His Beatitude Mar George Cardinal Alenchery, (the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church)
His Excellency Mar Sebastian Adayantharath, (Bishop of the Eparchy of Mandya)
Very Rev. Dr. Thomas Chathamparampil CMI, the Prior General of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate
Fr. Kurian Kachappilly CMI
Fr. Jose Kizhakkekutt CMI
Fr. Sebastian Alackapally CMI
Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK), the organic evolution of Dharmaram College, the common study house of CMI Congregation, is as a Pontifical Athenaeum for higher learning and formation, established by the Congregation for Catholic Education, Vatican, as an independent institute, empowered to grant degrees, including Licentiate and Doctorate in Philosophy and Theology, and Licentiate in Oriental Canon Law and Formative Spirituality and Counselling.
In 1965 the College was affiliated to the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and 11 years later in 1976, the Congregation for Catholic Education by its Decree "Nobilissimae Indiarum Gentes" the merits and the significant progress Dharmaram Pontifical Institute made in seven years, the same Congregation by its decree Antiquissima Indorum Philosophica, on December 8, 1983. In the new Statutes approved by the Congregation for the Catholic Education on November 7, 1986 the Athenaeum was re-christened as Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK), meaning the Temple of Wisdom in the Garden of Dharma.
In the context of the ever-increasing importance of specialization and research in Oriental Canon Law. A new Institute was erected at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram by the Congregation for Catholic Education on March 29, 1999. This Institute is aggregated to the Pontifical Oriental Institute (PIO), Rome, and is named Institute of Oriental Canon Law. This institute was inaugurated on July 14, 1999 by the Major Archbishop Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil CSsR, the Chancellor of the DVK.
Growing as a premier institution of theological and philosophical education, DVK gradually developed a separate and independent campus for itself exhibiting its grandeur and intellectual ambience. Thanks to the generous help of our well-wishers and benefactors such as MISSIO, the Archdiocese of Cologne and others, the Administrative Block, Theology Block, Philosophy Block, Postgraduate Hostel, Adhyayana Hostel and a well-equipped Central Library were constructed in due course.
DVK Central Library, providing unique services in ecclesiastical learning, is a key academic center on the campus. The newly constructed central library is fully automated and has modern infrastructure. Functions of this library are spread over a multi-story building with forty-five thousand square feet space. The concept of the Central Library is a collective form of different libraries and subsidiary facilities. This library, with its functions, features and structure, is unique among the Indian Ecclesiastical Libraries.
Adhyayana provides boarding and lodging facilities for sisters who study at the DVK.
Research Centre provides lodging facilities for the male postgraduate students and research scholars.
President : Prof. Dr. Kurian Kachappilly CMI
Registrar : Dr. Jose Kizhakkekutt CMI
Dean, Faculty of Theology : Dr. Shaji Kochuthara CMI
Dean, Faculty of Philosophy : Prof. Dr. Wilson Edattukaran CMI
Director, Vinayasadhana : Dr. Anto Vattakkuzhy CMI
Controller of Examination : Prof. Dr. Joy Kakkanattu CMI
Finance Officer : Dr. Sebastian Alackapally CMI
Librarian : Dr. John Neelankavil CMI
Director, Institute of Oriental Canon Law : Prof. Dr. Varghese Koluthara,CMI