CMS College, Kottayam

CMS College, Kottayam, Kerala - 686001 India.

CMS College Kottayam was founded by the Church Missionary Society of England, in 1815 when no institution existed in what was then the princely state of Travancore to teach English.

CMS College Kottayam was patronised by Col. John Munro, the East India Company Resident, and Dewan of Travancore. The Rev. Benjamin Bailey was the first principal. Apart from English, Greek and Latin were taught. The government of India welcomed the college as "a place of general education hence any demands of the state for officers to fill all the departments of public service would be met".[1]

In the early years of the Old Seminary (Orthodox Pazhaya Seminary), the curriculum included the study of Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Mathematics, History, and Geography besides English, Malayalam, Sanskrit, and Syriac. In 1838, the college moved to a wooded hillock — the present site — commanding views of the distant Western Ghats. One of the oldest buildings in the campus is Room 52, or the "Grammar School", as it was originally called. A college magazine in Malayalam was started in 1864 by Principal Richard Collins, after whom the college library is named.

In 1857 the college was affiliated to Madras University soon after its incorporation, and the college began to present students for the Matriculation examination. It provided free education to all its students until 1855 when the fee of one Rupee per month per student was collected. The number of students in 1870 was 129. In 1880, Visakham Thirunal, Maharaja of Travancore, observed on a visit to the college: "Long before the state undertook the humanizing task of educating the subjects, the Christian Missionaries had raised the beacon of knowledge in the land".

In 1840, the number of students in the college was 220. In 1890, two-year classes were started, and the first batch of students, initially all men, was presented for the F.A. Examination in 1892. Female students were not admitted to the college until 1938. In 1950, Degree classes were started, and by 1960 the number of students in the college had risen to 1,250. Postgraduate classes were started in 1959. The college is now affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. In 1981, the Synod of the Church of South India transferred the management of the college to the C. S. I. Madhya Kerala Diocese.

In 1999 the college was accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council with five-star status. In 2004 the University Grants Commission accorded it the status of College with Potential for Excellence. In 2009, the CMS English department celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the introduction of a postgraduate programme.[2]

The 2006 Malayalam film Classmates was filmed here and was dedicated to the 1946-48 batch.

  • Peaceful atmosphere to study.
  • Separate Hostel for Boys and Girls.
  • Research and Development cell for involving staff and students in R&D activities.

CMS College, Kottayam, Kerala - 686001 India.

  • Museum of Wall Painting opens at CMS College, Kottayam
  • Benjamin Bailey Chair Inaugural Lecture by Padma Bhushan N. Ram

The College has various national and international collaborations.

  • Jayaraj Film director
  • B. Unnikrishnan, filmmaker and writer.
  • Sooraj S. Kurup,Music director
  • Anupama Parameswaran, Actress
  • Kummanam Rajasekharan Former BJP State President
  • Suresh Kurup, MLA.
  • Anwar Abdullah, Novelist.
  • Joshy Mathew, Film Director

Admission to the B.Com Degree Programmes shall be open only to candidates who have passed the Plus Two or equivalent examination recognized by this University with Book-Keeping and Accountancy and any two of the following subjects, viz., (1) Commerce (2) Commercial Correspondence and Commercial Geography (3) Economics(4) Life Insurance with Salesmanship (5) Banking with Secretarial Practice (6) Business Studies (7) Mathematics (8) Computer Science/ Computer applications (9) Informat


  • Boys Hostel
    The Men’s hostel of the College named after its former Principal Rev. Francis Navel Askwith was established in 1914. The hostel facility is enjoyed by PG students and sports students of the college on a fifty-fifty sharing basis as per an agreement of the College with the Sports Council of Kerala. Dr. Jackson V. Paul and Dr. Ravikumar C serve as the wardens.
  • Girls Hostel
    The college has two women’s hostels and one sports hostel.
  • Gym
    The college has a well-equipped gymnasium facility for the students.
  • Library
    Built up area of the library is 21,786 sq. Ft consisting of General Library, PG Library, Reference Section and IT Zone. The current strength of materials comprises 69,000 books, 63 Journals, and 40 periodicals. Books are bar-coded and the issue and return of books are computerized. The average number of walk in’s is around 300 per day.
  • Sports
    CMS College boasts impressive athletic facilities including a cricket stadium, football stadium, hockey field, swimming pool, volleyball court, badminton courts, basketball courts and a well-equipped gymnasium.
  • Cafeteria
    The CMS College Canteen caters to the needs of the students and staff by providing them with tasty and nutritious food at very reasonable prices. The management of the canteen is supervised by the Canteen Committee.
  • Auditorium
    The Great Hall, CMS College is a landmark in the cultural history of Central Travancore. It was Principal French Adams who had the idea of building a Hall in order to conduct meetings for the whole college. Accordingly work was started in 1892 and completed in just over a year. The Hall was big enough to seat 500 persons and was at that period of time the biggest auditorium in Central Travancore. Many of the public functions in Central Travancore were held in the Great Hall and therefore, it was at one time the Town Hall as well.
  • Wifi
    Wi-Fi facility is provided in all departments.
  • IT Infrastructure
    The college has excellent IT Infrastructure facility for the students.
  • Classrooms
    CMS College is equipped with the best technological infrastructure to support its teaching and research activities including classrooms equipped with LCD projectors and smart boards.
  • Laboratories
    The college has departmental based laboratories facility for the students.
  • Convenience Store
    Books and writing materials at subsidized prices are one feature that makes the co-operative store popular. The store’s photocopying facility is well utilized by the students and the staff. It also offers services like document lamination and spiral binding. The Kottayam North Post Office is housed within the campus.
  • Banks Facilities
    The State Bank of Travancore and its ATM counter has its branch in the College campus.
Boys Hostel
Girls Hostel
IT Infrastructure
Convenience Store
Banks Facilities




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