Kuruppasserry Varkey Thomas or K.V. Thomas popularly known as Professor K.V. Thomas is an academician-turned politician from the state of Kerala. He is a member of All India Congress Committee (AICC). He is also an active member and a reputed leader of trade unions that have affiliations to Indian National Congress (INC). K V Thomas was born on May 10, 1946 to a Christian family in Ernakulam district of the central Kerala. He was born to K.D. Varkey and Late. Rose Varkey at Kumbalangi in Ernakulam District. He has two elder siblings. They are Dr. K.V. Peter and K.V. Joseph. Professor K.V. Thomas is married to Sherly Thomas on April 12, 1970 and they have two sons and one daughter.
He adorned many high positions as a politician. He was the Minister of State for Agriculture, Food and Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs during the UPA 2 tenure. He represents the Ernakulam Parliamentary Constituency in the 16th Lokh Sabha.
Thomas joined a government college and completed his formal education. Thomas took his studies seriously and he was in the good books of his teachers at the school. He has shown keen interest in the school politics in his early days. After successfully passing SSLC examination, young K.V. Thomas enrolled himself for a pre-degree course at a reputed Junior college near his village. For his pre-degree course, he took the science stream. His collegiate education made him realize his potential as a teacher, a politician and a social worker. After his pre-degree course, he decided to take up a degree course that specializes in Chemistry. After having chosen the specialty, he decided to focus on that subject to update his knowledge. He joined Sacred Hearts College in the Ernakulam city to take up his Masters course in Chemistry. He earned pocket money through small-time tuition classes for the students of the lower classes. He even took up teaching at local private tuition centers to generate enough money for his post graduate program After the completion of PG in Chemistry, young K.V. Thomas took up teaching in the subject at a local college initially. He later joined as a junior faculty in the Department of Chemistry. He was promoted to the grade of Associate Professor first and then to the grade of Professor. He served the college for about 33 years. He was the Head of the Department of Chemistry at the Sacred Hearts College from June 1, 1999 to May 31, 2001. After a long innings as a Chemistry teacher, he retired from the academic service on May 31, 2001.
K.V. Thomas has been active in politics since 1970. He has held several important posts in the Indian National Congress. He was the president of the 7th Ward Congress Committee from 1970 to 1975. He was the Convener of Block Youth Congress in Palluruthy block from 1971 to 1980. He was also the General Secretary Cochin Taluk INTUC, member of Ernakulam DCC, Treasurer of KPCC, President of Ernakulam District Congress Committee, member of KPCC, member of Kerala State Election Congress Committee, AICC Observer to the states such as Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Lakshadweep, and organizing Secretary and General Secretary of INTUC. He is also an active member of the General Council of INTUC, a trade union wing of Indian National Congress, since 1976.
He first entered into the Lokh Sabha in 1984 representing Ernakulam Lokh Sabha constituency. From that point in time, he was the Member of Parliament for 12 years. From 2001 to 2004, Professor K.V. Thomas was the member of the 12th Kerala Legislative Assembly, representing Ernakulam Assembly Constituency. For a period of four years, Professor K.V. Thomas was state Minister in the state ministry. Initially, he was made the Minister in charge of Excise and Tourism departments. Later, he became the Fisheries minister.
He was a member of several parliamentary standing committees. They include Defense Consultative Committee, Civil Aviation and Tourism Consultative Committee, etc. He was also a Court Member of Jawaharlal Nehru University and Puducherry University.
Other posts held by him include Direct Board Member of Marine Products Exports Development Authority, Working President of Indian Rare Earth Employees Congress, Director of Cochin International Airport Limited, Chairman of Indira Gandhi Co-operative Hospital, President of All Kerala Ration Dealers Association, and Member of Official Language Committee of the Kerala Legislative Assembly.