The late Dr. P.K. Gopalakrishnan was one of the founder members of the Centre. He was a scholar, policy advisor and an institution builder par excellence. He was one of the few outstanding personalities who played a pivotal role in setting up many advanced institutions of research and learning in Kerala during the 1970s and 1980s. As a Policy Advisor and Secretary to the Government during the Chief Ministership of the late Shri. C. Achutha Menon, Dr. Gopalakrishnan provided excellent support in formulating a science and technology policy for the state. To perpetuate Dr. Gopalakrishnan’s memory, his family instituted the endowment at the Centre.

P.K.Gopalakrishnan Memorial Lectures at a Glance

11. Migration and Pandemics
Dr. Chinmay Tumbe,
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
22 September 2021

10. Why does the Indian state  both fail and succeed?
Prof. Devesh Kapur,
Director of Asia Programs, Starr Foundation Professor of South Asian Studies, Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies,  Johns Hopkins University, USA
14 December 2020

9. India’s Banking Crisis in Perspective
Prof. T. T. Ram Mohan
Professor, Finance & Accounting, IIM Ahmedabad
20 September 2019

8. ‘The Challenge of Intolerance, the Future of Indian Democracy, and South India’s Role: Some Reflections’
Prof. Rajmohan Gandhi
Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
19 December 2018

7. Inter-Group Inequality in India: Insight from the Economic Theories of Discrimination
Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat
Professor Emeritus, JNU
1 December 2017

6. ‘Women’s rights to land and the challenge of the commons’
Professor Nivedita Menon
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
18 February 2016

5. Ethics of Intellectual Practices in Higher Education
Professor Gopal Guru
JNU, New Delhi
14 August 2014

4. Towards a Comprehensive Understanding of Development: Situating Contemporary Kerala
Professor T.K Oommen
National Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi
9 April 2013

3. Challenges in the 12th Plan
Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia
23 January 2012

2. Plantation Sector in India: The Way Forward
Shri Jairam Ramesh
Hon’ble Minister of State for Commerce and Power, Government of India
7 March, 2009

1. Ethics in Clinical Research
Dr. M. S. Valiathan
6 December 2004