Irinjalakuda Diocese was established in the year 1978, and His Excellency Mar James Pazhayattil took over the reins as the first Bishop of this Diocese. Irinjalakuda Diocese is doing a excellent service meeting the needs of Education, Health and Social responsibilities. Considering the demands on the necessity of value based higher technical education, the people of the Diocese decided to establish an Engineering college to mark The Episcopal Silver Jubilee Year of His Excellency Bishop Mar James Pazhayattil and Silver Jubilee of the formation of the Diocese of Irinjalakuda .
The Irinjalakuda Diocesan Educational Trust was formed and registered on 23-07-2001 with Reg. No: 138/IV 2001 at Irinjalakuda registration office with His Excellency Mar James Pazhayattil as Chairman, Rev. Msgr. Sebastian Ezhekadan as President, Rev. Fr. Joseph Thekkethala as Secretary, Rev.Fr. Pius Chirapanath as Finance Officer. With land holding about 40 acres , the Trust submitted the application form for establishing Sahrdaya College of Engineering and Technology at Kodakara, to the Government of Kerala, University of Calicut and AICTE , New Delhi through the Regional Office. By the Grace of God, the AICTE, New Delhi in its letter dated 06-06-2002, sanctioned the establishment of Sahrdaya College at Kodakara, to run the four B. Tech Degree courses leading to Electronics and Communication Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology (Engineering) with an intake of 60 students in each of the courses from the academic year 2002-2003The Government of Kerala included the Sahrdaya College as one of the engineering colleges to which the students have to be admitted by the Commissioner of Entrance Examination from the year 2002-2003 in the four branches sanctioned by the AICTE. On 21st November 2001 His Excellency Mar James Pazhayattil laid the foundation stone for central building of Sahrdaya College. Architects Mayphils from Ernakulam prepared the master plan for the college and detail plan for the individual buildings. On 22/02/2002 His Excellency Mar James Pazhayattil laid the foundation stone for the workshop and hostel building in the campus. In a short span of seven months the central building, workshop and hostel block were completed in all respects. All the 4 class rooms of the first batch were equipped with Networked Computers with LCD projector for Multimedia Presentations, Teak wood furniture, imported green glass Magnetic chalk boards etc. The laboratories required for first year in Physics and Chemistry departments and the workshop required in Mechanical, Electrical & Electronics and Civil engineering departments were fully equipped. A drawing hall containing modern adjustable drawing boards was also made available for use. An advanced Computer Lab with 60 networked Pentium-4 terminals was established. A language lab to train the students in English, Hindi, French, German, Arabic and Japanese languages was also established with necessary audio support from Linguaphone Institute Ltd, London. A vast reference library which can accommodate 150 students at a time and issue library with text books and reference books was established with a well qualified librarian and necessary supporting staff. Library is being digitalized. Well-qualified teaching staff varies from master’s degree to doctorate degree conversant in using power point presentations were recruited. Internet facilities are provided in the college. Buses were provided for transporting staff and students. On 22/6/2002, the college building was blessed by His Excellency Mar James Pazhayattil, Honourable M.L.A.’s viz., Adv. K.P. Viswanathan MLA, Mr. P.P. George MLA, Mr. T.U. Radhakrishnan MLA, Ms. Savithri Lakshmanan, MLA, Mr. M.K. Paulson MLA, Mr. P.R. Prasadan, Village Panchayat President, Rev. Priests, Sisters and Parish Representatives, well wishers and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. The college office started functioning in the new premises with Executive Director, Principal and office staff on 23-09-2002.