Kottayam is a prosperous city in the Indian state of Kerala. The city functions as the administrative capital and headquarter of the Kottayam district. Kottayam was previously known as ?Cottayam? and ?Cotym? during the British rule. Kottayam is situated on the banks of the Meenachil River. Kottayam is known to be is one of the main centers of literature; it is hence known as the Akshara Nagari or the Land of Letters. Many Malayalam daily newspapers such as Deepika, Malayala Manorama and Mangalam had started in Kottayam and are headquartered in the city. Kottayam houses the headquarters of The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. Various missionaries and the Christian churches established many educational institutions in and around the city during the British period. This city is often referred to as Chuvarchithra Nagari or the City of Murals. Domestic tourism has incredibly increased in Kottayam for its beautiful lakes and scenic hilly locations. Kottayam is a major producer or later and a trading center of natural rubber in India. It is the greatest contributor to the citys economy. The cultivation and trade of spices also boost the economy of Kottayam considerably. Kottayam experiences a moderate and pleasant climate with seasonal high levels of humidity.
The Shamrao Vithal Co-op. Bank Ltd. or SVC Cooperative Bank Limited, is a banking company incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956 a scheduled bank, and one of the oldest Urban Co-operative Bank in India built in 1906. The bank was set up when co-operation was just started in the country. It was established with the primary aim of helping the less fortunate members of the community under the ambit of its economic enterprises. It was also to encourage savings and to create funds for providing financial aid to deserving members.Mr. Rao Bahadur Shripad Subbarao Talmaki was the chief architect of the Bank. The Bank was initially registered as a Co-operative Credit Society on 27 December 1906. The Bank is present in 10 States of India. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Goa, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. In 1907, cumulative deposit scheme, fixed deposit scheme and saving bank deposit were introduced by the bank. After that in 1911, the facilities for remittance were made available to the members by the draft. In 1913, the cash credit scheme was introduced by the bank. In 1956, facilities were thrown open to all communities. In 1988, the Shamrao Vithal bank was conferred the scheduled bank status.