Bishop Speechly College for Advanced Studies established in 2006 on the lovely Buchanan
Campus, Pallom, Kottayam, a sprawling campus founded by CMS missionaries, is a
conducive learning haven with state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities.
Named after Bishop John Martindale Speechly, the first Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of
Central Travancore, the College is owned by the CSI Madhya Kerala Diocese and
administered by a Governing Council with Rt. Rev. Dr Sabu Koshy Cherian, Bishop, CSI
Madhya Kerala Diocese, as Chairman.
Speechly College is founded with the noble vision that education is a transformational
experience where students learn, interact, engage in activities, and enjoy. The college strives
towards integrating curricular and extracurricular activities to transform young minds into
complete human beings, fruitful in their chosen paths. The institution employs learner-centric
pedagogy to impart cutting edge information and insights. The curriculum is designed to
equip students to become responsible professionals, entrepreneurs, and citizens. Internships,
industry visits, and field work provide ample opportunities for experiential learning. Add-on
courses target promotion of integrated skills besides domain knowledge. Interactions with
corporate luminaries help to foster professional relationships and career connections. Further
exposure is ensured by organising seminars and workshops in tune with current trends. The
academic experience at Speechly empowers to think differently and creatively, develop social
skills, connect with real life, and provides opportunities for personal aggrandisement with
(13 November 1836 to 22 January 1898)
Born on 13 November 1836 in Whittlesey , Cambridgeshire, Speechly was educated at St
John's College, Cambridge, and ordained in 1860. In 1862 he reached India as a missionary
of Church Missionary Society and was stationed at Kunnamkulam until 1863 when he
became the Principal of the Cambridge Nicholson Institute (Diocesan College), Cottayam
( Kottayam ). He was consecrated as bishop in 1879 and served as the first Bishop of
Travancore and Cochin. He returned to England in 1888-1889, and died on 22 January 1898.
He is buried at Whittlesey Cemetery.
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