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Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training

Kerala Legislature Secretariat  


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To foster democracy by strengthening the institution of Legislature  through informed legislators, Smart and intelligent officials and encouraging greater engagement between the public and the Legislature .

(Former Speaker)
Founder, CPST

Niyamasabha Visit- Students from SD College, Alapuzha 31.10.2017- Photos.
Diamond Jubilee Celebration– Kannur District (9, 10 & 11 of Sept. 2017) - Photos
Diamond Jubilee Lecture by Shri. Jayaram Ramesh, 14th June 2017- Photos.
Seminar on 'GST' (07 august 2017)- photos

'vajrakeralam', Parliamentary seminar, students parliament and parliamentary exhibition- 06.06.2017- Photos 

സി പി എസ് റ്റി -ഉപന്യാസ രചന മത്സരം-08.05.2018  -വേദി
CPST - Certificate Course 2018 - VIVA schedule
CPST- Time Table for written examination-2018
CPST- Invitation for Expression of Interest for supplying curios to visiting dignitaries
സി പി എസ് റ്റി -ഉപന്യാസ രചനാ മത്സരം-08.05.2018  
CPST- Handbook on Parliamentary Internship Programme
സി പി എസ് റ്റി - നിയമസഭാ മാധ്യമ അവാർഡ്‌ -വിജ്ഞാപനം, സ്കീം 
   സി പി എസ് റ്റി-സർട്ടിഫിക്കറ്റ് കോഴ്‌സ് 2017 ബാച്ച് -ഫിനിഷിംഗ് ക്ലാസും കോഴ്സ് കലണ്ടറും 
സി പി എസ് റ്റി-കേരള നിയമസഭ-നിയമനിർമ്മാണത്തിന്റെ ആറ് പതിറ്റാണ്ടുകൾ എന്ന ഗ്രന്ഥം സർട്ടിഫിക്കറ്റ് കോഴ്സ് പഠിതാക്കൾക്ക് ലഭ്യമാക്കുന്നത് സംബന്ധിച്ച് 
  സി പി എസ് റ്റി -ഗവഃ സെക്രെട്ടറിയേറ്റിലെ നിയമസഭാ ഹാൾ-മാതൃക നിയമസഭ-14-2 -2018 
CPST - Lecture Programme on GST on 06.02.2018
പാർലമെൻററി പഠന പരിശീലന കേന്ദ്രം-സർട്ടിഫിക്കറ്റ് കോഴ്‌സിന്റെ 2017 ബാച്ചിലെ പഠിതാക്കൾക്കായി മാതൃക നിയമസഭ -വിജ്ഞാപനം 
സി.പി.എസ്.ടി - നാലാം ബാച്ച് -സർട്ടിഫിക്കറ്റ് കോഴ്സ് പഠിതാക്കൾക്ക് നിയമസഭാ സമ്മേളനം കാണുന്നതിനുള്ള അനുമതി- വിജ്ഞാപനം
സി.പി.എസ്.ടി - സര്‍ട്ടിഫിക്കറ്റ് കോഴ്സിന്റെ 2018-ലെ പരീക്ഷ – അപേക്ഷ സ്വീകരിക്കുന്നത് സംബന്ധിച്ച് - വിജ്ഞാപനം
അപേക്ഷാ ഫോം - ബാച്ച് 4 - ബാച്ച് 3 -ബാച്ച് 2 -ബാച്ച് 1
            സി.പി.എസ്.ടി - നാലാം ബാച്ച് -സർട്ടിഫിക്കറ്റ് കോഴ്സ് പഠിതാക്കൾക്ക് നിയമസഭാ സമ്മേളനം കാണുന്നതിനുള്ള അനുമതി- വിജ്ഞാപനം  
            സി.പി.എസ്.ടി - നാലാം ബാച്ച് - സമ്പര്‍ക്ക ക്ലാസുകള്‍ - വിജ്ഞാപനം  
            സി.പി.എസ്.ടി - അസൈന്‍മെന്റുകള്‍ തയ്യാറാക്കുന്നതുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട മാര്‍ഗനിര്‍ദ്ദേശങ്ങള്‍ / തെരഞ്ഞെടുക്കാവുന്ന വിഷയങ്ങളുടെ പട്ടിക  
            CPST- Certificate Course 2017-Second instalment of Tuition Fees-Notification  
            CPST-Inauguration of Legislative Assembly Visit and Study Programme for School/College students by Hon'ble Speaker Shri. P. Sreeramakrishnan on 25-10-2017  
            CPST- Certificate Course 2017-Contact Class-Notification  
            CPST- Certificate Course - Fourth Batch -Notification (Eng & Mal)  
             കേരള നിയമസഭയുടെ വജ്ര ജൂബിലി - കണ്ണുര്‍ ജില്ലയിലെ പരിപാടി - 2017 സെപ്റ്റംബര്‍ 9,10,11 - Photos  
                  CPST - Media Awards, Certificate Distribution (IIIrd Batch) & Inauguration of New Batch - Photos  
               Programmes conducted by CPST in 2017   
            KLA-Diamond Jubilee Celebrations-Legislative Assembly Visit Programme for Students  
            Media Awards 2017 - Winners   
            Hon. Speaker announcing Media Awards 2017 - Photos  
            Certificate Course in Parliamentary Practice & Procedure Examination- RESULT 2017/CPST RANK HOLDERS  (Malayalam) (English)  
            Certificate Course-3rd Batch-Examination Results-Rank Holders (Malayalam) (English)  
            Certificate Course in Parliamentary Practice & Procedure- 3rd Batch -Examination Results 2017  
            Diamond Jubilee Lecture Series-second lecture-Shri Jairam Ramesh-photos  
            Diamond Jubilee Lecture Series  
            Reconstitution of Governing Council  
            Media Awards, 2017 - Notification,  Government Order, and Scheme   
            Workshop - 14.03.2017 - Disaster Management Act and Local Issues   
            Kerala Legislative Assembly Diamond Jubilee Celebrations-Lecture Series-Inauguration   
            Assembly Visiting Programme - Students of Govt Womens' College, Thiruvananthapuram - Photos  
            Training for Goverment Officials  
            Visiting Programme for Students of Govt. Womens College, Thiruvananthapuram  
            "Student Parliament" session-Inauguration - Photos  
            "Student Parliament" session-Inauguration  
            Certificate Course 2016- Rank Holders  
            Cerfificate Course - Rank Holders 2015









