About Us

Rev. Thomas K. Oommen
Bishop

Madhya Kerala Diocese

The Madhya Kerala Diocese is one of the twenty-four dioceses of the Church of South India covering the central part of Kerala. When the Church of South India was formed on 27 September 1947, it was called the Diocese of Central Travancore and was later renamed the Diocese of Madhya Kerala. It was a part of the erstwhile Anglican Diocese of Travancore and Cochin founded in 1879.


Kerala, the State, clothed in nature’s finery, protected by the Rocky Mountains in the East and washed by the waves of the Arabian Sea in the West, has been blessed with Christianity from the first century. Tradition has it that it was St. Thomas, the Apostle of Jesus who brought Christianity to Kerala. The Ancient Syrian Church of Malabar had links with Christian centers in West Asia. The winds of the Reformation which rocked Europe in the 16th century swept India as well with the coming of the missionaries of the Church Missionary Society, the London Missionary Society and the Basel Mission..


The Church Missionary Society (CMS), was a society organized by some evangelicals of the Church of England on April 12th 1799 to help the propagation of the Gospel in Africa and in the East. The CMS was of course, the child of ‘Evangelical Anglicanism’ and its original name was ‘The Society for Missions in Africa and the East’. After a few years, the title “The Church Missionary Society” was formally adopted.



History

British Connection with Travancore

The origin of Travancore’s connection with British goes back to 1685, when the English East India Company established a factory at Anjengo in Travancore by obtaining land from the Attingal Rani (the Queen of Attingal). The English established the factory mainly with a view to breaking up the Dutch monopoly in those parts. Thus a cordial relationship between the East India Company and Travancore was developed.

In the second half of the 18th century. the fear of invasion from Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan, compelled Travancore to depend for her safety on the English East India Company. In November 1795, a treaty of perpetual friendship and alliance was signed between the Rajah of Travancore and the East India Company. The treaty was again modified in 1805, which established British paramountcy over Travancore. As a result of these treaties, the British Residents were henceforth to represent Great Britain at the Court of Travancore. The first two residents were Col Colin Macaulay (1800-1810) and Col John Munro (1810-1819), who were protestant Christians of strong convictions; interested in the affairs of Jacobite Syrians.



The C.M.S. in Travancore

The origin of the work of the C.M.S. in Travancore can be traced to the Rev R H Kerr and the Rev Claudius Buchanan, who paid visits to the Malabar Syrians in 1806, during the episcopate of Mar Dionysius. It was Lord William Bentinck, who sent Dr Kerr to Travancore for the purpose of investigating the state of the native church. E M Philip tells us that, “he (Kerr) expressed to the Metropolitan of the Syrian Church a hope that one day a union might take place between the Syrian and the Anglican Church and that he seemed pleased at the suggestion.”

The next friendly Anglican visitor was Dr Buchanan, who evinced a keen desire that the Syrian Church and the Church of England should be brought closer together. His speech at the C M S Anniversary in 1809 and his famous book, “Christian Researches in Asia”, drew the attention of the English people to the Syrian Christians of Travancore.

According to W J Richards, a C M S Missionary in Travancore, in the beginning of 19th century the religious and social conditions of the Syrian Christians were pathetic. The people were steeped in ignorance and superstitions. The Jacobite Syrian Church was also at this time at a very low spiritual level. This is clear in the words of the Syrian Metropolitan, when he had an interview with Dr Buchanan in which he says, “you have come to visit a declining church.”



Mission of Help to The Syrians

The C M S Mission of Help to the Jacobite Syrians of Kerala was started in the year 1816, of which the initiative came from Col Munro, the then British Resident of Travancore. There were two main purposes behind the Mission of Help to the Syrians. First of all, through the work of the C M S Missionaries among the Syrians, to effect the renovation of their Church and to raise them from their degradation.

