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It was on the 15th February 2010 that a meeting of the students and staff of the History Department of the University College, affiliated to the University of Kerala assembled in Hall No.111 of the College. It decided to register HISTORIA as the alumni of the University College History students and staff, past and present. It formed a seven member committee to draft the byelaws and the Memorandum of Association under the Chairmanship of the then Head of the Department of History, Sri. P.K.Raveendran. The

Committee finalized the byelaws and registered the Historia (No.508/10) as per the Travancore Cochin Literary and Charitable Societies Act 1955 (Act XII of 1955). As per the byelaws it elected an Executive Committee consisting of 15 members including a seven member group of office bearers. (See appendix II). THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY In the first half of the XIXth century the enlightened Maharajas of the erstwhile Travancore State realized the prime need for providing facilities for English Education to their subjects and consequently started the Maha Raja's Free School in the capital city in 1834 during the reign of Swathi Thirunnal Rama Varma Maharaja (1829-1846) of the princely state of Travancore lying in the South Western side of the Madras Presidency. The classes were conducted in an old building located about half a mile to the south of University College, on the premises where the Ayurveda College


stands today.

Thirty-two years afterwards this Government School

blossomed into a College that offered instruction in a few subjects like Philosophy, History and Mathematics. In 1866 during the reign of His Highness Padmanabhadasa Sri.Ayilyam Thirunal Rama Varma, Maharaja of Travancore (1860-1880) it was decided that facilities for higher education should also be provided by the Government. The Raja's School was raised to the status of a college affiliated to the University of Madras. The Madras University was established in 1857 along with Bombay and Calcutta Universities. On 30th September 1869 the foundation stone for the main block of the present college building was laid by Maharaja Ayilyam Thirunal Rama Varma and it was completed in 1873. For some unknown reasons, the course in History was discontinued in 1886 and revised only in 1901, as "improved Department" when celebrated scholars like Professor Lepper assumed charge of the department. In 1870 a single candidate, the late Diwan Bahadur V.Nagam Aiya (1850-1917) the first of whom we can claim as a student, entirely trained in the college, according to Principal Prof. John Ross was qualified for the BA Degree in History and Mathematics. The name of V.Nagam Aiya who became the first graduate of the college as well as of the History Department (Feb. 1870) is inscribed above the door nearer to Room No.162 where a copy of the Magna carta of 1215 of King John of England too was exhibited. This V.Nagam Aiya although joined the History Department as Assistant Professor of History and Mathematics (in his alma mater) was taken to the Huzur office in April 1870 by the then Diwan Sir T Madhava Rao. He rose to the position of the Diwan Peishkar and held this office for 12 years. Nagam Aiya completed his life mission by compiling the three volume Travancore State Manual [published in 1906 by the Government of


Sree Moolam Thirunal (1885-1924)] which is treated as his magnum opus besides compiling the Census Reports of 1881 and 1891. Since then the History Department has been growing from strength to strength. The mode of teaching in those early days was entirely different from what prevails in the University College now. Instead of giving formal lectures on the subjects concerned, the learned Professors had a kind of dialogue with the students on some aspects of the subjects and kindled an interest in them to make further exploration in the field of study. Professors Roberts, Harvey and others used to teach Philosophy, History and English. The era of specialization had not dawned in the educational set up of the State in that period. [See Reminiscences by Diwan Bahadur Govinda Pillai in the College Centenary volumes (1866-1966)]. Fourteen years after the establishment of the History Department, Madras University granted permission to the Government of Travancore in 1914 to start the Honours course in History and Economics. Realizing that "the main difference between the Honours course and the Pass course lies in the different modes of treatment accorded to each, the Honours student being expected to show an independence of mind, do more of his work on his own account, and to need guidance rather than more instruction, as compared with ordinary students" [See Report on University Education by Prof. K.V.Rangaswamy Aiyengar, Head of the History Department during 19101924]. Special attention was bestowed by the senior teachers of the department in affording proper guidance to the Honours students. In course of time their efforts began to bear fruit as most of the old boys of the Honours course came out with flying colours in the University Examination and joined the teaching staff of the old College.









