President Mukherjee released Postage Stamp commemorating 200 years of Old Seminary in Kottayam (Download PDF)


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Indian President Pranab Mukherjee released a Postage Stamp commemorating the 200 years of the Orthodox Theological Seminary or Old Seminary, Kottayam in Kerala. The Orthodox Theological Seminary is also known as Old Seminary or Cottayam Syrian College is run by the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, the St. Thomas Christians.

  • Orthodox Theological Seminary is a heritage monument which recognized by the central Government of India for its importance as a two hundred year old quadrangular edifice where English education was started for the first time in Kerala.
  • Theological Seminary was set up by the Malankara Orthodox Church situated in Kerala and it was the first indigenous initiative towards universal literacy and education and The Seminary also has to its credit several developments like Cottayam College.
  • First printing press was also established in the premises and scholars of the Seminary took active part in standardizing the common Malayalam Script.
  • It was the first English teaching institution in the State and the credit of translating Bible into the first Indian language, Malayalam, also goes to the Seminary and College under the leadership of Benjamin Bailey.

- Published/Last Modified on: April 24, 2015


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