Secondly, the British Resident as well as the missionaries hoped that, “a strong and friendly Christian Community will be a support for the British power in Malabar”. Rev Thomas Norton was the first missionary who came to Travancore in this connection. He was soon followed by Benjamin Bailey (1816), Joseph Fenn (1818) and Henry Baker (Sr) (1819) who are popularly known as the "Kottayam Trio".

These three concentrated their work among the Syrians, where as the pioneer missionary, Norton focused his work among the outcastes in Alleppey.

The work of the missionaries among the Jacobite Syrians was mainly on the education field. Fenn took charge of the college for training the younger clergy; Bailey devoted himself chiefly to literary and translation work and the press, while Baker took charge of the parish schools up and down the land. Though the relationship between the missionaries and the Jacobite Syrians went on well without many problems in the beginning, it did not last long. The change of leadership in the Jacobite Syrian Community as well as the change of missionaries caused much problem in the relationship. During the second half of the Mission of Help, the pioneer missionaries went on furlough.

While they were away new men came on the scene, Joseph Peet (1833-1865) and W J Wood Cock (1834-1837). The young missionaries were rather impatient about the slow progress being made and were sometimes rash in their actions. The visits of the Rev J Tucker, Secretary of the C M S Corresponding Committee at Madras, and Bishop Wilson, the Anglican Bishop of Calcutta did not heal the wound, these two being uncompromising evangelists. This was followed by a Synod of the Syrian Christians at Mavelikkara on 16th January 1836, in which the Jacobite Syrian Community under Mar Dionysios IV, the then Malankara Metropolitan decided to break all their relationships with the Church of England. With this we see an early death of the twenty-year-old C M S Mission of Help to the Syrian Church of Travancore.



Was the Mission of Help a failure? An eminent Hindu, Diwan Bahadur Nagamiah says in the Travancore State Manual that, “Although the Syrians headed by their Bishop had thus forrnally parted company with the Church Missionary Society, the teaching of the missionaries for more than twenty years had not been without result, and there was among the Syrians a party who was influenced by that teaching.”

Missionaries Turn to The Masses

The dissolution of the contract between the C M S and the Syrian Metropolitan after 20 years of beneficial work was no doubt says, C M Agur “a great disappointment” With the snapping of ties, the missionaries directed their attention to the despised and the downtrodden Ezhavas, Malayarayans (Hill Arrians), and the outcastes of Central Travancore.


Due to the impact of the work of the C M S among the Syrian Christians, soon after the separation with them, several Syrian Christians who were attracted towards the reformation joined the Anglican Church. In certain cases, the whole Syrian parishes joined with the missionaries. Therefore, the missionaries began to serve them as parish priests too.

In 1840, Bishop Spencer of Madras, who succeeded Bishop Daniel Corrie after his death in 1837, made his first episcopal visit to Malabar soon after the Archbishop of Canterbury had put the congregations of Travancore under the Episcopal oversight of the Bishop of Madras. Thus the Anglican Church was fully established in Travancore in 1840. By 1840’s missionaries started systematic evangelism among the non-Christians, especially those of the lower classes. In 1848 Baker reported that he baptized thirty five individuals. He again speaks: “They have been Chogans. Two I had rescued from slavery very accidentally.” In 1850, Rev J Hawksworth wrote, "The visible success of this mission during the past half-year has been almost exclusively among the 'heathen'".



Institutions

Colleges

• CMS College Kottayam
• Peet Memorial Training College Mavelikara
• Bishop Moore College Mavelikara
• Bishop Speechly College Pallom
• CSI College for Legal Studies Ettumanoor
• Baker Memorial College for Women Kottayam
• Bishop Moore College for the Hearing Impaired Adoor


Higher Secondary Schools:

• BM Girl's HSS Kottayam
• BH HSS Mavelikara
• CMS HSS Mallapally
• CMS College HSS Kottayam
• CMS HSS Kuzhikala

Self- Financing Schools:

