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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Trivandrum (District Trivandrum)
Kerala, India

Kerala University, Trivandrum Kerala is a University recognised by UGC. Kerala University, Trivandrum Kerala is also known as University of Kerala, Formerly: University of Travancore. Kerala University, Trivandrum Kerala was established on / in 1937.

Kerala University is situated in Trivandrum of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Trivandrum comes under Trivandrum Tehsil, Trivandrum District.

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B.A Economics (55), History (55), Islamic History (40), Philosophy (50) Politics (55) Malayalam (40), English (40), Hindi (40), Sanskrit (10), Tamil (10), Arabic (30),B.Sc Mathematics (50), Physics (50), Chemistry (50), Botany (40), Zoology (40), Geology (14), Geography (30)M.A Philosophy (25), History (25), Economics (25), English (25), Sanskrit (10), Malayalam (25), Hindi (25), Arabic (10), Politics (25), Psychology (10), Tamil (10), Islamic History(10)M.Sc Mathematics (25), Physics (16), Chemistry (14), Botany (12), Zoology (12), Geography (10), Statistics (8), Geology (8)MPhil: Sanskrit (5), Mathematics (5), Physics (5), Chemistry (5), Botany (5), Zoology (5), English (5), Malayalam (5) Hindi (5), Arabic (5), Philosophy (5), Economics (5), History (5)

Some departments of Kerala University:
Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries,
Department of Aquatic Biology and Research,
Department of Arabic
Department of Archaeology
Department of Atomic Energy, Trombay
Department of Biochemistry
Department of Biotechnology
Department of Botany
Department of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Department of Commerce
Department of Commerce, FMN College
Department of Communication and Journalism,
Department of Computer Applications
Department of Computer Science
Department of English
Department of Environmental Science
Department of Future Studies
Department of Geology
Department of German
Department of Hindi
Department of Hindi
Department of History
Department of Islamic Studies
Department of Law
Department of Library and Information Science
Department of Linguistics
Department of Malayalam
Department of Malayalam Lexicon
Department of Mathematics
Department of Music
Department of Opto Electronics
Department of Philosophy
Department of Physical Education
Department of Physics
Department of Political Science
Department of Politics
Department of Psychology
Department of Publications
Department of Russian
Department of Sanskrit
Department of Sociology
Department of Statistics
Department of Student Services
Department of Tamil
Department of Zoology
Departments of Teaching and Research
Centre for Adult Continuing Education and Extension (CACEE)
Centre for Australian Studies
Centre for Canadian Studies
Centre for Comparative Literature
Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (CDIT)
Centre for English Language Teaching
Centre for Gandhian Studies
Centre for Teaching Education
Centre for Vedanta Studies
Centre for Womens Studies
Institute of Distance Education
University Observatory
University Health Centre
University Employment Information and Guidance Bureau
University College, Principal: Dr. B.S Mohanachandran
Institute of Distance Education
Oriental Research Institute and Manuscripts Library
College of Fine Arts
Academic Staff College
Institute of English

Profile of Kerala University

The University of Travancore which eventually became the University of Kerala was established in 1937 by a promulgation of the Maharaja of Travancore, Sri Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma who was also the first Chancellor of the University. Sir C. P Ramaswamy Ayyar, the then Diwan of the State, was the first Vice-Chancellor. It was the sixteenth University to be set up in India and ten Colleges within the State of Travancore which were affiliated to the Madras University became the affiliated colleges of the University of Travancore.

University College, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
University College, Thiruvananthapuram , was founded in1834 by the Government of Travancore during the reign of His Highness Sri. Swathi Thirunal Varma. It was then known as The Raja’s Free School.In 1866 during the reign of His Highness Sri Ayilyam Thirunal Rama Varma Maharaja of Travancore, it was decided that facilities for higher education should also be provided by the Government and the Raja’s School was raised to the status of a College affiliated to the Univesity of Madras. Since then, the College passed through tumultuous periods of nationalist struggle and several other movements of social reform. All Departments are approved research centers under the Ph.D programme. The college has been consistently producing excellent results at the University Examinations. At the P.G level, the college has secured top ranks in almost all disciplines. The College is now accredited by the U.G.C with the status of Centre with Potential for Excellence.

In 1957, the Kerala University Act, Act 14 of 1957, was brought into force and the University of Travancore was renamed University of Kerala. The University had three campuses located in three different parts of the State viz. Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode. In 1968, the University Centre at Kozhikode became a full -fledged University covering the Colleges and Departments located in Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode and Kannur Districts of Kerala. The Cochin University of Science and Technology and the Kerala Agricultural University were set up in 1971 and in 1983, the Mahatma Gandhi University was established. With the establishment of these Universities, the area of the jurisdiction of the University of Kerala has been limited to Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha Districts and some parts of Pathanamthitta District.


