The Zoology Department of Maharaja’s College turns 90 this year and old students of the department are planning a get together at the college on December 27 to celebrate. The plans for this year’s celebrations include getting the alumni association of the department up and running so that by the time the college completes a century, the association would be in full force, says Prof. Rathi Menon, an alumna of the department. “Many of the former students of the department feel that, with this association, they could give back something to their alma mater and the department.”
The department was set up 1925. Poet Vyloppilli Sreedhara Menon was among the first batch of students. At 94, scientist Vyloppilli Balakrishna Menon is the oldest member of the association. He was suspended from college for two years as he organised activities related to the Quit India movement ín the college. One of the first women recipients (among high school teachers) of the National Award for teachers, Kalyani Kutty Amma was also a former student. The association, Rathi Menon asserts, runs on the goodwill and involvement of the former students some of whom have made a name for themselves in the chosen fields.
The list of those who have excelled is a long one, among the prominent scientists are K. Ravunni Menon who came across a rare sea anemone which was named phytocytoxis ravunnimenoni , Dr. S. Balakrishna Pai, a leading name in cancer research and Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, the present director CMFRI, Kochi. The programme for the day includes inauguration of the association meet which will be followed by cultural programmes. At the helm of the programme will be Purushothama Pai (Uthaman).
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