“When the mind begins to experience the sensation of physical comfort, joy or satisfied desires; the intelligence has to act as judge with consciousness as mediator”- Janab Thangal Kunju Musaliar.
Janab Thangal Kunju Musaliar, is a magnanimous name that rings loud in the educational, economic and socio-cultural development of the city of Kollam..An ace entrepreneur and a great visionary, he set his own life as an example of sheer determination, hardwork, courage and leadership.
Born on 12th January 1897, in a middle class family that traces its ancestry to Malik ibn Deenar, a legendary Islamic missionary who came to India in the 8th century and in a later generation to Sheikh Ali Hassan Musaliar, entombed in the Sheikh Masjid at Karunagapally, He belongs to the 12th generation after him.
The cashew industry of Kerala was at its threshold in the 1940s and 50s, when Thangal Kunju Musaliar donned the cashew trade and was quite popular as the ‘Cashew King’ in national and international markets. He was a pioneer in this field to build a vast empire through impeccable planning and systematic implementation and played a pivotal role in contributing the much needed foreign exchange to the state. In 1940, a U.S. magazine, ‘Fortune’ described him as the world’s largest employer.
The newspaper ‘Prabhatham’ started under Janab Musaliar’s editorial supervision was a landmark in the history of Travancore, and it exerted tremendous influence on the socio-political scenario of the state. At a time when signs of disintegration and communalism appeared all over India, ‘Prabhatham’ shed the light of fraternity and democracy on the people of Travancore.
Janab Musaliar was a versatile genius. With little formal education, he proved himself a rare genius. He published two books of philosophic nature, ‘Practical Advaita – the law of Nature’ and ‘Communism, Capitalism and Socialism in the Present Context’.
In 1950, while at the peak of his business career, Janab Musaliar foresaw the tremendous importance of education in the years to come. This thought paved way for the formation of T K M educational trust in 1956. The trust has the heritage of holding up firmly the values of the late Musaliar. The trust established institutions such as T K M College of Engineering, T K M Institute of Technology, T K M College of Arts and Sciences, T K M Institute of Management, T K M School of Communication and Information Technology, T K M Centenary Public School, T K M High School, T K M Higher Secondary School, and more recently the T K M Centre for Advanced Learning and T K M School of Architecture. Today we can see the success of a visionary statesman and multi-faceted personality, the late Janab A Thangal Kunju Musaliar, who fulfilled his dream of uplifting the society primarily through education.
The year 1997 was significant in the history of TKM Educational Institutions, for it was celebrated as the birth centenary year of Janab Musaliar. It was celebrated in the most befitting manner. The Postal Department of the Government of India honoured him by releasing a postal stamp. Memorial lectures were conducted by many distinguished persons. A Philately Museum was set up at TKM College of Engineering in commemoration of the birth centenary of the great founder. An All India Exhibition on Science and Technology organized on the occasion was an added attraction.
T K M College of Engineering, the fondly remembered alma mater of thousands of capable engineers worldwide, has for more than half a century, shown how a visionary and his ideas can transform an entire state’s educational aspirations. Revered by many and eulogized by many more, Janab Thangal Kunju Musaliar still remains in our memory as the torch bearer of professional education in the private sector in the State of Kerala.
I humbly believe that the T K M College Trust has been able to impart the visions of the founder to provide world class technical education to benefit all the sections of the society. It focusses on academic excellence and cultural ethos which include quality improvement programmes, modernization of infrastructure and continuous evaluation and improvement of systems and facilities for staff and students. It strives hard to train and equip the students to get placed in top notch corporate and business units by honing, transforming and tapping the latent potential and talent dormant in them.
It has been said that while scientists study the world as it is, engineers create the world that has never been. I extend my sincere gratitude to the staff and students for rendering their whole hearted cooperation and support in maintaining the high standards envisaged by our founder. I beckon all current and prospective students to become responsible engineers so that time cannot erase, nor the years dim, the effulgent glory of TKM College of Engineering.
T.K.SHAHAL HASSAN MUSALIAR
T K M COLLEGE TRUST.
Higher Education in our country has been undergoing tremendous changes for the last two decades. In addition to the domain knowledge, what will drive today’s children to success is an innate understanding of the inter-connectedness and inter-dependencies that form the underpinnings of the global village. Keeping abreast with these changes and adapting them in our institution pose great challenges before us since it demands us to redefine our infrastructure, etiquettes, mindset, and attitude.
In TKM, excellence is a habit, especially when it comes to the teaching learning process which was built by our great teachers in the past. The management has been illustrious in following the footprints of our great founder Janab A. Thangal Kunju Musaliar and guiding us with unstinting vision and magnanimity. The alumni spread our glory and reputation across the globe and keep an emotional bondage with their alma mater.
Our basic objective shall be to transform TKM into a ‘centre of excellence’ in teaching and research. We need a concerted effort to further enhance the quality of our teaching learning process and infrastructural facilities in consonance with the best practices and facilities in globally reputed institutions. Let us together make TKM a place to produce world-class professionals who are committed to serve the humanity and transform the society through their innovative knowledge and skills.
Privileged to be a part of this great institute for more than 25 years, I have absolute faith in its capacity to deliver and I believe, together we can make it happen… Let ‘together towards excellence’ be our motto….
Dr. S. Ayoob
T K M College of Engineering
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