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Faculty and Departments

At present, the University has sixteen faculties and 41 departments of teaching and research. There are 157 affiliated colleges. Of these, 46 are aided Arts and Science colleges and 14 are unaided . There are two Law colleges, 17 Engineering colleges (of which 14 are unaided), four Medical Colleges (two are self financing) seven aided Teachers’ Training colleges, 30 unaided Teacher Training Colleges, four Ayurveda colleges, two Homeopathy colleges, one Sidha Medical College, two Fine Arts Colleges, one Music College, three Dental colleges (of which two are unaided), four unaided Pharmacy colleges and one college of Physical Education. Besides these, there are four affiliated institutions conducting two year full time MBA course, five colleges offering MCA and ten Nursing colleges, all in the unaided sector. The University’s Engineering College in Kariavattom campus offers courses like Information Technology, Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Communication etc...
The University Departments offer a wide range of teaching and research at post-graduate, M.Phil. and Ph.D. levels. The courses in the Departments are conducted in the Credit and Semester System . The University has also extended the Semester System to all the Post Graduate courses from 2001. At present, about 32 colleges offer post graduate teaching programmes. Some of the affiliated colleges offer


M. Phil. courses and some colleges have been recognised as research centres. The University has also recognised a number of other institutions as research centres. All these institutions conform to the aims and objectives of the University and its programme of teaching and research.

The University’s colleges of Teacher Education (launched in 1990-91), offer B.Ed. with an intake of 180 students in each of the ten centres. The eight University Institutes of Technology offer courses like Computer Science, Electronics, Business Administration etc., Two centres conduct M. Sc. Computer Science and one UIT offers MBA.

The Institute of Distance Education caters to the needs of thousands who wish to enroll for different courses. In addition to the traditional degree and post - graduate courses, the Institute now runs degree courses like Computer Science and Computer Application. With the abolition of Private Registration in the post-graduate level, the Institute of Distance Education now offers all the PG courses which were once offered privately. As a result, the enrolment in the institute has grown threefold.

In addition to the Departments of teaching, the University also has several centres for studies and research in special areas. The International Centre for Kerala Studies, the Centre for Canadian Studies, the Centre for Australian Studies, the Centre for Comparative Literature, Sree Narayana Study Centre, Centre for English Language Teaching, Centre for Vedanta Studies, V.K. Krishna Menon Study Centre, Christian Study Centre for Cultural and Social Change and Centre for Gandhian Studies are functioning under the University. It has also been decided to start an Ambedkar Study Centre.
The Academic Staff College set up with UGC aid, offers orientation and refresher courses to the teachers in affiliated colleges. It has been rated as the best in the country.

Library and Publications

The Oriental Research Institute and Manuscripts Library, which has an invaluable collection of rare and precious manuscripts, has been made the State Nodal Agency for the preservation and documentation of manuscripts. A Digital Heritage Archiving Centre also functions in the Library.

The Department of Publications, one of the oldest Departments of the University, has brought out a series of glossaries in science subjects, popular science books and translations of classics. The five volume Kerala Sahitya Charithram written by Mahakavi Ulloor S. Parameswara Ayyar and the series Sahithya Nayakanmar (Men of Letters) are some of the most prestigious publications of the Department. The Chitra Ramayana, based on palm - leaf manuscripts, is another notable publication. The University has also published the first ever complete English translation of Hortus Malabaricus, the classical treatise on the plant wealth of Asia and the tropics, in 2003.

The seven volumes of the proposed eleven-volume Malayalam Lexicon have been released so far. The University has been publishing since 1946 the Journal of Indian History, a significant publication on historical studies and research. A quarterly newsletter entitled The University Herald is also published.
The Observatory, founded by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal in 1837, opens a world of celestial wonders to the students, through the computer-aided lectures and the facilities for star-gazing.

Activities and Achievements

The University of Kerala has the honour of being the first University in India to ensure participation of students in the University Syndicate. The Academic Council and the Senate also have student members.

University Study Centres have been set up with UGC assistance, at Kollam, Alappuzha and Pandalam. These Centres cater to the needs of the students outside Thiruvananthapuram. Besides these, there are 13 Taluk Information Centres. The University also supplies information to students through the Helpdesks in affiliated colleges.

The Co-ordinator of the N.S.S programme and the Director of the Student Services organize youth welfare activities at the University level with the active co-operation of the University Students’ Union. The University Students’ Union has been very active since 1939 and has taken the initiative to offer to the students many community based and popular co-curricular activities. The University bagged the Indira Gandhi National Award for the best NSS activities in 2005

Department of Physical Education has gifted to the country outstanding sportsmen and women. The University is now planning to renovate the synthetic track of the University Stadium with Governmental assistance. The establishment of the Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education at Kariavattom, managed by the Government of India, is another land mark in the history of the University. Another significant development is the starting of several short term courses like TV News reading, Functional English, etc... in the Centre for Adult Continuing Education and Extension. This has enabled the University to realise the dream of ‘further education of the educated’. The CACEE received the UNESCO- NLM award for literacy in 2005.

During 1997, the University celebrated its Diamond Jubilee. The celebration involved the starting of new teaching Departments and setting up of new buildings like the International Youth Hostel at Thiruvananthapuram.

On 28th December 2000, the University conferred the Honorary Degree of D. Litt. on Nobel Laureate Prof. Amartya Sen. The other scholars honoured recently through the conferment of D. Litt. are Dr. K. J. Yesudas and Dr. Laurie Baker (2003).

