Kerala. Letter of Intent had been issued to the Institute after recommendations of Inter Ministerial Committee and seeking requisite clearances from various Ministries. The Community Radio Station is expected to be operational within three months as per the agreement. With this, the number of CRS will increase to 46 in the country.

The Ministry encourages setting up the Community Radio Station as it promises to provide an opportunity to the local communities to be actively involved in welfare activities. The Tiruvalla College has several innovative programs, such as CAP (Community awareness program), SALT (Social Awareness and Leadership Training) programs which are aimed at sensitizing the student community about the needs and requirements of the society. The college also has an active forum called MSS (Macfast Service Scheme) which has conducted several programs like, clean and green campus drive, campaign to eradicate breeding areas of mosquitoes to prevent contagious disease like chikengunias and disseminating information regarding importance of water harvesting etc.

As a step forward in its mission to serve the society more effectively, the Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies is looking forward to setting up a community radio station with the objective of focusing on issues relating to education, health, environment, agriculture and rural community development and also to transform young people and mould them into value driven, culturally enriched and professionally competent change agents who would significantly contribute to improving their immediate community, the state, the country and the world at large.

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Two JRF vacancies : 02/05/2009





Two JRF vacancies
Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST) has invited applications for the post of two Junior Research Fellows (JRF) for a research project on Integrated technology for the production of reinforced bioplastics with celluloses of plant origin for a period of three years.

In a statement here on Thursday, Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, college Principal, said the project was funded by the Department of Biotechnology.

Research fellows would be provided with monthly emoluments to the tune of Rs.12,000 each.

Candidates who have passed M.Sc. in biotechnology, food science and technology, or polymer sciences with first class and have one-year experience in research and teaching may appear for a walk-in interview to be held at the college between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on May 6, he said. For details, contact on phone number 9846 011235.

MACFAST bags top ranks in MBA exams : 02/05/2009





MACFAST bags top ranks in MBA exams Staff Reporter


TOP GUNS: Mridula James and Dileep Koshy Koshy of Mar Athanaseus College For Applied Sciences, Thiruvalla, who secured the first and second ranks respectively in the MBA (2006-2008 batch) examinations of Mahatma Gandhi University.

PATHANAMTHITTA: Mar Athanaseus College For Applied Sciences, Thiruvalla, (MACFAST),the first private self-financing college in the State, has won top ranks in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) examinations of Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU) for the fifth consecutive year.

MACFAST students Mridula James of Angamaly and Dileep Koshy Koshy of Thiruvalla secured the first and second ranks in the MBA (2006-08 batch) examinations of the MGU held in October 2008.

MACFAST started the MBA course in 2002. Renji Zacharia of the first batch won the second rank in the examinations held in 2004. The college continued its good run among the self-financing management institutions in the State with Vimal Chandran of the second batch bagging the first rank in the MBA examinations in 2005.

Sindu Samuel of the third batch won the third rank in 2006 and Reshma Nair of the fourth batch bagged the first rank in 2007.

Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, college principal, said the All-India Council for Technical Education had sanctioned 120 seats for the MBA course at MACFAST during 2007-2010.

The college offers postgraduate courses in biotechnology, bioinformatics, food science and technology, computer application, plant biotechnology, biochemistry and phyto-medical science and technology, besides being a research centre recognised by the MGU.

Fr. Mulamoottil said the college management was exploring the possibility of doing away with tuition fee for various courses in biosciences.

A MACFAST academy-industry interface had been constituted at Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram to facilitate business exposure and placement for students, he said.


Walk-in interview : 09/02/2009



Walk-in interview Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla , has invited applications for the post of Junior Research Fellow for a period of three years for the project titled Fish collagen from underutilised fishery resources of marine waters.

The minimum qualification is M.Sc. biochemistry.

Candidates should bring their detailed resume and other relevant documents at a walk-in-interview to be held at the Principals office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 9. For details, call 0469-3058010, 9847 114651.

Nanotechnology and potential impact on human health- Dr. N.V. Vallyathan : 04/02/2009




On the pros and cons of nanoparticles Staff Reporter

Some nanomaterials might harm humans, says expert

Health-focussed research might offer solution


PATHANAMTHITTA: Nanotechnology comes at an opportune time in the history of risk research, says N.V. Vallyathan, Professor of Pathology at National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, West Virginia, U.S.

Dr. Vallyathan was delivering a lecture on Nanotechnology and potential impact on human health at Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST) in Thiruvalla on Tuesday.

It is accepted that some nanomaterials may have the potential to cause harm to human health as well as environment, he said.

According to him, without strategic and targeted risk research, people producing and using nanomaterials could develop unanticipated illness arising from their exposure. Describing the pros and cons of nanotechnology, Dr. Vallyathan said the health hazards posed by the asbestos industry were brought to light only about a century after the discovery of asbestos in early nineteenth century.

He said inhalation of a sufficient dose of asbestos fibres can lead to lung ailments, including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. However, causation of the lung ailment is related to the size and chemistry of fibres as well as their ability to remain in lungs for a long time.

Emerging technologies, including nanotechnology, are providing new possibilities for human betterment and disease detection. Fibre-shaped nanomaterials possibly represent a unique inhalation hazard, and their pulmonary toxicity as well as toxicity to other organs should be evaluated. We can surely look forward to the advent of safe nanotechnologies through health-focussed research activities, he said.

Systemically delivered nanoparticles can be used to deliver a variety of drugs, for burning of tumors, besides opening the door to many cancer therapies, he adds. Fr Abraham Mulamoottil, college principal, presided. Balagopalan, Resident Dean and Charry Mathew, head of Biochemistry Department also spoke.

Entrepreneurship awareness camp : 11/01/2009



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Entrepreneurship awareness camp

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Entrepreneurship Development Club at Mar Athanaseus College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST) is organising an entrepreneurship awareness camp, in association with the Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram, on Monday. In a statement here on Saturday, Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, college Principal, said Siddhartha Bhattacharya, chief executive officer of the Technopark and the Infopark, would inaugurate the camp. Staff Reporter

University recognition to Research in MACFAST : 01/03/2008







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Research status

PATHANAMTHITTA: The School of Bio-sciences of Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla, (MACFAST), has received research status from Mahatma Gandhi University, the college authorities have said. In a statement here on Thursday, Abraham Mulamoottil, Principal, and C. Balagopalan, Resident Dean and Director of Research, said the School of Bio-sciences had already established an advanced research laboratory for molecular biology and genetic engineering.

— Staff Reporter



MACFAST - A Campus with a Deference : 01/02/2008



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MACFAST - A Campus With a Difference

Recently I got a chance to visit the MACFAST campus in Tiruvalla. I was expecting it to be yet another self financing college. But I was very much surprised when I saw the facilities in the campus.

The college only has got PG courses and every student is treated as a professional. Students are always in executive uniform (even though I dont agree to being formal always), the sight is very impressive.

The entire campus is wifi and there are students sitting here and there casually using their laptops. Unlimited internet access is guaranteed with fail over connections via RF and cable from different service providers.

The principal is a true visionary. Rev Dr Abraham Mulamoottil came to Tiruvalla to start this institution after having taken a PHD from abroad. All the infra was setup using the unused NRI money flowing to Tiruvalla. He plans to make this into a deemed university in the near future. He even has got plans to setup an IT park and a mini airport in Tiruvalla.

The college has got some of the best people from the academic scenario in Kerala. Prof Ignatious Kunjumon, a well known figure in the open source and free software movement in kerala is the HOD of Bio informatics and MCA departments.

The college has started a company, MACFAST Technologies which is providing jobs to students. Its not about the money, but the experience of working in a company atmosphere and getting paid for it really counts.

And before I left the college the principal revealed another plan of his to me. He plans to buy Tata Nano cars for his students. He wants his students to live like a professional even while they are studying.

CURRENT SCIENCE : 25/01/2008



Lecture Workshop on ‘Gene Structure and Function – Concepts to New Developments’

Date: 31 January and 1 February 2008
Place: Tiruvalla


The School of Biosciences, Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies Tiruvalla (MACFAST) is organizing a two-day lecture workshop on ‘Gene structure and function – concepts to new developments’. The workshop is primarily meant for graduate students and
teachers in any branch of Life sciences. The workshop will discuss various topics in Molecular Biology covering the areas of gene structure, function, genomics, computational
and systems biology.

The technical sessions will be handled by: Dr V.Nagaraja (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore); Dr Umesh Varshney (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore); Dr D. Narasimha Rao (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore); Dr Debnath Pal (Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore); Dr S. Mahadevan (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore).

Contact: Prof. V. Nagaraja
Department of Microbiology & Cell Biology
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore 560 012, India
Ph: 91-80-2360 0668
E-mail: vraj@mcbl.iisc.ernet.in

BIOSPECTRUM : 30/11/2007



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PATHANAMTHITTA: ‘Biospectrum-2007,’ the two-day International Symposium on ‘Advances in Food Biotechnology and Nutrition’ organised by the School of Biosciences at Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST) began at the college auditorium on Friday.


Christian Larroche of Universite Blaise Pascal in France inaugurated the meet at a function presided over by the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Malankara Catholic Church, Thomas Mar Koorilos, at 10 a.m.

Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, college principal, welcomed the gathering. C. Balagopalan, resident dean and coordinator of the event, and P.K. Abraham, MACFAST director, also spoke.

Dr. Premnath, former Assistant Director General of Food and Agriculture Organisation, released the souvenir brought out for the occasion by handing over the first copy to C.S.P. Iyer, dean of biosciences at MACFAST.

Dr. Premnath delivered the keynote address at the technical session on ‘Improving Indian agriculture using new generation science,’ later. Addressing the meet, Dr. Premnath said availability and application of modern technology remained the key issue in profitable and sound farming system, in keeping the balance between adequate input and higher output, and in maximising net returns.

According to him, conservation and appropriate utilisation of natural resources, balanced with availability and application of inputs, played an important role in increased agriculture production. Dr. Premnath said nanotechnology had the potential to revolutionise the agriculture and food industry with new tools for the molecular treatment of diseases, rapid disease detection, enhancing the ability of plants to absorb nutrients, etc.

P.K.K. Nair, Director of ERRC, Thiruvananthapuram, spoke on food, crops and health, later.

Fr. Mulamoottil said as many as 25 experts from different parts of the world were participating in the two-day symposium. The meet will come to a close on Saturday evening.

Biospectrum 07 : 30/11/2007



Meet on biotechnology begins today

Staff Reporter

25 world-renowned experts to present papers

Christian Larroche from France to open the event

Former Assistant Director General of FAO to address meet

PATHANAMTHITTA: The two-day international symposium on ‘Advances in Food Biotechnology and Nutrition,’ organised by the School of Biosciences at Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST) will begin at the college auditorium on Friday.

In a statement issued here on Thursday, college principal Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil and C. Balagopalan, resident dean and coordinator said that 25 experts from different parts of the world would present papers at the symposium.

Christian Larroche from Universite Blaise Pascal in France would inaugurate the event. Metropolitan Archbishop of Thiruvalla Archdiocese of the Malankara Catholic Church Thomas Mar Koorilos would preside over the inaugural function.

The technical sessions would begin with a keynote address by Premnath, former Assistant Director General of Food and Agriculture Organisation. Dr. Premnath would talk on ‘Improving Indian agriculture using new generation science,’ Fr. Mulamoottil said.

The foreign and Indian experts who would address the two-day meeting are: P. Fontanille of Universite Blaise Pascal in France, Sandra Furlan of Campus Universitario in Brazil, Poonam Nigam of University of Ulster in Coleraine in Northern Ireland, M.D. Nayar, Biotechnology consultant in Chennai, Veerih Jagatheesan of James Cook University in Australia, Costas Psarianos of University of Patras in Greece, Stefan Janecek of Institute of Molecular Biology attached to Slovak Academy of Sciences in Slovakia, P.K.K. Nayar of ERRC in Thiruvananthapuram, Lidia Szpyrkowicz of University of Venice in Italy, deputy director of Regional Research Laboratory in Thiruvananthapuram Ashok Pandey, director of Indian Instituite of Spices Research in Calicut Parthasarathy, S.D. Pillai of Texas A&M University in U.S., Philippe Michaud of Universite Blaise Pascal in France, former head of the department of biotechnology at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Nigeria George Thottapally, E.M. Papamichael of University of Ioannina in Greece, V.V. Shenoy of Monsanto, P.K. Sudhakaran of CIFT in Kochi, Raj Mohan of College of Agriculture in Vellayani, Thiruvananthapuram, former professor of nutrition at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College C.R. Soman and Cherian George of Monsanto in the U.S.

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Tantra 07 : 19/10/2007



Develop business skills, youth told
Staff Reporter
 
On entrepreneurship: Suhas Gopinath inaugurating ‘Tantra-’07’ at the Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla on Thursday.

PATHANAMTHITTA: Suhas Gopinath of the U.S.-based Globals Inc, who represented India as the youngest Chief Executive Officer in the world at the Young Leaders’ Conference in Islamabad in July, 2005, has called upon the youth to develop entrepreneurial skills with a view to contributing in their own way for the country’s economic growth.

Mr. Gopinath, who become the youngest CEO at the age of 14 by setting up a software solutions company, was inaugurating the two-day national management festival Tantra-’07 at the Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies at Thiruvalla (MACFAST) on Thursday.

The 21-year old business prodigy is also an engineering student at the M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology in Bangalore.

Mr. Gopinath stressed the need to set up organisations locally, creating a conducive atmosphere for the younger generation to explore, experiment and exploit our limited resources, thereby making society self-sustainable.

He said he was forced to go to California to set up a software company there at the age of 14 when he was refused permission to register his company by the government of India owing to his ‘minor’ status.

“When I opened my first portal and started offering IT services at the age of 14, I used to send e-mails to various companies offering my services. Indian companies seldom showed interest in me, where as a U.S. company sent visa and tickets for me. They offered me a job which was a tempting one for a middle class boy like me. But I never wanted to settle down in the U.S. Hence, I expressed my desire to be an independent entrepreneur. I opened my own company with the help of a friend in the U.S. and my company did the same work for the U.S. company which it wanted me to do,” Mr. Gopinath said.

Mr. Gopinath’s software company operates in 11 countries . Sebastian Pothanpilly, general manager of the District Industries Centre, presided over the inaugural function.

Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, Principal, and Dr P.K. Abraham, director, also spoke.

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Tantra 07 : 10/10/2007



National management meet Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST), is hosting a national management meet, Tantra-’07, at the college auditorium at Thukalasserry, near Thiruvalla, on October 18 and 19.

In a statement issued here on Monday, college Principal Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil said Tantra-’07 was an annual management fete aimed at equipping students to meet the challenges of the corporate world by polishing their event management and organising abilities .

World’s youngest chief executive officer and president of Globals Inc. Suhas Gopinath would inaugurate the meet on October 18.

District Collector Raju Narayanaswamy would preside over the inaugural function, the principal said.

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MBA 07-09 & Education Channel : 06/06/2007





Date:06/06/2007 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/06/06/stories/2007060608010300.htm
Athanasios college launches new education channel

Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla (MACFAST) has launched its own education channel programme ``Knowledge Express.''

Inaugurating the channel at the MACFAST auditorium on Monday, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Thiruvalla Thomas Mar Koorilos said the channel would be available across the world at www.knowledgexpress.org.

College Principal Abraham Mulamoottil said that ``Knowledge Express'' was the first education channel making use of the U.S.-based Global Television Technology. The channel will broadcast educational programmes from different parts of the country and abroad, Fr. Mulamoottil said.

He said the programmes, to be broadcasted through the channel, included motivational talks, paper presentations, educational news, latest trends in the field of education, science and technology, etc. Fr. Mulamoottil said the channel would also provide a common platform for various educational institutions across the country to present their institutions, students, teaching faculty, etc, besides providing better facility for organising online national conferences.

He said the channel would broadcast programmes from anywhere in the country with the help of a highly simplified broadcasting method in which an e-mail or telephone call could make a broadcast.

MBA course

Mar Koorilos also inaugurated the sixth batch of Master of Business Administration (2007-'09) course at the college. M.K. Koshi, executive vice-chairman of A.V. Thomas & Company, delivered the keynote address. Thomas Jacob, Editorial Director of Malayala Manorama, P.K. Abraham, MACFAST director, and Constantine Roussos, Professor of Computer Science at Lynchburg College at Virginia, also addressed the function.

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Educational Channel : 06/06/2007



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Athanasios college launches new education channel

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Channel available at www.knowledgexpress.org

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla (MACFAST) has launched its own education channel programme ``Knowledge Express.''

Inaugurating the channel at the MACFAST auditorium on Monday, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Thiruvalla Thomas Mar Koorilos said the channel would be available across the world at www.knowledgexpress.org.

College Principal Abraham Mulamoottil said that ``Knowledge Express'' was the first education channel making use of the U.S.-based Global Television Technology. The channel will broadcast educational programmes from different parts of the country and abroad, Fr. Mulamoottil said.

He said the programmes, to be broadcasted through the channel, included motivational talks, paper presentations, educational news, latest trends in the field of education, science and technology, etc. Fr. Mulamoottil said the channel would also provide a common platform for various educational institutions across the country to present their institutions, students, teaching faculty, etc, besides providing better facility for organising online national conferences.

He said the channel would broadcast programmes from anywhere in the country with the help of a highly simplified broadcasting method in which an e-mail or telephone call could make a broadcast.

MBA course

Mar Koorilos also inaugurated the sixth batch of Master of Business Administration (2007-'09) course at the college. M.K. Koshi, executive vice-chairman of A.V. Thomas & Company, delivered the keynote address. Thomas Jacob, Editorial Director of Malayala Manorama, P.K. Abraham, MACFAST director, and Constantine Roussos, Professor of Computer Science at Lynchburg College at Virginia, also addressed the function.

Business Line : 30/04/2007



Biocampus to dissect herbal drugs
G K Nair
AN INSIDE VIEW of the biocampus set up by the Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies at Tiruvalla.
Kochi April 29 The biocampus set up by the Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies (MACFAST) at Tiruvalla in Pathanamthitta district is pursuing a unique path to become a trendsetter in education.

