The Centre conducts an annual lecture in memory of Dr. K.R. Narayanan, former President of India. Every year a reputed scholar from India or abroad is invited to speak on issues concerning the marginalized communities of the country. First K.R.Narayanan Memorial Lecture was given by noted economist and author Dr.Narendra Jadhav . Other eminent scholars who gave lecture among others include , Dr.Gopal Guru , Prof. Uma Chakravarty, Sri. Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Prof. Janaki Nair , and Prof.Sanjay Srivastavas It also conduct regular special lectures and over the last fifteen years over 250 special lectures have been organized for the students of Certificate Course for Professional Development. Special lectures are organized on a broad range of issues Scholars who gave lectures among others include internationally reputed dignitaries like Magsaysay Award Winner P. Sainath , Kuldip Nayyar, veteran journalist, Mahasweta Devi , noted Indian writer, Meena Kandasamy , poet and Andrey Kurkov , Russian writer. In 2017 CREST will be organizing a series of public lectures in connection with the connection with the Kerala Diamond Jubilee celebrations