R.Shankar (1909-1972)  was a well known political leader in Kerala. He  worked as the General Secretary of SNDP Yogam, his contributions to the  field of education in Kerala will be remembered by all.  He founded S.N.Trust for the purpose of starting  educational institutions hospitals etc. and it has now several schools colleges and hospitals under its ownership for rendering help to the poorest of the poor. He had also been the Chief Minister of Kerala.