It has established a research and development centre for promoting need-based research programmes, Rev Dr Abraham Mulamoottil, Principal of MACFAST, said.

One of the areas of concentration is the Indian system of medicine (ISM), Ayurveda, which has a tremendous potential in the world market. In recent years, the growing demand for herbal products has led to a quantum jump in volume of plant materials traded within and across the countries.

`GOOD POTENTIAL'
There are around 7,800 manufacturing units in India. The potential for India to become a leader in the natural products, particularly in plant-based drugs, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and flavouring industries are immense, he said.

The global trade in herbal products in 2000 was about $72 billion, in which India's share was a meagre 2.5 to 3 per cent. The shift towards traditional systems of medicine in India and of late globally as food supplement, rejuvenating agent etc. will substantially raise the demand for the raw drugs.

TOUGH REGULATIONS
However, marketing of ayurvedic drugs in the developed world is a difficult task, as the efficacy of the drugs needs to be clinically proven apart from ensuring that they do not have toxic contents and metals such as lead and mercury.

At present, adequate research is not taking place in the country to study the different components/properties in medicinal plants and their effect on the human body.

MACFAST is in the process of setting up an advanced laboratory in its bio-campus. Already, some projects have been submitted to the Union Government for approval, assistance and support, Dr Mulamoottil said. Such a facility will benefit drug manufacturers, Ayurveda practitioners and students, he added.

TISSUE CULTURE
Another important area is the tissue culture department. This section is currently working on developing tissue culture nutmeg plants, which would start yielding after a gestation period of three years.

Normally, it takes seven years just to identify the gender of nutmeg plants. As a result, the production of this spice in the country falls short of demand.

"Given this scenario, we found that it would be an ideal proposition to produce high-yielding nutmeg planting material using tissue culture technology. Propagation of this could be done by the students on a commercial basis," Dr V. Raghurajan, Head of the Department, Plant Biotechnology, said. This project is financed by the State Government.

INCUBATION CENTRE
As part of the overall thrust for innovation and enterprise development and to cater to the needs of the food processing industries, the Department of Food Science and Technology at the college has established a pilot plant and incubation centre for education, research and development. This project is implemented with financial support from the Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Dr Mulamoottil said.

Mr C. Balagopalan, Director, Research and Resident Dean of the School of Biosciences, said that the centre provided limited seed money to "our incubates at reasonable rate of interest." Besides, the students of MBA programme of MACFAST along with a management consultant help incubatee companies to strengthen their business plan after conducting market surveys and financial feasibility. It also helps in finding business partners and venture capitalists and provides consultancy on business promotion, he said.

ALGAL BIOTECH
Another important project is the research on algal biotechnology. Ms Maya Subramoni has taken up a centrally sponsored project on algal resources available in the south-western coast of the country and its application in food products as a source of value addition. "It is a vital source that could be used to add value to food products," she said.

Besides, the MACFAST has become the second institution in India to conduct MBA course in biotechnology after the Pune University, Dr P.K. Abraham, Director, MACFAST said.

For Local Entreprenurs : 15/04/2007



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Empowering small entrepreneurs

Radhakrishnan Kuttoor



EVINCING INTEREST: Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Subodh Kant Sahai on the bio-campus.

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Mar Athanaseos College For Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla (MACFAST) has hit upon a novel idea to promote entrepreneurship among the rural population. It has launched a Centrally sponsored project aimed at encouraging cottage food industries in the rural belt of Central Travancore.

Principal of the college Abraham Mulamoottil, who is the brain behind the educational-cum-entrepreneur-oriented project, said the Bio-Campus at MACFAST would help the local people to become small-scale entrepreneurs in the food processing industry. The Bio-Campus with state-of-the-art food processing and packing facilities has been set up at a cost of Rs.1.25 crore, which includes Central assistance of Rs.27 lakh. "We are ready to process seasonal fruits and other agriculture produce brought by the local entrepreneurs to the Bio-Campus. They have to pay a nominal charge towards electricity and packing materials," said Fr. Mulamoottil.

He said the project was aimed at developing professional knowledge, skills and competence among local entrepreneurs, thereby enabling them to compete in the global market. The incubation centre at Bio-Campus will provide support and necessary facilities to students and the business community to convert their entrepreneurial ideas into workable business proposition.

Fr. Mulamoottil said this is a facility for new entrepreneurs to test and develop their business ideas, product modification and new product launch plans. The centre will provide limited `seed money' at a reasonable rate of interest as soft loan, besides financial processing and advice from experienced managers attached to its Department of Business Administration.

The MBA department has already mobilised a corpus fund of Rs.12 lakh. This will be utilised to provide `seed money' to entrepreneurs.

The Hindu, Education Plus : 27/03/2007



Meeting the Demands of Corporate, Scientific Worlds
RADHAKRISHNAN KUTTOOR

A unique offering of the newly established Biocampus at Mar Athanasios College for Applied Sciences in Thiruvalla is an M.Sc. course in Phytomedical Science and Technology.

<<< PURSUING INNOVATION: The Biocampus at the Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla.

The Mar Athanasios College For Applied Sciences (MACFAST) in Thiruvalla, one of the earliest self-financing postgraduate colleges in the State, has opened a state-of-the-art biocampus with an advanced food science and technology pilot plant and incubation centre.

Inaugurating the campus on March 17, Union Minister of State for Food Processing and Industries Subodh Kant Sahai said the facility is, perhaps, the first of its kind in the country.

The project
Abraham Mulamoottil, college principal, is the master brain behind the project, which is supported by the Union Ministry by providing a Rs.28-lakh grant for setting up an exclusive food analytical laboratory and pilot plant.
MACFAST, managed by the Corporate Educational Agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Thiruvalla, is affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University and recognised by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). According to Fr. Mulamoottil, the biocampus has been established at a total cost of Rs.1.25 crore. The project was part of the MACFAST initiative for innovation and enterprise development to cater to the needs of the food processing industries in Central Travancore on a "no-profit, no-loss'' basis.

C. Balagopalan, Director of Research and Resident Dean of the School of Biosciences at MACFAST, said that the objectives of the project include "development of human resource in the field of food processing, meeting the increased demand for professionally qualified food scientists and technologists, product-oriented research in the field of food science and technology, development of entrepreneurial initiatives by providing incubation facilities and venture capital, besides developing professional knowledge, skills and competence among local entrepreneurs, thereby enabling them to compete in the global market.''

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Courses offered

The biocampus offers M.Sc. in Phytomedical Science and Technology, M.Sc. in Biochemistry, M.Sc. in Food Science and Technology, M.Sc. in Bioinformatics and M.Sc. in Plant Biotechnology with 20 seats in each discipline. This is besides the Master of Computer Applications and Master of Business Administration courses conducted by MACFAST.
P.K. Abraham, formerly General Manager of FACT, is the MACFAST director. Fr Mulamoottil said that the college is planning to start an MBA course in Biotechnology aimed at producing management experts for biotech industries.
At present, Pune University is the only university that offers an MBA (Biotechnology) course in India.
P.K. Shaji, Head of the Department of Phytomedical Sciences, said that, to his knowledge, no institution in India offers a postgraduate course in Phytomedical Science and Technology.
The course involves study of cosmiseuticals, nutraceuticals (functional food), plant-based drugs and herbal dyes, he said.
Fr. Mulamoottil said that the college had already set up a post-graduate research centre, a herbal garden and was awaiting recognition of its Ph.D. programmes from Mahatma Gandhi University this year.
The MACFAST Centre for Algal Biotechnology headed by Maya Subramoni, has launched a Centrally sponsored research project on algal resources in southwest coast of India. Fr. Mulamoottil said that the admissions for the next batch of postgraduate courses would be completed by April-May, strictly on the basis of merit and talent. The campus that spreads out in an area of 50,000 sq.ft. houses a food analytical laboratory, microbiology laboratory, food biochemistry laboratory, tissue culture laboratory, genetic engineering laboratory, digital library and documentation centre.

Facilities

The facilities at the pilot plant and the activities it can undertake include product and process lines, design and development of new products and improvement of existing products, design of equipment for manufacture of processed products on a commercial scale, rural entrepreneurship development and technology transfer in food processing with its main focus on women and self-help groups and evolving methods for improvement of post-harvest handling systems right from farms to the retail outlets, said Fr Mulamoottil.

Incubation centre

He said that the incubation centre on the campus is aimed at providing support and necessary facilities for students and the business community to take forward their entrepreneurial ideas into workable business plans.
According to him, this is a facility for new entrepreneurs to test and develop their business ideas, carry out product modification and plan the launching of new products. The centre will provide limited `seed money' to the incubatees at a reasonable rate of interest as soft loan.The MBA Department has mobilised a corpus fund, Athanasean Investment Fund, amounting to Rs.12 lakh and it will be utilised to provide `seed money' to the incubatees, said Fr. Mulamoottil.
He said that the MBA students at MACFAST and a management consultant would help the incubators to strengthen their business plan by conducting market surveys and financial feasibility, besides providing consultancy on business promotion. The centre would also provide furnished space to the incubatees, he added.
"In our mission to meet the challenging demands of the corporate as well as the scientific world, we have given thrust to the academic pursuits with an orientation to achieve excellence in research and to take up entrepreneurship. With this novel idea in mind, we are giving shape to the MACFAST Cent re for Research and Development (MCRD) and MACFAST Innovation and Enterprise Development Initiatives (MIEDI),'' said Fr. Mulamoottil.