The University’s Web site www.keralauniveristy.edu launched in January 2000, offers several services like downloadable application forms, question papers of past examinations, free resource links, subject gateway, etc,... The daily press releases and results of examinations are published on the site. The University also issues Degree Certificates with Hologram and over 112 security features. The Interactive Voice Response System helps students to get information over telephone.

The University of Kerala has widened its horizons by entering into academic cooperation with some foreign Universities like Valladolid of Spain and Claremont of the United States of America. The UGC has identified the University as one of the 26 institutions selected for promotion of India Studies by foreign students. The National Assessment and Accreditation Committee has placed the University at the B++ grade


University of Kerala, also known as Kerala University, is an affiliating university located in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, India. The university ranks among the top Universities in India. National Assessment and Accreditation Council, NAAC, has accredited it B++ Grade University. Kerala University is the first University in the country (India) to provide a student representative to the Syndicate. Presently there are 10 students in the Academic Council and 16 students in the Senate, the Supreme Authority of the University.


Established as University of Travancore in 1937 and became the University of Kerala in 1987. It was the sixteenth University to be set up in India.

Educational Streams

The university offers BA/ B Sc/ B Com and MA/ M Sc/ M Com and other Professional courses from its several colleges and institutions. M Phil Degree is awarded to the eligible candidates in respective areas. The students must be passed in the qualifying examination securing desired merit at the time of the admission.

Distance mode of learning is also the part of this university prospectus. A number of courses; Certificate, Diplomas, Degree and Master Degree courses are studied through distance mode through different centers in the state of Kerala.

Learners of this university enjoy of having good residential facilities. Hostel facility is provided to the students. Sahitya camps, film festivals, Nataka camps, Nadan kalamela, Samskarika jatha, Kaviyarangu, Chitrakala camp, Orientation camps, Cartoon camps, IT fests etc. are timely held by the university.

There is a University Library where a large stock of books and journals are available. The library subscribes to several foreign Journals, Indian periodicals, popular magazines and Newspapers. Now, the library has installed computer system for a LAN & CD-ROM network. The Library also offers CD-ROM on many subjects. Internet facility is offered at slashed rates. OPAC and internet facility is also available.


* Department of Aquatic Biology & Fisheries
* Department of Arabic
* Archaeology
* Department of Biotechnology
* Department of Biochemistry
* Department of Botany
* Department of Chemistry
* Department of Commerce
* Department of Communication & Journalism University
* Department of Computer Science
* Department of Demography
* Department of Economics
* Department of Education
* Institute of English Senate House Campus
* Department of Environmental Sciences
* Department of Futures Studies
* Department of Geology
* Department of German Senate
* Department of Hindi
* Department of History
* Institute of Distance Education
* Institute of Management in Kerala (IMK)
* Department of Islamic Studies
* Department of Law University Campus
* Department of Library & Information Science
* Department of Linguistics University Campus
* Department of Malayalam
* Department of Mathematics
* Department of Music
* Department of Optoelectronics University Campus
* Oriental Research Institute & Manuscripts Library
* Department of Philosophy
* Department of Physics
* Department of Political Science
* Department of Psychology
* Department of Russian Senate House Campus
* Department of Sanskrit University Campus
* Department of Sociology
* Department of Statistics
* Department of Tamil
* Department of Zoology

Contact Details:
University of Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram - 695 034
Phone: +91--0471-306422

Techies lose their halo

Manju Anoop with her husband, who is a government employee For long, computer engineers were considered the most eligible for marriage by young girls and their parents.

Fat salaries and the prospect of working in the US or the UK made them a hot property in the marriage market.

Family members used to boast non-stop about their sons job as consultant in some reputed IT firm abroad. But there seems to be a shift in the opinion of Keralites, in the last few years.

Nixon, an employee of Malayogam marriage bureau, feels the government employees are more sought after in the marriage market these days.

Though 70 per cent of the techies still choose their life partners from the same field, most of the parents still come to us looking for government employees as grooms for their daughters, he says.

Suchithra Santhosh, a 24-year-old software engineer at Technopark, who is married to Santhosh Pillai, a bank employee, says, Most employed women like me prefer a life partner who is not into a stressful IT job like mine. They want guys with government jobs who can take time out for them.

Chitra Narayanan, a journalism student from the University of Kerala, says that her dream husband doesnt necessarily need to have a lucrative job.

Being a media person, it will be difficult for me to manage family and work. To have a stable family life, I have to marry someone who has a government job, so that, even with a comparatively lesser salary, at least we wont have any hassles managing our home, she says.

Lakshmi Nair, a Kochiite, who has just completed her MBBS from Thiruvananthapuram, is keen on marrying a central government employee. An engineer who earns lakhs a month doesnt have the same charm as that of an IAS or IPS officer. After all, more than money, it is the reputation they hold in the society that matters, she says.

Manju Anoop, who recently tied the knot with a government employee says, I had many proposals from engineers, but it was my dads decision that I should marry a government employee. And I agree with it.

Sheela Vishwanathan, a sociology professor from the University of Kerala, who has been closely observing wedding trends for quite sometime, says that though todays girls say they prefer government officers as grooms, NRI techies still have a lot of appeal when it comes to parents.

