The Mar Thoma Syrian Theological Seminary aims at training candidates for the ordained ministry in the context of the changing ecclesial, social, religious and political conditions. The Seminary also aims at providing continuing education to the clergy. It also offers training in specialized ministries both for clergy and for laity. The training of laity has special importance in view of the fact that historically laity exercises strong leadership in the church. This has been so ever since the beginning of the reform movement in the church. In and through these training programmes the Seminary aims at achieving excellence in the ministry offered by the clergy of the church and the laity, including women, so that they can face up to the ministerial challenges offered by the 21st century.
The Seminary and its properties, moveable and immoveable, are owned and governed by the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church.
The Seminary is affiliated to the Serampore University. The affiliation will continue until otherwise decided by the Mar Thoma Sabha Pradhinidhi Mandalam.