Food Science and Technology Pilot Plant and Incubation Centre : 18/03/2007





Date:18/03/2007 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/03/18/stories/2007031811780400.htm


`State should tap food technology potential'

PATHANAMTHITTA: Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Subodh Kant Sahai has said that the State Government should take necessary initiatives to set up at least one food technology park in each district with a view to tapping the potential of the sector.

The Union Minister was addressing a press conference at the Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla (Macfast) on Saturday afternoon.

He was in Thiruvalla to inaugurate the state-of-the-art Biocampus that housed a Food Science and Technology Pilot Plant and Incubation Centre at Macfast.

Mr Sahai said that the State should go for demand-driven farming, especially when almost all major corporate houses as well as global players had come forward to open retail chains in the country. "The corporate houses will procure agriculture produces for their global chains directly from the farms which will ultimately benefit farmers and boost the agriculture sector," he adds.

Job potential

The Minister said that the food processing sector was going to be the largest employment generation sector, once it was linked to the industry.

"From the farm gates to the dinner plate" should be our slogan. He said that the State should create infrastructure for the supply chains.

Tax holiday

Mr. Sahai said that the food processing industry badly needed patronisation and the Centre was seriously thinking of declaring a tax holiday for the industry.

The Union Minister said that the new food processing policy would be included in the Eleventh Five Year Plan.

The Minister inaugurated the Biocampus at a function presided over by Major Archbishop and Catholicos of the Malankara Catholic Church Baselios Cleemis, later.

Transport Minister Mathew T.Thomas, C.S. Sujatha, MP, Bishop Thomas Mar Coorilos, Mon. Cherian Ramanalil Coreepiscopa, municipal chairman R.Jayakumar and Macfast director P.K. Abraham also spoke.

The Biocampus was set up at a cost of Rs.1.25 crore with a Central grant worth Rs.28 lakh for setting up a library-cum-documentation centre, food analytical laboratory and pilot plant. The Union Minister inaugurated the project office of the proposed Central Food Research Institute at Konni earlier.

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Biocampus & Food Science Pilot Plant : 16/03/2007



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Union Minister to inaugurate Biocampus

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PATHANAMTHITTA: Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Subobodh Kant Sahai will inaugurate the Biocampus with Food Science and Technology Pilot Plant and Incubation Centre at the Mar Athanasios College For Applied Sciences in Thiruvalla (MACFAST) on Saturday afternoon. MACFAST director P.K. Abraham and Principal Abraham Mulamoottil said the Industries Minister Elamaram Karim will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural function. Major Archbishop and Catholicos of the Malankara Catholic Church Baselios Cleemis will preside over the meeting.

Transport Minister Mathew T. Thomas, will distribute prizes to the university rank-holders from the MACFAST on the occasion.

Fr. Mulamoottil said the Food Technology Department at the college established the Biocampus at a total cost of Rs.1.25 crore with a Central grant worth Rs.28 lakh for setting up a library-cum-documentation centre, food analytical laboratory and pilot plant. The 50,000 sq.ft. Biocampus provides a conducive ambience for creative, innovative and research initiatives.

It houses a food analytical laboratory, food microbiology laboratory, food biochemistry laboratory and digital library and documentation centre. The facilities at the pilot plant include product and process lines, design and development of new product and improvement of existing products, design of equipment for manufacture of processed products on a commercial scale, rural entrepreneurship development and technology transfer in food processing.

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Staff Development Programme : 13/03/2007



`Competition will cut margin in BPO sector'

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< << TRADITIONAL BEGINNING: Krishna Jayakar of Pennsylvania University inaugurating an AICTE-sponsored five-day national workshop for professional college teachers at Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla on Monday.

PATHANAMTHITTA: Krishna Jayakar, Associate Professor at the Department Of Telecommunications of the Pennsylvania University in the United States, said that India was the biggest beneficiary of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) revolution in the world and no other industry has had such a fast growth.

He was inaugurating the five-day national training programme for professional college teachers, sponsored by the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), at the Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla (MACFAST) on Monday. He said that globalisation of services mostly involved American companies relying on Indian companies to get the former's business process work done. However, Prof Jayakar said: "There seems to be increasing resistance building up in the U.S. towards outsourcing, especially to countries such as India."

Developed countries knew that BPO would have a negative impact on their economy in the long run, he said. Prof Jayakar said that the high margins in the BPO business may decline in the long run due to the stiff competition in the outsourcing market. The BPO industry in India is faced with stiff competition, in terms of services, from other markets such as China, Malaysia, South Africa and even Eastern Europe, which is getting monetarily attractive for many European and American companies, he added.

Digital convergence

Talking about the revolutionary changes taking place in the telecommunications sector, Prof. Jayakar said that the digital convergence has set the stage to bring four distinct industry sectors in collaboration or competition with each other. It made the entertainment, computing, consumer electronics and telecommunications industries closely interacting with each other than ever before, he said. The terms `triple play' and `quadruple play' are part of this modern IT scenario. `Triple play' involves voice, broadband and mobile services while `quadruple play' adds digital television to that mix.

According to Prof. Jayakar, some of the most significant converged services are expected to be from Voice over Internet Protocol. "Digital convergence is being driven by three underlying trends. The first is proliferation of digital data, which provides a common base for handling diverse types of information using the same devices, processing techniques and media.

The second is widespread connectivity, which helps bring diverse information together and extends the value and capabilities of a device beyond its out-of-the-box functionality.

The third is continuous advances in technology, from battery life to processor speed,:" he said. Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, college principal, presided.

Mon. Cherian Ramanlil Corepiscopa, Administrator of the Thiruvalla Archdiocese delivered the benedictory speech.

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Staff Dvelopment Programme : 11/03/2007



Date:11/03/2007

Training programme for teachers

PATHANAMTHITTA: A 15-day research and development programme for lecturers of professional colleges will be held under the joint auspices of the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla (MACFAST) at the college auditorium from

March 12. In a statement issued here on Thursday, college principal Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil and programme co-ordinator M.S. Samuel, said Dr. Krishna Jayakar of Pennsylvania University will inaugurate the programme. Cherian Ramanalil Corepiscopa, will preside.

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Staff Development Programme : 11/03/2007





Date:11/03/2007 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/03/11/stories/2007031102620300.htm
Training programme

Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: A 15-day research and development programme for lecturers of professional colleges will be held under the joint auspices of the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla (MACFAST) at the college auditorium from March 12.

Krishna Jayakar of Pennsylvania University will inaugurate the programme on March 12.

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Campus Interview : 09/01/2007





Date:09/01/2007


Campus selection

PATHANAMTHITTA: A one-day campus recruitment programme for MBA degree-holders and final year MBA students will be held at the Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST) on Tuesday, according to college principal Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil. — Staff Reporter

Tantra 06 : 07/12/2006





Date:07/12/2006

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Management fest begins on Friday

Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: An all-India management fest, Tantra-2006, jointly organised by the Mar Athanaseos College For Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla (MACFAST) and Tata Sky Ltd., will be held at the college auditorium in Thiruvalla on December 8 and 9.

In a statement issued here on Monday, college Principal Abraham Mulamoottil said that as many as 2,000 management students from different parts of the country would participate in the two-day event.

C.J. George, managing director, Geojit Financial Services Ltd, will inaugurate the programme on Friday forenoon.

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Placement : 04/11/2006





Date:04/11/2006 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2006/11/04/stories/2006110410570400.htm
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Campus interview

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Pune-based IT company Persistence Technologies will hold a two-day campus recruitment drive at Mar Athanaseus College For Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla, (MACFAST) on November 4 and 5, according to college principal Fr Abraham Mulamoottil. Those who wish to attend the interview should contact 9447918374. — Staff Reporter

Merchants' association award : 01/10/2006





Date:01/10/2006 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2006/10/01/stories/2006100112780400.htm


Merchants' association award

PATHANAMTHITTA: Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, principal of the Mar Athanaseus College For Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST), has been selected for the Mammen Mathai Memorial Award, instituted by the Thiruvalla Merchants' Association, according to an official release issued by the association here on Satruday. Staff Reporter


Phytotech-2006 : 04/08/2006




Seminar to focus on phyto-medical science

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PATHANAMTHITTA: The Mar Athanasius College For Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST), and the Field Testing Station at Changanassery, attached to the Union Ministry for Small-Scale Industries, will jointly convene a seminar on phyto-medical science and plant biology `Phytotech-2006' at the college auditorium on August 10.

Hareendran Nair, managing director, Pankaja Kasturi Ltd., will inaugurate the seminar at 10 a.m., MACFAST Principal Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil said.

Fr. Mulamoottil said S. Rajashekharan, deputy director and Head of Ethnomedicine and Ethnopharmacology, Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (TBGRI), Palode, Thiruvananthapuram, will deliver a lecture on `Scientific documentation of traditional knowledge related to plants used for food and medicine' in the morning.

