Department of Demography
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Department of Demography
University of Kerala
University of Kerala has the distinction of being the first University in India to introduce Demography as a scientific discipline at the Post Graduate level in 1963. Initially attached to the Department of Statistics, it became a full-fledged department- Department of Demography and Population Studies in 1979 under the leadership of late Dr. R. Ramakumar. In 1997 the department was renamed as Department of Demography. The Family Planning Communication and Action Research Centre of the University and the Demographic Research Centre of the University of Kerala was merged to form the present Population Research Centre' of the university which came into existence on 1st July 1983 and was attached to the Department of Demography.
The department offers MSc, MPhil programmes in Demography and Actuarial Science and PhD programme in Demography. The Department also carries out research and extension activities in the field of population. The department publishes an internationally accepted journal -Janasamkhya- since 1983.
Credit and Semester system for the PG programmes was introduced in 1995. In addition to the usual lecture classes on topics in the concerned areas, Community Outreach Programme is carried out during the 3rd semester under the supervision of one of the faculty members. Under this, the students go to the field and collect information on demographic, socioeconomic and environmental aspects and also about the facilities in the areas where studies are conducted. The intention of this programme is to get familiarized with the current situation in the rural areas and also for obtaining information about the felt needs of the population. The students also participate in a Field Study Programme by visiting reputed population related institutions in India
The Department and the PRC actively conduct research in various fields including mortality, fertility, migration, urbanization, reproductive and child health and ageing of population.
Our alumni include eminent personalities like Dr. K. Srinivasan, former Director, International Institute of Population Sciences, Mumbai, Dr.Vijayanunni, former Registrar General and Census Commi¬ssioner of India, Dr. N. Unnikrishnan Nair, former Vice-Chancellor, Cochin University, Dr. T.N. Sugathan, Professor (Rtd) Kuwait University, Dr.Kachirayan, Addl. Director ICMR, Chennai and Dr. P SankaraSarma Professor SCTIMST.