Regional Campus - Thuravoor
The Regional Campus at Alappuzha district, in particular Thuravoor (Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit) began functional in 1995. Between Ernakulam and Kollam district there is no Higher Educational Institutions emphasizing on the PG courses. Thuravoor is a socially and economically backward location of Aroor Assembly Constituency. Thuravoor has a historic tradition of presence of GSB and has ancient Mahadeva temple with mural paintings. There is a very strong Sanskrit tradition also. As it is a coastal and rural area Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit opens a new window for higher education.
At present a total number of 185 students are studying in B.A. (Sanskrit sahitya), M.A. (History, Malayalam & Sanskrit Sahitya) and MSW courses. There are 7 regular teachers and 17 guest lecturers working in different departments of theCampus. Eight members of the non- teaching staff are working in the Regional Campus. The library at the Regional Campus holds a good collection of books in different subjects. The rented building housing the Regional Campus has 10 classrooms, an office room, a staff room, the Director’s room and a library. TheCampus has a National Service Scheme Unit, with 100 enrolled student volunteers under a Programme officer. Our students have performed well in Inter –Campus Kabbaddi championships 2007-08 and got selected to the University team.
An actively functioning PTA and Alumni very efficiently supports theCampus in all its endeavours. The only UniversityCampus in Alappuzha District functioning on Government fee structure, Regional Campus, Thuravoor is a home away from home for the aspiring students coming from poor financial background. Most of the students here come from very poor families of coir-factory workers, agricultural labourers and fishermen. They cannot afford the escalating fees in private colleges and self- financing institutions. For them the existence and the continuance of the Regional Campus at Thuravoor is a heart- felt necessity. It was this feeling that was voiced at the all-party meeting convened on 21-02-2008. Expedient steps have been initiated to procure the required 3 acres of land to accommodate the Regional Campus and it is earnestly expected that in a near future, theCampus can be provided with all infra-structural conveniences with the help of University, UGC, MLA & MP funds.
Location of the campus and area:
Thuravoor is a gram panchayat in the Pattanakkad Block of Cherthala Taluk of Alappuzha District in the South Indian State of Kerala. Thuravoor lies exactly between Kochi and Alappuzha. A four lane National Highway 47 passes through the village, which along with a railway station gives it excellent connectivity with the rest of the state. Thuravoor is famous for the 'Narasimha Swamy' temple which is dedicated to the fourth incarnation (avatara) ofVishnu, the Narasimha. The temple has two main deities, the Vadakkanappan (LordNarasimha) and the Tekkanappan (Lord Sudurshana), which is rare in the temples of Kerala. The distance from Kalady, the mainCampus to Thuravoor is 1.30hrs (68kms)
Campus Director: Dr. Bichu X Malayil
Panchayath L.P School Compund, Puthenchantha, Thuravoor P.O, Alappuzha Dist., Pin: 688 532
Conatct: Contact: 0478 - 2562042 (O), 0477-2261892 (R), 0484-2254773 (R), 9447794773 (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.