After the attack on the World Trade Center, the preference for techies settled abroad as grooms drastically dropped. Still, today more than 60 per cent of parents wish for an NRI son-in-law, she states.

Kochis chance to go swadeshi

Walk to the boutique next door and a whole range of foreign wear welcomes you.

The little supermarket in the vicinity is full of imported goods.

The Gandhi Centre for Rural Development has selected Kochi for their 13th annual Swadeshi workshop, which will train people to make indigenous products at home. Organised in association with the Ernakulam Gandhi Bhavan Committee and Poornodaya Book Trust, the workshop will be held from today to June 12 at the Ernakulam Gandhi Bhavan.

The director of the workshop, Dr Jacob Pullickal, who was once the head of the University of Keralas Gandhi Studies, along with a team of six members will be teaching people on how to make a range of products using easily available raw material.

All the raw material along with the packaging will be given free of cost to all participants after they register with a nominal fee of Rs 100.

Today, even when the scope for homemade indigenous products is huge, there is extreme paucity in this regard. Initiatives like this workshop which we conduct in different parts of the state, prove highly efficient in this regard, says Dr Jacob. He also pointed out that 26 per cent of the soaps in the market are swadeshi products which are delivered exclusively through door-to-door marketing.

The workshop ranges from making homemade products, exhibiting the products and holding a seminar on the relevance and use of swadeshi products as an alternative to consumerism. Special training will be given in jewellery making, soap making and food processing by the organisers.

The official inauguration of the workshop will be done together by all the newly elected MLAs of the Ernakulam Corporation at the Gandhi Bhavan premises on June 4.

Sewage plant gets panel nod

The committee appointed by the Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority wants the Kochi Corporation to go ahead with its proposed sewage treatment plant at Mundamveli on a case-to-case basis by adequately compensating the ecological damages.

The three-member committee designated to look into the corporations land reclamation and destruction of mangroves for construction of a sewage treatment plant submitted its report recently.

Headed by Vice-Chancellor of the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, Dr B. Madhusoodana Kurup, the committee submitted that considering larger public interest, the corporation and Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project (KSUDP) may be directed to approach the Ministry of Environment and Forests to seek any relaxation in provisions if possible by taking into consideration the requirement of the plant in the western part of corporation and non-availability of land in areas outside Coastal Regulation Zone.

Surprisingly, the committee also found that about 3.95 acres of CRZ area consisting of water body and tidal marsh were reclaimed as on June 9, 2011. The committee submitted that setting up of the plant was not permissible in CRZ-I area except laying of pipelines for the activities related with the project.

However, the corporation and the KSUDP may be issued showcause notice to explain why they had destroyed mangroves, reclaimed CRZ and initiated construction-development activities for the plant without proper clearance from the KCZMA and the MoEF.

The site lies on the banks of the Vembanad backwater system which is influenced by tidal action and consists of filtration ponds inhabited by mangroves.

Meanwhile, Association for Environmental Protection president C M Joy alleged that the report was protecting the corporation stand. The mandate of the Dr Madhusudanan committee was to see whether Mundamvely was fit for a sewage treatment plant or not, he said and added that from the explanations it was clear that the site was not fit for the plant. Suggestion for getting exemption was not the aim of the committee, he adds.

The committee also felt that various developments undertaken at the proposed site caused destruction of mangroves and damage to the ecosystem. The damages so caused may be recouped and ecosystems restored.

Kerala University in a legal bind

Conflicting legal opinions given by the standing counsel and the legal advisor regarding the appointment of an assistant professor has put the Kerala University in a fix.

Though a notification was issued for the appointment of an assistant professor in 2005, it was re-notified in 2010 following a change in qualifications.

However, it was made clear in the notification that those who had applied in 2005 and had the revised qualifications need not re-apply.

Though the candidate who was ranked first after the interview was within the prescribe age limit when he submitted his application in 2005, he was overage when the interview was conducted in 2010. While the Syndicate was of the view that the second-ranked candidate should be appointed, Vice-Chancellor Mr A. Jayakrishnan opined it was against natural justice.

Following this the Syndicate decided to seek legal opinion. While legal advisor of the university, Mr Abdul Karim, advised that the second-ranked candidate be appointed, the standing counsel of the university in the High Court, Mr George Poonthottam, was of the view that the first candidate should get the job.

Whatever decision university might take, it is liable to be challenged in court. The issue will come up for discussion at the Syndicate meeting on Wednesday. Ironically, the appointment of Mr Poonthottam as standing counsel and Mr Karim as legal advisor after the UDF government came to power had also created a controversy.

Lokayukta scraps KU assistants recruitment

The Lokayukta on Thursday scrapped the recruitment of about 200 assistants in Kerala University in 2008 and recommended prosecution of the former vice-chancellor, Dr. M.K.Ramachandran Nair, pro vice-chancellor, Dr V Jayaprakash, and four syndicate members.

Syndicate members, Mr. B.S.Rajeev, Mr. A.A.Razheed, Mr. K.A.Andrews and Mr. M.P.Russel were held responsible by the Lok Ayukta for the irregularities in the examination.

