Basel Evangelical Mission Higher Secondary School

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B. E. M. Higher Secondary School, Palakkad
Palakkad, Kerala
Type Aided Higher Secondary School
Motto Education without Discrimination
Established 1858
Principal & Headmaster Mrs. Ashy John & Mr. K Divakaran
Affiliation Public, Affiliated to DHSE, Thiruvananthapuram, State Council Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Kerala
Chairman Rt. Rev. Dr. K.P Kuruvilla

BEM HSS, PALAKKAD - Basel Evangelical Mission Higher Secondary School is an aided school in Palakkad, Kerala, India. The school was established as an English School in May 1858 by Rev. J. Strobel, a Missionary of Basel Evangelical Mission.


The school is located in the heart of Palakkad, Kerala, INDIA NEAR KSRTC STAND


The B. E. M. Higher Secondary School, Palakkad was established as an English School in May 1858 by Rev. J. Strobel, a Missionary of Basel Evangelical Mission. The First Headmaster of the School was Mr. Pothen. In 1860 it became an Anglo-Vernacular School. It was upgraded to a Middle School in 1864 and to a High School in 1905. It became a Higher Secondary School in the year 2000.

The main building of the school was constructed in 1910. This building is unique in architecture designed and constructed by Rev. T. Maue, a German Architect cum Missionary. There are no other school buildings in Kerala equal in architectural beauty to the BEM High School.

The BEM Higher Secondary School was one among the oldest schools in the Malabar District of the Madras Province at the time of its origin. It is the oldest school in the present Palakkad District of Kerala State.

The school is now governed by the Church of South India, the Chairman is Rt. Rev. Dr. K. P. Kuruvilla and the Corporate Manager is Rev. Paul David Thottathil. The Principal of the Higher Secondary Section is Mrs.Ashy john and the Headmistress of High School is Smt. Sheela K. John.

The school has catered to the educational needs of thousands of people since its inception. The admissions have been open to all without discrimination of religion, caste status in society.

It has churned out hundred of great men since its origin. Sri. T. N. Seshan, the former Chief Election Commissioner of India who got the 1996 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service and Padma Vibhushan Dr. E. Sreedharan, MD, the Engineer who built the Pamban Bridge in 46 days, who was also the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year for 2007 in the Public Service category, the Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro Railway in record time are two among the great men that the BEM School has produced.

Prominent alumni[edit]

  • T. N. Seshan, 10th Chief Election Commissioner of India.
  • E. Sreedharan,Metro man of India known for completing both the Konkan Railway and Delhi Metro projects within budget and ahead of schedule.
  • Hakkeem, football player.
  • Syamaprasad, Malayalam Film maker.
  • Unni Menon, Play Back Singer

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