Department was manned by two towering personalities, Professor K.V.Rangaswamy Aiyengar and C.V.Chandrasekharan. Prof. C.V.Chandrasekharan was the Professor of History during 1928 to 1934 whose deep erudition and sense of dedication endeared him to several generations of students. Shortly afterwards their fame travelled far beyond the confines of the State. The highly sophisticated, glamourous personality of Prof. C.V.Chandrasekharan, a product of Madras Christian College and Cambridge University stood in marked contrast to the commanding figure of Prof. K.V.Rangaswamy Aiyengar, a prodigy noted for his remarkable strength of character, orthodox views, and rock-like will. Although each had his `area of specialization' they preserved in the department an exhilarating atmosphere of intellectual awareness,

occasionally marred by acrimonious controversies stemming from personal predilections and prejudices. The generations of students over whom they cast their spell with their wonderful learning will be remembered with affection and gratitude for years to come. The BA Honours courses in English and History were started in 1914. The starting of new courses BA as well as BA Honours increased the student strength in the college. In 1923 it rose to 837 and there was great pressure for additional accommodation. Consequent to the popular demand for increased facilities for higher education, the old College was bifurcated in 1924 into Arts and Science Colleges. An Arts College thus came into existence in the colourful setting of Thycaud, hardly a mile away from the old College, where the History Department naturally became the leading Department providing instruction to a larger number of students in different branches of History, Politics and Economics. In the thirties it was mainly staffed by a group of unassuming


scholars whose patient and persistent efforts to improve results in Examinations yielded handsome dividends. A glance at the Examination results from 1924 onwards would show that every year almost all the students presented to the M.A Examination came out successful, some topping the list of successful candidates of the University of Madras. The results of the B.A Degree Examinations were equally encouraging. The healthy competition with private colleges at Nagercoil and Kottayam gave a stimulus to the staff and students to improve the percentage of result every year. The Scott Christian College, Nagercoil and the CMS College, Kottayam are the references here. In fact CMS College, Kottayam founded in 1857 is the first college established in today's Kerala and University College Thiruvananthapuram is the second oldest college (1866) and followed by Govt. Law College, Trivandrum (1875), Maharaja's College, Ernakulam (1875) and Govt. Sanskrit College, Trivandrum (1889). To Prof. A.Gopala Menon (1924-37) a volume entitled `Kerala Studies" was dedicated on the 26th July 1949 as part of his Shastiabdapoorthy edited by Dr. P.K.Narayana Pillai (Professor of Sanskrit) and it was modelled after the Kerala Society Papers. Mrs. L.C.M. Owerkirk (1937-1939) after her tenure in University College moved to Maharaja's Women's College, Thiruvananthapuram. She prepared here a monograph on her Travancore experiences. But she stipulated that it should be published only after her death. In 1990's her experience had been published in a book form with the title "No Elephants for the Maharaja". The papers of Prof. Damodaran Nambisan (1939-44) and the books of Prof. V.Rangacharya (1944-1947) added new stimulus for the youngsters to write papers and books. Rangacharya's books form a class by itself even in libraries like those at Connemara, Chennai. On the eve of his retirement Prof. R.S.Lepper


(1901-1910) instituted Lepper Memorial Prize to both BA and MA History and Economics top rankers. This is continued even today. At the time of his appointment in 1901, Lepper was the Principal and Professor of History in the Pachiyappa's College, Chennai. Far more remarkable than these efforts were the publications of some members of the Department. The Extension lectures delivered by Prof. C.VChandrasekharan under the auspices of the University of Madras on `Problems of Political Science' were the first of these publications. Equally significant were the works of Prof. Rangaswamy Aiyengar on `Pre-Muslim Period in Indian History' and `Ancient Indian Polity'. Later on Mr.

