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UNIVERSITY OF KERALA, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM  
 

The University of Kerala is an affiliating university located in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala state, India. It was established in 1937, long before the birth of Kerala State in India.

The university has sixteen faculties and forty-one departments of teaching and research. There are eighty-one affiliated colleges. Of these forty, five are aided first grade Arts and Science Colleges, eight are unaided first grade Arts and Science Colleges, two are law Colleges, four Engineering Colleges, two Medical Colleges, seven aided Teachers Training Colleges, six unaided Teachers Training Colleges, one Ayurveda College, on Homeopathy College, two Fine Arts Colleges, one Music College and one College of Physical Education. Besides this, there is an affiliated institute conducting 2-year full time MBA course. The University has recently started an Engineering College in its Kariavattom campus.

 

History
A University College was established in Thiruvananthapuram, in 1873 during the reign of Maharajah Ayilyam Thirunal. However it was still affiliated to the Madras University. The University of Travancore which later became the University of Kerala was established in 1937 by a promulgation of the Maharaja of Travancore, Sri Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma.

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. Sri. Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma served as the first Chancellor of the University. C.P.Ramaswami Aiyar, the then Diwan of the State was its first Vice-Chancellor.

In 1957 the Kerala University Act, Act 14 of 1957, was brought into force and the University of Travancore was renamed University of Kerala. At that time the University had three Campuses located in 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 in Kerala. The University of Kerala transferred the affiliation of fifty colleges to the Calicut University. 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. It is also ranked 3rd (3) by the Outlook India magazine for the year 2007 in the top 50 government Universities in India.

 

Vice Chancellors
A list of vice chancellors of the university is given below:

Sir C.P.Ramaswami Aiyar (1937-1947)
Sir Harold Papworth (1947-1949)
V. K. Nandan Menon (1950-1951)
Sir Arcot Ramaswamy Mudaliar (1951-1957)
Dr. John Mathai (1958 - 1959)
Prof. Samuel Mathai (1963-1969)
Dr. A. Aiyappan (1969-1972)
Dr. V. K. Sukumaran Nair (1973 & 1977-1981)
Dr. R. S. Krishnan (1973-1977)
Dr. A. V. Varghese (1981-1983)
P. S. Habeeb Mohammed (1983-1987)
Dr. G. Bala mohanan Thampi (1987-1991)
Dr. J. V. Vilanilam (1992-1996)
Dr. N. Babu (1996-2000)
Dr. B. Ekbal (2000-2004)
Dr M K Ramachandran Nair (2005-current)

 

Affiliated Colleges

Colleges in Thiruvananthapuram District
Govt. College for Women,Vazhuthacaud
Govt. Arts College,Thycaud
University College, Palayam
Govt. College, Kariavatttom
Govt. Sanskrit College,Palayam
Govt. College, Attingal
Govt. College, Nedumangad
K .N.M. Govt.College,Kanjiramkulam
All Saint`s College
NSS College for Women, Karamana
Mahatma Gandhi College,Kesavadasapuram
Mar Ivanios College, Nalanchira
S.N.College, Sivagiri, Varkala
S.N.College, Chempazhanthi
VTMNSS College,Dhanuvachapuram
St.Xavier`s College,Thumba
Christian College,Kattakada
Iqbal College, Peringammala
Mannaniya College of Arts&Science
Loyola College of Social Sciences

  Colleges in Kollam District
Govt.College, Chavara
Fatima Mata National College
Devaswom Board College, Sasthamcottah
TKM College of Arts& Science
St. Gregorios College, Kottarakara
St. Stephen`s College, Pathanapuram
NSS College, Nilamel
SN College for Women, Kollam
SN College, Kollam
St. John`s College, Anchal
SN College, Punalur
MMNSS College, Kottiyam
SN College, Chathannur
  Colleges in Alappuzha District
Bishop Moore College, Mavelikara
Christian College, Chengannur
MSM College, Kayamkulam
NSS College, Cherthala
SN College, Cherthala
SD College, Alappuzha
St. Joseph`s College for women, Alappuzha
St.Michael`s College, Cherthala
TKMM College, Nangiarkulangara
SN College, Chengannur
Sree Ayyappa College, Eramallikara
  Colleges in Pathanamthitta District
St.Cyril`s College, Adoor
NSS College, Pandalam
  Fine Arts College
College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram
Raja Ravi Varma College of Fine Arts, Mavelikara
  Music college
Sri Swathi Thirunal College of Music, Thycaud
  Physical Education
Lakshmi Bai National College of Physical Education
Kariavattom
  Law Colleges
Govt. Law College, Thiruvananthapuram
The Kerala Law Academy Law College, Peroorkada
  Training Colleges
. College of Teacher Education, Thycaud
. SN Training College, Nedumganda, Varkala
. Mar Theophilus Training College, Bethany Hills
. Karmela Rani Training College, Kollam
. Mount Tabor Training College, Pathanapuram
. NSS Training College, Pandalam
. Peet Memorial Training College, Mavelikara
  Medical Colleges
. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram
. Thirumala Devaswom Medical College
  Ayurveda Medical College
.Govt. Ayurveda Medical College
  Homoeo Medical Colleges
. Govt.Homoepathic Medical College, Iranimuttom
. Sri Vidhyadhiraja Homoeopathic Medical College, Nemom
  Dental College
. Govt. Dental College,Tvpm
 

