Mar Dionysius College is at Pazhanji - a small village with a beautiful and serene landscape, 6 km away from Kunnamkulam municipal town and 14 km away from the Guruvayoor railway station. The village prides itself on unique cultural traditions. The entire village is still made richer by its proximity to various churches, temples, and mosques.
M.D College, Pazhanji in Thrissur district affiliated to the University of Calicut was formerly inaugurated on 16th December 1982 under the Educational Agency of His Holiness Baselius Marthoma Mathews I, Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan, representing the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. The college is established in memory of Late His Grace Pulikottil Joseph Mar Dionysius Metropolitan, founder of the Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam. The college was started functioning as a junior college in the Sunday School building of St. Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church, Pazhanji steadily emerged up with its constant heavenly blessings. In the beginning, there were only two batches in the pre-degree, one each in Arts and Commerce. In 1982, the present college site at Aruvai was acquired and the construction of a permanent building was immediately begun on 13.5 acres of land with lush green surroundings. Thus a long-cherished dream of the people in and around Pazhanji and the Orthodox Church, in particular, came to be fruitful on 13th March 1985.
The College was upgraded in the year 1991 as a degree college with a B.A. degree course in Economics. In1993, a B.Sc. degree course in Mathematics was introduced. In 1995, the College was upgraded as a Post Graduate College with an M.A. degree course in Economics. In the year 1998, the BBA course under the faculty of Commerce and Management Studies was started. In the year 2000, the college got sanction to introduce a B.A. degree course in the English language. and literature. In the same year, as a grand millennium gift, the institution got 2F(12B) registration from the University Grants Commission. In 2001, a B.Sc. degree course in Physics was introduced. In the year 2005, B.Com. degree course with computer application was introduced. The Government of Kerala has recognized the college as a sub-center for Continuing Education.
The institution is situated absolutely in a rural area that caters to the educational needs of thousands of poor rural people.