K.Mammen, a Lecturer of considerable experience, wrote `Kerala Culture' Volumes I and II and `Historical Method in its Application to Kerala History'. In 1944, Prof. K.P.Pillai published an interesting sketch of `AngloSaxon Polity' thereby met one of the long felt needs of students who studied Constitutional History of England. The tradition set up by the illustrious predecessors of the department was well maintained by the later generations. Mention may be made of the works of Dr. V.K.Sukumaran Nair on `World Constitution', and Prof. Lawrence Lopez on the `Rights of Man' and on the Life of Nehru `Architect of Modern India'. Prof. Lawrence Lopez's

magnum opus is however "The Social History of Kerala" published in 1985.


Perhaps what brought imperishable glory to the History Department in this field was the publication of the Journal of Indian History, indispensable to the students of Indian History both in India and abroad. For more than a quarter of a century the Heads of this Department had been entrusted with the work of editing this Journal and they did their work with commendable zeal and distinction.


The well known Journal of Indian History had its origin in 1922 when it was edited by Sri Shafaat Ahmed Khan (1893-1947) Professor, Modern History, University of Allahabad. When problems of publications arose it was entrusted to the University of Madras in 1924 and Dr. S.Krishna Swamy Aiyengar edited it down to 1946. When Dr. Aiyengar died in 1946 it was Sir C.P.Ramaswamy Aiyar who took control over the prestigious journal in his capacity as the Vice Chancellor of the Travancore University. From 1946 to 1972 the Journal was edited by successive Professors of History in the University College, Thiruvananthapuram like Prof. V.Narayana Pillai (19451948) Prof. K.P.Pillai (1948-1957), Prof. P.S.Raghavan (1957-1962), Prof. P.K.K.Menon (1962-1963), Prof. R.Easwara Pillai (1963-1968) and Dr. Sooranad Kunjan Pillai (1968-1970). When Prof.P.K.K.Menon joined the newly set up History Department of the Calicut University it was managed by Padmasri Dr. Sooranad P.N.Kunjan Pillai, then Chief Editor of the Malayalam Lexicon, followed by Dr. T.K.Ravindran when he took over the Readership in 1972. It continues to be the most popular academic journal all over the globe down to the present. It is a legacy of the College to the History Department of the University of Kerala. At the request of the Government of Travancore a few members of the Department, served in different capacities for the cause of higher education in the State. Professors like K.V.Rangaswamy Aiyengar,

C.V.Chandrasekharan, A.Gopala Menon and A.N.Thampi became Directors of Public Instruction. To study the case for a separate University, the

Travancore Government constituted a Committee with Prof. Rangaswamy Aiyengar as Convener. The Report of the Committee forms one of the precious documents on the Early History of Collegiate Education in the State.


After the achievement of Independence, the Government of India reconstituted the Indian Historical Records Commission to collect and preserve old records with the idea of rewriting the History of the country. Thereupon the Head of the History Department of this College was appointed as a member of the Commission and as Convener of the Regional Records Survey Committee. Assisted by able and devoted colleagues, Prof. K.P.Pillai did much spade work in this field too. Closely associated with this work was the compilation of the History of the Freedom Movement in Kerala. Following the efforts of Oxon Prof. K.P.Pillai, Prof. P.S.Raghavan (1957-1962) and Prof. P.K.K.Menon (1962-63) brought out the first two volumes of the History of Freedom Movement in Kerala. The third volume covering the period 1938 to 1947 was brought out by Sri. S.Raimon when he was the State Editor of the Kerala Gazetteers Department (2005). When the State Government was called upon to organize a Department of Gazetteers with a view to publishing the Gazetteers of Kerala, Prof. A.Sreedhara Menon, a senior member of the History Department of the College, was deputed for that work. Prof. Menon who was conferred Padmabhushan in 2009 by the Government of India, during his State Editorship (1958-67) brought out eight District Gazetteers ­ a model for all Gazetteer volumes at the all India level. Then there were only nine Districts in Kerala. Later he worked as the Registrar of the University of Kerala from 1967 to 1977. Prof. Menon's A Survey of Kerala History (1967) Kerala's Cultural Heritage (1968), Triumph and Tragedy in Travancore ­ a study of Sir.C.P.Ramaswamy Iyer and the History of the University of Kerala (2 Volumes) etc. had earned fame and name for him as a historian. He was in the History faculty from 1950 to 1958 until his deputation to the newly set up Gazetteers Department.


