Dr. P.K. Michael Tharakan

Former Vice Chancellor, Kannur University

Dr. Tharakan served Kannur University as Vice-Chancellor from 1st March 2009 to 31st March 2013. He was Shri Ramakrishna Hegde Chair Professor in Decentralisation and Governance at the Institute of Social and Economic Changes in Bangalore; Research Associate at the Centre for Educational Management and Policy, Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad; Associate Fellow, Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Thiruvananthapuram and Director, Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), Thrissur.

He was Member, Board of Studies in Anthropology, University of Madras, Chennai; Member, Academic Council, Madras  Institute of Development Studies (MIDS), Chennai; Member, Expert Committee for Decentralised Planning, Government of Kerala; Member, State Education Advisory Board, Government of Kerala; Member, Executive Committee, Kerala  Council of Historical Research (KCHR); Member, Board of Studies in Social Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam; Member, Advisory Committee, Centre for Studies on Gender Concern in Agriculture, Kerala Agricultural University (KAU), Thrissur; Member, Advisory Board, Loyola Journal of Social Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram; Member, Editorial Board, Sasthragathy; Member, Indian History Congress; and Member, Kerala Archaeological Society. He was also honorary associate member of the St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He was also Chairperson and Convener of the Session on Kerala at the European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1996 and Honorary Associate Member for the Trinity Term, St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University, U.K. 1996. He has several distinctions to his credit. Some of them include National Merit Scholarship, 1972-74 and P Gopala Menon Prize in History, University of Kerala, 1974. He was awarded Special Chair in Development Studies, Institute of Management Studies and Policy, University of Antwerp (RUCA), Belgium, 1998.

Dr. Tharakan was the Kerala University first rank holder in B.A. (History & Economics) & M.A. (History).

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