Kottayam-popularly known as land of letters, lakes and latex is a region which has a prominent position in the social and economic life of the people in the state of Kerala. Also a pioneering centre of modern education in Kerala, the city became India's first municipality to achieve over 90% literacy in 1989. The city of Kottayam is also called as "Akshara Nagari" which means the "city of letters" considering it's contribution to print media and literature. As per the 2001Govt of India census, Kottayam Urban Agglomeration had a population of 1,72,878, while Kottayam district had a population of 19,52,901. Kottayam District as per the 2001 census was ranked as the 1st in Literacy with a percentage of 95.9 compared to 90.92% for Kerala State and 65.38% for India. It is ranked as 10th in population as well as in area among the districts in Kerala.
To deliver the educational predominance of this city we have a few examples.The first daily in the regional language Malayalam and the regional language daily with largest circulation in India are founded in this city .Kottayam is also the head quarters of many central and state government institutions.The city ,with its history spanning over several centuries has produced many legends in the social and economic life of the country.The vast area which comes under the Kottayam district has about 25 colleges and numerous higher secondory schools. Included in this are the centuries old colleges in Kerala, viz the CMS college, Kottayam and the SB College, Changanacherry. Mahatma Gandhi university has its central campus at Kottayam. The existence of these institutions at Kottayam attract many aspiring students to pursue professional education. As a professional community, the CA fraternity has all the natural ingredients for growth, considering the potentials available at this region.
The Kottayam branch of the SIRC of ICAI was established in the year 1982 with 13 members. Currently the branch caters to the needs of more than 300 members and nearly 350 students who take their exams from the Kottayam Centre.The benefits of the branch activities extends to the members of Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Kottayam Districts of the state of Kerala. The branch has its jurisdiction spread out into neighboring towns like Changanacherry,Thiruvalla,Pathanamthitta,Ranni,Pala,Kanjirapally, Ettumanoor and places adjoining these towns.Chartered Accountancy being a unique profession , has been of great interest for students in this area, enlightened by the excellent academic infrastructure they have utilised. The demand for pursuing this cource is witnessed by the number of students enrolled for CA cource in the past years. On an average 300 students have been benefitting from the facilities made available through the Kottayam branch of SIRC of ICAI.
The Kottayam branch was lead by brilliant CA professionals, who were always eager to impart and pusrsue the vision and the objectives of the leaders of ICAI and the Council. The branch always tried with vigour and enthusisasam to bring, the most updated facilities for its aspiring student community. These efforts naturaly culminated in constructing the own branch building at Kodimatha in the outskirts of the city. This was the first branch of the Institute to be inaugurated in the state of Kerala with the support of the Institute. The building was inaugurated in the year 1987, for the betterment of the profession and visualised the emerging needs for installing a good infrastructure. . This branch building was catering to the needs of the profession and students up to the year 2002.. However access to this branch building was very much limited by poor roads and adverse environmental conditions especially during the monsoon season. Though the atmosphere was excellent, management of the office from the city is also causing much inconvenience. For better administrative convenience a commercial space of about 1,000sq.ft was procured in the year 2002.
This was achieved with the whole hearted support by the members of the Kottayam branch. This space is being utilized for all the activities of the branch.
The Kottayam branch of SIRC of ICAI received active branch award in 1996 & 1999, Active SICASA branch award in 2000.