Centre for Gerontological Studies, a voluntary organization of Kerala, has been championing the cause of older people in the areas of policy making, providing quality service, conducting research and organising seminars and conferences on the issues of aging at national and international levels. Drawing inspiration from UN World Assembly on Ageing in Vienna in 1982, it was established in the year 1983 to ensure the wellbeing of the elderly.
Centre for Gerontological Studies has become a unique International Centre of its kind for interdisciplinary studies and research on Ageing. Besides effectively involving the community in their programmes, the Centre also assisted in formulation of the State Policy and Plan of Action for the Elderly in the States of Kerala and Goa. In addition, the Centre has also been taking up various other activities such as advocacy, training, consultancy and promotional work on ageing
The Centre for Gerontological Studies (CGS), Thiruvananthapuram was established in 1983 by some forward looking social scientists from universities in 5 South Indian States as an international centre for inter-disciplinary studies on aging. These social scientists under the leadership of Dr. P. K. B. Nayar drew their inspiration for this venture from the United Nations International Assembly on Aging, Vienna, 1982. The collaborating universities are Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati (A.P.), Karnatak University, Dharwad (Karnatka), Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), Madras University, Chennai (Tamilnadu) and Marathwada University, Aurngabad (Maharashtra).The major objectives of the Centre are to (a) organize, promote and execute programmes of study and research on aging and generate knowledge that is socially relevant, (b) examine government policies, programmes and legislations that have gerontological bearing and prepare reports that may be useful for policy makers and programme planners, (c) organize and conduct seminars, workshops, symposia and study groups on major issues of population aging, (d) publish research papers, research reports and a journal on gerontology, (e) develop a library and documentation centre on gerontology in India, (f) collaborate with government, centres of learning and research and other non government organizations in promoting knowledge regarding aging and programmes for the old. The Centre has an Executive Council, a Governing Body and an International Advisory Committee. (It is registered under the Societies Registration Act ( Registration No.187 of 1983)