He was also Visiting Professor of the Calicut University (1977-78) and Senior Fellow, ICHR. As part of the Sathabhishekam, a festschrift was dedicated to him in 2009 (December 18) entitled, India: Yesterday and Today edited by Dr. TPS Nair. The Department of History was bifurcated into the Department of Economics, and the Department of History and Politics in 1949. Politics was introduced as a main subject for the B.A course. The Politics department was bifurcated from the History Department in May 1968 and Dr. P.N.Narayanan Nair became the HOD of Politics. The United States Educational Foundation in India offered Fulbright and Smith Mundt Scholarships to three brilliant members of the History Department in 1953. Sri. P.N.Narayanan Nair, Lecturer in Politics, became a student of the Cornell University and worked on "The Role of District Collectors in Indian Administration" for his Doctorate. Dr.P.N.Narayanan Nair later on became the Principal of the Government Sanskrit College, Pattambi. Prof. A.Sreedhara Menon worked in Harvard University for a couple of years and took his A.M. in International Relations. Prof. V.K.Sukumaran Nair was admitted to the Yale University, and worked on `Gandhian influence on the Indian Constitution' for his Doctorate. Subsequently he joined the University of Kerala as the Head of the Department of Politics and later became the Vice Chancellor of the Kerala University (1977-81) ­ the first History teacher of the College to become the Vice Chancellor of the Kerala University. To coach candidates for All India Competitive Examinations, special classes were organized in the College as a result of the efforts made by the then Chief Minister Sri. Pattom A. Thanu Pillai in 1961. The decision was


taken after the All India Education Minister's Conference at New Delhi. Prof. R.Easwara Pillai was selected as the Professor-in-charge of the scheme (1961-72). Almost every year a few students thus coached under this

scheme have secured selection to All India Services. Following Prof. R.Easwara Pillai, the following teachers of the History Department were also put in charge of the IAS Coaching Scheme as Professors in charge of the Scheme (1982-2007). (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) Prof. M.Parukutty Amma Prof. L.S.Karuna Bai Prof. Lawrence Lopez Dr G.Krishnan Nadar Dr. T.P.Sankarankutty Nair Prof. B.Chandrachoodan Nair Prof. V.Karthikeyan Nair 1972-76 1976-80 1980-82 1993-96 1999-01 2002-04 2004-06

The Library of the History Department setup in 1910, has been the `workshop' for all, both staff and students throughout. Today it has a good collection of more than 7000 volumes on different branches of History, Political Science and International Law besides invaluable journals of international repute. A word must be said about the past students of this department. Many have attained very high positions in different walks of life in India and outside and have brought great honour to their alma mater. Some of them found their way back to this institution to serve on its faculty while others succeeded in finding pastures new. Their number is too large to be

individually mentioned in this brief report. The present generation of staff


and students will gratefully remember them and will strive to keep up the traditions established in the course of the century. The following students of the History Department merit our special attention:1. Former presidential candidate Dr. P.C.Alexander, Governor of many states in India, studied in the History faculty and compiled a thesis on Buddhism in Kerala. 2. P.Parameswaran, now Director of the Bharateeya Vichar Kendra and the All India President of the Vivekananda Kendra (Kanya Kumari) secured the national award of Padmasri in 2003. He studied here for his BA Hons. in History during 1946-1950. Recently his well-wishers observed his

Sathabhisekham. His books in English and Malayalam like those on Aurobindo Ghose, Bhagavad Gita, and Sree Narayana Guru has secured all India acclaim. 3. In the long list of University College Principals only a few History Professors of the College could climb the ladder. Prof. C.V.Chandrasekharan became the Principal during 1930-1931, Prof. K.V.Rangaswamy Aiyengar during 1931-1934, and Prof. A.Gopala Menon during 1934-1935. Prof. V.Hamsa Devi was Principal of the College from 21-08-1991 to 24-06-1992 in recent years ­ a unique honour in contemporary days. Prof. M.Parukutty Amma, Prof. P.G.Edwin, Prof. J.Indira, Prof. L.S.Karuna Bai, Prof. P.Janardana Panicker, Prof. V.Hamsadevi and Dr. G.Krishnan Nadar ­ all students and staff of the College History Faculty became Principals / Dy. Directors of Collegiate Education in different periods.



