7 Facts About Madras Presidency

1. In 1950, when the Madras Presidency became Madras State, the literacy rate was slightly higher than the national average of 18 percent.

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2. In 1901, Madras Presidency had a male literacy rate of 11.9 percent and a female literacy rate of 0.9 percent.

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3. On 5 September 1857, the University of Madras Presidency was established as an examining body using the University of London as a model with the first examinations held in February 1858.

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4. In 1921, the Bank of Madras Presidency merged with the Bank of Bombay and the Bank of Bengal to form the Imperial Bank of India.

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5. The first brewery in the Madras Presidency was founded in the Nilgiri Hills in 1826.

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6. At its greatest extent, the Madras Presidency included much of southern India.

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7. The city of Madras Presidency was the winter capital of the Presidency and Ootacamund or Ooty, the summer capital.

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