KU celebrates Platinum Jubilee
Thiruvananthapuram: It’s high time for the Kerala University to worked hard to regain the respect as one of the best universities in India, pointed said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. “Kerala University once had great reputation in and outside the country. By improving the quality of education offered, it should get back to the list of topmost universities added the CM . He was inaugurating the year long Platinum jubilee celebrations of the University of Kerala .
The function held at the recently renovated University Senate hall was honored by the presence of theHead of the Travancore Royal Family Uthradom Thirunal Marthandavarma. Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb, Transport and Devaswom minister V. S. Sivakumar and Vice-Chancellor A Jayakrishnan also participated. As a sign of gratitude Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma felicitated former vice chancellors of the university-- Dr. J V Vilanilam, Dr. G Balamohan Thampi, Dr. B Iqbal and Dr.M K Ramachandran. Vice-Chancellor A Jayakrishnan presented a memento to Uthradom Tirunal.
It was on 1st November 1937, that the University of Travancore was established, through a Royal proclamation of His Highness Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, the last Maharaja of the erstwhile princely State of Travancore. The University, which was renamed as the University of Kerala in 1957, after the formation of the State of Kerala, has moulded millions of students into professionals in various fields. Many alumni of the University have adorned significant positions in different parts of the world.The University was fortunate enough to have in its rolls, eminent Statesmen like former President of IndiaShri.K.R.Narayanan.
Earlier, the Syndicate of the University of Kerala had decided to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of the University in a befitting manner. P S Sreekala, Syndicate member presented the plan report of the University for the year. Academic initiatives, developmental activities, student welfare schemes, foreign collaborations, arts and sports festivals, seminars, lectures and host of other programmes would be organized as part of the celebration.
After the inaugural ceremony, the winners of various competitions at the Kerala University Youth Festival presented a cultural show. This was followed by a magic show lead by magician Gopinath Muthukad.