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Associate Professor
Department of Statistics
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Present Position
Associate Professor
Experience 20 years
Area of Interest
Statistical Computing, Research Methodology, Statistical Applications
Professional Experience
  1. 20 years of teaching includes 18 years at PG level
  2. 2 years service as Research Officer at Dept. of Economics & Statistics, Govt. of Kerala.
Service in Data Analysis and Research methodology

  1. Extended service for Data Analysis of more than 200 PhD thesis’s in various disciplines and several M.Phil/PG dissertations.
  2. Associated with studies of Kerala State Planning Board/ Child Rights Commission/ MHRD, Govt. of India.
  3. Provided advice on research methodology for several Research Scholars/ Project works.
  4. Done Sampling Design, Data Analysis and Forecasting of the election surveys conducted by Centre for Election Studies (CES), Trivandrum in the Parliamentary elections in 2004, 2009, 2014 and the assembly elections in 2006, 2011 and 2016.
  1. Chromatic exclusivity hypothesis and the physical basis of floral colour, Ecological Informatics, Elsevier, Nov. 2018
  2. Quantitative representation of floral colours, Wiley, Jan.2019.
  3. Change in voting bahaviour in Kerala for the last 10 years, Journal of Social Discourse, Vol.2, No.2, 2015, ISSN: 2348-6376
  4. Multitemporal and Statistical Analysis of Water chemistry of Fluoride rich deep coastal aquifier of Alappuzha, Kerala, India, Indian journal of Geomorphology, Vol 19(1), Jan-June 2014, ISSN: 0973-2411.
  5. Diversity of Aedes larval habitats in Rural and Urban areas of Malappuram district. ENTOMON, Vol.37, Dec. 2012. ISSN: 0377-9335
  6. Valuation of ecosystem service in a biosphere: A sampling method for the estimation of the quantum of resources, Report on Neotoric Views on Biosphere, Pyblished by UNESCO and IIITM-K, 2011.
  7. Presented several papers in conferences.
  8. Co-authored a Book(2015)- MELTING CRUCIBLES - A quantitative Assessment of Erosion of Traditional Knowledge among Tribal Communities of the Western Ghats - A Natural Heritage Site. (ISBN: 978-93-5212-743-6)
  9. Prepared study material on "Quantitative Methods for Managers" for MBA programme of School of Distance Education, University of Kerala.
  10. Served as a resource person in the workshop conducted jointly by UNESCO and School of Ecological Informatics, IITM-K on " Neoteric Views of Biosphere Reserves( The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve) at Silent Valley during Dec 20-22, 2011 and presented a paper on " Valuation of Ecosystem services in a Biosphere: A sampling method for the estimation of quantum of resources".
  11. Article(Malayalam) in Sasthrakeralam magazine (February 2018 issue) published by Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishath on " Sankhyakam: Prasakthiyum Prayogavum".
  12. Article(Malyalalam) in "Aranyam"-Magazine of Forest and Wildlife department, Govt. of Kerala, August 2018 titled " Thanima Nashtappedunna Gothra Samskriti".
Subjects Handled at PG level
Analysis, Linera Algebra, Distribution Theory, Design of experiments, Multivariate Analysis, Linear Models & Regression Methods, Statistical Methods, sampling Techniques, Non-parametric Techniques, Econometrics, Operations Research, Stochastic Processes.
Academic Responsibilities Undertaken
  1. Question paper setter: University of Kerala; MG University, Kerala; Cochin University of Science & Technology (CUSAT); Kerala University for Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS),University of Calicut, Kerala; Kannur University, Kerala.
  2. Examiner :  University of Kerala;  Cochin University of Science & Technology (CUSAT);Kerala University for Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), University of Calicut, Manipal University, Karnataka.
  3. Chairman: PG Board of Examiners in Statistics, University of Kerala
  4. Member: UG Board of Examiners in Statistics, University of Kerala
  5. Member : PG Board of Studies in Demography, University of Kerala (2009-2012), 2018
  6. Member: UG Board of Studies in Statistics, University of Kerala ( 2017)
  7. Member(elected): Academic Council, University of Kerala ( 2016 onwards)
Expert committees
(Outside college)
  • Served as a member of the Committee of Expert Statisticians constituted by the Govt. of Kerala in 2008 to study the “normalization procedure for comparing marks in the various streams at the Plus-II level for giving weightage in Engineering admission.
  • Served as a member of the Academic Committee constituted by the Director of Collegiate Education, Govt. of Kerala for assisting EDUSAT Academic Programme.
  • Computation of Additional Financial Committment of the Kerala State due to the 6th UGC Pay Revision for College/University teachers.
  • Served as a Statistician in the Media Monitoring Cell constituted by the Election Commission, Kerala in connection with the assembly election 2011.
  • Member of Standardization committee constituted by LBS Institute of Technology, Govt. of Kerala for the admission to paramedical courses  in Kerala State. ( 2011 – 2013)
  • Member of the Committee of Expert Statisticians to standardize the marks of multiphase examinations / marks of various universities constituted by the Kerala Public Service Commission. ( 2013 onwards)
  • Member of Research Advisory  Committee constituted by the Kerala State Energy Management Centre. ( 2014 onwards)
  • Member of the Expert committee constiuted by the University of Kerala to formulate rules for the conversion of Grades to marks (2015)
  • Member of the committee of Statisticians constituted by Govt. of Kerala to provide the technical help to the Dept. of Economics & Statistics, Govt. of Kerala (2017)
  • Member of Ethical Committee at Govt. Homoeo Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Member of Kollam District planning Sub-committee constituted to prepare district plan. (2017)
  • Member of Academic Committee constituted by Director of Collegeiate Education to prepare Academic Plan and restructuring the currect programs.
