Central University of Kerala

Central University of Kerala About Logo

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              The Logo of the CUK is designed by the renowned sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman. The name of the University is given in Hindi and in English within 2 concentric circles. It suggests that the CUK is a local site to create, collect, and codify knowledge and to disseminate the light of knowledge globally.In the central image, the abbreviation of the name of the University (CUK) is placed in such a way as to evoke a crown of theyyam, the indigenous art form of the Malabar region where the University is located. The image also evokes the shapes of a nib and a computer mouse, which represent traditional and modern pursuits of knowledge respectively. The open book, the classic representation of learning, acts as the base of the logo. In the lettering ‘CUK’, the character ‘U’ is made taller to signify that a university is an end in itself.The circle with nine rays represents the radiance of knowledge, which is further affirmed in the motto ‘Amritam tu vidya’ which means, ‘Knowledge is eternal’. It appears in many scriptures such as the Katha Upanishad 2:3:17. Here, it is taken from Shvetashvatara Upanishad (5:1): “Ksharam tu avidaya hi amritam tu vidya.” (Ignorance leads to decay, and knowledge to Immortality).


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