The institution interacts with industries and conducts many industry-oriented programmes for the students and teachers. The cell is funded by AICTE, New Delhi. The IIPC regularly organizes exhibitions, seminars, and workshops. Experts in specific fields are invited from industries to conduct various industry-oriented programmes in the college. Short-term industrial training programmes are given both for the students and teachers. Being close to Kochi, the industrial belt of Kerala, the help, suggestions, and assistance from industries are better utilized.
Indian Society for Technical Education is a professional body of educators and administrators in Engineering and Technology, established in 1967. Ministry of Human Resource and Development and the Ministry of Science and Technology guide and support ISTE activities. AICTE and ISTE jointly implement various continuing education programmes in Technical Education. ISTE-MACE is one of the leading chapters in the Kerala Section. The students' chapter of ISTE is also very active on campus. The 9th Annual State Convention of ISTE Kerala Section was held at Mar Athanasius College of Engineering, Kothamangalam, in November 1998. ISTE had selected MACE as its best chapter in Kerala twice. ISTE-MACE Chapter regularly organizes programmes like summer/winter schools, lectures, workshops, and conferences.
The Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in the College foster an interest in specific areas of Electrical and Electronic Engineering among the students and give its members the opportunities to learn the state of the art technologies. The IEEE-MACE Chapter (School code: 32041) was inaugurated in 1988. The chapter has been functioning very actively since then. IEEE regularly conducts training programmes, classes, seminars, industrial visits, study trips, debates, quizzes, and workshops. IEEE library has a collection of journals, books, and other educational works. IEEE members are actively participating in various Inter-Collegiate technical programmes.
The IPR cell was established in the college in 2011. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) play a key role in gaining an advantageous position in the technological world. Technological developments in the 21st century have transformed most wealth-creating work from physically-based to knowledge-based. The major challenge before the organization in the coming years would be to create a culture of IPR regime so that creative work and innovations get due protection. This can be achieved by creating a stringent IPR regime. The engineering colleges in the state are the treasure house of intellectual resources. Many innovative ideas, inventions, and technologies are coming out of the engineering colleges, but many of these inventions are not patented due to a lack of awareness of IPR. The cell has been organizing several IPR awareness seminars about the significance of IPR among the student community. The cell provides necessary guidance to the students and faculty members to patent their valuable inventions.
The college has four NSS units (Nos. 117, 118, 577 & 578) under the Directorate of Technical Education, Kerala. NSS MACE intends to mould engineers par excellence, integrity, human values, and social and environmental commitments. What we need are the instruments of social change, Technocrats, and Social Engineers. It is indeed the need of the hour to mould a generation aware of the problems that society faces and keen to work diligently in Nation Building. Over the last few years, the NSS unit has achieved most of its goals. NSS-MACE received the IMA-GCDA award for maximum blood donation, the Jeevadhayani award for the preparation of the online blood donors directory, and many other appreciation awards. From cleaning to agricultural works and maintenance, students engage in activities in and out of the campus. The flood during past years brought devastating damage to many lives. Mar Athanasius College of Engineering, under the supervision of NSS volunteers, collected and distributed the essentials to the needy people and also started a refugee camp.
Initiatives like the E-waste collection campaign, Green carpet - Bhoothathankettu, and distribution of over 10,000 cloth bags over 28 wards of Kothamangalam are helping the cause of a clean and green environment. JALAKAM, coming into being in 2017, brought students from special schools to spend a day at the college campus interacting with the students. DISHA is a Camp initiated to guide Tribal students from various parts of Kerala to build their careers. Anti-narcotics awareness rallies, campaigns, and classes are organized as a part of the Vimukthi Mission of the Excise Department of Kerala. Blood donation camps are arranged at regular intervals. Various fundraisers are arranged to help patients with their treatments and organ transplant surgeries. There has been a remarkable positive change in the attitude of the students as a result of the meticulous training process initiated by the NSS. It has helped the students to bring some principles and philosophies into their lives to help them become mature and enlightened citizens.