Established in 2011 as an integral division of the Legislature Secretariat, the Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training (CPST) is the premier training body providing opportunities for systematic study and training in various disciplines of parliamentary institutions, processes and procedures to the Legislators and officials and all stake holders of parliamentary democracy.

Training and Development helps in optimizing the utilization of human resource that further helps the staff to achieve the organizational goals as well as their individual goals. Training is essential to provide an opportunity and broad structure for the development of human resources' technical and behavioral skills in an organization. It also helps the employees in attaining personal growth. It helps to expand the horizons of human intellect and the overall personality of the employees. Training and Development helps in inculcating a sense of team work, team spirit, and inter-team collaborations. It helps in creating the right learning culture within the organization.  Training and Development helps in creating the healthy working environment. It helps to build good intra institutional  relationships so that individual goals align with organizational goals.

Organisations need staff at all levels to be more self-sufficient, resourceful, creative and autonomous. It is a challenge for any organisation of repute to  develop greater confidence, initiative, solutions-finding, and problem-solving capabilities among their human resource . This behaviour enables staff to operate at higher strategic level, which makes their organizations more productive and competitive. People's efforts produce bigger results. It's what all organizations strive to achieve by focussing on developing the person, not the skills.

   Performance and capability are ultimately dependent on people's attitude and emotional maturity. It is mandatory for any organisation to provide a platform for trust, 'emotional contracting' with the organisation, and subsequent skills/process/knowledge development relevant to managing higher responsibilities and roles .

