Renaissance Study Centre

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Vakkom Moulavi Renaissance Study Centre

The Renaissance Study Centre was launched in October 2014 to commemorate Vakkom Abdul Khader Moulavi, a renaissance son of Kerala whose interventions in the social life made revolutionary changes in the Kerala society.

The Centre aims to

  1. Create awareness among young people, especially school and university students, of the contributions of Vakkom Moulavi and his editor Ramakrishna Pillai to the political awakening and development of Kerala, and an understanding of the period in which they lived and worked.
  2. Provide authentic historic materials to schools, educational and cultural materials for teaching or socio-cultural activities related to the period.

The Centre has set up a permanent exhibit on the ‘Life and Time of Vakkom Moulavi’.

In order to provide a correct historical perspective, the Centre will host activities covering the social, economic, political and technological / scientific characteristics and developments of the momentous hundred years between 1850-1950, both national and international.  These include the developments in the national liberation movement of India, in the Western world and the Islamic world, which had a critical influence on the leaders of the various renaissance and reform movements in Kerala.

Renaissance Lecture Series

The lecture series was inaugurated on 8 February 2017 by the Honorable Speaker of the Kerala Assembly, Sri. P. Sree Ramakrishnan at the Vakkom Moulavi Foundation, Thiruvananthapuram. The series covers a large number of topics and was held in many cities across Kerala to propagate the ideas and ideals of the Kerala Renaissance and the issues that need to be addressed today.

  • First Renaissance Lecture: Kerala’s Health Model – Crisis and Possibilities
    Dr. B. Ekbal, Member, State Planning Board. April 26, 2017, Thiruvananthapuram
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  • Second Renaissance Lecture: Labour Sector of Kerala- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
    Dr. K. Raviraman, Member, Kerala State Planning Board. May 23, 2017, Kollam.
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  • Third Renaissance Lecture: Our Culture, Our Literature in the New Age
    Sri. C. Radhakrishnan, President, Kerala Sahitya Parishad President and Convener, Kendra Sahitya Academy convenor. July, 29 2017, Ernakulam.
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  • Fourth Renaissance Lecture: Scientific Sense in Poor Sections in Kerala
    Prof. V. K. Damodaran, former Director of Science, Technology and Environment, Government of Kerala; former Chair of IEEE, Kerala Section and President, VMFT. August 19, 2017, Palode.
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  • Fifth Renaissance Lecture: “The Ups and Downs of Value-Based Journalism.”
    Mr. B.R.P. Bhaskar , human rights activist, journalist and media specialist. September 23, 2017, Thrissur.
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  • Sixth Renaissance Lecture: “Coexistence of Communities-Kerala Model”
    Dr. M. G. S. Narayanan, historian, academic and political commentator; former head of the Department of History at Calicut University. November 25, 2017, Kozhikode.
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  • Seventh Renaissance Lecture: “Reforming Indian Judicial System to Ensure Constitutional Justice”
    Dr. G. Mohan Gopal, Professor, National Judicial Academy (Bhopal) and former Director of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. February 3, 2018, Thiruvananthapuram.
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  • Eighth Renaissance Lecture on “Environmental Issues in Kerala”
    Dr. K. Soman, former head of Research Analysis of National Centre for Earth Science Studies, Thiruvananthapuram. November 24, 2018, Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Ninth Renaissance Lecture on ‘Women in Emerging Kerala’
    Dr. T. K. Anandhi, Gender Advisor of Government of Kerala. February 2, 2019, Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Tenth Renaissance Lecture on ‘Emerging Developments in Education sector of Kerala’
    Prof. (Dr). P. M. Rajan Gurukkal Vice Chairman, Kerala State Higher Education Council. April 12, 2019, Alappuzha.
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