Bethany Fathers : The Congregation of the Order of the Imitation of Christ (OIC) which is also known as Bethany Ashram, was founded by the late Archbishop Mar Ivanios on 15th August 1919. The Congregation aims at following Jesus Christ in his life of prayer and action, realized in Oriental monastic tradition and Indian sanyasa which are aimed at the evangelization of India through the spiritual renewal of the Malankara Catholic Church.
The General Chapter of the Order of the Imitation of Christ held in the year 1998, decided to establish provincial system in the Congregation and so it formed two provinces, namely Bethany Navajeevan Provinces, with its headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram and Bethany Navajyothy Province with its headquarters in Desom, Aluva. Girideepam group of institutions is owned and managed by Bethany Navajyothy Province, Desom, Aluva.
Girideepam” (Giri = Mountain, Deepam = Lamp), is the shining lamp on the mountain top. The mission to enlighten and educate began in 1976 at Bethany Ashram, Kalathipady, Kottayam. It was the untiringpassion, the commendable determination and dedication of the Bethany Father’s, synchronized with social responsibility that helped the school to grow by leaps and bounds.
Today, Girideepam has become a brand in the education sector. Girideepam Institutions had been consistent in providing overall growth and development in curricular and extracurricular activities. The Girideepam Institutions are managed by Bethany Navajyothy Province of The Order of Imitation of Christ (OIC).
Educational endeavours of Bethany Ashram reached a milestone with the unveiling of Girideepam Institute of Advanced Learning (GIAL) in 2005. The college is affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University in the Self Financing sector offering specially designed courses up to the Post Graduate level.
Recognizing the need of professional Management education in the State, Girideepam unveiled its prestigious Business School in 2010. The full time MBA programme of Girideepam Business School is approved by Government of Kerala, AICTE New Delhi, and affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University. The college transforms every student into full-fledged professionals who can cope with the wherewithal of life’s journey and contribute towards better practices in Management profession of the country.