• Bishop Moore Vidyapith Mavelikara
• Bishop Moore Eng. Med. HSS Mavelikara
• Hawksworth Vidyapith Tholassery
• Baker Vidyapith Kottayam
• Bishop Speechly Vidyapeeth Pallom
• Bishop Moore Vidyapith Kayamkulam
• Bishop Moore Vidyapith Cherthala

High Schools:

• CMS College HS Kottayam
• BM Girl's HS Kottayam
• BH HS Mavelikara
• CMS HS Malappally
• B I Girl's HS Pallom
• CMS HS Mundakayam
• CMS HS Kuzhikala
• CMS HS Kattanam
• CMS HS Kumplampoika
• CMS HS Nedungadapally
• CMS HS Pallom
• CMS HS Punnavely
• CMS HS Olassa
• CMS HS Puthupally
• CMS HS Kanam
• CMS HS Thiruvalla
• CMS HS Thalavady
• CMS HS Mundiapally

Special & Upper Primary Schools:

• CSI VHSS for the Deaf Thiruvalla
• CSI HSS for Partially Hearing Manakkala
• CMS UPS Athirunkal
• CMS UPS Chelakompu
• CMS UPS Karappuram Mission
• CMS UPS Kattampakkal
• CMS UPS Kodukulanji
• CMS UPS Kulathupuzha
• CMS UPS Nallanikunnu
• CMS UPS Punnackad
• CMS UPS Ranni

Boarding/ Hostels:

• Baker School Boarding House Kottayam
• Bishop Moore Vidyapith Girl's Hostel Mavelikara
• Bishop Moore Vidyapith Boys’ Hostel Mavelikara
• CMS Industrial School Hostel Kottayam
• Sr. Rachel Joseph Hostel Mavelikara
• Cathedral Hostel for Women Kottayam
• Lea Hostel, CMS College Kottayam

Other:

• CSI Counselling Centre Kottayam
• CSI Retreat Centre Kottayam
• Diocesan Book Depot Kottayam
• Diocesan Book Depot (Noah’s Arch) Adoor
• Eco Spirituality Centre Othara
• Eco Tourism Centre Kumarakom
• Home Wood Eco Spirituality Centre Kodaikanal
• CSI Youth Centre Changanacherry

Teacher Training Institute:

• CNI TTI Kottayam
• BI TTI Pallom

Theological Education:

• Bishop Mani Theological Institute CSI Retreat Centre, Kottayam.

Diocesan Sunday School - A brief History

The efforts of Robert Rakes of England to teach the children Bible stories in a systematic way resulted in the formation of an organization called the Sunday School in 1780. Within a few years it had spread to many countries and by 1790 about 3 lakh students had become Sunday school students. The world Sunday school union was formed in 1808 and India Sunday Schools union started functioning at Allahabad in 1876.

The early CMS missionaries who came to Kerala began teaching The Bible to children also, and therefore Sunday schools were already functioning in many of the Churches established by these missionaries. Systematic Sunday school work is understood to have been started, in 1880, at Mallappally, by Arch Deacon Oommen Mammen who got in touch with the India Sunday schools union roughly around that time. Hence 1880 is considered to be the year of starting formal Sunday schools in our Diocese.

It took some more years to get this movement well organized in the Diocese. Rev. K.O. Philip was appointed as the first General Secretary of the Diocesan Sunday school in 1924 and Rev. M M John (later became the Bishop of Madhya Kerala Diocese) took up this responsibility in 1934. ‘Balajanaperunal’, the birthday of the Diocesan Sunday school, was started in 1945. Regular examinations for the children and teachers according to the syllabus of the All India Sunday Schools union were held from 1927 onwards. The mission support by the Sunday school children for the work in Nadikooda, one of the villages under the Parkal Mission, started in 1938. Though VBS (Vacation Bible School) ministry was taken up formally and systematically by the Diocesan Sunday school only in 2003, the first VBS in the Diocese was conducted as early as 1954.

