Dr Thomas Joseph

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Dr Thomas Joseph

Personal Profile

  • Age                    :  55 Years,          
  • Designation        : Associate Professor
  • E                        :  thomasjosephgift [at] gmail [dot]com
  • O                        :  0471 2593960, 2596970
  • M                       :  9847056960


Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D in Personnel Management – 1995 — Kerala University
  • M.Com in Financial Management – 1986 — Kerala University
  • B.Com in Cost Accounting – 1984 – Kerala University

Professional / Technical

  • LL.B in Taxation Laws – 1989 – Kerala University
  • Office Automation Course – 2002 –HRD MINISTRY
  • Tally Accounting Package – 2004 -Tally Academy


  • Associate Professor, Gulati Institute of Finance & Taxation (GIFT) (since 2008)
  • Research Supervisor, Post Doctorate Fellowship, Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) since 2016.
  • Research Supervisor, Cochin University of Science & Technology (CUSSAT) since 2018.
  • Project Director, ICSSR Funded Project tiled GST & Cooperative Federalism since 2018
  • Subject Expert & Member, Monitoring Authority constituted by the Govt of Kerala for regulating the Direct Selling/ MLM business in Kerala vide GO(P) No. 8/CAD/2018 dtd .4/6/2018
  • Member , Board of Studies , Marian Autonomous  College, M.G.Uty., Kerala since 2016
  • Member, Governing Body of GIFT representing the Faculty of GIFT since Nov.2019
  • Coordinator , Academic Committee , GIFT since 2018
  • Convener, Research/ Doctoral Committee, CUSAT PhD Programme since 2018
  • Coordinator , MLM training  , GIFT since 2016
  •  Coordinator, ICSSR Senior Research Fellowships since 2017



  • Registrar, Gulati Institute of Finance & Taxation (GIFT) (2015 to 2017)
  • Research Supervisor,  Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala; since 2000.
  • Research Supervisor  Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore , Tamil Nadu since 2013 to 2017
  • Editor & Publisher, Kerala Tax Reporter, a monthly Tax Law Journal published by GIFT from April  2015 to  March 2018
  • Nodal   officer   &   Deputy  Director (Data),  Decentralisation       Analysis Cell ,World Bank project, Government of Kerala ( 2012 to 2017)
  • Governing Body Member, Lourdes Matha Engineering College, Trivandrum ( 2005 to 2017)
  • State Public Information Officer under RTI Act, Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation(GIFT) (2000 to 2017)
  • Faculty in charge of Accounts and Administration, GIFT ( 1993 to 2017 )
  • Member, various Project Monitoring Committees of new campus of GIFT.

Details of Ph.D produced


  1. Supervised / Guided for the award of Ph. D to Sri. M.M. George, (2005).

Thesis title: ‘Human Resource Management of Commercial Taxes Department of Kerala’, Research & Post- graduate Dept. of Commerce St. Dominic’s College, Kanjirappally,                     M.G. University

  1. Supervised / Guided for the award of Ph. D to Sri Kurian K.S.,(2006)

Thesis title: ‘ An Evaluation of Audit System in Public Sector Undertakings’, Research & Post-graduate Dept. of Commerce, St. Dominic’s College, Kanjirappally, M.G. University


  1. Supervised / Guided for the award of Ph.D to Sri Chackochen.J. Njavally, (2007) Thesis title: ‘Training and Development of Bank Employees’, Post-graduate Dept. of Commerce, Marian College, Kuttikkanam, M.G. University
  2. Supervised / Guided for the award of Ph. D to Smt. Jaya Jacob, (2014),

Thesis title: ‘Effectiveness of Tax Administration in Kerala’, Research&Post-Graduate Dept. of Commerce, St. Thomas College, Kozhencherry, M.G. University


Ongoing Ph D Programmes of CUSAT at GIFT

During the Academic Year 2018-19, the following 2 students had been admitted at GIFT under my supervision   as per CUSAT guidelines, the details of them are as follows:



Name of the Student

Uty.Reg. No.


Title  of  Research


Suha A.M. 


