Dr. Ekbal Bappukunju is a public health activist, a neurosurgeon, and an academic in Kerala, India. He was the vice-chancellor of the University of Kerala during the period 2000–2004. 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 decentralisation move by the Government of Kerala.
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 structure of medical research and academics. The committee submitted its report on the proposed structure and functions of the university in April 2007.
Ekbal is an activist of Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad and has held various offices of the organisation.
Ekbal is a follower of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) from which he was expelled in 2004 by left-wing hardliners. The reason given was that accepting foreign funds for development activities was against party policy. But, most believe that the expulsion was due to his criticisms of direction taken by the left movements, like in his speech at Kerala Social Forum. This speech had kicked up a debate in left-leaning circles in Kerala. Such reformist actions were not seen kindly by the conservative faction of the party. His membership was later restored. He is married to Dr. A Meharunnisa, currently the principal of Govt. TD Medical College at Alappuzha. the couple is having a son [Amal] and a daughter [Aparna]
- Former vice-chancellors of the University of Kerala  Accessed: 2008-10-20. (Archived by WebCite at )
- CPI(M) expels Ekbal, Elamon  Accessed: 2008-10-20. (Archived by WebCite at )
- Kerala state pollution control board members
- Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (Public Health Movement - India)
- Focus on promoting medical research in State  Accessed: 2008-10-20. (Archived by WebCite at )
- Globalisation cannot be dismissed totally: Ekbal . Accessed: 2008-10-20. (Archived by WebCite at )
- Ekbal's remark kicks up a debate . Accessed: 2008-10-20. (Archived by WebCite at )
- Left hand drive: Even as a new generation of leaders rises to the top, there are fissures within the CPI(M) with the comrades divided over reforms . Accessed: 2008-10-20. (Archived by WebCite at )
- "Kerala Assembly Election - 2011 CPI (M) Candidates". Kerala: List of Candidates. CPI(M). Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- Elamon, Joy; Franke, Richard W.; Ekbal, B. (2004), "Decentralization of health services: the Kerala People's Campaign.", Int J Health Serv. (New York: Baywood Publishing Co.) 34 (4): 681–708, doi:10.2190/4L9M-8K7N-G6AC-WEHN, ISSN 0020-7314, PMID 15560430
- Ekbal, B. (2000-12-08). "People’s Campaign for Decentralised Planning and the Health Sector in Kerala". People's Health Assembly, 1st meeting, Gonoshasthaya Kendra, Savar, Bangladesh. People's Health Movement. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
- Ekbal, B., ed. (1988), A Decade after Hathi Committee (Committee on Drugs and Pharmaceutical Industry), Trivandrum, India: Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad, OCLC 21041689
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