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Rt. Rev. A. Dharmaraj Rasalam

About the Diocese

The London Missionary Society (L.M.S) now the Council for World Mission, commenced its work in South Travancore in1806. Vedamanickam Maharasan Desikar was the first Christian who invited William Tobias Ringeltauble the first Missionary to come in Travancore. He crossed into Aruvamozhi on April 25th 1806.The South India United Church (S.I.U.C) was formed on 25th July 1907 with nine member church denominations of which the South Travancore L.M.S. Church was one. The South Travancore Church Council was constituted in 1921 with the Tamil and Malayalam churches put together. The Church of South India (C.S.I) was inaugurated on 27-09-1947 and the member churches adopted episcopacy as part of the church order. The Rt. Rev. A. H. Legg was consecrated on 27-09-1947 and installed as the first Bishop of the South Travancore Diocese on 13-10-1947.The South Travancore Diocese was bifurcated into the Kanyakumari Diocese and the South Kerala Diocese in 1959 and the Rt. Rev. A. H. Legg continued to be the first Bishop of the South Kerala Diocese till be returned to England in 1965. The Rt. Rev. William Paul Vachalan was consecrated and installed in the South Kerala Diocese on 2-7-1967. He passed away o 5-11-1972 while in service. The Rt. Rev. Isaiah Jesudason, was consecrated and installed in the South Kerala Diocese in 5th August 9973. He was Deputy Moderator of the Church of South India from 1980-81 and Moderator from 1982-1987. He served as a Central Committee member of the W. C. C Hon. Doctorate of Divinity was conferred upon him in 1988.He retired from active service on 14th February 1990 on completion of 65 years of age.

The (late) Rt. Rev. Dr. Samuel Amirtham was consecrated and installed as Bishop of the Diocese on 20-05-1990. He was director of the Programme on Theological Education and Director of the Ecumenical Institute, Bossey of the WCC 1980-1990. Serampore University conferred on him a honorary doctorate in 1987. He retired from active service on 19the August 1997. Rt. Rev. Dr. J. W. Gladstone, was consecrated and installed as Bishop on 16-9-1997. He was the principal of KUT seminary, Trivandrum and the president of the Senate of Serapore, Culcutta. He is selected as the Moderator of the C.S.I. Synod in 2008. He retired from active service on 25th December 2010 on completion of 65 years of age. The Rt. Rev. A.Dharmaraj Rasalam currently serves as the Bishop of the Diocese.

Educational Institutions

Higher Secondary Schools:

• Higher Secondary School - Amaravila
• Higher Secondary School - Chemboor
• Higher Secondary School - Vattappara
• V.H.S.S for the Deaf - Valakam
• Higher Secondary School - Parassala (Un aided)
• C.S.I. Vocational High School for the Deaf - Valakom
• Light to the Blind - Varkala

High Schools:

• Amaravila B.H.S.
• Chemboor H.S.
• Kollam Craven H.S.
• Parassala Samuel H.S.
• Parassala Tamil H.S.
• Vattappara H.S.

Upper Primary Schools:

• Cantonment Trivandrum
• Kottukonam
• Parasuvaikal
• Perimbakonam
• Uriacode

Lower Primary Schools:
• Anchumaramkala
• Amaravila
• Arayoor
• Arumaloor
• Attingal
• Boothemcode
• Cantonment Kollam
• Chathannoor
• Chemboor
• Chenkulam
• Chittumala
• Embilikonam
• Kakkaravila
• Kalayapuram
• Karacode
• Karumanoor
• Karichal
• Kilikolloor
• Kodankara
• Kottaikal
• Kollavamvila
• Kudumbannoor
• Kuttaninnathil
• Kureeppally
• Mangalathukonam
• Manoor
• Mannoor
• Maranad
• Maypuram
• Mayyanad
• Mulayara
• Muttakad
• Neyyatlinkara
• Nellikkunnam
• Odanavattam
• Palukal
• Panachamoodu
• Pattathanam
• Perinad
• Ponnamkulam
• Poovathoor
• Samuel L.P.S.Parassala
• Thirupuram
• Thozhukkal
• Uthiyamkulam
• Vakkom
• Varkala
• Vayakkal
• Venganoor
• Vilangara
• Villoor
• Viraly
• Divya Jyothi English Medium School, LMS Compound Thiruvananthapuram 4

Medical College:

Dr. Somervell Memorial CSI Medical College (Dr SMCSI MCH) established in 2002, attached to the Dr. Somervell Memorial Mission Hospital is at Karakonam, a village, in the southern border of the Thiruvananthapuram District of the State of Kerala. The Hospital, the Medical College and all other institutions attached are run by the South Kerala Diocese of the Church of South India (SIUC) and managed by the South Kerala Medical Mission.