M.G. Purushothama, scientist attached to the Department of Plant Molecular Biology, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram, will speak on `Metabolic engineering of medicinal plants - biotechnology beyond cell, organ and tissue culture' in the afternoon.

A bio-quiz will also be held in the afternoon.

C.S.P. Iyer, Dean of Bio-sciences at MACFAST; T.R. Satya Keerthy, assistant director of the Field Testing Station; P.K. Shaji, Renji Zachariah, and V. Reghu Rajan, faculty of MACFAST; V. George, Head of Phyto-chemistry division at the TBGRI; George Varghese, seminar coordinator; and Fr. Mulamoottil will address the seminar.

Kudumbasree : 08/07/2006





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Kudumbasree training programme held

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PATHANAMTHITTA: Kudumbasree executive director Sarada Muraleedharan has said that women should play a key role in the development of society.

Dr. Sarada was inaugurating the voluntary executives' training programme of the Kudumbasree project at Mar Athanasius College for Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla (MACFAST) on Friday. Women play a pivotal role in the prosperity of a family and hence the empowerment of women is vital for social progress, she said.

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5th Batch of the MBA 06-08 : 04/07/2006





Date:04/07/2006 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2006/07/04/stories/2006070410740300.htm
Metropolitan calls for value-oriented higher education system

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PATHANAMTHITTA: Youhanon Mar Chrisostomos Metropolitan of the Malankara Orthodox Church has stressed the need for a value-oriented higher education system, which can promote social and moral values in modern society.

Mar Chrisostomos was inaugurating the fifth batch of the MBA course at the Mar Athanaseus College for Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla (MACFAST) on Monday.

P.A. Fatima, Mahatma Gandhi University Syndicate member, delivered the presidential address and college Principal Abraham Mulamoottil welcomed the gathering.

Srivasthava, Director, Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, delivered the keynote address.

MACFAST director P.K. Abraham spoke.

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Science Day Celebration at MACFAST : 01/03/2006





Date:01/03/2006 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2006/03/01/stories/2006030109120300.htm
CBCI vice-president and M.V. Pylee honoured

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PATHANAMTHITTA: M.V. Pylee, educationist and first Vice-Chancellor of the Cochin University of Science and Technology, who was recently conferred the Padmabhushan title, and the new vice-president of Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), Bishop Isaac Mar Cleemis, were honoured at the Science Day celebrations held at the Mar Athanaseus College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla, (MACFAST) on Tuesday.

The Rev. Isaac Mar Cleemis is the Bishop of Thiruvalla diocese of the Malankara Catholic Church.

V.M. Michael, Chairman of the Kerala State Bio-diversity Board, presided over the meeting held at the college auditorium.

P.K.K. Nair; Jacob Thomas, Chairman of the Petronet LNG Ltd.; P.K. Abraham, college director, Vicar-General of Malankara Catholic Church Cherian Ramanalil and college Principal Abraham Mulamoottil spoke.

The institute students who have bagged top ranks in MCA and MBA examinations of Mahatma Gandhi University, Hareesh Somanathan, Mini Alex and Vimal C. Chandran, were felicitated.

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Rank Holders : 28/02/2006



MACFAST to honour M.V. Pylee

Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Mar Athanaseus College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla, (MACFAST) will honour M.V. Pylee as part of National Science Day celebrations at the college auditorium on Tuesday.

In a statement on Monday, MACFAST Principal Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil said that Dr. V.M. Michael, chairman of the Kerala State Bio-diversity Board, would preside over the meeting to be held at 9.30 a.m.

Dr. Pylee, who is also a member of the board of governors of MACFAST, received the Padmabhushan title during the 57th Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

Bishop of Thiruvalla diocese of the Malankara Catholic Church Issac Mar Cleemis, who was recently elected vice-president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, will deliver the benedictory speech.

MACFAST students who bagged top ranks in the MCA and MBA examinations of the university Hareesh. S, Mini Alex and Vimal C. Chandran will also be felicitated on the occasion.

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Science Day Celebration at MACFAST : 28/02/2006



Mar Athanaseus College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla: National Science Day celebrations, MACFAST auditorium, Thiruvalla, 9.30 a.m.

Top Ranks from M. G. University : 20/02/2006



Top ranks for MACFAST students

PATHANAMTHITTA: Students from the Mar Athanaseus College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST), have bagged the first two ranks in Master of Computer Applications (MCA) and the first rank in Master of Business Administration (MBA) examinations of Mahatma Gandhi University. S. Haresh and Sini Alex of MACFAST have bagged the first and second rank, respectively, in MCA. Vimal Chandran has won the first rank in MBA, says college Principal Abraham Mulamoottil. — Staff Reporter The Hindu

Services of an Educationist-Priest : 13/12/2005



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Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil

PATHANAMTHITTA: Abraham Mulamoottil, the brain behind the building of the Mar Athanaseus College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla, is celebrating silver jubilee of his priesthood. The college is considered the first successful self-financing private professional institution in the State.

Socio-political groups in central Travancore organised a meeting to felicitate Fr. Mulamoottil at St. John's Cathedral Hall in Thiruvalla on Sunday.

Inaugurating the meeting, the Mar Thoma Metropolitan, Philipose Mar Chrysostom, hailed the contributions of Fr. Mulamoottil in educational as well as socio-cultural spheres.

``Fr. Mulamoottil is a man of social commitment and his contributions to society have already become part of the modern socio-cultural history of central Travancore. What we need is more people and visionaries like Fr. Mulamoottil,'' the Rev. Mar Chrysostom said.

The cathedral, rebuilt recently at a cost of Rs. 4 crores, stood high as a testimony to the vision and will power of Fr. Mulamoottil. The idea of recreating the old Cathedral, popularly known as Koodarappalli, demolished three years ago as the structure became weak, was Fr. Mulamoottil's.

Addressing the meeting, Issac Mar Cleemis, Bishop of Thiruvalla diocese of the Malankara Catholic Church, said the cathedral, having an ancient temple-like exterior with conventional church interiors, had become a landmark of Thiruvalla.

The Rev. Mar Cleemis said the Malankara Catholic Church was proud to get the services of a visionary like Fr. Mulamoottil.

The senior Bishop Geevarghese Mar Themotheos delivered the benedictory speech.

Jacob M. Abraham, professor, recalled that it was Fr. Mulamoottil who had launched the groundwork for upgrading Pushpagiri Hospital into a medical college in 1999 in his capacity as hospital administrator. Bishop of the Believers Church in India K.P. Yohannan blessed the occasion.

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Biosciences Seminar : 21/10/2005





Date:21/10/2006 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2006/10/21/stories/2006102108900400.htm

Seminar on cell signalling

PATHANAMTHITTA: The departments of biochemistry and bioinformatics at Mar Athanasius College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST), organised a seminar on `Cell Signalling and Apostosis' at the college auditorium on Friday. — Staff Reporter


Clean Tiruvalla : 12/10/2005



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Church organises cleaning drive

Staff Reporter

YC conducts homoeo medical camp

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Thiruvalla Archdiocese of the Malankara Catholic Church carried out an intensive cleaning drive in the municipal limits in Thiruvalla on Wednesday.

Archbishop Issac Mar Cleemis inaugurated the programme in the morning. Staff and students as well as volunteers of various institutions and organisations attached to the church, including Pushpagiri Medical College, MACFAST and the Bodhana charitable society, participated in the cleaning operation.

The church took out a rally to mark the culmination of the cleaning drive. Mar Thoma Metropolitan Philipose Mar Chrysostum flagged off the march that began from the SCS Junction in the afternoon.

Award to Principal : 01/10/2005





Date:01/10/2006

URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2006/10/01/stories/2006100112780400.htm


Merchants' association award

PATHANAMTHITTA: Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, principal of the Mar Athanaseus College For Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST), has been selected for the Mammen Mathai Memorial Award, instituted by the Thiruvalla Merchants' Association, according to an official release issued by the association here on Satruday. — Staff Reporter

Winning Team Plan & Placement : 09/09/2005



Workshop and placement fest at Technopark

Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Mar Athanaseus College For Applied Sciences Thiruvalla (MACFAST) and Technopark have jointly organised a workshop and placement fest called Winning Team Plan (WTP) at the Travancore Park Centre on the Technopark premises in Thiruvananthapuram on September 12 and 13.

In a statement issued here on Thursday, Technopark chief executive officer V.J. Jayakumar and MACFAST Principal Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil said the WTP would provide a platform for the participants to interact with experts in the industry.

They said the WTP had been organised to provide participants with an insight on the importance of creativity and innovation in in-house human resource programmes. It was aimed at equipping the organisations with the current trends in recruitment, retaining and motivating human resources in the IT industry, they added.

The workshop for managers and consultants will be held on September 12 and the placement fest on September 13. Mr. Jayakumar will talk on the current trends in the IT sector at the workshop.

Biju Varkey of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Joseph John, general manager, Talent Engagement and Development attached to WIPRO, and MACFAST director P.K. Abraham will also address the WTP.

