The President Mr.Pranab Mukharjee today released a postage stamp on the old seminary kottayam at New Delhi.The Old Seminary, Marthoma Seminary and Vadavathoor Seminary proclaim Syrian and Roman Christian traditions. It is located in the district of Kottayam in Kerala.The year 2015 marks the 200th anniversary, of the founding of “the Old Seminary” or “the Cottayam College” or “the Syrian Seminary”.
Modern history of Kerala should begin with the enlightenment that followed the spread of English and vernacular education started at the “Cottayam College” or Old Seminary in the early 19th century. The English scholar-missionaries collaborated with the local Christian Church to provide education to the young people and to train the ministerial candidates at the Seminary. There were classes in English language, coaching for civil service aspirants, and instruction in some of the important languages including Latin, Syriac and Sanskrit.