Training camps for teachers of the Sunday schools are held by the Diocese from the 1920s and the annual Sunday school camp at the Diocesan level was started in 1982. Competitions in various disciplines at the Diocesan level are conducted since 1983. ‘Njanasandesamâm, the quarterly publication of the Sunday school was commenced in 1998. A correspondence course for Bible study called ‘Vissuasa prayanam’ was started in 2003. Mission Sunday is celebrated from 2001 and the collection of that day is used for the support of a Home Mission field of the Diocese. Junior Missionary Association JMA, started functioning in 1986 in order to encourage children for missionary work. It was defunct for a few years but was revived again in 2005.

The following persons served as General Secretaries of the Diocesan Sunday School from 1924 till date:
• Rev. K. O. Philip
• Rev. M. M. John (Later Bishop of Madhya Kerala Diocese)
• Rev. A J Kurian
• Rev. C K John
• Rev. C T Mathew
• Rev. Jacob Varghese
• Rev. P A. John
• Rev. C. H. Ittycheriah
• Rev. Thomas Samuel (Later Bishop of Madhya Kerala Diocese)
• Rev. P. V. Jacob
• Mr. Joseph Mani
• Rev. Dr. K T Kurian
• Rev. Sam Samuel
• Rev. Prof. Itty Mathew (as Director)
• Rev. Jacob Daniel
• Rev. Ninan Jacob
• Rev. Mathew P George
• Rev. M. A. Jacob
• Rev. Jiji John Jacob

Diocesan Youth Movement

India became independent on August 15, 1947, and one month later, the formation of the Church of South India took place, its inauguration on 27th September 1947 was a historic event - an Indian Church in an Indian - ruled country. The formation of the Church of South India was one of the remarkable events in the History of Christianity.

The CSI Madhya Kerala Diocesan Youth Movement is the first Christian Youth Movement in Asia. The earliest form of the Diocesan Youth Movement was the ‘Annual Anglican Youth League’ which was started by Bishop Charles Hope Gill. In 1916, during the time of the centenary celebrations of the Church Missionary Society Activities in Travancore-Cochin, the missionaries felt the need of utilizing the creative and physical potentials of the youth for the betterment of the Church and the society. For this reason, to unite the Youth, the missionaries started the ‘Annual Anglican Youth Conference’. The very aim of the Annual Conference was to invite the youth to serve the church and the society through the love of Jesus Christ and thus lead them to better dedication and commitment. It was in English language that they arranged the sessions of the conference. From 1932 onwards, an annual conference was started in Malayalam for the non-English speaking people.

In 1942, the organisation became very strong which was known as ‘Youth League’ and started district level conferences in all the 10 ecclesiastical districts of the diocese. In 1947, a full time general secretary (Mr. John Ramakrishna Pillai) was appointed for the smooth functioning of the organisation. Till this time there were no women participation in the conferences. In 1959, the ‘Yuvatheesamajam’ which was an integral part of the Women’s Fellowship merged with Youth League. In 1978, the name of the organisation was changed from’ Youth League’ to ‘Youth Movement’.

Diocesan Women’s Fellowship

Women’s Fellowship of Madhya Kerala Diocese is one of the effective bodies of the diocese with a strong structure, which works towards the empowerment of women, both in the spiritual and secular fields. Geographically the diocese occupies the central part of Kerala. Madhya Kerala Diocese came into existence on 27 September 1947 when the Chucrh of South India was formed.

Mrs Gill started the ‘Mother’s Union’ in 1909 on St. Mary’s day. When the ‘Women’s Fellowship’ of CSI was formed in 1948 the ‘Mother’s Union’ merged into it.