Training and Development is the framework for helping employees to develop their personal and organizational skills, knowledge, and abilities. The focus of all aspects of Human Resource Development is on developing the most superior workforce so that the organization and individual employees can accomplish their work goals in service to customers. Employees will always want to develop career-enhancing skills, which will always lead to employee motivation and retention. There is no doubt that a well trained and developed staff will be a valuable asset to the organisation and thereby increasing the chances of his efficiency in discharging his or her duties.It is very essential for all staff and helps in building career positioning and preparing staff for greater challenges.

The CPST has embarked upon various programmes of training in Parliamentary and Legislative fields, thus imparting professionalism, expertise and orientation to those who actually work for the parliamentary system. The CPST organises various programmes to help the legislators acquire deeper and broader understanding of complex national and global issues and to impart the much needed direct exposure to the environment, culture and traditions of parliamentary institutions so as to enable them to appreciate better the nature of their role and place in the overall context of parliamentary system, leading to a more informed response to their work in relation to Legislature.

         The CPST aims to sharpen the functional skills of the officials working in the Secretariats of Parliament and State developing the right attitudes and qualities essential in parliamentary officials, for example, a sense of dedication in service, precision and promptness, objectivity of approach, highest respect for the representatives of the people and unfailing courtesy.

         The CPST aims to encourage the Members and the general public to learn the principles and practice of democratic decision-making and promote collaboration and professional development among parliamentarians .


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Aims and Objectives 

        Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training of the Kerala Legislature aims to  provide Legislators, Legislature staff and other stake holders of parliamentary democracy with institutionalized opportunities for systematic training in the various disciplines of parliamentary institutions, processes and procedures.

        Governments all over the world are seeking innovative modes and manners to improve delivery of services The imperative of appropriate training and capacity building of personnel working in any organization has increasingly been recognized the world over in recent decades. Such training helps to improve the effectiveness of the organization and enhance the efficiency of the available manpower, besides enabling optimum utilization of the human resources.

            In an era of professional specialization, organizations and institutions have laid special emphasis on institutional arrangements for imparting requisite training of their personnel.  In-house training, deputing personnel for training in recognized institutions, attachment with professional training institutions, etc. have become important components of augmentation of the professional capabilities of officers and staff of organizations everywhere. Induction Courses, Foundation Courses, Refresher Programmes, Orientation Programmes, etc. have emerged as integral to holistic capacity building of personnel in all organizations.

       Legislators of today have varied functions to perform, apart from their conventional representational role, more so in the context of the Legislature itself evolving as a multi-functional institution. Like any other organization, in the case of democratic institutions too, officers and staff working in the Legislative Bodies require training and exposure to acquaint themselves with the latest developments, so that they can assist elected representatives to perform their manifold roles efficaciously.

        Legislators have to be well-versed with issues like the primacy of Legislature in a democratic polity, procedural mechanisms available to them to raise matters on the floor of the House, practices and procedures of the Legislature Committees, privileges of members and the House, conventions of the House, traditions and etiquette, etc., if they have to emerge as effective representatives. They also have to be thoroughly familiar with the legislative and budgetary processes, Legislature-Executive relations and the relationship among the Organs of State. Besides, they have to have a sound understanding of the functional dynamics of parliamentary institutions, how to secure Executive accountability to the Legislature in all its manifestations and the pulls and pressures of democratic politics.

        All these call for continuous efforts to facilitate capacity building among members of Legislature, besides Legislature staff. This becomes all the more important in an increasingly information-driven world order wherein the utmost emphasis has to be laid on the development of informed legislators and legislature officials who can adequately support them.

         Since effective and efficient working of Legislature calls for constant upgrading of the skills of the Legislature staff in particular, there is a need for their extensive as well as intensive training. Such measures will assist Members of Legislature and Legislature staff to maintain the highest standards of professional excellence.

        There are various stakeholders who make a parliamentary democracy work successfully. Besides Members and Legislature staff, these stakeholders include the media, the Civil Service, the academic community, including students, civil society and the citizens at large. In the course of its evolution, parliamentary democracy has evolved several highly specialized procedures and processes, of which legislators, policy-makers, administrators and others should have a good knowledge.