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Central Travancore Development Project : 28/08/2005



Set up development authority for Central Travancore region

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`Strong political will needed to implement project'

DEVELOPMENT AGENDA: Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil giving a Power Point presentation on the proposed Central Travancore Development Project in Thiruvalla.

PATHANAMTHITTA: "Our future depends not on what will happen to us, but on what we decide to become and on the will to create it," says Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, the visionary priest attached to the Malankara Catholic Church who is instrumental for the success of the first self-financing professional college in the State.

Fr. Mulamoottil, Principal of Mar Athanaseus College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST), has mooted a development agenda for Central Travancore.

The geographical jurisdiction of the Central Travancore Development Authority proposed by him comprises the taluks of Mavelikara, Chengannur, Thiruvalla, Ranni, Kozhencherry, Mallappally, Adoor, Kuttanad and Changanacherry.

Fr. Mulamoottil, who has a doctorate from Belgium, says, "we Keralites have to learn a lot from the positive thinking of people in developed countries and the political will and unity they show to achieve their development needs."

"The Central Travancore region is gifted with excellent human resource, rich natural resources, a firm Non-Resident Indian base and hefty bank deposits, besides being a less polluted region. The region is also known for its religious integration, educational advancement and an array of professionals having ample exposure in developed countries. The weaknesses are "negative thinking of the people, low per head land availability, less entrepreneurship, return of NRIs whose experience remains unutilised and lack of infrastructure facilities," he says.

Fr. Mulamoottil says there should be a creative development authority for the region which can deliver things with a strong resolve in a time-bound fashion.

He has conceptualised various mega projects for Central Travancore, including a mini-airport in Pamala, near Thiruvalla, bio-park in Pulikeezhu, food processing park in Konni, Techno Park on the Changanacherry-Alappuzha Road, inland waterways and railways, metro railway connecting all major towns, etc.

BSNL hot spots and NRI City in all towns have also been conceptualised in the proposed plan, besides, making the region a special economic zone.

It also proposes to make the region a Green territory, ensuring cleanliness, sanitation and public hygiene facilities. It also envisages an international port in Alappuzha, a port in Kayamkulam, trade centres and air taxi service between various major towns in Kerala and other cities in South India.

Promotion of agriculture, especially paddy cultivation by introducing value-added varieties like Basmati rice, and the tourism industry without disturbing the environment and ecology of the region are other projects envisaged.

Fr. Mulamoottil says materialisation of the proposed project is not difficult, provided there is a political will, media support, societal integration and effective utilisation of the available NRI base to that effect.

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Laptops for the First time : 26/07/2005





Date:26/07/2005 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2005/07/26/stories/2005072609440300.htm
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College provides laptops to MBA students

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First self-financing educational institution to come out with the novel scheme

PATHANAMTHITTA: Once again the State's first self-financing educational institution in private sector has set an example to fellow institutions.

The Mar Athanaseos College For Advanced Studies (MACFAST) in Thiruvalla has came out with a novel student-oriented scheme to supply high quality laptops to all its MBA students in the new batch on their first day in the college itself.

Thanks to the visionary approach of college principal Abraham Mulamootil, who had initated the scheme.

Fr. Mulamoottil told The Hindu that the college had purchased 70 lap-tops with Intel Centrino processor of the popular HP brand for supplying them to each of the 60 students and 10 teachers on their first day in the college last week.

Fr. Mulamoottil said that the fee for MBA course was RS 75,000 till it was fixed at Rs 90,000 by the Justice K.T.Thomas Commission a year ago.

Fr. Mulamoottil said that he had decided to utilise the `extra' money received from students, on the basis of the Thomas Commission report, by supplying a laptop, which could be useful to them. Moreover, the college has already set up the Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) network connectivity for instant wireless Internet access to the students and staff inside the campus.

Recently, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has provided a 1-MB free Internet connection to the college on a trial basis, Fr. Mulamootil said.

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New Batch : 20/07/2005





Date:20/07/2005 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2005/07/20/stories/2005072012430400.htm


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New batch at Macfast

PATHANAMTHITTA: Cochin Port Trust Chairman Jacob Thomas, IAS, will inaugurate the new batch of MBA and Bio-sciences (Bio-informatics, Food Science and Technology, Plant Bio-technology and Bio-chemistry) courses at the Mar Athanaseus College for Advanced Studies (Macfast) in Thiruvalla on Wednesday, according to college principal Abraham Mulamoottil. - Staff Reporter

Technitrous 05 : 19/03/2005





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`IT can play lead role in development of State'

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<<<<<The former Supreme Court Judge K.T. Thomas inaugurating Technitrous'05, a technical and cultural fest, at Mar Athanaseus College for Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla on Friday.

PATHANAMTHITTA, MARCH 18. The former Supreme Court Judge, K. T. Thomas, has said that Information Technology (IT) could play a lead role in the overall development of the State.

Mr. Thomas was inaugurating Technitrous'05, a technical and cultural fest, at the Mar Athanaseus College for Advanced Studies (Macfast) in Thiruvalla today.

According to him, a State sans computer literacy can hardly cope-up with the fast changing developments taking place the world over.

Quoting the jurist, Nani Palkhiwala, Mr. Thomas lamented that the `curse of India is that the noise created by a few politicians is misunderstood to be the voice of the masses.'

Moreover, the well thought-out advice given by experts is often found to have been ignored as the voice of the reactionaries, he alleged.

He said that records showed that approximately 71 per cent of the State's revenue was being spent on disbursement of salary, pension and towards interests on investments.

The Macfast principal, Abraham Mulamoottil, director, P. K. Abraham, Ignatius Kunjummen and Uma G. also spoke.

Arun Kumar and Ajith Kumar, experts in Nanotechnology, delivered the keynote address.

The two-day IT fest will come to a close tomorrow.

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Bioinformatics Data Base : 01/03/2005





Date:01/03/2005 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2005/03/01/stories/2005030110400300.htm
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Students launch new enzyme database

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PATHANAMTHITTA, FEB. 28. In a major breakthrough in the field of bio-informatics, a team of students of the Mar Athanaseus College For Advanced Studies Thiruvalla (Macfast), has developed a new enzyme database. The database called `MacENZ' is said to be one of the most user-friendly versions available on the Internet so far.

The `MacENZ' has been launched on the Internet recently and is reported to be a big hit.

The conceptualisation, data collection, design and programming of the database was done by 10 students — Sherin Mary Kurien, Deepu M. Thomas, Delishia Ann Thomas, Charley John, Habeeb Rahman, Aisha M.M, Jinu E. John, Lekshmy A.P, Sarath G and Seethal Vijayan.

The project was supported and supervised by Ignatius Kunjumon and associate head Uma G of the Department of Bio-informatics of the college.

Enzyme interface

`MacENZ' is a new multi-linked enzyme interface that comprises data on 3,900 enzymes, that is updated and evaluated by extracting information from various existing enzyme databases such as IUBMB, Expasy and Kegg, said Ms. Uma.

It provides extensive information on enzymes, including the general features and its relevance in metabolic pathways. No other database, perhaps, provides information on enzyme inhibitors as `MacENZ' does.

The team updates the database after collating information from the World Wide Web and other publications. It gives an overview of all the enzymes through the EC Tree created by the computer scientists at Macfast.

The search mode of `MacENZ' allows users to access enzymes in different perspectives and helps them understand the enzyme under study.

A reference to various diseases has also been provided through a link to OMIM, making the database a one-stop platform for those who wish to know more about enzymes, said Ms. Uma.

`MacENZ' was well appreciated at the National Science Forum held in Bangalore recently, she added.

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M. G. University Ranks & Gold Medals to First Batch MCA : 06/02/2005





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Benedict Mar Gregorios Award presented

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PATHANAMTHITTA, FEB. 5. The Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, has said that the Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios was the apostle of peace, love, unity and development.

Mr. Chandy was addressing a meeting organised by the Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios Foundation (ABMGF) at St. John's Cathedral Hall in Thiruvalla this afternoon.

Recalling his association with the Archbishop, Mr. Chandy said he was an ardent admirer of Mar Gregorios from his student days.

The Chief Minister presented the seventh Benedict Mar Gregorios Award instituted by the ABMGF to the Archbishop of Changanacherry, Mar Joseph Powathil, on the occasion.

The award comprises a purse of Rs.25,000, memento and a citation.

Mr. Chandy said that Mar Powathil, who was also his politics teacher at St. Berchman's College, Changanacherry, was a soul dedicated to social and educational values.

Earlier, Catholicos Baselius Thomas-I of the Malankara Syrian Jacobite Church inaugurated the meeting.

In his inaugural address, the Catholicos said that the Church itself was the continuation of the incarnation of Jesus Christ.

The Bishop of Thiruvalla, Isaac Mar Cleemis, presided over the meeting.

The ABMGF president, Fr. Ignatius Thangalathil; the secretary, Fr. Cherian Ramanalil; the Vicar General of the Church, Stephen Thottathil, P.J. Kurien, MP, Joseph M. Puthusserry, Elizabeth Mammen Mathai, both MLAs, and the Pushpagiri Medical Society director, Fr. Abraham Kakkanatt, also spoke.

