About Us

ASTRA (Advanced Studies, Training and Research Academy) is an Educational Trust registered at Trivandrum 

Started in August 2007, ASTRA focuses its activities on the areas such as NET (National Eligibility Test),a qualifying test for Prospective College Teachers in subjects such as Commerce, English, Economics, History and Computer Science; Foundation Course for Civil service Examinations (IAS/IPS etc) combined with Public speaking and Soft Skills Development Programmes, apart from tuition for MA & BA in English of the Kerala University.  Expert and intensive coaching for PSC /UPSC Tests, Bank Tests is another area of our specialization. IELTS, Research Guidance, and tailor made courses are provided on demand.


Dr. K Vijaykumar (MA, MBA, PGDTE, NET, PhD), former Head, Dept of English, University College, Thiruvananthapuram, and visiting Professor to many Colleges in India and abroad is the Director. He joined the Collegiate Education Service in 1980 and had been working at various Government Colleges in Kerala for more than 20 years. From 1994 he worked in the  Colleges  in the UAE as Head of the Dept of Liberal Arts (Sharjah College, affiliated to the University of Houston, Clear lake, USA;   Emirates College for Management and Information Technology, Dubai, a College fully approved and accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education, as Head of the Dept of Humanities); Middle East College for information Technology, Muscat , approved and accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education, Oman as Head of English, and Communication Expert; Director of Omani Centre for Higher Education, Polyglot Institute, Muscat, Oman. He rejoined University College, Thiruvananthapuram as the Head, Dept of English in 2009. He joined ASTRA, as the Director In  2011
His main area of specialization and interests are : Communication, Public Speaking, Soft Skills Development, English Language Teaching, Business English, and Literature. 

Course Director

The Director is Dr. B S Mohanchandran, (M Com,PhD) former Principal, University College, Thiruvananthapuram, and visiting Professor to many Colleges in India and abroad. He had been working in various Government Colleges in the State for more than 32 years. (1979-2010) He was the Head of the Dept of Commerce, Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram, during 2007-08 and was the Principal of Govt. College, Kariavattam, Thiruvananthapuram during 2008-09. He became the Principal of University College, Thiruvananthapuram in 2009 and was retired in March 2010. He is the Course Coordinator/Director of ASTRA. He is also a visiting professor to many colleges in the Middle East

The following Professors are the patrons and supporters of ASTRA:

1. Prof. Binoo, Prof. of Geology, University College, Thiruvananthapuram

2. Dr. Sivdas, Prof. of History, Sanskrit University, Kalady, (Regional Centre, Thiruvananthapuram)

3. Dr. Rajan, Prof. of Management, Dept. of Management, Kerala University