Institute of Technology:

John Cox Memorial C.S.I Institute Of Technology, Kannammoola, Medical college P.O, Thiruvananthapuram with G. O. (MS) No. 124/09/H.Edn dt.3.8.09 Govt. of Kerala and affiliated with AICTE F. No. 06/06/KER/ENGG/2009-10/020 dt. 30.6.2009, Govt. of India, is functioning under the administrative control of the Society for Technical Training (STT) of South Kerala Diocese (SKD) of Church of South India (CSI).

Unlike yester years today the Scope of Legal Education is multi- faceted one. This is because of globalization. Due to this change it is realized that the impetus of law in every walk of human life becomes unavoidable. Therefore, a lawyer today cannot stop his work within the Court Hall. He has to perform his role both in the municipal as well as international level. Growth of Science and technology not only made the legal research easy but also enhanced the quality of Legal Education in all aspects.

The normal understanding of the world today is the students of National Law Schools can alone cater the needs of this corporate world. As an attempt to equip the rural students on par with the National Law School students the South Kerala CSI Diocese has established CSI Institute of Legal Studies. The Primary object of the institution is to impart Quality research oriented legal education so as to enable the rural students to expand the horizon of their legal knowledge and disseminate the same effectively.

The CSI Institute of Legal Studies is an Institute of South Kerala CSI Diocese having its Campus at Cheruvarakonam. The Institute is Moduled on the Line of National Law Schools. The Institute at present is offering Three Year LLB Degree Course with an intake of 60 students and two streams of Five Year LLB course as BA LLB, BCom, LLB and BBA LLB with intake of 60 students each.

Christian College, Kattakada:

Christian College, Kattakada was established in 1965. The college is managed by the society for Higher Education of the SIUC community of the Church of South India registered under the Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act XII of 1955 (S.No. 143 of1977) Affiliated to the University of Kerala and recognised by the University Grants Commission, the college is located in a sprawling area of rustic land in the Poovachal Panchayat area under Nedumangad taluk, 20km east of Thiruvananthapuram city, Kerala State, South India.

Diocesan Officers

Rev. Dr. R. Gnanadas

Vice Chairman

CSI South Kerala Diocese 
Bishop's House, LMS Compound, 
Thiruvananthapuram- 695033, Kerala. 


Dr. P. K. Rosebist


Poduval Veedu, Vayalariku,
Heera Kesavadasapuram, Pattom P. O., Thiruvananthapuram,
Kerala, Pin - 695 004. 


Rev Calvin Kisto


CSI South Kerala Diocese 
Bishop's House, LMS Compound, 
Thiruvananthapuram- 695033, Kerala.


Mr. Stanly George

Joint Secretary

H.No. 189, SCT Nagar,
Pattom P. O., Thiruvananthapuram, 
Kerala, Pin 695 004


News & Events

  • CSI South Kerala Diocesan VBS 2019 Promo Video Released

CSI South Kerala Diocesan VBS 2019 Promo Video Released

Board For Christian Education CSI SKD Published Video for the Promotion of VBS 2019. You can watch the video here. 

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  • CSI South Kerala Diocesan Convention 2019 Held in Trivandrum

CSI South Kerala Diocesan Convention 2019 Held in Trivandrum

CSI South Kerala Diocesan Convention 2019 Held in Trivandrum. The Convention was meticuolously organised under the leadership of Rt. Rev. Dharmaraj Rasalam; Diocesan Bishop, Dr. Rosebist; Diocesan Secretary, Rev. Calvin Kisto; Diocesan Treasurer, Rev. Dr. Gnanadas; Diocesan Vice- chairman, and Mr. Stanley George; Diocesan Joint Secretary. 

You can watch the video of the final day here. 

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