Dr. Ekbal Bappukunju is a public health activist, a neurosurgeon, and an academic in Kerala, India and is serving as a member of the Kerala State Planning Board since 2016.[1] He was the Vice-chancellor of the University of Kerala during the period 2000–2004.He completed his pre-degree from St. Berchmans College Changanacherry.[2] He was a member of the Kerala State Planning Board from 1996 to 2000, during which he played a vital role in People's Plan Campaign, a decentralization move by the Government of Kerala[citation needed].


B. Ekbal
ഡോ. ബി. ഇക്ബാല്‍
Other namesDr. Ekbal Bappukunju
EducationM.B.B.S., M.S., Mch
OccupationPublic health activist, Neurosurgeon, Academic and member of Kerala State Planning Board.
OrganizationKerala State Planning Board, Kerala University
Known forHealth activism, Academic contributions, Planning board member
TitleVice Chancellor, University of Kerala
Spouse(s)Dr. A Meharunnisa
  • Bappukunju (father)
B. Ekbal

He was contested in the 2011 Kerala Legislative Assembly Elections from Changanassery Assembly Constituency as a LDF candidate and lost to UDF candidate former minister C F Thomas[citation needed].

He was the chairman of Kerala State Pollution Control Board.[3] He is also one of the joint convenors of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (Public Health Movement - India).[4] He is the President of the Democratic Alliance For Knowledge Freedom, Kerala[citation needed].

He was the chairperson of the Expert Committee set up by the Government of Kerala to explore the possibility of setting up a new university of health sciences. The committee submitted its report on the proposed structure and functions of the university in April 2007.[5]

Ekbal is an activist of Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad and has held various offices in the organisation[citation needed]. He was the President of Kerala Sastra Sahithya Parishad from 1983–85[citation needed]. He was former editor of the online Science Journal of Kerala Sastra Sahithya Parishad: www.luca.co.in.

Dr.B.Ekbal presentation

Ekbal is a follower of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) from which he was expelled in 2004 by left-wing hardliners.[6] His membership was later restored.[7] He is married to Dr. A Meharunnisa, the former principal and Professor of Anatomy of Govt. TD Medical College at Alappuzha and Kottayam Medical College. She is currently[when?] working as head of department of anatomy in SUT Medical College Trivandrum.


  1. ^ "Board at a glance". spb.kerala.gov.in. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  2. ^ Former vice chancellors of the University of Kerala [1] Accessed: 2008-10-20. (Archived by WebCite at [2])
  3. ^ Kerala state pollution control board members
  4. ^ Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (Public Health Movement - India)
  5. ^ Focus on promoting medical research in State [3] Accessed: 2008-10-20. (Archived by WebCite at [4])
  6. ^ Jha, Ajit Kumar (21 June 2004). "Even as new generation leaders rise to the top, fissures over reforms dog CPM". India Today. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Kerala Assembly Election - 2011 CPI (M) Candidates". Kerala: List of Candidates. CPI(M). Retrieved 5 December 2013.


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