The Upa Lokayukta, Justice G. Sasidharan, observed that there had been corruption and favoritism in the recruitment and ordered a fresh test to fill up vacancies.

This has put a question mark on the fate of 146 candidates, serving as assistants in the university since 2008.

The order is a setback to the CPI (M)-led LDF as the recruitment took place during the term of the Left-dominated Syndicate. Over 40,000 candidates appeared for the test held in 2005.

A provisional rank list of 2,401 candidates was published and 1,401 were called for interview in 2008.
A day after the interview, appointment orders were issued to 200 candidates, of which 181 joined in two days. But once the recruitment became controversial, 35 candidates quit.

It was alleged that even those who did not appear for the recruitment examination were appointed. KSUs Mr. Sujith S.Kurup, had moved the Lokayukta against the appointment and the Upa Lokayukta, had earlier scrapped appointments.

However, the university challenged the order at the High Court.

The HC asked Lokayukta to hear candidates appointed as assistants. Answer sheets could not be traced even after an enquiry was conducted.

Bid to cancel Sanskrit university job rank list

At a time when the state government has successfully argued for extending the tenure of Public Service Commission rank lists, the UDF-dominated Sanskrit University Syndicate is set to cancel rank list for the university assistants post, it is learnt.

Effective since December 22, 2010, the rank list got a three-year validity from the selection committee. The previous Syndicate had approved it on December 31, 2010.

But barely 13 months on, the present Syndicate staff standing committee has understandably decided to suggest the next Syndicate meeting, scheduled for February 18, to pass a resolution banning further postings without the Syndicates knowledge.

The Congress-supported Sanskrit University Staff Association has already made a demand to this effect, and sources said the Syndicate is set to meet the demand.

According to sources, the rank list in contention was published the way PSC rank lists were published, with marks of both written examination and the interview declared.

Weight given to physically handicapped categories was also published. While 229 aspirants figure in the main rank-list, there are up to 170 candidates in the supplementary lists.

With almost two years left for the tenure of the rank list to end, only 42 candidates have found placement.

The move of the university Syndicate to block placement from the rank list is seen as a strategy of the Syndicate to make temporary appointments, according to demands raised by Syndicate members.

This comes at a time when appointments at Kerala University are under a cloud, and the government proceeds to bring varsity appointments under the Public Service Commission.

TN college offers bikes, woos students

All a young person needs to do is to get four friends admitted into the college he is in, and he can ride a brand new 220 cc bike home!

There has been a decline in the number of Keralites pursuing their education in colleges in Tamil Nadu, thanks to the new self-financing colleges in the state and the admission policies.

In an attempt to stop the declining numbers, private colleges in Tamil Nadu have, over the years, offered perks to students who admit their friends into the same college.

But now an admission officer from a Tirunelveli-based, private engineering college has offered a 220 cc bike worth Rs 1 lakh to any student who admits four students into the college.

College authorities on condition of anonymity told Deccan Chronicle that self-financing colleges across Tamil Nadu do not have sufficient students, mainly owing to the rise in the number of colleges across Kerala.

According to the director of the Kerala University centre for bioinformatics, Dr Achuthsankar S. Nair, the mushrooming of self-financing colleges in Kerala over the last five years has seen a decline in the number of students moving to the neighbouring state.

Dr Nair added that educational standards in both states were similar so parents preferred having their children in their home state.

Earlier, there was a shortage of students for the Masters courses in the state. But with sanction being given for M.Tech courses in colleges here, the outflow of students to Tamil Nadu had been on the decline, Dr Nair pointed out.

Another expert added that the state governments decision to speed up the admission process might be a reason for colleges introducing sops to those who admit students.

Kerala varsity wanted Albert Einstein to be vice-chancellor

Decades before India made a name for itself in the field of education, the tiny princely state of Travancore aimed it high in higher education and even made an unsuccessful bid to enlist services of great physicist Albert Einstein as Vice Chancellor of its fledgling university for a monthly pay of Rs 6000.

The Nobel prize winning scientist, considered as the founder of modern physics and one who developed the theory of general relativity, politely declined the invitation saying he wanted to join Princeton University in America.

The University, set up in 1937 as Travancore University, was renamed as University of Kerala later, and is planning year-long celebrations to mark its Platinum Jubilee this year.

According to late historian Prof A. Sreedhara Menon, who authored a comprehensive history of the university, seeking Einsteins service for the state was the idea of the then Diwan (Prime Minister) of Travancore Sir C. P. Ramaswamy Aiyar. Aiyar was a shrewd administrator and multi-faceted scholar who kept abreast of contemporary developments including those concerning modern science.

Citing records of local peoples council, Menon says Aiyar advised the reigning prince Chithira Tirunal Balarama Varma, the last Maharaja of Travancore, to invite Einstein to decorate the prestigious academic post.

Aiyar thought that the prestige and status of the university would get elevated if a great scientist like Einstein agreed to head it. According to writer and historian M. G. Sashibhushan CP, as Aiyar was popularly known, had tried to bring not only Einstein but many famous personalities from various academic disciplines as faculty of the university.

