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The Association for Comparative Studies (ACS) is an academic forum, meant to promote culture and knowledge. In Kerala the Association is popularly known as TAPASAM. The word Tapasam is constituted from the first letters of the three Malayalam words in the name:


It is a society registered (Reg. No.K.472/95) under the Travancore Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Regn. Act XII of 1955. The ACS seeks to promote excellence in the academic life in Kerala, especially among post-graduate students, research scholars and teachers by encouraging comparative and interdisciplinary studies in different fields and by facilitating effective communication among scholars of different disciplines. It seeks to emphasize and promote Kerala studies. The Association intends to provide facilities for research work; encourage research publication; and organize seminars, lectures and orientation courses. The annual conference of the Association gives an opportunity for young scholars to present papers on different themes and interact with senior experts.

We are interested in collaborating with similar academic organisations. We are already working in academic collaboration with Hermann-Gundert-Gesselschaft, Germany.

Our Motto

tapasam-logoThe emblem of the association is a lotus with inscriptions. The motto of the association is given as a quotation of Narayana Guru, the Guru of 20th century Kerala- “Ariyanum Ariyikkanum”-” To know and to let to know”. The idea is to conversationalise knowledge. Conversationalisation of knowledge is very important in a globalising and networking world. Individuals, communities, nations and cultures should be engaged in meaningful conversation and bring out the diversity of perceptions, thoughts and systems of knowledge. Interdisciplinarity is the key word in all our academic endeavours.( This is the significance of motto borrowed from Guru.)

The ACS had the privilege of conducting more than 25 academic conferences at the state level involving senior scholars and young researchers. Some of the topics discussed in the conferences held in 2006-2007, 2007-2008.

Mahabharata and Kerala Traditions
Contemporary trends in the Malayalam Language
Kerala Studies and Interdisciplinarity

In 2006 ACS hosted an International Conference in collaboration with Ithaca College, Cornell (U.S.A.) and Ben Zvi Institute (Israel) on the Jewish heritage of Kerala.In July 2005 the Association started publishing TAPASAM, a quarterly International bilingual journal for Kerala Studies.

Office Bearers

President Dr M.V.Pylee (Former Vice-chancellor, Cochin University)
Vice – President Dr Sunny P Orathel MD (General Hospital, Ernakulam)
Dr Scaria Zacharia (Former Professor and Head, Department of Malayalam
Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady – 683 574)
Treasurer Dr N. Viiayamohanan Pillai (Asso.Professor, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady)
Dr Stephen Mathews (Former Principal, S. B. College, Changanachery)
Dr N. Ajayakumar (Asso.Professor, Dept. of Malayalam, S.S University Kalady)
Biju C. P. (Chief Sub Editor, Mathrubhumi)
Dr Shamshad Hussain (Asst.Professor, Dept. of Malayalam, S.S University, Tirur)
Dr.Jaya Sukumaran (St.Thomas H.S.S., Malayattoor)
Dr V. J.Varghese (Asst.Professor, Central University of Hyderabad)
Sumi Joy Oliyappuram (Asst.Professor, Dept. of Malayalam, Maharajas College, Ernakulam)
Dr Aju K.Narayanan (Asst.Professor, Dept. of Malayalam, U. C. College, Aluva).



Tapasam website is being edited by Dr. Aju K.Narayanan (mobile no:9496119457)

ACS Bulletin

ACS Bulletin is published periodically with announcements, reports and other interesting academic informations. At present the bulletin is being edited by Dr. Aju K.Narayanan.

Contact Us

Dr. Scaria Zacharia
Karikkampally, Perunna P.O., Changanacherry -686102
Email id : scariazacharia@gmail.com
Tel. No. 0091481 2421363, Mob: 09847164632