In a parliamentary democratic set up, it is only the institution of Legislature, which can impart such knowledge to all stakeholders of democracy. Thus, the onerous task of conducting relevant studies and enabling the required orientation and training of the stakeholders falls on the Legislature itself.  


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  • Orientation Programmes, Lectures ,Workshops and Seminars for Members of the Kerala Legislative Assembly .
  • Round Table Discussions on topical legislative themes.
  • Parliamentary Lecture Series.
  • Attachment Programmes with the BPST , Lok Sabha Secretariat for foreign parliamentary officials .
  • Training, Attachment and Study Visits/tours of Presiding Officers, Members and officers of sister Legislatures.
  • Training Programme in Legislative Drafting.
  • Orientation Programmes and Seminars for Media Personnel accredited to the Press Galleries of the Kerala Legislative Assembly.
  • Appreciation Courses for Probationers of All India , Central Services and Middle Level officers of the Government of Kerala.
  • Study Visits for Government officers, academics, scholars and students .
  • Training, attachment and study tour opportunities for Members and officials of the Kerala Legislature Secretariat to sister Parliaments and training institutions.
  • Training programme for Personal Staff to Ministers and Members of the Legislative Assembly
  • Induction Training for staff of the Legislature Secretariat.
  • Publication of Papers on Legislative themes.
  • Programmes under CPST-UNICEF  Initiative.
  • Conducting of Certificate Course in Parliamentary Practice and Procedure.
  • Internship Programme for Law Students.




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No.739- 3rd Floor , Assembly Building ,Legislature Complex, 

Vikas Bhavan P.O ,Thiruvananthaprum-33 , Kerala   


CPST A Section

     0471 2512585

     0471 2512638
CPST B Section

      0471 2512662

Fax: 0471 2512375, 2305891





Hon’ble Speaker

Kerala Legislative Assembly


0471 2513001

0471 2513002

0471 2513003

Head of the Institution


Shri.V K Babu Prakash


Kerala Legislative Assembly


 0471 2513006

0471 2512002

0471 2513019

Joint Secretary




0471 2304930

0471 2512190


Deputy Secretary



Sri. Zacharia P Samuel


0471 2512133


Under Secretary


Sri. V G Riju


0471 2512670



Hon’ble Speaker

Kerala Legislative Assembly


Hon’ble Leader of Opposition

Kerala Legislative Assembly


Hon’ble Deputy Speaker

Kerala Legislative Assembly


Shri A. Pradeepkumar, MLA


Shri K.S.Sabarinadhan, MLA


Prof. Abid Hussain Thangal, MLA


Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Kerala

Member (Ex-Officio)

Head of the Department,

Department of History

University of Kerala


Dr. N. K. Jayakumar, Former Vice Chancellor, NUALS Member
Dr. C. Ramakrishnan Nair, Additional Secretary (Rtd), Law Department, Govt. Secretariat Member
Secretary, Kerala Legislative Assembly Member Secretary




Sri. V K Babuprakash


Kerala Legislative Assembly


Smt. P.K. Girija

Special Secretary

Kerala Legislative Assembly


Smt. Kavitha Unnithan

Joint Secretary

Kerala Legislative Assembly



Joint Secretary

Kerala Legislative Assembly


Shri.K.G Radhakrishnan

Finance Officer

Kerala Legislative Assembly


Smt. S. Bindu

Joint Secretary

Kerala Legislative Assembly






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Calendar of Events 2016







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1 Study programme for students of Govt. Women's College, Thiruvananthapuram 19-1-2016 FN .
2 Attachment with CTFM-Study Visit of staff of Finance Department 19-1-2016 AN .
3 Study Programme on Income Tax

28-1-2016 FN

4 Induction programme for Assistants of Legislature Secretariat


5 Online training programme in association with G.E.P. on assembly proceedings for the participants of Model Students Energy Parliament to be held on 24-2-2016 at Old Assembly, Govt. Secretariat buildings, Thiruvananthapuram 20-2-2016 21-2-2016
6 Global Energy Parliament-Study Programme