Sri. T.K.A.Nair, the present Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India, Dr. P.J.Alexander, DGP (Kerala),

R.B.Sreekumar DGP (Gujarat), S.S.Radhakrishnan, Customs Collector (Mumbai), Cherry George, Secretary, Indian High Commission U.K, G.Bahuleyan Nair (Africa) S.Sivadasan (Goa) etc. are all former students of the History Department. This is not exhaustive. 5. Prof. R.Eswara Pillai, Prof. N.Prabhakaran, Prof. S.Bhaskaran, Prof. K.Gopalan Nair, Prof. N.R.Kunjukuttan, Prof.

N.K.Narayanan etc. led the Department of History at different periods. Prof. Kunjukuttan's "Mainstreams of British

Constitutional History" became a very popular text at the PG level. Others became known authors of different textbooks. 6. Prof. A.G.Menon became a well known figure because of his PhD thesis on the History of the Sree Padmanabhaswami Temple besides other books on Indian History and British History. Dr. N.Rajendran was deputed to the post of the State Director of Archives, but before he could complete a full term met with a tragic car accident at Punnapra, Alappuzha and breathed his last prematurely (1987). His thesis on English ­ Malabar Relations in the 18th century is a well known research work. 7. Prof. M.P.Sreekumaran Nair, a former student (1950-1952) became the Professor of History in the Calicut University besides becoming a Fullbrighter. Later he worked as Visiting Professor in Indonesia, Mangalore, Paris and other Universities. One of the early doctorates in History from South India, Dr. Nair's studies on the role of Constitutionalism in Indian


National Movement, "Values in Conflict" etc. merit the special attention of his students and researchers. He also edited and brought out a volume on "Emergence of Swaraj", a project of ICHR. 8. Prof. C.P.Rajamma, the Senior most Patron Member of Historia after her education in University College served the Govt. Women's College more often and left her indelible impress. So is the case with Prof. L.S.Karuna Bai, Prof. M.Parukutty Amma and Prof. J.Indira. Prof. L.Bhargavi Amma too a student later joined the NSS Collegiate Services and retired as Principal of the NSS College for Women, Trivandrum. All of them played a decisive role in the Women's movement in

Thiruvananthapuram. 9. Dr. K.Rajayyan who became Professor of History of the Madurai Kamaraj University opened new vistas of knowledge in Tamil Nadu History. He also became the founder Secretary of the South Indian History Congress in 1980 besides setting up the Tamil Nadu History Congress. Dr. A.Balakrishnan Nair although a student of the History Department, later opted for Politics like his contemporary Prof. T.C.Rajan. Both, in course of time became contestants for a posting in University College. There were only two first grade Professors in Politics, one in University College and the other in Maharaja's College, Ernakulam. Both occupied this seat

alternatively. Dr. Nair published a dozen research studies including, Govt. and Politics in Kerala, Chattambi Swamikal, Defence in India, Public Administration in India etc.



Dr. Y.Yesuretnam after his doctorate headed the Malabar Christian College, Kozhikode and his thesis is accepted as one covering a unique phase of Freedom Struggle. Dr. Alexander Karakkal, Dr. M.O.Koshy former students of University College became Principals in Private College and both became Pro-Vice Chancellors in the Kannur University. Dr. M.J.Koshy and Prof. A.P.Ibrahim Kunju became Professors in Kerala and Calicut Universities and their Keralological studies enriched Kerala History and Culture, the former of the 19th and 20th centuries and the latter on the 18th century. Their publications became textbooks at the P.G. Level. Dr. Koshy was also the Editor of both the Journal of Indian History and the Journal of Kerala Studies, University of Kerala.


Prof. A.K.Premajam HOD of History during 1989-91 entered politics and became the Mayor of Kozhikode. After two terms of Lok Sabha Membership from Vatakara, she once again became the Mayor of Kozhikode in 2010.


