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This month, Kerala is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the introduction of local language education in the state through the proclamation on ‘education for all’ issued during the reign of Rani Gowri Parvathy Bayi in 1817 that made education the primary concern of the state. The proclamation made it clear that “the state should defray the entire cost of education of its people in order that there might be no backwardness in the spread of enlightenment among them, that by diffusion of education they might become better subjects and public servants and that the reputation of the state might be advanced thereby.” The beginning of modern education in Travancore can also be traced to this royal proclamation, through which the state provided budgetary support for education. A rule was enforced to ensure that every school appointed two teachers paid directly by the state.