About ASTRA:  A sister concern of ASTC (Advanced Studies and Training Centre), Dubai, ASTRA (Advanced Studies Training and Research Academy) Trivandrum is a cooperative endeavor of a few young and vibrant professionals, and a few professors who after their retirement wanted to spend their time on a fruitful pursuit of imparting the insights and expertise they gathered from their national and international exposure and experience to the students who aspire to become successful professionals in the field of their choice. All those involved in this cooperative attempt are those who have established their stint and have been very innovative and successful in their respective academic and industrial fields in India and abroad.

ASTRA is an Educational Trust, registered at Trivandrum, Kerala (No 15721/28/1/2012).

Activities: Started in August 2007, ASTRA focuses its activities on the following areas:

       1.  Coaching for Entrance examinartions in Humanities and social sciences conducted by IITS, Central Universities, Central Institutions etc (A glut in the field of engineering and medicine has resulted in a shift of choice, opportunities and interest towards Liberal Arts and Basic sciences, compelling the bright young minds to toe the line in this direction. Our       holistic  approach for the broad based development of the ward and finely focused grooming will help the student attain sustained and lifelong skills in any field of her/his choice. Our team of veterans will ensure the quality of the modules delivered to the children enrolled for the course.

        2.  Faculty Training for academic professionals (Faculty of  

            Engineering, Medical and Arts & Science) who have been less  

            exposed to the much-needed aspects of  Communication,                          Pedagogy,  Teaching Methods & Techniques, and Research                       Methodology, etc in teaching and presentation.

2.      Placement Training for students of Engineering, Medical and       Arts & Science in all aspects of recruitment - Communication      

        (written, speech, technical, business  interpersonal, etc);  

        debates, group discussion, interviews, personality development, 


3.      NET/JRF (National Eligibility Test), a qualifying test for  

         Prospective College Teachers in subjects such as English, 

         Commerce History, Philosophy, Psychology, Business,         

      Electronics, and Computer etc

4.      Mentorship (for Final Test) for Civil service                       Examinations  (IAS/IPS etc) combined with Public speaking                and   Soft Skills Development Programs.

 5.    Research Guidance for Researchers 

Mode of delivery: We offer online and onsite (or both) classes for all the above programs tailored to suit the individual institution’s requirement.


1. Course Director: Dr. B S Mohanchandran, (M Com, Ph.D.) former Principal, University College, Thiruvananthapuram, and visiting Professor to many Colleges in India and abroad. He has been working in the Middle East for five years. Specialized in Time Management, Group Discussion and Administration.

2.   Director: Dr. K Vijaykumar (MA, MBA, PGDTE, NET, and Ph.D.). He had been teaching  for around 20 years in the Govt. Colleges in Kerala, 15 years in the universities in the Middle East (UAE & Oman), and five years in the Engineering Universities in Tami          Nadu.  His main area of specialization and interests are: Communication, PublicSpeaking, Soft Skills Development, English Language Teaching, Business & Technical English, and Literature.

3.    Dr. Jayarajan D, Prof. Dept. of Management (Rtd), M G University. Specialized in

                    Management, Debates, Interviews and Group discussion

4.    Dr. Padnanabhan M, Professor of Sociology, (Rtd) Addis Ababa University, 

      specialized in the socio-cultural difference in  the learning ways of  learners 

5.    Dr. Antony P K, Ph.D. in Psychology, an expert in the psychometric analysis of

      students,       &

6.    A host of young, dynamic, and well experienced teachers/trainers