The Knanaya church has proposed to open The Knanaya Nazarene Academy. It says that it receives inspiration from archaeological excavation at Pattanam on St’Thomas tradition.. It intends to blend into the Muziris Heritage Project of the state government and has set up a special advisory board with scholars such as Dr. Robert Eisenman, Dr Shalva Weil, Dr Federico de Romanis and Dr. Shinu Abraham. Robert Eisenman is an American biblical archaeologist and historian He is currently Professor of Middle East Religions, Archaeology, and Islamic Law and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Judeo-Christian and Islamic Origins at California State University Long Beach.. The Knanaya Nazarene Academy hosted seminar at Kochi on November 18 and 19 2010 in honour of Eisenman who toured Kerala . The theme of the seminar was ‘Dead Sea Scrolls.’Dr. Shalva Weil is senior Israeli anthropologist. Dr Federico de Romanis is
archaeologist and biblical historian who supported P.J.Cherian for Pattanam excavations
.The University of Rome (Tor Vergata) has conferred a three-year research fellowship
on P.J. Cherian on Pattanam excavations. Federico De Romanis, will be Dr. Cherian's
research coordinator at the University of Rome.