Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy Alwaye (PIA) constituted at both Mangalapuzha and Carmelgiri Seminaries take care of the intellectual formation of seminarians. Both these seminaries provide the infrastructure and basic amenities for the functioning of PIA. The seminaries and the PIA work coherently in imparting intellectual formation.
The high academic authority of the PIA includes His Grace Archbishop Soosai Pakkiam (Chancellor), His Excellency Yoohannan Mar Chrysostom (Pro-Chancellor) and His Grace Mar Mathew Moolakattu (Vice-Chancellor).
With an aim to enhance the intellectual quality of seminarians, mentoring system was introduced. Accordingly, all students were entrusted with the academic mentoring of different staff members. Each formator shall take care of the intellectual formation of about 15 seminarians, closely accompanying them. Mentors and mentees were given handbooks outlining a general format for mentoring. This venture has proved a big success thanks to the generous cooperation of the staff members and the receptivity of seminarians.
A good number of staff members attended the bishops-theologians colloquium organized by the KCBC in August at Mount St. Thomas Kakkanad.
The Institute Day Celebrations were held on Mangalapuzha Campus on 9 August, 2017.
Fr. Zacharias Memorial Lectures were held on 30 August 2017 on Carmelgiri campus in collaboration with POC and the KCBC commission for Ecumenism and dialogue. Lectures centred on the general theme “Bridge for Unity,” Ecumenical Dialogue: A Methodology for Christian Unity.
Correspondence course in Theology organized by the PIA flourished over a period of one year. It attracted about two thousand participants from different parts of Kerala. There were occasional contact classes in the Seminary conducted by the PIA. The staff published more than thirty textbooks in Malayalam for this course.
Expressing greater concerns towards intellectual formation, meeting of the Rectors and Superiors of the study houses and the resident teachers formulated new proposals to enhance the quality of intellectual pursuits. This meeting served as a platform to share the views of different Superiors and Rectors who work in the same field.
The convocation ceremony of the PIA was held on 14th December 2017, on Carmelgiri campus. Mar Sebastian Adayanthrath, auxiliary bishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese inaugurated the function. Rev. Dr. Augustine Vallooran, Director of English & Other Language Retreats, Divine Retreat Centre, gave the keynote address.
On 31 July 2017 there was lecture on cyber security and cyber-crimes by Mr. Arun from cyber cell, Kottayam, Kerala police from 2.00pm to 4.00 pm in the auditorium.
On 16 August 2017 an extension lecture was given in the auditorium by Dr. Stephen Van Erp from KU Leuven, Belgium on the theme ‘Relationship between Fundamental Theology and Political Theology.’
On 22 November an intercollegiate seminar in Carmelgiri campus was held on the topic “Demonetization and GST.”
On 23 January 2018 a public lecture by Rev Dr. Jacob Kattackal was arranged in the main auditorium. Dr Kattackal, a prolific author, spoke on how to cultivate taste for intellectual work.
Students of both Mangalapuzha and Carmlegiri campuses of third year theology together attended a few courses in both the campuses. It serves as a much appreciated opportunity for seminarians to mingle with their counterparts in the Latin tradition.
On 29, 30 January 2017 PIA organized its Triennial International Conference on the theme “Virtues: Perspectives and Practices.” His Beatitude Mar George Cardinal Alencherry, His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Soosa Packiam and Most Rev. Abraham Mar Julios, Archbishop of Muvattupuzha blessed the function with their presence and words.
Speakers of the Conference included: Rev. Dr. C.D .Sebastian, Rev. Dr. Keith D’Sousa SJ, Rev. Dr. Aldo Vendemiatti, Rev. Dr. Vincent Kundukulam, Rev. Dr. Joseph Valliyattu, Rev. Sr. Bince Maria FCC, Rev. Dr. Clement Vallussery, Rev. Dr. Joseph Nalpathilchira, Rev. Dr. Petr Marecek, Rev. Dr. Thomas Kalariparambil MSFS, Rev. Dr. Veenus Joseph Karmullil, Rev. Dr. Thomas Kuzhuppil, Rev. Dr. Sujan Amurutham, Rev. Dr. Sebeesh Jacob, Rev Sr. Dr. Mercitta Kannampuzha SABS, Rev. Dr. Jobi Thomas Thurackal CMI, and Rev. Dr. Saju Chakkalckal.
On 29 January 2018 PIA released a new journal Indian Journal of Philosophy and Religion. His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Soosa Packiam released the journal by giving a copy to Rev. Dr. Aldo Vendemiati, dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at Urbaniana University, Rome.
On 06 February Prof. Dr. Mathijs Lamberigts of Leuven University gave a lecture on Virtues.