Coordinates: 9°43′45″N 79°56′52″E / 9.7293°N 79.9479°E The Batticotta Seminary was an educational institute founded by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM)'s American Ceylon Mission at Vaddukodai, in the Jaffna Peninsula north Sri Lanka in 1823. It was closed in 1855. The reason for such a decision being that it was not successful in the mission of its founding namely, conversion of Hindus to Christianity. Sir Emerson Tennent judged the Batticotta Seminary equal in rank with many European universities. The late Rt Rev Dr Sabapathy Kulendran, the first bishop of the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India (JDCSI) observed that the seminary brought about a tremendous upsurge the like of which has never been seen in the country before or after. Later on it became Jaffna College.