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Dr. JACOB CHERIAN was born on July 14th 1923 at Kottara a small village in Kollam District, Kerala. From childhood he had a religious bend and mind and committed to dedicated Christian service. After completing his graduation from the University of Kerala, he joined the Miraj Medical School in Maharashtra and then he got a place in R.G Kar. Medical College in Calcutta and passed M.B.B.S in 1956. During the year 1961 itself he was conferred upon FRCS by Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and he received FRCS from Royal College of Surgeons Glasgow. With these highly professional degrees he decided to serve the rural people who needed his service more than anybody else. He landed up Oddanchatram a drought hit very backward village in Tamil Nadu, with small group of Doctors and Nurses and started a small health centre for the poor people at Oddanchatram with his wife and Dr. A.K. Tharian. Later in 1965 he moved to Ambilikkai another remote village in Dindigul District to establish a Community Health centre. The services were given to the people irrespective of caste, creed and religion. Thus Ambilikkai becomes his centre of activity. The early days of his life was very hard but through contribution and cooperation of the people he could establish 19 institution in the field of Medical, health and education and social work. His emphasis on community health services to the rural people covering nearly 1000 villages. His late father died at age of 103 and his name found a place in Guinness book as a priest worked 85 years in rural area of Kerala.

Padma Bhushan Dr. Mr. JACOB CHERIAN B.Sc.,MBBS., FRCS(Ed)., FRCS (GI)., FICA., FICA,FAIS., Dr. Mrs. MARY CHERIAN. MBBS.,DMCW., DCH(Lon)., FRCP(Ed)., FRCP(GI)., That men might see yours good deeds and gloriby yours father in heaven - Mathew 5 : 16