I have heard people talking of CPs public announcement about the proposal first at the Sree Chitra State Council. But as far as I know, unfortunately, the copy of the letter sent to Einstein is yet to be traced, Sashibhushan told.

Asst grade post: KU syndicate not to appeal

The Kerala University syndicate on Monday decided not to go in appeal against the Lokayuktha order cancelling all appointments made to the assistant grade post.

The Lokayuktha had found that the test conducted by the university in 2008 for the recruitment lacked transparency.

The fate of 145 assistants including those who had come through proper channels would depend on the High Court decision on the issue.

The issue resulted in a heated debate at the syndicate on Monday, with the LDF members opposing the discussion. At one stage, UDF member Chamakala Jyothikumar and LDF member K.L. Vivekanandan almost came to blows.

Later the issue was put to vote. In the voting, 11 UDF members voted, accepting the lokayukta verdict and not to appeal against it while eight LDF members voted for an appeal. The lone CPI member Fasaludeen Huck did not attend the meeting.

Vice Chancellor A. Jayakrishnan, Pro-Vice Chancellor J. Prabhash and the nominee of the higher education principal secretary Ajikumaran abstained from voting.

Though 180 persons had been appointed from the list, around 35 had taken up other jobs.
The high court had oredred status quo on the asssiatnts till Monday.

The court would take up the case again on Tuesday. The university would present its stand stand on the issue at the court on Tuesday.

Collegians suffer from tech fatigue

Rahul wakes up at nine thanks to his new iPhone alarm. Getting ready takes on a whole new meaning with MP3 peppy jingles blaring out at full volume.

A few rounds on Playstation or Wii in the bus and he is at the college campus. I cant ever think of a day without technology in my life! It would be like Tom Hanks in Castaway, winks Rahul Menon, a young collegian from Kochi.

To be updated about what is in vogue in the tech world is no longer a hobby its become a necessity. But I am afraid, this over-indulgence in technological applications has cut me away from life, he concedes.

As many such Rahuls make similar confessions, a new syndrome amongst the youngsters of today comes to light — their utter dependence on technology in any form, be it via the cell phone or the Internet.

This has resulted in youngsters becoming so addicted to technology that abstaining from it creates a feeling of insecurity and restlessness in them. A no-technology day should be a good idea, exclaims Parvathy Nair from Kochi. She adds, Refraining from every form of technology would perhaps convince us that we were much closer to life at a time when simpler substitutes made us self-dependent. To be frank, I dont pay attention to my classes too much as I am sure that even if I bunk all my classes, the notes are just a click away!

Fathima Shan, a communication student at the University of Kerala, also campaigns for a no-technology day which according to her should be soon enforced across all campuses in Kerala. Staying away from my mobile phone is like slashing my basic tool of communication.

But I really want to get away from this feeling of addiction and hence it is imperative that the college authorities realise the growing fear of the youth in this regard and advocate a measure that will gradually cure this disorder rather than forcefully threaten us not to use it, she explains.

Gautham Gopalakrishnan, a student from Palakkad who has now completed his higher studies in Singapore is sad that cell phones and the use of technology are being curtailed in campuses in Kerala.

It is true that a no-technology day would mean spending more time with our friends and family. But campuses being homes of education should encourage students to turn more to technology rather than trying to bar it. After all it is the door to the world of infinite information.

I believe that practical knowledge is the biggest asset of a student and that is possible only in two ways; either with hands-on experience, which will take many years, or the use of technology. Hence, let us campaign for a judicious tech revolution in campuses rather than a no-technology day, he says.

Screen revaluation paper for Rs 500

Kerala University has decided to make crucial amendments to rules regarding the revaluation process to ensure more transparency.

One of the decisions was to make available photostat copies of answer sheets on payment of a fee of Rs 500.

Another decision was to make changes in the mark list even if a student got only one mark in the revaluation process.

As per the present norms, changes will be made in the mark list only if a student gets at least four marks during revaluations. The decision to make the amendments was taken during the Syndicate meeting held last week.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had, in its report for the year ending March 31 last year, come down heavily on Kerala University for its inefficiency in handling the answer books including those submitted for revaluation, leading to their loss.

The answer scripts of 15 candidates, who had applied for revaluation, were among the 84 answer scripts that went missing, as per the scrutiny of the CAG.

As per the guidelines for revaluation, in the event of the examiners failure to return the answer books to the university, he-she should be permanently debarred from the university as an examiner.

Oommen Chandy urges universities to improve quality of education

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Uthradom Thirunal mart-handavarma, minister K.C. Joseph, minister V.S. Sivaku-mar, all old students of Kerala university, at the platinum jubilee celebrations of the university on Friday. — DC

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has urged the universities to initiate urgent steps to improve the quality of higher education in the state.

Inaugurating the platinum jubilee celebrations of Kerala University here on Friday, the Chief Minister said the higher education sector had failed to change with the changing times around the world, be it in respect of the learning process or of the courses job potential.

Education minister P.K. Abdu Rabb, who presided, said there was no justification for the failure of the universities to delay the results of various examinations. We have universities that have not published the results a year after the examinations, he rued.