Dr. P.K.Bhaskaran Nair former student of History opted Sociology later and became Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology, University of Kerala. He was elected and selected to Chair many international conferences. Many of his sociological studies particularly gerontological studies had made him a unique expert from the whole of South Asia. Prof. P.C.Menon, (Principal NSS Hindu College, Changanassery), Prof. T.G.Pappan (HOD of History, Catholicate College, Pathanamthitta), Dr. Rajasekharan Nair (HOD of History, S.D. College, Alappuzha) were all students of History in this College.



Prof. M.K.Gopinatha Menon (Poonjar), Prof. P.C.Joaquim are two other eminent teachers of the Department. Prof. Leela

Pandalai a former student opted Economics later and became HOD of Economics and Principal in many Colleges. Dr.

P.Vijayaraghavan and his wife Prof. Sathi, Prof. R.Sukumari were all former students of History of the College and later became Principals of various S.N. Colleges in Kerala, Prof. N.Guhan Nair, a former student became the HOD of History for a long time in Govt. Arts College until his premature death. 14. Prof. E.Sreedharan although not a student of the college, became a staff member and compiled well known studies like those on Historical Method and Historiography. Later he

joined the University of Kerala and retired as Reader in History in the Distance Education Department. His Malayalam World History text was reprinted more than a dozen times (degree level). 15. The late N.Gopalakrishna Pillai, a student of the History faculty became the first member of the Board of Revenue, Govt. of Kerala and unfortunately died while in service. 16. Dr. C.K.Kareem, former faculty became the State Editor of Kerala Gazetteers and subsequently became the Registrar of the Cochin University. His Charithram publications added new dimensions to the study of Kerala History. 17. Sri. K.Sadasivan Nair and Sri. Malayinkizh Gopalakrishnan, the former of the Malayala Manorama and the latter of the Mathrubhoomi dailies proved their mettle either as

Administrators or as Special Correspondents. The latter has


written several books like those on Mahatma Gandhi, Barrister G.P.Pillai etc. 18. Dr. K.K.Kusuman, Dr. R.N.Yesudas, Dr. B.Sobhanan, Dr. S.Ramachandran Nair, Dr. S.Sivadasan all former students became Professors in Kerala or Sankaracharya Universities and contributed their might for the promotion of Kerala History and culture. Their studies added new stimulus to the new

researchers. Dr. Sobhanan is elected the General President of the SIHC (2010), to be held at Cuddapah, AP. 19. Dr. N.Sasidhran Nair and Sri. P.K.Sasi became Controllers of Examinations in the Calicut University during different intervals. 20. Sri. M.M.Hassan, History student of the college became an MLA many times and was Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of Kerala. He is also the Chief Whip of the Opposition Party in the Legislature. During his student days he was

selected as the best debater of University College and of the University of Kerala and was the University Union Councillor. 21. Dr. C.A.Perumal a former student of History became the Professor and Head of the Department of Politics, Madras University. Dr. Bright Singh, Dr. S.S.Hector, Prof. Jagadeesan all products of the History Faculty enjoyed top positions in Tamil Nadu either in the academic or in the administrative field. Sri. Lenin Rajendran a film Director who got several national awards also studied here in the History Department. 22. Dr. T.P.Sankarankutty Nair, former HOD of History was deputed to the Sree Sankaracharya University as the Founder


Director of the Vallathol Institute of Kerala Studies (1995-97) and is the President of the Indian Association for American Studies. He was chosen as a sectional President of the

International Association of Asian Historians at Dhaka (Bangla Desh) and at Taiwan. His study A Tragic Decade in Kerala History secured the 1977 Prize for original research (K.P.Panikker Prize) of the University of Kerala. He also

secured the Prof. P.Kochunni Panikker (Professor of History, Presidency College, Chennai). Best College Teacher Award for 1996. 23. Prof. V.Karthikeyan Nair became the Director of Higher Secondary Education, Govt. of Kerala and at present he is the General Secretary of Historia. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Council, Govt. of Kerala. His translations of the books of Prof. D.D Kosambi and Dr. Irfan Habib was published recently. 24. Dr. S.Raimon was deputed to become the Director of Archives. Later he worked, as State Editor of Kerala Gazetteers in different periods. Evening College: The University Evening College was started during the year 1965-66 with a few Degree Courses, including BA History. It

functioned effectively for over four decades. But with the beginning of more and more correspondence courses in various Universities, the Govt. abolished it in 1991-1992. Prof. K.Sathyabhama, Prof.