7 Distribution of G. Karthikeyan Media Award 2015, Release of Memoir of G. Karthikeyan, Renaming of Kerala Legislature Golden Jubilee Memorial Museum, Naming of Members' Lounge, Inauguration of Library for Children 24-2-2016 -
8 Training for Assistants of Legislature Secretariat 3-3-2016 19-3-2016
9 Training for SOs of Govt. Secretariat on Papers Laid on Table 17-3-2016 AN
10 Induction Training for Assistants 19-3-2016 26.03.2016
11 PLI Awareness Programme in association with Postal Department 29.03.2016
12 Internship Programme for Law Students  1.4.2016 1-5-2016
13 Internship Programme for Law Students - 05-05-2016
14 Management Development Programme for D.Secretaries, J.Secretaries & A.Secretaries 20-4-2016 FN .
15 Internship Programme for Law Students  1-4-2016 05-05-2016.
16 Internship Programme for Law Students  18-4-2016 07-05-2016
17 Internship Programme for Law Students  21-4-2016 20-05-2016
18 Internship Programme for Law Students  2-5-2016 30-5-2016
19 Internship Programme for Law Students  19-5-2016 14-6-2016
20 Internship Programme for Law Students  13-6-2016 .
21 Orientation Programme for MLAs 16-6-2016 17-6-2016
22 Study Visit Programme for the Assistants of Finance Department 21.06.2016
23 Induction for Assistants of Legislature Secretariat 25-7-2016 29-7-2016
24 Training for staff of Ministers  28-7-2016 30.07.2016
25 Training for Assistants of Government Secretariat (IMG) Attachment 22-8-2016 23-8-2016
26 CPST-UNICEF Initiative, Lecture programme on Emerging & Second Generation Issues of Child Rights in Kerala 23-8-2016 .
27 Meeting-Discussion on CPST Development Plan 22-9-2016 .
28 Meeting with University Union Representatives on Student Parliament 5-10-2016
29 Training Programme for MLAs on Legislative Assembly Interpellation System (LAIS) 25-10-2016 -
30 Meeting with University Union Representatives on Student Parliament 8-11-2016 --
31 Training programme for newly recruited Office Attendants 14-11-2016 15-11-2016
32 Training for MLAs-PRS Legislative Research, New Delhi 15-11-2016 17-11-2016
33 Discussion with students of colleges under University of Kerala on Student Parliament 22-11-2016 ---
34 Induction Training Programme for newly recruited Assistants 23-11-2016 28-11-2016
35 IMG Attachment training programme for newly recruited Assistants of Govt. Secretariat 29-11-2016 30-11-2016
36 Internship Programme for Law Students 1-12-2016 23-12-2016
37 Internship Programme for Law Students 13-12-2016 07-01-2017
38 Internship Programme for Law Students 22-12-2016 4-1-2017
39 Training Programme for participants of Student Parliament at Thiruvananthapuram 27-12-2016 -
40 Training Programme for participants of Student Parliament at Kozhikode 30-12-2016 -




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Certificate Course in Parliamentary Practice and Procedure

    2.           Indian parliamentary democracy has no match in the world and democratic values are part and parcel of the life of common man in India. Thus democracy, the life breath of one of the greatest nations of the world; has been, is and will be very significant for India.  A democratic parliament for its part will seek to foster a vibrant civil society and to work closely with it in finding solutions to problems facing the country and in improving the quality and relevance of legislation.  Informing citizens about the work of parliament is not just a concern for the fourth estate, but is a responsibility of parliaments themselves. The Open and Distance Learning System with its inherent flexibility and affordability has emerged as an important mode for providing education and awareness to various sections of the society in the present day educational scenario. Being the forerunner of many democratic innovations in India, Kerala Legislative Assembly, as part of its Quasquicentennial initiatives conducts a Certificate Course in Parliamentary Practice and Procedure in the distance education stream to propagate the idea, principle, philosophy and practice of parliamentary democracy.


      ·        The Course shall be an awareness and learning programme designed for those who have no experience with parliamentary procedure and for those who are interested in learning parliamentary practice and procedure.