One of the challenges before the state during the proposed Global Education Meet in December, he said, was to improve the efficiency of the universities in relation to their academic activities like conduct of examinations, evaluation of the answersheets, and publishing of results.

Activist feels vindicated for nailing Arunkumar

R.S. Sasikumar, former joint registrar and now a syndicate member of Kerala University, has legitimate reasons for feeling happy over the assembly panel report nailing V.A. Arunkumar, the son of Opposition Leader V.S. Achuthanandan.

For, the answers to two RTI queries submitted by him, one on the appointment and promotion of Mr Arunkumar and the other on constituting the ICT academy, were the ones which triggered the controversy.

Mr Sasikumar told Deccan Chronicle that the first RTI query was submitted to IHRD authorities seeking details on the appointment and promotion to Mr Arunkumar in March 23,2011. The answer to the query was given by IHRD on April 4, 2011.

Mr Sasikumar said that the second query to the Thiruvananthapuram district registrar was submitted on May 25, 2011 for which the answers were received on June 4, 2011.

He pointed out that Arunkumar had been promoted to the post of IHRD Additional Director, which was equivalent to that of the Pro Vice-Chancellor of universities.

He had just 12 years of experience. Moreover, Arunkumar passed pre-degree in third class and BSc only in his second chance.

Later, he secured admission to the MCA course through a management seat in a private college. Notification for the post was issued after deleting the clause on the qualification, Sasikumar said.

When two senior principals of IHRD engineering colleges raised objections to the appointment, they were also promoted as additional directors after creating two additional posts, he said.

Though he had asked for the details of the marks and the minutes of the interview to the post, the IHRD officials failed to provide them, Mr Sasikumar said.

The same was the case with ICT academy — Mr Arunkumar — who had neither the experience nor the qualification for the post, was appointed with the salary equivalent to that of Technopark CEO

100 caught for exam malpractice

In a sure-fire indication that examination malpractice continues to be a widespread phenomenon in the University of Kerala, the examination malpractice squad of the university apprehended 100 students with various kind of material on their persons over the last 20 days from colleges in Thiruvananthapuram district alone.

Controller of Examinations K. Madhukumar told here on Monday that most of the students caught by the universitys squad had chits tucked away on their persons. In other districts The university has squads operating in Kollam and Pathanamthitta districts as well, from where too students have been caught committing examination malpractice, he said.
A number of students caught committing examination malpractice was from self-financing colleges affiliated to the university.

In many colleges, the activities of the squad were hampered by the fact that there would be spotters outside the examination halls who would shout out warnings as soon as the squad entered the college premises. At once, students who had chits or other material on their persons would throw the paper outside the window, Dr. Madhukumar said.
Poor invigilation The fact that unauthorised material is found on students also shows the invigilators in a poor light.
According to teachers who have been part of anti-malpractice squads, no invigilator can fail to spot such chits being used by students.

In nine cases out of ten, such copying is done with the knowledge, if not approval, of the invigilator, one such lecturer argued.The fact that anti-malpractice squads also face the possibility of being assaulted or intimidated was driven home on Monday evening at the University College, here, when a student who was caught with a chit on his person reportedly assaulted a lecturer who was a squad member.

The squad that went to the college on Monday comprised four male teachers and one lady teacher.According to a complaint on the issue received by Dr. Madhukumar, the lecturer at NNS College, Pandalam, was on his way to the office of the college Principal when the student allegedly hit him from behind.
Police protection On reaching the Principals office the squad members demanded police protection for leaving the college safely.

The squad members come to my office normally to get the seized material certified. When the squad came today, they complained that a boy had assaulted one of them and they sought police protection, college Principal K.B. Ajithkumar told.

Even though the police came, their help was not needed for the squad members to leave the college. The issue was thus settled, the Principal added Chits seized

The squad seized chits from five students in the University College on Monday; three of them were girls.
Attacker identified

The university would seek a report on the incident from the college Principal. This report would also form the basis on which the university should initiate action against the boy, who has been identified in the complaint submitted to the Controller of Examinations.

B.Com. results out after five months

Proving yet again that there is a wide gap between its rules and its practices, the University of Kerala on Wednesday published the results of the third semester Choice-Based Credit and Semester System (CBCSS) B.Com. examinations, a full five months after these examinations got over.

The third semester examinations were held in October-November 2011 and, according to the rules governing the conduct of the choice-based credit and semester degree courses, the results ought to have been published in 40 days.

According to sources in the University familiar with the evaluation and tabulation processes, the results of the third semester BA and B.Sc. need be expected only after a week or two. Only after all third semester results are through would we want to look at the first semester result. Those examinations got over in December 2011 and in that case too, the 40-day rule has been violated by a wide margin, a university employee pointed out.

The fourth semester examinations are now under way. It was delay from the word go as far as the third semester examinations were concerned. The university was able to cobble together valuation camps for these examinations only on February 12, two months after the examinations got over. Once the camps did get going, the university faced a shortage of teachers, as has become the norm with CBCSS examinations.

