The Malankara Syrian Catholic Major Archiepiscopal Church has a prominent role in the advancement of education in the State of Kerala especially in the last eight decades; it has established hundreds of primary, secondary and higher secondary schools, industrial training institutes and many professional colleges. Mar Gregorios College of Law (MGCL) was established in 2012 as another milestone in the glorious Mar Ivanios Vidyanagar Campus which was founded in 1949 by the Servant of God Archbishop Geevarghese Mar Ivanios. Mar Ivanios Vidyanagar, the educational campus, emerged from the educational vision of the Malankara Syrian Catholic Major Archiepiscopal Church in the State of Kerala. The sprawling 43 hectares of verdant campus, abundant in natural beauty is the ideal learning environment. The campus is blessed with 17 centres of excellence in education. The campus has been named “Mar Ivanios Vidyanagar” in fond remembrance of Archbishop Mar Ivanios, the founder of Mar Ivanios College, the first educational institution in the campus. Other Institutions in the campus are, to name a few, Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology, Mar Theophilos Training College, Sarvodaya Schools (Both CBSE and ICSE) and Bethany Navajeevan College of Physiotherapy, etc.
The College is administered by the Major Archdiocese of the Malankara Syrian Catholic Major Archiepiscopal Church through the Malankara Catholic Educational Society of the Archdiocese of Trivandrum. Mar Gregorios College of Law was envisioned as a centre of excellence in legal education. The college was instituted in the name of His Grace Most Reverend Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios, who was the second Metropolitan Archbishop of the Malankara Syrian Catholic Major Archiepiscopal Church. The college is affiliated to the University of Kerala and recognized by the Bar Council of India.
The motto of Mar Gregorios College of Law is "Righteousness is Immortal" taken from the book of Wisdom 1:15 of the Holy Bible. It symbolises the values of righteousness, fairness and goodness that the institution seeks to propagate. The Institute does not only impart legal knowledge to its students, but also teaches them to utilise it ethically and righteously, for the men who uphold righteousness will ever remain immortal.
The college logo with the image of Lady Justice, flanked by her stanchions -- a book and a lamp-- against the backdrop of blue, white and red is a judicious blend of the essence of the East and the West. The book, as representative of the Constitution of India signifies knowledge and the light signifies divine wisdom, which would combine together to give form to right learning and wise judgement.
Lady Justice or Iustitia, who is blindfolded, and holds the scales of justice and a sword, is the embodiment of justice and morality of the judicial system. The evenly balanced weighing scales suspended from Lady Justice's left hand represent impartiality and the obligation of the law (through its representatives) to weigh the evidence presented to the court. Each side of a legal case needs to be looked at and comparisons made as justice is done. The eyes of Lady Justice are covered with a blindfold to signify the impartiality and the objectivity of the law and the fact that it does not let outside factors, such as politics, wealth or fame, influence its decisions. The double-edged sword which Lady Justice holds symbolizes enforcement and respect, and means that justice stands by its decision and ruling, and is able to take action. The sword is unsheathed and very visible implying that justice is transparent and is not an implement of fear.
Above these in white hue is imprinted both in English and Sanskrit, the motto of the college, “Righteousness is Immortal” which is taken from the Book of Wisdom 1: 15 of the Holy Bible. While the Sanskrit rendering signifies that we remain true to our roots - the Indian culture, the English rendering symbolizes our reaching out for global horizons. The Olive branches in the logo honour the Greco - Roman culture from where Law as we learn it today takes its roots. It also symbolises the triumph of Justice over Vice.
The colour red outline signifies courage and sacrifice. We equip every professional we mould in our college with Self-Confidence and Courage to strive for a better world amid impediments. Deep blue in the logo is suggestive of wisdom and serenity that one acquires through true learning. And finally, black and white have been chosen as evocative of professional sophistication as well as power and purity, which should go hand in hand in order for one to realise the true potential of this profession.
As the logo sets it clear and loud MGCL aspires for the holistic development of each one of our students who will go on to glorify the name & motto of our institution around the world.