Dr. Winny Varghese
Son of one of the Founding fathers, Prof. M P Varghese of Mar Athanasius College Association, Dr. Winny Varghese has inherited some great traits of his illustrious father. He had been associated with the sister institute, Mar Athanasius Arts and Science College as a professor and later as the Principal before donning the garb of Association Secretary.
He majored in Chemistry and completed his Ph.D. from the University of Calicut with specialization in Chemical Dynamics, Natural Products, Environmental Chemistry, and the thesis titled Kinetic Studies on the Hydrolysis of some Acid Phthalic Esters of Benzhydrol.
He has membership of many professional bodies including:
- Fellow of Indian Chemical Society
- Member of Indian Science Congress Association
- Member of Society for Biotechnologists (India)
- Member of Kerala Academy of Sciences
- Member of Organisation of farmers for establishment of rights
He has co authored 8 scientific papers in different scientific journals and magazines. His personal achievements include:
- Has been selected for the award of the ‘Best Five Principals’ in India, instituted by All India Association for Christian Higher Education (AIACHE), New Delhi. This award is popularly known as Dr. Sam Higginbottom award constituted in the name of the founder of AIACHE.
- Nominated as a Member of the U.G.C. Expert Committee for Conferring and Extending Autonomous status to Colleges in Thamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Pondicherry, and Andaman and Nicobar.
- Nominated as a Member of the U.G.C. Expert Committee for allocation of funds for the construction of women’s hostels in minority concentrated cities and towns in Kerala and Karnataka during XI Plan period.
- Nominated as a Member of the U.G.C. Expert Committee for allocation of funds for College Development and Merged Schemes for Colleges in Uttar Pradesh during XI Plan.
- His tenure as the Principal of MA Colege of Arts and Science brought in many laurels and laid sound foundations for more.
- The Mar Athanasius College of Arts and Science is the first college in Kerala to be accredited with ‘A Grade’ by NAAC (2002).
- The College was selected as one among the best ten colleges in Kerala by a committee consisting of the Vice-chancellors of Mahatma Gandhi, Kannur and Kerala Universities in 2002.
- Palathully Award for the best college in the state, instituted by The Malayala Manorama, for carrying out eco-friendly activities and rain water harvesting projects (2007).
- Bagged the National Environmental Awareness Award instituted by the Khadi and Village Industries Development Agency of India (2008)
- The College received the Bhoomimithra Award instituted by the Paristhythi Samrakshana Sangham, Aluva, for eco-friendly activities in and around the campus (2009).
- Mahatma Gandhi University has recommended the College for the award of ‘Colleges with Potential for Excellence’ (CPE) of UGC (2009).
- Kerala Cricket Association has selected the College for starting the first indoor net facility in the State (2009).