Gold medals

The Chief Minister also presented the gold medals to Namitha Hameed and T.R. Rejani of the Mar Athanaseus College for Advanced Studies (Macfast), Thiruvalla, who secured the first and the second ranks respectively in the MBA examinations of the Mahatma Gandhi University.

Macfast is the first self-financing professional college in the State.

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Bioinformatics : 31/01/2005




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Increasing scope for bioinformatics in the U.S.

A leading scientist from the U.S. spells out how bioinformatics students could go about trying to get an academic foothold in that country.

NOW, WITH the opening of the bioinformatics gateway to the United States, the scope for higher education as well as employment in the field of life science as a whole has become immense in the U.S., according to Sunny Luke, lead scientist in Tissue Engineering attached to Ortec International located at Columbia University. Ortec has developed the tissue engineered skin, OrCel.

Dr. Luke was talking at an interactive session with the students of bioinformatics, microbiology and plant biotechnology at the Mar Athanaseus College for Applied Sciences, Thiruvalla (Macfast) recently.

More takers

Now there are more takers for the biotechnology and bioengineering courses as it offers much scope. With the advent of genetic engineering, a biotechnology boom has started, especially in the U.S. and other developed countries in the West.

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary branch of science. This is reflected in the fact that the courses are offered by departments and schools as diverse as computer science, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, engineering and mathematics. It is also known as computational biology, biocomputing, phylogenetics, molecular bioinformatics, biological information theory, etc, in the U.S, he says.

Career development

Dr. Luke says that bioinformatics offers many broad areas for career development. Several universities in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Australia, Europe, Asia and South Pacific offer courses in this growing branch of science.

Software is being used extensively for biodata mining, drug discovery and squeezing of genes, protein visualisation, etc.

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Three-fold vision

According to him, the students from India should first develop a three-fold vision - immediate vision, broader vision and long-term vision - as part of their pursuit of higher studies abroad.

To take up academic positions outside the country, especially in the U.S., the student must start preparing for TOEFL and GRE and get good scores, for it will be one's statement to the universities outside, says Dr Luke.

"Shortlist the universities of your choice and take a mix of them, on the basis of their ratings (high, medium and low). It is always better to apply to the average universities where acceptance rate is comparatively higher,'' says Dr. Luke.

To improve Visa chances, it is better to relocate, after your M.Sc. course, to Mumbai or Delhi, get some work experience, besides taking GRE/TOEFL simultaneously and try to secure a visa, he adds.

In the U.S., the students can avail themselves of two types of scholarships - Teaching Assistantship and Research Assistantship.

Teaching Assistantship

Teaching Assistantship involves the job of being an assistant to a professor who teaches at a university or a college and does research.

The student will have to conduct the professor's laboratory sessions on his behalf as well as lecture ,, the undergraduates.

This will help improve one's communication skill and increase subject knowledge, besides equipping one to conduct a full-fledged experiment. This comes with a fee waiver and close to $25,000 as scholarship, says Dr. Luke.

With a teaching assistantship, the students can get a stipend sufficient to meet their living expenses in the U.S. For this, they have to work for a maximum of 20 hours a week.

The teaching assistantships are more likely to be available in universities whereas research assistantships tend to be more common in those fields and universities where considerable research is in progress.

Teaching and research abilities must be proved before the assistantship is granted. Hence many universities grant this only after the first semester.

You may also be required to take the test of Spoken English to qualify for a teaching assistantship in the U.S.

Skills required

According to Dr. Luke, the most important skills required for the international students are communication skills, proficiency in English language, persuasive skills and conviction about and ability to defend one's work.

At first, the students will be given bench work and they can move up, depending on their ability and hard work. He said that publications are very important in science and the publications at M.Sc.-level will be very helpful for the students in the U.S.

The Associate Head of the Bioinformatics Department at Macfast, G. Uma, and the college Principal, Abraham Mulamoottil, also participated in the interactive session.
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Tissue engineering : 12/01/2005





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`Tissue engineering an emerging field'

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Sunny Luke, Chairman of the International Institute for Scientific and Academic Collaboration, New Jersey, U.S., delivering a lecture on tissue engineering at the Macfast conference hall in Thiruvalla on Tuesday.

PATHANAMTHITTA, JAN. 11. The Chairman of the International Institute for Scientific and Academic Collaboration, New Jersey, U.S., Sunny Luke, has said that tissue engineering, with its immense scope for curing many chronic diseases, has been gaining much importance, especially in the U.S. Dr. Luke was delivering a lecture on tissue engineering at Mar Athanaseus College for Advanced Studies (Macfast) conference hall in Thiruvalla today.

He said the therapeutic use of tissue-engineered skin, OrCel (open collagen scaffold), has already been established in the U.S.

According to him, the tissue-engineered skin has proved its efficacy in curing open-wound ulcers, excessive scarring and chronic wounds.

Dr. Luke said the reconstructive surgery for epidermolysis bullosa have been successfully done on patients with mitten-hand deformities using auto-grafts and tissue-engineered skin in the U.S.

He said researches in the field of myocardial engineering too were getting into an advanced stage in the U.S., making transplantation of engineered cardiac tissue possible.

According to Dr. Luke, the current research is on how tissue engineering can be made beneficial for treatment of burns, spinal-cord injuries, birth defects, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, trauma and cosmetic surgery.

The noted cardiologist Rajan Joseph Manjooran presided over the inaugural function. The Macfast principal, Abraham Mulamoottil, spoke.

Dr. Luke also had an interactive session with the biotechnology and bioinformatics students at the institute.

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Seminar on tissue engineering : 10/01/2005





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Seminar on tissue engineering

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PATHANAMTHITTA, JAN. 9. The Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies (Macfast), Thiruvalla and the Career Institute, Thiruvananthpuram, are jointly organising a scientific seminar on tissue engineering at the Macfast auditorium in Thiruvalla on Tuesday.

In a statement issued here today, the Macfast principal, Abraham Mulamoottil, said that Sunny Luke, chairman of the International Institute for Scientific and Academic Collaboration, New Jersey, U.S., will deliver the keynote address at the seminar at 11 a.m.

Dr. Luke will speak on the cutting edge technology of creating natural and semi-synthetic tissues and organs outside the human body using stem cells and bio-materials. This futuristic technology can be applied in the treatment of tissue-loss and organ-failure in conditions arising out of diseases, trauma and birth defects, says Fr Mulamoottil.

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Emerging Trends in Software Technology : 10/11/2004





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Software technology meet ends

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Experts present papers

PATHANAMTHITTA: The two-day national seminar on `emerging trends in software technology,' organised by the Mar Athanaseus College For Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST), and the Computer Society of India in Thiruvalla concluded on Saturday afternoon.

S. Gopakumar of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, delivered the keynote address on `real time systems' and G. Neelakantan of Technopark spoke on `net technology.'

B. Valsa, vice-chairperson of the quality division attached to the Flight Software, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, delivered a lecture on `software engineering.'

The valedictory function was presided by MACFAST Principal Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil. Assistant General Manager, State Bank of Travancore, K.T. Surendran inaugurated the seminar on Friday.

M.R. Kaimal, head of the Department of Computer Science, University of Kerala, delivered the keynote address on `signal processing' at the inaugural session.

Lalithakumari, consultant with the Tata Consultancy Services, presented a paper on `best practices for software development projects' at the forenoon session on Friday.

K. Mohankumar, technical architect with the Infosys, spoke on `mobile Internet' and M.S. Samuel on the `applications of fuzzy sets in computer science.'

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Kalari 2004 : 04/11/2004



Management meet at Thiruvalla

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PATHANAMTHITTA, NOV. 3. A three-day all-India management meet, Kalari-2004 will begin at the Mar Athanaseos College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (Macfast) in Thiruvalla on Friday.

The Macfast principal, Abraham Mulamoottil and director, P. K. Abraham, said that the management meet is being organised in association with the Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI).

According to Fr. Mulamoottil, 15 prominent business schools in the country would participate in the exhibition being jointly hosted by the Macfast and the Changanacherry-based Berchman's Institute of Management Studies (BIMS).

According to them, a faculty interface and a Free Software exhibition will be the major attraction at the three-day meet.

Software expo

Fr. Mulamoottil said that a display of about 50 free software products developed by the Macfast in the fields of information technology and bio-informatics will be a major attraction at the exhibition.

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all-India management meet, Kalari, : 01/11/2004



Free software exhibition to mark management meet

By Our Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA, OCT. 31. The first all-India management meet, Kalari, jointly hosted by the Mar Athanasius College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (Macfast) and the Changanassery-based Berchman's Institute of Management Studies (BIMS), will be held at the Macfast complex on the Pushpagiri Road in Thiruvalla from November 5 to 7.

The Macfast principal, Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil and director, Dr. P. K. Abraham, said here on Sunday that the three-day management meet was organised in association with the Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) and 15 top business schools in the country would participate in it.

According to them, a faculty interface and a free-software exhibition will be the major attraction of the meeting.

Fifty free software products in information technology and bioinformatics will be on show at the exhibition.

Products on video, audio, animation, office automation, database, compliers, mathematical and scientific applications, biotechnology research products, educational tools, accounting packages, web services products and digital signature would be on display, Fr. Mulamoottil said.