The present Office Bearers:

  • President -Dr. Susan Thomas
  • General Secretary -Ms. Mercy jacob
  • Vice President -Mrs. Susan Kuruvilla
  • Treasurer -Mrs. Moly Jacob
  • Joint Secretary -Mrs. Saramma Jacob

Under the auspices of the Women’s Fellowship, several programmes and projects are done. One such programme is Divyabodhini. It is a comprehensive theological educational programme. Classes are held in four centres. The classes primarily focus on the empowerment of their physical, mental and spiritual abilities, so that those dormant skills can be awakened and utilised for the upliftment of their families, churches and communities at large. The diocese comprises of 123 pastorates and many outstations and 12 districts with Womens Fellowship district secretaries. These secretaries look after the functioning WF works in their respective areas. WF members from each district meet in one place in the district four times a year to visit houses, irrespective of caste or creed to proclaim the godspel and for Bible study and intercession.

Every year the ‘World Day of Prayer’ is observed during the first Friday in March. The first Sunday in March is observed as the Women’s Sunday. We have the Annual Conference of the WF usually during the month of May. Besides we have the fellowship of the least coin also. Both men and youngsters encourage the WF with their ardent support. God is sustaining the WF through thick and thin for the last 64 years.

Magazine: Kudumbapriyavadini: the newsletter of Women’s Fellowship, publishes articles on biblical study, family, health, mental health, women’s problems, privileges and duties, Christian education, Christian values and many other matters.

Projects

• Jewel Box: Jewel Box is a restaurant run by the WF. This is situated in the Baker Compound.
• Pisgah: A Home for retired single women.
• Babyland Creche/ Day Care Centre: More than 20 children between the age of one and a half to three and a half are being looked after during the day time.
• Agape: Wafer used for communion is being made here.
• Anil Memorial Home for the Aged: Dr Mary George presented her Bungalow at Mavelikara to WF to convert it into an Old Age Home in memory of her son Anil.
• Tabitha Tailoring Centre: Surplice, Stoles, Choir uniforms and other church vestments are made here.
• Asha Bahavan Respite Care Centre: Asha Bahavan is for the Mentally and Physically challenged girls. This centre is at Kanakkary, near Ettumanoor.
Most Rev Thomas K Oommen, Moderator of CSI and Bishop in CSI Madhya Kerala Diocese is the Project Holder of this Ministry.

Diocesan Child Care Ministry - A Glance

The Anglican Diocese of Travancore and Cochin, which had been in existence since 1879, came to be known as the Diocese of Central Travancore on the formation of the CSI on 27th September 1947. Subsequently, it was renamed the Diocese of Madhya Kerala in 1962. It has a membership of 2.75 lakhs in 12 District Councils. Total number of Congregation in and out Kerala is 382.

The Child Care Ministry of CSI Diocese of Madhya Kerala is working under the Children’s Welfare Board with a vision to uplift the poor and the unfortunate children of Madhya Kerala. The Program focuses on helping and sustaining the poor and the under privileged children in our economically backward society and also their families to have self-esteem and creditability of their life. Now the Child Care Ministry supports 657 children irrespective of caste and creed who are in different Day Care Centres, Child Development Care Projects and Residential Projects. The Children who had been in this project has come up in life and attained creditable status in the society. Still there are many children deserving support for their development.

Aim

• To assist needy children irrespective of caste and creed to lead a meaningful life.
• To help them to build up their character.
• To make them aware of the needs of others and the importance of sharing and helping.
• To equip them with the ability to be self-reliant.
• To ensure financial stability by introducing appropriate development activities to the families of the children and the community around.