GIFT@ Rs 12000 pm

Fiscal Federalism


Aisha Ibrahim 


JRF @ Rs 31000 pm

Direct Selling Business in Kerala


Research / Consultancy Projects

ICSSR Funded Project( Rs 5 lakhs)

  • GST & Cooperative Federalism- Ongoing project

World Bank Funded Project (  Work completed & Report submitted)

  • Effectiveness of Auditing in Local Governments in Kerala-
  • Development of Local Government Profile from Census Data set
  • Development of Fiscal Data Base of Local Govt. in Kerala
  • Reliability Problems of Financial Reporting System of Local Government in Kerala

Joint  Studies/Projects completed at GIFT

  • Study on Kerala Lotteries and Service Tax issues
  • Impact of On-line trade in the Local Value Added Tax in kerala
  • Study on State Government Accounting system – Change over from the cash to accrual basis A Pilot study in Major Irrigation Department – Project Member
  • Study on issues of Fiscal data reliability of Local Governments Project Coordinator
  • Restructuring Taxation of Gold/Jewellery in Kerala. A study Report submitted to Taxes Department, Government of Kerala.


BOOKS/  Research Articles Published


  1. Thomas  Joseph Thoomkuzhy  ,An Overview  of Goods and Services

Taxes in India , Quarterly  Journal -Social  Science in Perspective ,  C. Achutha Menon Study Centre   & Library, Thiruvanathapuram  (Forthcoming Issue  Jan-March ,2018 Issue ) 

  1. Thomas  Joseph Thoomkuzhy  ‘ Study on the Reliability problems of  Financial Statements of Grama      Panchayats in Kerala ,  Gulati Institute of Finance &  Taxation ,Sep.2017( ISBN:978-81-935037-2-0)
  2. GST-The essentials of Goods and Services Tax , ( Himalaya Publishing House Pvt Ltd, First edition , June 2017( ISBN:978-93-5273-467-2)

4. A Budget for Sustainable Development , Kerala Calling,  A monthly journal published by  

    Dept of Information & Public Relations , Govt of Kerala, ,April,2013 .PP18-23.

5.  Regulatory  Framework  for Multi-level Marketing/ Direct Selling Business in Kerala  , 

      published by  Gulati Institute of Finance & Taxation ,August,2018- 10,000 copies sold

6.Direct Selling Business in Kerala, published in Annual Release of  Business Zoom 2019

7.Understanding Direct Selling Guidelines-its impact on Direct Selling Entities and Direct Sellers , Published in Direct Selling Today, October ,2019

Research Papers/Working Papers/ Publications at GIFT

  1. Towards an MRP – Based Tax System: Principles and Legal Issues
  2. Formation of Sales Tax Settlement Commission in Kerala
  3. Simplified assessment for Small Scale Dealers
  4. Tax on Works Contract: Need for effective procedures (including new scheme of assessment of defaulting contractors)
  5. Information system for Tax Administration: Re-structuring of statutory Forms (Return of Turnover in Form No. 9 of the KGST Rule, 1963)
  6. Re-engineering of Commercial Taxes Department under VAT Context
  7. Spot Registration: A Scheme towards Broadening of Tax Base Transition to VAT Regime and Additional Resource Mobilization through speedy & Effective Registration of Dealers under KGST Act, 1963.
  8. Smart Card Based Automation of Commercial Taxes Department – Introduction of Electronic Identity Card to the Registered Dealers under KGST Act
  9. Financial Accounting Solution to VAT Dealers- A software support for small scale dealers

Teaching /Research  Experiences

  1. Research Guide (1998-99 onwards) in the Faculty of Commerce, M.G. University, Kottayam
  2. Research Guide (2018 onwards) in the Faculty of Social Science, CUSAT
  3. Lecturer in Commerce, Department of Commerce, St. George College, Aruvithura, M.G. University, Kottayam (1989-90)
  4. Lecturer in Commerce, Department of Commerce, St. Xavier’s College, Thumpa, Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram. (1988)
  5. Teaching Experiences at Post Graduate Level at the Dept. of Commerce, University of Kerala as Research scholar (1990-92)
  6. Assistant Professor, Gulati Institute of Finance & Taxation (GIFT) (1993-2008)
  7. Associate Professor, Gulati Institute of Finance & Taxation (GIFT) since 2008.