Maris Stella College - Empowering Young Women

Maris Stella College is an autonomous institution run by the religious congregation of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. True to its vision and mission, the College offers quality education and maintains consistently high academic standards in an effort to give all students an equal opportunity for learning and development through holistic education which is strongly grounded in values. It is the special mission of the College to reach out to students from socially and economically disadvantaged sections of society, and to prepare them to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. In many ways the College provides a truly unique educational environment for the students who are currently enrolled here.

Since its inception as the first women’s college for women in this region, Maris Stella has been in the forefront in the field of higher education and has constantly endeavoured to make its programmes of study more relevant, innovative and student-centred. In this context, we can proudly say that Maris Stella is one of the few colleges offering Social Work in its B.A. Programme and Food Science and Technology as part of a B.Sc programme.

In addition to core and optional courses, all the academic programmes offered by the college include both foundation and skill-based courses. The curriculum includes internships, projects and field work, thus enhancing the competence and employability of students. The College also offers students a wide range of opportunities to encourage and foster creativity and leadership skills through various extra and co-curricular programmes, ranging from games to community service.

At the same time, the College continually strives to increase sensitivity to social and environmental issues. The social awareness and outreach programmes which are an integral part of the curriculum are oriented towards serving the community in a variety of ways by bringing education, as well as entrepreneurial skill-training to youth and women, so that they are equipped with the appropriate knowledge and skills to become self-sufficient. By integrating such experiential learning into the academic programme, students develop a sense of social justice and responsibility and are encouraged to regard service to others as a way of life.

Over the past years, the college has embarked on a series of activities such as plantation programmes, vermicomposting, rain water harvesting, garbage segregation, solar-powered lights, a reverse osmosis plant and other green practices, all of which are geared towards establishing a “green and clean” campus, which will, we hope, result in a model of sustainable development, leading to effective intervention in the area of environment protection.

As a Catholic minority institution in a multi-religious society, the College caters to the spiritual needs of all its students and is committed to encouraging an open, liberal outlook among students, and a world view that embraces diversity and difference. Catholic students are supported through courses on Christian perspectives while other students take courses on ethics and values formation.

The steady academic growth of the college since its foundation in 1962, includes the introduction of Autonomy in 2003, and of the Choice Based Credit System in 2006. Always open to innovation and positive change, which is beneficial to both students and society at large, the College has successfully navigated the first 57 years of its existence. Guided by the charisma of our patron St. Francis of Assisi and by the light of Mary, the Star of the Sea, Maris Stella College will always continue to keep in sight its vision and mission of pursuing the quest for value-based academic excellence and integrity, which, we believe, can lead to transformational change in society.