Engineering Colleges
. College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram
. Govt. Engg. College, Barton hill
. TKM College of Engineering

  College Under the Direct Management of the University
.University College of Engineering,Kariavattom Campus
 

SELF- FINANCING COLLEGES

Arts & Science Colleges
.Sree Sankara Vidyapeedom College, Nagaroor
. AJ College of Science & Technology, Thonnakkal
. Emmanuel College, Vazhichal ,Kudappanamoodu
. National College, Manacaud
. CHMM College for Advanced Studies,Palayamkunnu
. KVVS College of Science & Technology, Kaithaparambu
. Mar Thoma College of Science & Technology, Chadayamangalam
. Sree Vidhyadhiraja College of Arts & Science
. IHRD Centre,Adoor
. IHRD Centre, Mavelikara
. National Institute of Speech &Hearing, Poojappura
. Sree Narayana College of Technology, Vadakkevila
. PMSA Pookoya Thangal Memorial Arts &Science College,Kadakkal
. Naipunya School of Management, Cherthala
. Sree Narayana Guru Memorial Arts & Science College

[edit] Departments of Teaching & Research
The Kerala University is the most leading universities in South India, which do intensive research in various subjects. There are 41 departments in which research is going on, and 57 recognised Research Centres other than University Departments.

 

Research centres
The other recognised Research Centres of Kerala University :

Central Institute of Fishery Technology, Ernakulam.
Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Vizhinjam.
Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, Karakudi.
Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram.
Mitraniketan, Thiruvananthapuram.
Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram.
Electronics Research & Development Centre, (Keltron),Thiruvananthapuram.
Centre for Advanced Legal Studies and Research, Thiruvananthapuram.
Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore.
Regional Research Laboratory, ( CSIR) Thiruvananthapuram.
Solar Physics Observatory, Kodaikanal, Indian Institute of Astro Physics.
National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad
Cancer Institute, Madras
Regional Research Laboratory, Hyderabad.
Institute of Tropical Meterorology, Pune.
Atomic Energy Establishment, Trombay.
Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram.
College of Engineering, Trivandrum.
VSSC Thiruvananthapuram.
The Rubber Research Institute, Kottayam
Indian Institute for Regional Development Studies, Kottayam.
Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasargod & Kayamkulam.
Centre for Earth Science Studies, Thiruvananthapuram.
Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram.
Forensic Sciences Lab, Thiruvananthapuram
Hindi Research Centre, Kerala Hindi Prachar Sabha, Thiruvananthapuram
Centre for Development of Education Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram
State Nutrition Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram.
Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (CDIT), Trivandrum
Kerala State Drugs & Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Alappuzha.
The Quilon Public Library, Kollam (Social Sciences - Languages, Malayalam & Hindi)
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Bio-Technology, Thiruvananthapuram.
Sukritindra Oriental Research Institute, Ernakulam
Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi.
LNCPE, Trivandrum(Physical Education), which is now renamed as Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Education, Science & Technology

 

University Departments
The main University Departments are listed below:

Department of Aquatic Biology & Fisheries

Department of Arabic

Department of Archaeology

Department of Biotechnology

Department of Biochemistry

Department of Botany

Department of Computer Science

Department of Demography

Department of Economics

Department of Education

Institute of English

Department of Environmental Sciences

Department of Futures Studies

Department of Geology

Department of German

Department of Hindi

Department of History

Institute of Distance Education

Institute of Management in Kerala IMK

Department of Islamic Studies

Department of Law

Department of Library and Information Science (DLIS)

Department of Linguistics

Department of Malayalam

Department of Mathematics

Department of Music

Department of Optoelectronics

The Oriental Research Institute & Manuscripts Library

Department of Philosophy

Department of Physics

Department of Political Science

Department of Psychology

Department of Russian

Department of Sanskrit

Department of Sociology

Department of Statistics

Department of Tamil

Department of Zoology

The Centre for Bioinformatics (www.cbi.keralauniversity.edu)

 

Computer Center
Kerala University Computer Centre (KUCC) was setup in 1977 for providing computer facilitites for the research activities in the university. As it was the only centre in South India with mainframe computing facilities, it attracted researchers from far and wide. After 2000, the centre has taken up new challenges in the field of IT enabling of University administration. The centre has repositioned itself as a software development centre catering to the needs of the higher education sector of the nation. Dr. V. Ajayakumar is the current director of the computer centre.

The Computer centre has designed a software for the automated governance of examinations. This software, called SAGE, has transformed the way in which work related to B Tech and PG (Semester) examinations of the University is done.

  List of Projects executed by KUCC
SAGE --System for Automated Governance of Examinations
SAME ---System for Automated Monitoring of Examinations
SASE ---Semi Automated System for Examinations
IDEAS --Institute of Distance Education Automation System
FMS --Finance Management System
FTS -- File Tracking System
 

External links
University of Kerala
http://www.keralauniversity.edu/

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