Dr. Abraham said the Macfast has launched a major project of the Department of Rural Development for providing urban amenities in rural areas.

He said the first phase of the project involving preparation of project reports on the infra-structure development of 10 cluster villages in Pathanamthitta district would be completed in the next two months.

Fr. Mulamoottil said the Macfast would sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Green Home, a U.S.-based online store for environmental products, on November 5.

He said the blessing of the new Mother Teresa Chapel at the Macfast complex would be held on November 5.

The Bishop of Thiruvalla diocese of the Malankara Catholic Church, Isaac Mar Cleemis, the senior Bishop, Gevarghese Mar Themothios, and the Muvattupuzha Bishop, Thomas Mar Coorilos, will jointly bless the chapel at 7 a.m.

Launching of the Macfast Technologies and inauguration of the newly built modern college auditorium will also be held during the three-day meet.

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Campus Interview : 30/09/2004



Campus interview today

PATHANAMTHITTA: US Technology, the Indian multi-national company at Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram, will conduct a campus interview to recruit students from Mar Athanaseus College For Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST) at the college auditorium at Thiruvalla on Friday, Principal Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil said. — Staff Reporter

Macfast Malayalam keyboard interface : 03/08/2004



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Designing software

One of the achievements of the college is the Macfast Malayalam keyboard interface. The application provides an interface enabling Windows/GNU-Linux users to type in Malayalam.

Students of computer studies can sharpen their skills and prove their technical prowess by developing software packages. The better they are, the more are their chances of getting noticed.

Students in some colleges in Kerala have been bitten by the software bug. Individually and in groups they have put together some interesting software packages.

Application-oriented

Take the Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies (Macfast), Thiruvalla, for instance. It has gone a long way in implementing the concept of `earning-while-learning'. And the products developed by the students have widespread applications in the larger community.

Project work under its MCA and Bioinformatics programmes has attracted quite a lot of attention from professionals. The Director of the MCA programme, Ignatius Kunjumon, said that the work had helped students to become more aware of what society expects from them.

New software

One of the achievements of the college is the release of `Macfast Malayalam Keyboard Interface'. The application provides an interface enabling Windows/GNU-Linux users to type in Malayalam. With the help of this programme, users can switch from the English to the Malayalam keyboard layout without the tedious combination keys.

The Unicode version could be used to input Malayalam text in any application supporting Unicode like Office XP( Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, FrontPage ) Outlook Express 6.0, Internet Explorer 6.0, Opera 7.5, WordPad, Paint, MSN messenger, and so on.

The programme can be downloaded from www.macfast.org or macfast.ac.in

One of the prestigious projects it bagged recently was from Microsoft for an eye interface that would convert a PDF file to a text document.

Apart from this, there are several ongoing projects at Macfast. One of them is Spinneret, a software project that is aimed at the better organisation of websites. A team of students in the final year MCA are working on the project.

The Parish Certificate Management Software (PCMS) is a software package that would help in the administration of a parish.

The completed projects at Macfast are:

Macfast Biological Database Index (MBDI): This was the first project by a group of MCA students. This database catalogue (database of biological databases) has received a good response from academics, students and the research community in the field of Life Sciences.

Bioinformatics Desktop Environment (BiDE): The project is an inter-disciplinary one to develop a compact and user-friendly desktop environment exclusively for Bioinformatics applications. This is a joint effort by MBCBG and Macfast MCA Departments. BiDE V1.0.0 is expected to be released during the `Bangalore Bio-2004'.

Macfast Protein Data Bank (MacPDB): This is a fully annotated and summarised data from PDB in a user-friendly format. It also describes secondary structural details of each entry.

ERDC: This business solution webpage enables gathering of quick information about various industries, industrial groups and companies operating in India.
This is a search based on different criteria and helps collect optimum information.
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Malayalam Keyboard Interface : 02/08/2004




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Monday, Aug 02, 2004

Malayalam alphabets meet their cyber match


Those self-declared champions of Malayalam can breath easy. One thing the cyber Malayali population expected them to do at least a decade ago has been done, quite impressively so, by a group of students in a college in Thiruvalla.

The MACFAST Malayalam Keyboard Interface and Unicode fonts developed by these MCA students in Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies is easy to use, compatible with popular computer applications and can be downloaded free!

These enthusiastic bunch of young men and women have not only beaten champions of Malayalam at their own game but also have taken the literacy revolution a step forward. Their efforts will certainly transform the way Malayalis use the computer.

The application (freely downloadable from macfast.ac.in or macfast.org) provides an interface, which enables Windows/GNU-Linux user to type Malayalam in a comfortable way. Users can switch between English and Malayalam keyboard layout and make the until now tedious task of typing Malayalam using normal keyboard. Combinations keys are gone and fewer keystrokes are the newest feature. Mixed characters and phonemes come easy.

"Ours is an endeavour to retrieve those alphabets which were lost in the typewriter mapping of Malayalam alphabets," says the Director of the MCA programme Ignatius Kunjumon. When he says lost Malayalam alphabets, he means even the old Malayalam numbers.

Three versions are available on the MACFAST website: Windows (Unicode), Windows (ASCII) and GNU-Linux.

The application was tested successfully on MS-Word XP, MS-Excel XP, MS-PowerPoint XP, MS-Frontpage XP, MS-Outlook XP, Outlook Express6, MSN Messenger 6.2, Internet Explorer6 and Opera7.51.

The new development provides easy hand movements and phonetically coupled letters dumping the practice of combination keys for typing Malayalam.

Although the first versions are out, the College has called for suggestions from the people who use the new interface so that it can be improved upon. The improved version will be out December 2004.

The keyboard interface was developed as part of the project work for the final semester of the MCA programme and Mr. Kunjumon is more than happy that all his students were involved in the project. If they burnt the midnight oil, it is certainly for a great cause, he says.

By K. A. Martin

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Ranks : 25/05/2004



Bag ranks

PATHANAMTHITTA: Three students, Shameer P.K., Stephen James and Achu Sunitha Varghese, of the Mar Athanaseus College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (Macfast) have bagged the first three ranks in the M.Sc. (Bio-informatics) examination of the Mahatma Gandhi University. Staff Reporter

The Passion of the Christ : 25/04/2004



Kerala - Thiruvananthapuram

Passion coming to town

By Our Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM April 24. After wowing millions in the U.S. and becoming a huge success in the Gulf nations, the Mel Gibson movie `The Passion of the Christ' will hit theatres in Kerala on May 7.

The marketing of the movie will be done by the Mar Athanasius College for Advanced Studies (Macfast), run by the Malankara diocese of Thiruvalla.

At a press conference here this evening, the Macfast director, P.K. Abraham, said the students of the college's MBA programme will market the film as part the `experiential learning' process that the college encourages.

As was done by Mel Gibson in the U.S., the film will be marketed "at the grassroots level" and not through an advertisement blitskreig.

Macfast will ask the Government to exempt this movie from entertainment tax, he said.

In his address, the Los Angeles-based producer, Deepak Nayar _ whose company kintop Pictures has the `Passion's' marketing rights in India _ said he expects the film to appeal at different levels to different sections of the people.

"I expect non-Christians too to find something in the movie.

Almost everyone has been Jesus on the cross and they may be kind of curious to know how he got there," he said. All controversies about the film stopped the minute the film started being shown in theatres in the U.S., he added.

Earlier today, a special screening of the film was arranged by Macfest, for an invited audience which included the Thiruvananthapuram Bishop, Soosa Pakiam, the Speaker, Vakkom Purushothaman, the Cultural Affairs Minister, G. Karthikeyan, the former Additional Chief Secretary, Babu Paul, the former Accountant General, Kerala, James Joseph, and the poet, O.N.V. Kurup.

After the screening, Bishop Soosa Pakiam told presspersons that he was moved to tears by some scenes in the movie.

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Energy Conservation : 16/12/2003



Date:16/12/2004 

 Seminar on energy conservation

PATHANAMTMHITTA DEC 14. The Energy Conservation Society district chapter here organised a seminar on energy conservation at the MACFAST Auditorium at Thiruvalla on Tuesday. The seminar was organised in association with the Energy Managemetn Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, the Kerala State Electricity Board and the Electrical Inspectorate.

XAMI FEST : 07/11/2003





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Management meet concludes

By Our Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA, NOV. 7. The annual management meet and faculty interface of the Xavier Association of Management Institutes' (XAMI) came to a close at the Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST) this afternoon.

The MACFAST principal, Fr. Abraham Mulamoottil, said that the three-day meet had facilitated fruitful interaction between students of 12 top management institutes attached to the XAMI.

The winners in various competitions held as part of the three-day XAMI Fest are as follows: Mock Press: Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai; Communication games: Xavier Institute of Management Education (XIME), Bangalore; Business quiz and Stock games: XIME, Bangalore; Human Resources games: St. Francis College, Mumbai; Advertisment games: Rajagiri College, Ernakulam; Future product games: LIBA, Chennai; Brand war: St. Berchman's College, Changanacherry; Best Manager: St. Joseph's College, Bangalore.

The XIME, Bangalore, was selected the best team at the XAMI.

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