Mission

• Beth-za-tha (Spirituality and Guidance centre, Vellore).
• Telangana Mission
• Parakal Mission
• Adoor Mission
• Mysore Mission
• Bhilai Industrial Mission
• Charkari Mission
• Malayora Mission
• Kuttanadu Mission
• Orisha Mission
• Palani Hills Mission
• Thottapradesha Mission
• Uttaranchal Mission

A. Early Child Hood Care:

• Day Care
• Food & Clothing
• Medical Care
• Preliminary Education
• Overall Development

B. School Going Program:

• Food and Clothing
• Educational Assistance
• Free Tuition
• Medical Care
• Career Guidance
• Leadership & talent development
• Extra- Curricular activities

C. Community Development:

• Community Health
• Education
• People’s Organization
• Empowerment of women
• Income generation
• Awareness Generating programs
• Environmental care
• Basic infrastructure Developments
• Human Resource Development

Diocesan Officers


Rev. John Isaac

Clergy Secretary

CSI Madhya Kerala Diocesan Office, Cathedral Road, Kottayam- 686 001.

0481-25672724
09496083873

Dr. Simon John

Lay Secretary

CSI Diocesan Office, Cathedral Road, Kottayam-686 001.

0481-2567274
09447257187

Rev. Thomas Paikad

Treasurer

CSI Diocesan Office, Cathedral Road, Kottayam-686 001, Kerala.

0481-2567274(O)
0481-2566931 (R)
09447414013
mkdtreasurer@gmail.com


Mr. Jacob Philip

Registrar

CSI Diocesan Office, Cathedral Road, Kottayam - 686 001, Kerala.

0481-2567274
09446117221
jabym2003@yahoo.co.in

News & Events

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  • Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom
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  • Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom
  • Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom
  • Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom
  • Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom
  • Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom
  • Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom
  • Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom
  • Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom
  • Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom
  • Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom
  • Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom
  • Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom
  • Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom
  • Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom
  • Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom
  • Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom
  • Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom
  • Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom

Atal Tinkering Lab is Open for the Students of BuchananInstitution Girls High School Pallom

'Buchanan Atal Tinkering Lab' is launched on 8th February 2019 at Buchanan Institution Girls High School Pallom. It was officially declared open for the use of the students by Rev. Thomas Paikad, the Treasurer of the Madhya Kerala  Diocese of the Church of South India (CSI) and switched on by Mr. Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, MLA, Kottayam. Mrs. Mary Mani M, Headmistress of the School, presided over the function. 

Atal Tinkering Labs are dedicated works spaces where students (Class 6th to class 10th) learn innovation skills and develop ideas that will go on to transform India. The labs are powered to acquaint students with state­of­the­art equipment such as 3D printers, robotics & electronics development tools, IoT & sensors etc. The vision is to “Cultivate 1 Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators (Neoteric means a person who advocates new ideas). ATL is under the guidance of Atal Innovation ?Mission, NITI Ayog Central Government of India.

Young children will get a chance to work with tools and equipment to understand the concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). The lab activities are designed to spur the spark of creativity, and go beyond regular curriculum and text book learning. The labs will let students explore skills of future such as design and computational thinking, adaptive learning and artificial intelligence.

“Tinkering” is an interesting way to understand the world and its problems before finding potential solutions. As children, we tinker with things – pulling them apart to see how they work or putting things together to see what happens. 

The Headmistress of the School would supervise the overall functioning of ATL along with Mrs. Jolly Mary, the Accounts Officer and Mrs. Bindhu P. Chacko, ATL ­In-Charge, would communicate and coordinate with Faculty/Vendor for the necessary requirement and maintenance.

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  • Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary
  • Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary
  • Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary
  • Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary
  • Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary
  • Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary
  • Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary
  • Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary
  • Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary
  • Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary
  • Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary
  • Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary
  • Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary
  • Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary
  • Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary
  • Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary
  • Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary
  • Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary
  • Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary

Baker Memorial Girls’ HSS, Kottayam, the first Girls’ School in India, Celebrates Bicentenary

