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International Symposium on Comparative Endocrinology and Integrative Physiology and
Third Annual Meeting of the Society for Evolutionary and Integrative Biology - SEIB

Centre for Evolutionary and Integrative Biology - CEIB and University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. Read more...
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University of Kerala

One of the first 16 Universities in India
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One of the first 16 Universities in India, the University of Kerala was founded as the University of Travancore in the erstwhile princely state of Travancore (now southern part of Kerala and some neighbouring parts of state of Tamilnadu) in 1937. During the 7 decades since the University of Kerala grew and shrunk physically and transformed itself in many ways. It is difficult to summarise what the Kerala University is in a brief space.

The earliest origins of the University may be traced back to two institutions of modern learning in Kerala, the University College, Thiruvananthapuram and the Trivandrum Observatory. The University College was initially founded as the Maharaja’s Free School by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal in 1834, with Mr John Roberts. A Christian Missonary as Headmaster, and soon grew into a college in 1866, affiliated to the Madras University. When the University of Travancore was founded, the Departments of the college became the University Departments, only to switch back again when the transformation to University of Kerala happened in 1957. The University College still retains its connection with the University as an affiliated college. The Trivandrum Observatory was founded in 1838 and had an internationally reputed scientist, John Caldecott FRS as its first Director. It became a part of the Travancore University, but for some time was administered as a independent government institution. It is now the oldest institution under the Kerala University.

The University of Travancore was established in 1937 by a promulgation of the Maharajah of Travancore, Sri Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma who was also the first Chancellor of the University. Sir C. P Ramaswamy Ayyar, the then Diwan (Prime minister) of the State was the first Vice-Chancellor. He was an eminent scholar and an able administrator.  It is said the Government made an unsuccessful attempt to invite Albert Einstein to be the first Vice-Chancellor. The University was modelled after the best Universities of the United Kingdom, and even today retains some of these features. The affiliating system of the University however evolved to be different from the college system in British Universities. Read more

 

Welcome to Thiruvananthapuram

the God's Own Country.
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Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of the state of Kerala, the God's Own Country. Thiruvananthapuram literally translates into the "abode of Lord Anantha". The Sri PadmanabhaswamyTemple, a highly venerated temple for Keralites, in the heart of the city is devoted to the deity Lord Ananthanow regarded as probably the richest heritage temple on the planet. Thiruvananthapuram is an ancient region with trading traditions dating back to 1000 BCE.

Apart from being the political nerve centre of Kerala it is also a major academic hub and is home to several educational institutions including the University of Kerala and to many science and technology institutions, the most prominent being the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Techno park, the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology(IIST), the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Kerala Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), the Centre for Development Studies, the International Centre for Free and Open Source Software(ICFOSS), the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), the Centre for Earth Science Studies, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology and the SreeChitraThirunal Institute for Medical Science and Technology.

 

  

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International Symposium on Comparative Endocrinology and
Integrative Physiology and Third Annual Meeting of the Society for Evolutionary and Integrative Biology - SEIB

4 to 7 August 2015

Centre for Evolutionary and Integrative Biology - CEIB and University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.
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