  • Technical Expert, Complete Data Collection Survey,"Tharimuthal", Panayam panchayat, Kollam(2018)
Duties undertaken in the college
  1. Member, Project Monitoring Committee, RUSA
  2. Convenor, Accommodation Committee
  3. Member, Planning Committee
  4. Member,  Purchase Committee
  5. Mentor, Walk With Scholar
  6. Convenor, EDUSAT Cell
  7. Member of IQAC
  8. Served as a member of the committee constituted for the preparation of proposal for assistance to University College, Trivandrum from the University Grants Commission in the Xth Plan Period.
Resource Person
  1. Served as Resource Person in about 300 State/National/International workshops/ training  in Statistical Applications and Data Analytics
  2. Served as Resource person in several Refresher/Orientation programmes/ Short Term courses conducted by the Academic Staff College, University of Kerala.
Curriculum Design
  1. Participated in the syllubus revion of UG and PG programmes in Statistics, University of Kerala.
  2. Prepared syllubus of the courses Quantitative methods and  Operations Research For MBA programme, University of Kerala.
  3. Prepared syllubus of Statistics course for M. Phil Ecoinformatics programme of IIITM-K (CUSAT)
Refresher / Orientation Courses Attended
  1. Attended 3 Refresher courses and one Orientaion programme
Membership (s)
  1. Member of Director Board, Kerala Statistical Institute ( 2011 onwards)
  2. Executive Chairma, Kerala Statistical Institute ( 2018)
  3. Life time member of the Kerala Statistical association
  4. Member of Institute for labour studies and Management, Trivandrum.
Served as Guest faculty
  1. Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management- Kerala (IIITM-K): For M. Phil Ecoinformatics.
  2. Institute of Management in Kerala (IMK), University of Kerala :   For MBA evening.
  3. Govt. Homoeo Medical college, Thiruvananthapuram

Participation in Media
  1. Participated in the discussions and analysis of the results of Pre Poll and Post Poll election surveys in the visual media India Vision, Reporter, ACV News, People TV and Janam TV.
  2. Participated as a Statistician in the Programme "Samvadam" on "Election Surveys" in Door Darshan in 2009.
  3. Anchored one episode of the programme "Samvadom" in DoorDarshan.
Institutions where served as Resource Person
  1. Govt. Arts College, Trivandrum
  2. Govt. Women's college, Trivandrum
  3. KNM college of Arts and Science, Kanjiramkulam
  4. Govt. College, Nedumangadu
  5. Govt. college, Karyavattom
  6. Institute of Management in Kerala (IMK), University of Kerala.
  7. Dept. of Demography, University of Kerala.
  8. Dept. of Future Studies, University of Kerala.
  9. Dept. of Economics, University of Kerala,
  10. Dept. of Political Science, University of Kerala.
  11. Dept. of Sociology, University of Kerala.
  12. Dept. of Statistics, University of Kerala.
  13. Academic Staff College, University of Kerala.
  14. S.N College, Chempazhanthi
  15. S.N. College, Varkala.
  16. Devaswam Board College, Sasthamkotta
  17. St. Gregorios College, Kottarakkara
  18. St. John's College, Anchal
  19. Fathima Matha National College, Kollam
  20. Mar Thoma College, Ayur
  21. Mar Basellios Training College, Nalanchira
  22. Govt. Training College, Trivandrum
  23. State Council for Education and Training(SCERT)
  24. Cashew Export Promotion Council India(CEPCI) Lab. & Research Institute, Kollam
  25. Govt. College, Nattokom, Kottayam.
  26. College of Engineering Trivandrum (CET)- Management Dept.
  27. Farook College, Kozhikode
  28. Kerala Varma College, Thrissur
  29. Govt. Engineering College, Thrissur
  30. Engineering College, Munnar
  31. T.K.M Institute of Management, Kollam
  32. Loyola College of Social Sciences, Trivandrum.
  33. Dept. of Community Medicine, Medical College, Trivandrum
  34. National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH), Trivandrum.
  35. Rajeev Gandhi Centre for BioTechnology, Trivandrum.
  36. Kerala Institute for Tourism Studies (KITS), Trivandrum.
  37. M.S. Institute of Management and Technology, Chavara, Kollam.
  38. S.P Fort School of Nursing, Trivandrum.
  39. Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala(IIITM-K), Technopark, Trivandrum.
  40. Institute of Management in Government (IMG), Kerala.
  41. Dept. of Economics & Statistics, Govt. of Kerala.
  42. Accountant General Kerala, Trivandrum.
  43. Standard Fire Works College for Women, Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu.
  44. VHNSN College, Virudhu Nagar, Tamil Nadu.
  45. Centre for Marine Science and Technology, M.S University, Tamil Nadu.
  46. Dept. of Botany, University College, Trivandrum.
  47. Dept. of Statistics, University College, Trivandrum.
  48. Directorate of Collegiate Education, Govt. of Kerala, OPTIMA-training program for newly appointed college teachers.
  49. Govt. College, Chittoor, Palakkad
  50. Department of Teacher Education, University of Kerala.
  51. IQAC, University college, Thiruvannathapuram.
  52. State Agency for Statistical Administration (SASA), Govt. of Kerala.
  53. Department of Environmental Science, University of Kerala.
  54. All Saint's college, Trivandrum
  55. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Kottayam
  56. Department of Statistics, Sree Venkiteswara University, Tirupati.
  57. School of International Relations, Central University, Kerala.
  58. UGC Academic Staff College, University of calicut.
  59. ASAP-Kerala,  Training program for faculty members
  60. NSS College for Women, Thiruvannathapuram.