Organization Profile

The Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR) is an autonomous research institution committed to excellence in research in History , Archaeology and other areas of Social Science. Recognized as an official research centre of the University of Kerala and funded by the Ministry of Higher Education, Government of Kerala, KCHR is situated in the premises of Vyloppilli Samskriti Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram. Research, publication, documentation, training and co-ordination are the major domains of KCHR.

Aims and Objectives

Under the able guidance of its Director, Prof. P. J. Cherian and the visionary mentorship of its Chairman, Prof. K. N. Panikkar, KCHR aims to promote research and academic exchanges on history and the social sciences. It works towards creating a comprehensive databases on Kerala which will generate scholarly interest at both national and international levels. To this end, the institution houses a state-of-the-art library, complete with the latest books, publications, journals and other reference material on Kerala history and society.

KCHR also offers highly Internships, Fellowships and short term courses. KCHR institutes and administers several fellowships and sponsorships on historical research. Seminars, workshops and conferences are held in multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas of research under the auspices of KCHR. The organization also undertakes projects entrusted by the government and has published around 34 volumes of its research.

Currently, KCHR is involved in high-profile projects such as the Pattanam Archaeological Research Excavations 2007, Charitra-Anweshana Yatrathakal, Archives on Malayali Family Histories and Biographies, Oral History Project, Digitizing Kerala’s Past, Panchayath Vijnaneeyams, History of Malayali Migrations and Migrant Communities, Biographical Documentation of Kerala Women, Dalits and Adivasis and Database on Social Reformers.

Organisational Structure

KCHR has three-tier organizational structure  – Patrons Council, Advisory Council, Executive Council – provides efficiency and stability. His Excellency The Hon’ble Governor of Kerala, the chief patron of KCHR, along with the Chief Minister of Kerala and other political dignitaries make up the Patrons Council. The Advisory Council consists of Executive Council members and selected administrative members of Kerala Government. The Executive Council of KCHR is constituted by nine distinguished social scientists along with the Principal Secretaries of the Departments of Higher Education and Finance, Government of Kerala and the Directors of the State Archaeology and Archives Department, Government of Kerala. 

KCHR has been pioneering innovative research in History , Archaeology and Social Sciences, developing non-reductive and popular modes of historical writing and opening new avenues in the discipline for professional historians, researchers, students and the common man alike.