First in Kerala – PART III | Science, Technology & Economy

First in Kerala - PART II

This blog lists the third part of the series of the post 'First in Kerala.' First in Kerala is an important topic in the GK section of many of the PSC exams. This post deals with the sub-categories of Science, Technology, and Economy.

First in Kerala - PART III 


  • First English Factory in Kerala Vizhinjam.
  • First Limited Company Punalur Paper Mill (Kollam).
    • First Paper Mill in Kerala  Punalur Paper Mill (1886).
  • First BankNedungadi Bank, Kozhikode (1899)
  • First Chairman of the State Bank of India John Matthai.
  • First Coir Factory Alappuzha Daras Company (1859).
  • First Rubber Plantation Nilamboor (1896).
  • First Cement Factory Travancore Cements (Natakam).
  • First Labour Bank Akathethara (Palakkad).
  • First Sugar Mill Pamba Sugar Mill (Niranam).
  • First Techno Park Thiruvananthapuram.  
  • First Animation/Infotainment Industrial Park  KINFRA  (India's as well)
  • First Textile Mill Kollam.
  • First Tire Manufacturing Company Apollo Tyres Ltd (Perambra).
  • First Rubber Park Airapuram (Ernakulam).
  • First Spices Park Puttady (Idukki).
  • First Teak Plantation Nilambur (Malappuram, 1842).
  • First Complete Banking District in India Palakkad.
  • First Labor(Trade Union) Organization Travancore Labor Organization (1922, Alleppey).
  • First State in India to recognize tourism as an industry – Kerala.
  • First stock exchange in Kerala – Cochin Stock Exchange. 
  • First Joint Stock Company in Kerala Malayala Manorama.
  • India's First state-owned (co-operative) bank for women is in Kerala.

Science & Technology

  • First Digital State in India Kerala.  
  • First State in India to declare access to the internet as a basic human right Kerala.
  • First Rocket Launching Station Thumba (Thiruvananthapuram).
  • First Computer Center Kochi.
  • First e-literate Panchayat in Kerala Pallichal (Thiruvananthapuram).
  • First Fully Computer Literate Panchayat in India Chamravattom Village, Triprangode Panchayat (Malappuram).
  • First Computerized Panchayat in Kerala Vellanadu (Thiruvananthapuram).  
  • First Computerized Collectorate in Kerala Palakkad.
  • First Computerized Taluk Office Ottappalam.
  • First Digital Village Office in India Ponnani.
  • First Computerized Public Library Thrissur Public Library.
  • First Digital ST Colony in India Nedunkayam, Malappuram.
  • First DNA barcoding center in Kerala Puthenthope (Thiruvananthapuram).
  • First Hi-tech ISO certified village office in India Kavanoor (Malappuram).
  • First City in Kerala to have 3G mobile services Kozhikode.
  • First Wi-Fi University in Kerala Calicut University.
  • First Shipyard in India to have 'e-harbor' facility Cochin Shipyard.
  • First Municipality in India to become a full Wifi Zone Malappuram.  
  • First Hydro-electric project in Kerala Pallivasal.
  • First Diesel-electric project in Kerala Brahmapuram (Kochi).
  • First Mill-electric station in Kerala Kanjikkottu (Palakkad).
  • First Hydro-electric project in the private sector in Kerala Maniyar (Pathanamthitta).
  • First Village in Kerala to become fully health literate Mullakkara (Thrissur).
  • First Malayali President of Indian Medical CouncilDr. C. O. Karunakaran.
  • First Malayali Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC) G. Madhavan Nair.
  • First Plastic Surgeon of Kerala  Dr. P. A. Thomas.
    • First to perform Gender Reassignment Surgery in Kerala.
    • First Malayali to became President of Association of Plastic Surgeons of India.
  • First Gender Reassignment Surgery in Kerala  Radha (Radhakrishnan; June 30, 1976; by Dr. P. A. Thomas.)

    Keep Reading:

      1. First in Kerala – PART I | Administration & Judiciary
      2. First in Kerala – PART II | Education, Press & Literature
      3. First in Kerala – PART III | Science, Technology & Economy
      4. First in Kerala – PART IV | Awards, Films & Sports
      5. First in Kerala – PART V | Museums, Parks & Panchayats
      6. First in Kerala – PART VI | History
      7. First in Kerala – PART VII | Miscellaneous

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