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The history of the University of Kerala is in fact, the history of higher education in the State. The birth of this institution, in 1937, as the University of Travancore, marked a new era in the educational profile of Kerala. It offered the people of Kerala, a world of opportunities for higher education, irrespective of the social differences of the times. Until the birth of the Calicut University in 1967, the University of Kerala remained as the alma mater to generations of students all over the State. Though its geographical jurisdiction has now been limited to the four southern districts of the State, the University of Kerala is still the leader and trend setter in higher education in Kerala. It has a history of 73 years of dedicated work, through which it has earned a priceless legacy, created mainly by the generations of illustrious teachers and students, who have adorned covetous positions in different fields of activity. The University has always been fortunate to see its alumni gratefully acknowledging their alma mater’s role in moulding their future. It is the deep sense of belonging , gratitude and commitment on the part of these former students and teachers that resulted in the formation of the Kerala University Alumni Association.
University of Kerala has a strong alumni association, with members from all walks of life. Eminent personalities from all walks of life are members of the alumni association of the University. From Dr. K. R. Narayanan, the tenth President of India, the University has moulded many a stalwart. It was Shri. K.R.Narayanan who enrolled as the first member of the Alumni Association.
Most of the Departments of Teaching and Research and most of the colleges affiliated to the University have Alumni Associations. These associations actively participate in the academic and developmental initiatives of these institutions. The Kerala University Alumni Association intends to be the apex body of all the alumni associations that function under the University.
The Association intends to gather the support of the alumni to develop and sustain strong ties with each other and with the University. The alumni association promotes interaction among alumni in an area and provides newcomers with valuable social and professional contacts. Membership also provides a way for alumni to help each other as well as prospective students, current students, and young alumni who seek guidance in pursuing their education and in starting their careers. This would certainly provide all members the satisfaction of having developed and implemented programs that promote the interests of the University and its alumni.
The alumni association has a very significant role in projecting and carrying out the mission of the University. The other roles are, the enhancement the reputation of the University, funding activities, recruitment assistance, organizing alumni meets, seminars, and other events.
"You can join the Alumni Association and contribute to the overall development of the University of Kerala. Your alma mater needs your cooperation"-
Dr. A Jayakrishnan, Vice Chancellor
ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS IN THE DEPARTMENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY
Wouldn't you like to renew ties with your classmates of the good old campus days? The best way is to get in touch with the office bearers of the Alumni Associations of various Departments of Teaching and Research.