Though the university does have a point in that the simultaneous running of the annual system and the CBCSS was the primary culprit for the shortage of teachers, the fact remains that the university could do precious little when even colleges which could have spared teachers for camp duty chose to do so very sparingly.

The way things are going now, many university officials and teachers say they will not rule out a course lag for CBCSS students who are scheduled to pass out in May 2013. Before that time the university should have published the results of all five semesters.

Wednesday also saw the university withholding the results of students from four colleges. This is because these colleges did not submit the marks and grades of the continuous internal evaluation on time despite repeated reminders.
In September 2011, when the university published the second semester B.Com. results, it withheld the results of 1,100 students; nearly half of those who wrote the examinations. This was because 19 colleges did not submit the statements of attendance and the details of continuous evaluation.

Vice-chancellor protests on behalf of Kerala varsity

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The inauguration of the work on the international stadium being built at Kariavattom for the 35th National Games on Tuesday also turned a venue for the Kerala University to mark its protest.

Vice-chancellor A Jayakrishnan, who was among the speakers at the function, made strong remarks against the National Games secretariat for snubbing the Kerala University while organizing the function. He said that it was inappropriate on the part of the games secretariat to exclude the university from organizing the function as the land for the stadium belonged to the university.

When contacted, he said that the university should have been one of the hosts for the function. The land still belongs to the university. It has only been leased out to the games secretariat for constructing the stadium. So the invitation for the function should have been a joint one. We were not informed about the function and we came to know about it when I received an invitation to offer felicitations at the function, he told. After the VCs office protested, the invitation was reprinted to make him one of the distinguished speakers.

Govt medical colleges put in quality show

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: It seems passing out from a self-financing medical or dental college in the state is a tougher task than getting a seat. Final year results of MBBS, BDS and BAMS courses published by the Kerala University of Health Sciences have raised a question mark on the quality of medical education provided by self-financing colleges in the state as most of them fared poorly compared to their counterparts in the government sector.

Out of the 21 medical colleges registered under the medical university, the five government-run colleges have recorded above 90% pass. The government medical college at Thrissur recorded the best result in the last academic year with 98.66%.

It is followed by the Kozhikode medical college with 95.98%, Thiruvananthapuram with 95%, Alappuzha with 93.29% and Kottayam with 91.39%. Of the 848 students who appeared for exams in government medical colleges, 805 cleared them.

Only two private colleges could achieve a pass percentage of above 90% - Jubilee Mission medical college, Thrissur, and Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church medical college, Kolencherry. Four private colleges recorded above 80% pass. I am surprised that some private colleges could not score even above 70%.

Shortage of qualified faculty, shortage of patients and lack of interest shown by the students are the main reasons behind the poor show. The students should be taught with more practicals and not just by showing diagrams, said Dr B Ekbal, former Kerala University vice-chancellor. In three other private colleges, the pass percentage hovered around the half-way mark. In Kannur medical college out of the 99 candidates only 53 could get through, in KMCT medical college, Kozhikode, only 60 could get through out of 100 and in Karuna medical college, Palakkad, only 62 could get through out of the 100 appeared. The result of the BDS exam showed most private colleges faring even worse. Out of the 22 colleges in the state registered under the university, 15 colleges recorded below 40 pass percentage, of which six have below 20%. Quality of clinical materials is high in government colleges. We have well-qualified faculty and academically brilliant students. From theory to practical, students are taught by academically qualified professionals who have vast experience. In private colleges, we know that many faculties are there only on paper and are present in the colleges only during the MCI inspection, said Dr S Kishore, state secretary, Kerala Government Medical College Teachers Association.

Among the three government colleges, Kozhikode dental college has topped the chart with 58.75%, Thiruvananthapuram dental college has 55.1% and Kottayam dental college has recorded 43.24%.

However, Pushapagiri College of Dental Science from the private sector emerged the topper by a distance with a pass percentage of 72.92. For the BAMS course, the government Ayurveda college at Thripunithura achieved cent per cent pass followed by the government colleges in Thiruvananthapuram with 97.01 and Kannur with 92.5%. Of the 16 Ayurveda colleges in the state, five from the private sector achieved above 90% pass.


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The online registration for the degree admissions in colleges and university institute of technologies under the Kerala University will end at 5 pm on June 9.

Applications invited: Applications have been invited for the certificate in nursing administration course offered by the Centre for Adult Continuing Education and Extension of the Kerala University. Anyone with a diploma in general nursing and a registration by any state nursing council can apply for the six month course. The course fee is Rs 5, 000.

Applications have also been invited for the certificate in ayurveda massier and panchakarma assistant course offered by the Centre for Adult Continuing Education and Extension. Those who have passed plus-two or pre-degree can apply for this course.

Application forms for the aforementioned courses can be availed by producing a receipt by remitting Rs 100 in the SBT branch at the university campus in the account number 57002299878 or by a demand draft of Rs 110 in the name of Director, CACEE, payable at Trivandrum. For getting the application form in post, the applicant should apply with a self-addressed cover with a five rupee stamp to Director, CACEE, Kerala University, Vikas Bhavan P O, PMG, Thiruvananthapuram-33. The filled in application forms should reach before June 20. For details, contact on 0471-2302523.

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