The Syro-Malabar Church on October 25 launched “Smart Catechism,” a web portal offering online classes in matters of faith. The web portal is expected to benefit around 400,000 students attending catechism classes from grades 1 to 12 in India and overseas.

The portal that aims to draw the attention of the young tech-savvy generation was opened by His Grace Bishop Jacob Manathodath, who is the chairperson of the Commission for Catechism of the Syro-Malabar Synod. The portal,, will make available lessons and guides for students. The digital versions of textbooks will be available in Malayalam, English and Hindi.

Audio clips of each class, including power point presentation, will also be uploaded to the portal, says a press release from the commission.