N.Velayudhan Nair, Prof. J.Indira, Prof. V.Hamsadevi, Prof. K.Gopalan Nair, Prof. G.Krishnan Nadar, Prof. K.Sivadasan, Prof.


T.P.Sankarankutty Nair, Prof. V.Karthikeyan Nair etc. taught the Degree Students at different phases (1965-1991). M. Phil: The M.Phil course in History was started during 1995-96 and it is continuing with greater vigour. Five students are admitted every year. There are over seventy five dissertations available in the History Library. Covering a wide spectrum of Kerala History. Ph. D Research Centre: The University College History Department proved to be an important research centre for Ph.D programme. Though many of the Professors were not with Ph.D, their preeminence was accepted by the Madras University and later on the Travancore University. When the Kerala University was established after the formation of the state, quite often the University College Professor was accepted as the research guide. Small wonder History Professors of the College like V.Narayana Pillai, K.P.Pillai, P.S.Raghavan, P.K.K.Menon, R.Eswara Pillai, M.Parukutty Amma and P.G.Edwin proved to be well known Supervising Guides. Scholars like Dr. M.G.S.Narayanan took his

Ph.D under the guidance of Prof. Narayana Pillai while Dr. A.P.Ibrahim Kunju, Dr. Kuppuswamy etc. took Ph.D under the guidance of Prof. P.S.Raghavan. Dr. N.Rajendran, Dr. M.J.Koshy etc. took Ph.D under the guidance of Prof. R.Easwara Pillai. Dr.

N.Rajendran guided Dr. G.Krishnan Nadar, who after his Ph.D, guided Dr. S.Sivadasan who is now a research guide of the Kerala / Sree Sankaracharya Universities producing numerous Ph.D's. Even after the development of a full History Department in the University


of Kerala, University College continues to this day as a major Ph.D Research Centre. The History BA, MA, M.Phil and Ph.D courses in the college is more attractive to the students than that is available in the Kerala University Campus. The Parent Teacher Association in History is also functioning cordially besides the History Association of students and teachers. Due to semesterization, at the degree level, the students and teachers are busy with their academic programmes throughout the year. Naturally many of the top rank holders of various examinations are from the History department of the University College. Although it was affiliated to the Madras and Travancore Universities from its inception, it was affiliated to the Kerala University ever since its formation in 1957.

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

R.S.Lepper, M.A., L.L.M. K.V.Rangaswamy Aiyangar, M.A. C.V.Chandrasekharan, M.A.(Oxon) A.Gopala Menon, M.A. B.Com. (London) T.M.Krishnamachari, M.A.B.L. L.C.M.Owerkirk, B.A. (Cantab) N.S.Narasimha Iyengar, M.A.B.L. T.Damodaran Nambisan, M.A. V.Rangacharya, MA V.Narayana Pillai, M.A.B.L K.P.Pillai, M.A (Oxon) P.S.Raghavan. M.A P.K.K.Menon, M.A.M. Litt. L.T R.Easwara Pillai, B.A. (Hons.) M.Parukutty Amma B.A. (Hons.) L.S.Karuna Bai Lawrence Lopez J.Indira K.Gopalan Nair N.R.Kunjukuttan

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N.K.Narayanan A.K.Premajam S.Kochukunju P.A.Kunju Cherukkan K.Sivadasan Dr.G.Krishnan Nadar L.Vijayan B.Chandrachoodan Nair Dr. A.Jadeeda Dr. T.P.Sankarankutty Nair C.Gopinathan Salim Balakrishnan Dr.T.P.Sankarankutty Nair Dr. A.Radha Dr.A.Jadeeda P.K Ravindran Dr. Norjam Beevi

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