The Bicentenary celebration of the first-ever Girls School in India, the Baker Memorial Girls’ Higher Secondary in Kottayam under the Madhya Kerala Diocese, had a colourful beginning when Justice (Retd.) P Sathasivam, the Honourable Governor of Kerala formally inaugurated on 29th January 2019 at 11.30 a.m. at the Baker School compound. He drew the attention to the fact that by educating the girl child we would be able to remove the gender imbalances in the society. He told that education should enable the students to understand the pulse of the society. He conveyed a message to impart the preamble of the constitution and the fundamental duties of the citizens along with the school curriculum. The great contribution of Ms. Baker in the field of girls’ education was recalled by him. The meeting was presided by Mr. Thriruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, MLA. He said that it was an auspicious moment for this prestigious institution to celebrate its bicentenary in this challenging era where many schools in the state could not celebrate their centenary. The Treasurer of the Madhya Kerala Diocese Rev. Thomas Paikad and the school chairperson Kum. Kavya Krishnan felicitated the function. Alumni, Padmabhushan Justice. K. T. Thomas and Prof. Anna John shared nostalgic moments to the gathering. PTA President Sri. M U Thomas and Diocesan officers were present in the function. The vote of thanks was delivered by the Headmistress Smt. Jessy Varghese.

On the eve of the inauguration, a torch-bearing ceremony and proclamation marking the beginning of the bicentenary celebration took place at the Diocesan office compound, which was led by Most Rev. Thomas K Oommen, Moderator of the Church of South India, and Bishop in Madhya Kerala Diocese. Treasurer Rev. Thomas Paikad, Clergy Secretary Rev. John Isaac, Lay Secretary Dr. Simon John, Registrar Mr. Jacob Philip were present on the occasion. Students representatives from standard 8th to 12th, students of guides units, NCC Cadets, SPC Students, NSS Volunteers and Red Cross members were also present on the occasion. The programme started by invoking the blessings of the Lord Almighty led by Very Rev. Daniel George, Bishop’s Commissary and the Local Manager of the school. School Principal Dr. Jegy Grace Thomas welcomed the gathering and later Most. Rev. Thomas K Oommen lightened the torch and handed over to Mrs. Sally Abraham, octogenarian alumna of the institution and she thereby handed it over to Kum. Arya Sabu (Sports Champion of the School). She brought the lighted torch and handed it to the school leaders and the Head of the Institution. It was followed by a get together of the old teachers and the alumni addressing the present students.

The Baker Memorial Girls’ Higher Secondary School founded in the year 1819, paved the way for a great change in the society, leading women from ignorance to learning, from darkness to light. This was an idea which kindled the embers in Amelia Dorothea Baker an apostle of ‘renaissance’, wife of Rev. Henry Baker (Sr). Amelia Dorothea Baker, a woman with profound wisdom, strong dedication and a visionary zeal set to create a development in the society with her new ideology of women education. The advent of the Church Missionary Society in 1816 in the Indian soil set the torch of love and faith burning.

The school started with 6 girls as a result of the hard and sincere efforts of Mrs. Henry Baker (Sr) and their children. The school grew in strength. In the year 1865, it was shifted to the present premises. In 1894, it began with the status of a lower secondary school. Later it became Miss Baker School – which was a memorial to her daughter Miss Isabel Baker. Further, it was upgraded into a higher secondary school in 1998. Presently there are around 1500 students enrolled here and it has spanned a period of glorious 200 years. The benefits are reaped by all class and creed in Kerala.

This great institution stands as a beacon of light and a model for other institutions. The motto “Love never Faileth” has stood the test of time and still continues to spread its fragrance and be a source of inspiration to many.

 

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  • A New School Van is Dedicated for the CMS High School in Thalavady by the CSI Moderator

A New School Van is Dedicated for the CMS High School in Thalavady by the CSI Moderator

A new school van is dedicated by Most Rev Thomas K. Oommen, the Moderator of the Church of South India and the Bishop in the Madhya Kerala Diocese, for the use of the students of the students of the CMS High School in Thalavady. Mr. Jacob Varghese, the Principal of the School, explained that this new vehicle will be a great help for the students of the school, who are from areas which are severely affected by the flood happened in the fag end of the last year. 

