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The Congregation of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) is the first indigenous religious congregation in the Catholic Church of India. Fr. Thomas Palackal, Fr. Thomas Porukara and Fr. Kuriakose Chavara of the Syro-Malabar Church of apostolic origin founded a religious house at Mannanam on 11 May 1831. On 8 December 1855, the religious Congregation was canonically approved and the first eleven fathers made their religious profession.

St. Chavara, the only surviving founder, was appointed the first superior of the Congregation. The Congregation was granted pontifical exemption in 1967. In 1871, on January 3rd, Fr. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, after a short but painful illness, passed away at Koonammavu preserving his baptismal innocence unto death. His mortal remains were transferred from Koonammavu to Mannanam in 1889 and have been interred in St. Joseph’s Monastery church.


CMI Congregation has a huge and wide network of various types educational institutions; according to the latest statistics 2013, we have 151 Kindergartens, 170 Lower Primary Schools, 150 Upper Primary Schools, 136 High Schools, 77 Higher Secondary Schools, 30 Arts, Science, Commerce and Education Colleges of varying sizes and enrolments, 6 Nursing Colleges/ Schools, 1 Polytechnic, 6 Industrial Training Centers, 2 Engineering Colleges, 1 Medical College and 1Deemed University. We have also entered into other forms and areas of education demanded by the special needs of our times, like training the handicapped, adult education and various types of non-formal education; today we run 12 institutions for the training of the differently challenged and have 55 non-formal education centers and 24 cultural or dialogue centers.


Christ school was founded in June 1984. The beginning was humble with about hundred students and six teachers. The then Rector of Dharmaram College, Rev. Fr. Justin Koyipuram blessed the school building on 3rd June 1984 in the presence of parents and well wishers.

The idea of a school with reference to the request by the general public especially the Christian minority of the locality was approved by the governing body meeting of Christ Educational Society held on 7th September 1983 at Dharmaram College. The matter was entrusted to Rev. Fr. Benedict CMI and Rev. Fr. John Marius CMI. Their hard work paved the way for the development of the school into an outstanding institution. The first SSLC batch of 41 students came out in flying colours in March 1990 under the able guidance of the founding Principal Rev. Fr. John Marius CMI. The ICSE section was started in 2007 by the then Principal Rev. Fr. Joseph Rathapallil CMI. The school began to function as two separate schools from May 2013 shifting the state syllabus section to Dharmaram campus under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Augustine Paimpallil CMI as its Principal. The ICSE section continued under the Principalship of Rev. Fr. Shaju Varghese CMI. A new section which is proposed to be affiliated to CBSE board was begun in June 2017. A new campus of Christ School at Kumbalgodu was inaugurated on 25th February 2018 under the Principalship of Rev. Fr. Augustine Paimpallil CMI. Rev. Dr. Martin Mallathu CMI took charge of Christ School in May 2018.

At Christ, the students are encouraged to be creative, reflective and motivated learners. Individual talents of the children are spotted, nourished and encouraged. Apart from a rigorous academic programme a variety of co-curricular activities for students empower them with a holistic education making them successful in life.