Kerala stands tall among the Indian states in terms of literacy as well as educational achievements. Right from the early days,be it the pre independence era or the post independence period, Kerala has always made significant breakthroughs in the field of education with the princely state of Travancore serving a platform for significant contribution.
Interventions from the time of the royal family as well the christian missionaries during the last two centuries paved way for the educational reformation in Kerala. These interventions were catalytic elements for the overall development of the state. Trivandrum holds a rich legacy of all these educational reforms, by hosting many of the earliest educational institutions of the state. Initiatives like the Raja’s Free School, one of the earliest schools for promoting free education to all, the Sanskrit college, the Ayurveda college, Maharaja’s college for women, Law college, Arts college and the Reformatory school for juvenile offenders were all contributions of the royal family. Subsequently, the christian missionaries also began to establish English medium schools in the state along with the support of the governments that paved way for education being more accessible to all sections of the society. The collective effort played an important role in reshaping today’s society that we live in.
Trivandrum is also home for various eminent higher educational and research institutes with a large legacy and potential that offer multidisciplinary subjects in the field of arts, humanities, finance, information technology, aviation, hotel management, engineering, medicine, space sciences, and biotechnology.
Apart from the academic institutions, there are also opportunities and platforms for students that enhance their extra-curricular skills. Schools in the city, irrespective of curriculum organize various arts and cultural festivals keeping in mind the child’s creative and mental growth. Major activities like Arts Day, Sports Day, Ethnic day, Yoga Day, Annual day, Film festivals, Competitions are all part of the academic activities of the schools here. Atal Tinkering Labs, a NITI Aayog initiative have been established in various schools that are equipped with 3D printers, robotics and electronic developmental tools with a view of stimulating young minds that would transform the country. Also the presence of the Karyavattom Sports Hub, the LNCPE and the musical academy plays a major role in fostering the physical and creative talents of students.