Aju V Chacko is a post graduate in computer applications & is currently working as SAP ERP Administrator in MRF Ltd., Kottayam. He is an expert in SAP & was actively involved in implementation of the ERP systems in MRF. He is also an active member of the Y’s Men’s Club & Travancore Management Association. He is a voracious reader especially in subjects like Cognitive neurology, sociocultural evolution & local History, on which several of his articles has been published. His other hobbies include trekking, exploring the forests of Kerala & learning about Ayurveda. He lives near Kottayam town.
KOTTAYAM – A UNIQUE PLACE
LAND OF LETTERS
1] Kottayam municipality is the first town in India to have achieved 100% literacy (in 1989), in 1991 kottayam district achieved 100% literacy
2] English education started first time in south India at old seminary, Kottayam as early as 1813
3] The first college in the Kerala State (CMS College) was also started at Kottayam in 1840. Vidyasamgraham, a publication of CMS College, is the first College Magazine in the State and was started in 1864.
4] The first English high school in Kerala was started by the missionaries of Church Mission Society (CMS), at Kottayam in 1821.
5] Baker Memorial Girls High School in Kottayam, founded by Amalia Dorothea Baker, is the oldest girls' schools in Kerala.
6] The first printing press in Kerala was established (CMS Press) here in 1821 by Rev.Benjamin Baily.
7] Maiden printed English & Malayalam Dictionaries were published from Kottayam in 1846 & 1865 respectively.
8] The first travelogue in Malayalam, Varthamana Pusthakam (1778), written by Parammekkal Thoma Kathanar was published from Kottayam
9] The first autobiography in Malayalam by Vaikom Pachu Moothathu was published from Kottayam in 1870.
10] The first Malayalam Bible was also published from Kottayam.
11] The first and only Cooperative Society of writers, authors and publishers (SPCS), for publishing books and periodicals was set up in 1945 at Kottayam.
12] Deepika, the first daily newspaper in Malayalam & published from Kottayam, Started in 1887.
13] Kottayam is the home town of a vast number of books and periodicals and 70% of books in Kerala are being published from here. Popular publishing houses like Malayala Manorama publications, D.C.books, Labour India Publications Ltd, Mangalam Publications, Deepika, V Publishers, Vidhyarthimitram, Avanthi publications, National book stall (S.P.C.S).
LAND OF LEGENDS