Kannur: On its quasquicentennial anniversary (125th jubilee) year, Government Brennen College (GBC), Thalassery has a reason to celebrate. Including the Chief Minister-designate Pinarayi Vijayan, five alumni of the College will be in the legislative assemblies of a state and a union territory this time.
Apart from Pinarayi Vijayan who has won from Dharmadam, former minister and Tharoor MLA A.K Balan, Talipparamba MLA James Mathew, Thalaserry MLA A.N Shamseer, the Brennen glory will reverberate in the Puducherry Legislative Assembly too, as its enclave in Kerala Mahe elected Dr V Ramachandran as its MLA.
It was his first protest against ferry fare hike that initiated Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan into politics. An active Kerala Students Federation worker, he had completed his pre-degree and degree (Economics) courses from the college, during 1962-66. Recently, during his campaign, Mr. Vijayan's classmates and teachers had organised a gathering for his victory.
“The college has played a significant role in strengthening a Dalit student like A.K.Balan, something he might not have received from any other college during those days," says A. Valsalan, HOD, Department of History. Mr. Balan was the first SFI union chairman of the Brennen College Students' Union.
Talipparamba MLA James Mathew, who grabbed the most number of votes in the state, studied here during 1977-82 academic year. Thalaserry MLA A.N Shamseer was the University Union Councillor from the College and went on to become the first chairman of Kannur University Students' Union in 2002.
Mahe MLA Dr V Ramachandran who was the former head of Mahe Government College did his economics in the GBC. His opponent E Valsaraj, who had been the MLA for 26 years, is also an alumni....