Central University of Kerala (CU Kerala) is one of the 16 Central Universities established under “The Central Universities Act, 2009 (Parliament Act No. 25 of 2009)”. In January 2009, it started functioning from a transit campus in Vidyanagar, Kasaragod, with two academic programmes: MA in English and Comparative Literature, and MA in Economics. The Vidyanagar campus houses the offices of the Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Finance Officer and Controller of Examinations, the School of Languages & Comparative Literature, and School of Global Studies, Central Library, Computer Centre, Language Lab, Council Meeting Hall, Guest House, etc. In 2010, the CU Kerala Science Schools started functioning from the Riverside campus at Kanhangad, about 20 kilometers south of Vidyanagar. It houses the office of the Dean of Biological Sciences, library extension centre, computer centre, and the schools of Biological Sciences, and Mathematical and Physical Sciences. CU Kerala has statewide jurisdiction, and can establish regional centres in any part of the state. CU Kerala’s mission is to extend the scope of learning through a holistic methodology that accommodates diverse linguistic, scientific, and cultural traditions. Our expert faculty with international exposure contributes much to this goal. We hope that our multidimensional approach in designing and executing our programmes will contribute to a paradigm shift in improving academics in India.
CU Kerala offers updated interdisciplinary syllabi in six postgraduate programmes and two integrated M.Phil./Ph.D. programmes in the Choice-Based Credit Semester System. It has state-of-the-art library and laboratory facilities. Internet and digital resources are freely available to students. Separate hostel facilities are available for women and men. Three types of scholarships are available to all deserving students: merit, merit-cum-means, and boarding. As the first batch of postgraduate students complete their studentships, CU Kerala has enough reasons to feel assured that its vision of education is realistic. The interdisciplinary syllabi have been a success in all programmes; they have contributed to student development and success. Our students’ projects and dissertations have tried to link the ‘local’ with the ‘global,’ thus partaking in the University’s life-based model of education. CU Kerala is now preparing to propagate its unique cultural model of education through faculty and student exchange programmes, publications, conference presentations, etc. For instance, the University has had, in the last two years, the pleasure of welcoming scholars, artists, and academicians from various parts of India and abroad to join us in our national and international seminars, workshops, and conferences. In 2011-12, our School of Languages and Comparative Literature and School of Biological Sciences will prepare agreements to receive faculty from prestigious Universities and institutions abroad such as Texas Tech University (USA); University of California, Riverside (USA); Cleveland Clinic (USA); and University of Queensland (Australia).