CREST is an autonomous organization under the Government of Kerala with the mentoring support from the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, which incubated the Centre of Excellence, the predecessor institution of the CREST and the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) Bangalore.
The Governing Council headed by the Minister for the Welfare of Scheduled and Backward Communities, Kerala as Chairman monitors the activities of the Centre. Dignitaries like the Governor of Kerala, Chief Minister of Kerala and the Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly are the patrons of this Autonomous institution. The Governing Council has representation from institutions like Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, National Institute of Advanced Studies. Bangalore, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, Thiruvananthapuram and Sree Chitra Thirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology, Thiruvananthapuram as well as Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, New Delhi.
The activities of CREST are facilitated by the Executive Director. The faculty comprises of academics with deep social commitment and a flair for public action. The faculty consists of experts in Sociology and Social Anthropology, Social Work, Social Psychology and Behavioral Science, Applied Economics, Communication, Management and Entrepreneurship Development, Accounting and Finance, Analytical and Quantitative Sciences and Information Technology
CREST Governing Council
Shri. A. K. Balan, Honorable Minister for the welfare of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled
Tribes and other Backward Communities, Kerala, Chairman Governing Council. Prof. N . R.
Madhava Menon, Formerly Director, National Law School, Bangalore and Director, MILAT,
Thiruvananthapuram. Dr. Rajan Gurukkal P. M., Professor, Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian
Institute of Science, Bangalore Dr. P. K. Michael Tharakan, Former Vice Chancellor, Kannur Unversity.
Dr. K. V. Kunhikrishnan, Chairman, Executive Committee, CREST. Dr. A R Vasavi, Social Anthropologist,
Bangalore. Dr. Sanal Mohan, Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, M.G.University, Kottayam.
Shri. K. K. Gangadharan, Formerly Director –in- Charge, Dept. of Agriculture, Thiruvananthapuram.
Shri. T. P. Sreenivasan, Vice Chairman, Kerala State Higher Education Council, Thiruvananthapuram. Er.
K. P. Abdu Rahman, Managing Director, MCMS, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Dr. R. Radhakrishna Pillai, Professor &
Dean (Administration), Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode. Dr. Carol Upadhya, Professor,
National Institute of Advanced Study, Bangalore Dr. Suresh Das, Executive Vice President, Kerala State
Council for Science Technology and Environment, Thiruvananthapuram. Dr. Asha Kishore, Director, Sree
Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology Thiruvananthapuram. Principal Secretary,
Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Development Department , Government of Kerala. Principal
Secretary, Finance Department, Government of Kerala. Director , Scheduled Castes Development
Department. Director, Scheduled Tribe Development Department. Shri. Vinodkumar Jayanandan,
President, Alumni Association, CREST. Shri. T. Y. Vinod Krishnan, Associate Programme Coordinator,
CREST. Prof. D. D. Nampoothiri, Executive Director, CREST.