Regional Campus - Thiruvananthapuram
The inception of Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady in 1993, was rather a belated translation into reality of a unique idea conceived by a committee in the early 1970s, headed by the late K.P. Achyuta Menon, a former Civil Servant and a Sanskrit Scholar in his own right. The University with its headquarters at Kalady, the birth place of Adi Sankara had a geographical spread throughout Kerala, including Thiruvananthapuram, the Capital city of God’s own country. The city has occupied a pride of place for more than a century in the educational history of Kerala and it is only appropriate that it housed one of the early Regional Campuss of the University. The centre had a modest beginning in an approximately 2000 sq.ft rented building aptly named ‘Nalanda’ with the late Dr. Poovattoor Ramakrishna Pillai, an eminent Sanskrit Scholar, as it’s Director. The academic activities were set in motion with the department of Malayalam in full swing and others following at close heels. By 1994, the Centre could boast of eight fully functioning departments with facilities for Post graduate and research pursuits and about eleven under Graduate options.
Location of the campus and area:
Vanchiyoor is a locality in downtown Thiruvananthapuram city the political capital of kerala state. Vanchiyoor occupies an important place in the history of Travancore. It was the district headquarters and most important offices were situated there. There are a lot of heritage monuments in the area. Major administrative, commercial, government and judicial establishments are still located at Vanchiyoor. It is part of the Vanchiyoor Village which holds the prominent administrative headquarters and prominent landmarks of Kerala. Proximity with major educational institutions, offices and shopping centres coupled with easy road connectivity with all parts of the city make it a favoured residential locale in Thiruvananthapuram. Vanchiyoor is just 2 km from Statue Junction and about 3 km from Palayam. It is just 2 km from Central railway station and Central bus station. Trivandrum International Airport is 6 km to the southwest of Vanchiyoor. The distance from Kalady, the main centre to Thiruvanathapuram is 5.00 hrs (240 kms).
The National Service Scheme started in SSUS, RC Thiruvananthapuram during the academic year 1997-1998. Dr.M.Manimohan, and A.S.Latha were appointed as programme officers. 169 students joined as NSS volunteers at that time. The programme officers had concentrated on regular activities like road making, cleaning programmes in the campus and Hospitals and also on organizing different seminar programs. The Programme Officer Dr.M.Manimohan continued his duty till 2000 in NSS. After that Dr.G.Ramamoorthy took over the charge as Programme Officer from in M.Manimohan, A.S.Latha continued as Programme Officer till her death in 2006. They lead the NSS as a team.
There is no separate unit for N.C.C in this centre. But students are directly undergoing the training of N C C in the Directorate of N.C.C Kerala and Lekshadeep at Trivandrum. Mr. Aneesh participated in the Republic day parade held at Delhi in 2002. Kum. Lekshmi and Dviya Nair also participated the Republic day parade held at Delhi in January 2007.
CAREER GUIDANCE BUREAU
Since 2002 career guidance bureau centre has been functioning in the centre with the motto of providing better carrier guidance to the students. Moreover the centre is providing UGC coaching and entrance guidance. The centre is working under the direct control of the Director. Now days the students are using this centre in order to prepare for other competitive examinations also. The centre is working without any finical assistance and is not collecting any fee from the students for this service.
There is a student union working in the centre for providing leadership qualities and conducting various socio-cultural and extracurricular activities of the students. They are conducting Arts festival every year and the winners of each item will participate in the University level competition. Thus many prizes were secured by the students of the centre during the last few years atthe University level. They also invite eminent personalities of the country for lecturing on various issues of the society. The members of the students union are being elected by the students through democratic process.
A nature club for creating environmental awareness among the students is working in this centre since 2005. This is under the supervision of a teacher-incharge and assisted by non-teaching staff of this centre. The co -ordinator of the nature club is a student representative. At present, Dr.A.Paslithil, senior scale Lecturer in History Department of this centre is acting as the Teacher in charge and Sri. Shafeek, second semester MA student is the co-ordinator of the Nature club. About 75 students and all the teaching and non-teaching staff are the members of the club. A number of environmental awareness programmes were conducted in this centre under the nature club. Eminent personalities from various fields took classes. Various environmental issues were discussed during the classes. Study tours were also conducted in various ecological and biodiversity areas.
Campus Director: Dr. A. Paslithil
Vanchiyoor G.H.S Campus, Vanchiyoor P.O, Thiruvanathapuram (Dist), Pin: 695 035
Conatct: Contact: 0471 - 2473177 (O), 9446700279 (M)
About Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit
The University was established two decades ago in the name of the illustrious Indian philosopher Jagad Guru Adi Sankara in his place of birth at Kalady. The basic objective of the University is to impart knowledge in various branches of Sanskrit, Indology, Indian culture, Indian and Foreign languages, Indian philosophy, Fine Arts and Social Sciences and to promote the study and research in Sanskrit and other systems of Indian knowledge. As a centre of cultural heritage and a house for indigenous art forms, the University is envisioned to harmonize the society through educational excellence.