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  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
  • CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019

CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019

CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019

Organized by

Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA)

 &

CSI College for Legal Studies, Kanakkary, Kottayam.

 

A Brief Report of the Competition

 

CSI  College for Legal Studies Kanakkary, Kottayam had the unique distinction to host the prestigious India Round Mooting Competition for selection of the National team to represent India at the 21st Common Wealth Law Conference at Zambia in April this year.  

Fifty Six graduate level law students from 18 institutions selected from among the 900 odd law institutions in the country participated in the first ever mooting under CLEA in Kerala. The institution can now boast to be the first Self Financing Law College in the country to host the event in India. 50 judges selected among senior faculty and jury participated in the elimination rounds in four segments. The event was organized jointly by the Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) and Commonwealth Lawyers Association. The winners will attend the Commonwealth Mooting and Law Conference in Zambia represented by students from the UK, North America, Australia, Pacific Africa and Asia. 

Justice Antony Dominic, Kerala State Human Rights Commission Chairperson inaugurated the unique event being organized in Kerala for the first time since the inception of the event in 1971.  Justice Dominic urged the authorities to rehash the curriculum for legal studies by adding more thrust to practical applications of the laws rather than limiting to   theoretical aspects.  

CSI Diocesan Treasurer Rev.Thomas Paikad,  presided over the inaugural function. Founding Vice Chancellor of National Law University, Bangalore Prof. Dr. N R Madhava Menon, South Asia President of CLEA Prof. Dr. S Sivakumar, Secretary CLEA South Asia and Advocate Supreme Court of India Mr. Vikram Singh Arya, Coordinator Dr. Lisa P Lukose spoke. 

The two-day event drew the accolades of the legal educationalists, law practitioners, media and the general public.  

Delivering the valedictory address,  Justice Muhammed Mustaque, Kerala High Court urged the  students of law to "come out of the box" to find niche space for themselves in the ever growing legal services in the wake of the technological explosion, new international law frame works and market oriented economy.  Technology is growing exponentially touching all spheres of activity. Legal profession, advocacy and judicial disposals are not insulated from this onslaught. Services of a robot lawyer will come true in the near future. The coming days are for the committed, passionate and hardworking innovators in the legal arena who have to undo the conventional methodologies- Justice told.    

In his presidential remarks, Kerala Director General of Police Loknath Behera urged the students to hone up their skill sets to become better advocates by intervening in social issues. The law schools have to offer platform for the students for their overall development. 

Shruti Verma, Anisha Shekhawat and Deepak Sing Jadon of Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad won the first prize in the mooting competitions.  National Law University, Bhopal became runner up and Lloyd Law College, Noida got the best memorial presentation award.  

Organizing Secretary Prof. (Dr). George Joseph, South Asia President of CLEA Prof. (Dr.) S Sivakumar, CSI Diocesan Treasurer Rev.Thomas Paikad, Adv.Vikram Singh Arya, Adv. Ravi Prakash, Manohar Thairani, Kottayam District Judge P. Sanilkumar and Dan Royce spoke.

The event set a new bench mark in the brief history of the institution, honing up its meticulous organizational skills and leadership to undertake similar initiatives in years to come.   

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  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese
  • Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese

Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese

Christmas Utsav Escalates the Joy of the Advent Season in the Madhya Kerala Diocese

 

The Women's Fellowship of the Madhya Kerala Diocese of the Church of South India organised yet another "Christmas Utsav" (Christmas Festival) at the Baken Memorial Senior Secondary School ground in Kottayam, Kerala from to 2018. Various stalls those sell Christmas decorative and food items were the main attractions of the festival. Various cultural programmes performed during the festival add colour to the event. 

 

Dr. Susan Thomas, the President of the CSI Women's Fellowship informed that the proceedings of the festival will be used to support the 'Shalom Mission' in Mumbai, which focuses on the rescue and rehabilitation of the children and women who are trapped in the human trafficking. 

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