CUSAT has started an endowment in memory of Alooparambil Prof. Dr.A.K.Menon,
the founder and first Head of the Department of Computer Science in
April 2021. Dr.A.K Menon Memorial Lecture series and Dr.A.K.Menon Memorial
Endowment Scholarships are the main activities of this endowment scheme.
In the early 1980s, Cochin University of Science and Technology wanted
to start a postgraduate program in Computer Science. Dr. A.K. Menon,
who was a Professor of Computer Science, at the University of Concordia,
Canada, was requested to take up the responsibility. Dr. Menon joined
CUSAT in 1982 . He took up the challenge of setting up the Department
of Computer Science. The task included formulating the course-structure
including the selection of subjects and syllabus, and setting up the
Computer Laboratories. He used his Canadian expertise to create an advanced
course-structure relevant to the nascent Information Technology industry.
CUSAT was the first University in Kerala to start a postgraduate programme
in Computer Science. The first batch of M.Tech. in Computer &
Information Science was started in 1985. Fifteen students were selected
on all-India basis, based on their GATE score.
In 1986, Defence Research and Development Organisation collaborated
with the Computer Science Department of CUSAT for conducting an M.Sc.
programme in Computer Software to create Computer Science Experts&
Scientists for their various research labs across the nation. This department
was one among the top five centers selected for such a prestigious program
by the Ministry of Defense. A total of 5 batches over a period of 10
years were trained and majority of them are occupying key positions
in DRDO labs today
The department has also played the pivotal role in the establishment
of CUSAT Computer Centre in 1990. The Computer Science Department has
received grants to the tune of many crores from various national agencies
for various research and development programmes.
Dr. Menon developed strong bond with his students and took keen interest
in the success of each student. Dr. A.K. Menon was an uncompromising
genius. After serving the university for ten years, Dr. Menon left CUSAT
in 1993. In the following years, he served as the Dean of Foreign Affairs
with Rajagiri College of Engineering. Dr. Menon’s native place
was North Paravoor and he passed away in August 2015.
In order to honour Dr. Menon and acknowledge the key role played by
him in launching their professional career, some former students of
Dr.A.K.Menon have mooted the idea of starting an endowment in his name.
His former students today occupy senior positions in various research
and development organizations , multinational IT companies , universities
and other technical institutions across the globe. Department of Computer
Science Alumni Association unanimously agreed to the endowment idea
and a corpus amount of twenty one lakhs was contributed by his direct
The annual interest from the endowment fund will be be used for the