      ·        The Course shall be a basic level certificate course on parliamentary practice and procedure.

      ·        The Course shall be run in distance education mode and shall include contact classes along with assignments and workshops.

      ·        The Course shall be managed, regulated, conducted and controlled by the CPST which was established as an integral division of the Secretariat of the Kerala Legislature.


      ·        Admission will generally be open to all eligible candidates and there will be no age bar for admission to the course.

      ·        Minimum qualification for applying for the Course will be a pass in Higher Secondary or equivalent qualification as approved by the Universities in Kerala.

      ·        Those who are awaiting results of the qualifying examinations are also eligible to apply.

      ·        Maximum number of seats shall ordinarily be 250 (Two hundred and fifty) for an academic session or as decided by the Governing Body for the Course.

      ·        Minimum number of students to commence a batch shall be 10 (Ten).

      ·        There shall be registration fee and course fee for admission to the Course.

    4.      Registration is valid for two years from the date of registration.


    The Course shall ordinarily be of six months duration. 


·        Strictly need-based Personal Contact Programmes (PCPs) may be arranged by the CPST to principally facilitate face-to-face interaction between the students and our subject teachers who give due academic counselling to the students.


      Medium of instruction shall be English or Malayalam.


        Unlike regular programmes this Distance Programme is self-paced and learner- centred. It will essentially be based on the supply of reading materials for home study by the learner.


        Printed study materials are supplied to the candidates. While these Self Learning Materials (SLMs) give the students the required academic guidance, they are advised to supplement their reading at home by thoroughly going through the books suggested for reading . Study materials for the Course shall be prepared and circulated by the CPST.


·        Examinations will be conducted at the end of the course and the centre of examination shall ordinarily be at Thiruvananthapuram.

·        Application for examination shall be made in the prescribed form along with the prescribed fees .

·        Medium of examination shall be English or Malayalam.

·        A candidate will be declared to have passed the examination only if he/she obtains a minimum of 40% of marks for each and every paper.

·        A separate minimum of 50% marks is necessary for pass in internal assessment and viva voce.


Certificate shall be issued by and in the name of Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training.  



Shri  V.K. Babu Prakash, Secretary

Kerala Legislative Assembly


Smt. P. K. Girija,

Special Secretary,

Kerala Legislative Assembly


Smt. S. Bindu

Joint Secretary

Kerala Legislative Assembly


Shri. K.G. Radhakrishnan

Finance Officer

Kerala Legislative Assembly


Smt. A. Shaila

Joint Secretary

Kerala Legislative Assembly


Smt. M.R. Maheshwari

Joint Secretary

Kerala Legislative Assembly


Smt. Kavitha Unnithan
Joint Secretary 

Kerala Legislative Assembly





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  •  Handbook on Budget.

  •   Commission Report on Salary and Allowances to Members.

  •  Brief on CPST.

  •   Notes on Procedure in Financial Matters.

  •   Budget –Preparation ,Implementation and Control.

  •   Notes on Orientation Programme for Members.  

  •  Notes on different topics of Parliamentary Procedures



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Image Gallery


Hon. Speaker announcing Media Awards 2017 - Photos
Diamond Jubilee Lecture Series-Second Lecture-Jairam Ramesh-Photos
Diamond Jubilee Lecture Series inauguration - 07.03.2017
Assembly Visit Program - Womens College - 22.02.2017
 Students Parliament Inauguration - 08.02.2017
CPST-UNICEF Initiative - Certificate Distribution Programme

'നിയമസഭയോടൊത്ത് ഒരു വേനലവധി' - Assembly visit programme for students on 14.05.2015

Contact Class at Kozhikode on November 8&9, 2014

Inter University Quiz Competition

Diamond Jubilee Lecture by DR.Tessy Thomas  

Diamond Jubilee Lecture by DR.Mohan Gopal

Seminar on Child Rights Governance

Workshop for Media Persons

125th Anniversary of Legislative Body –Commemorative Stamp Released

Inauguration of CPST Study Hall

Assembly Visit Programme for Students of Srichitra Home




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