and Lakshadweep Naval physical and oceanographic laboratory Indian Maritime University Sree sankara Sanskrit University and the Cochin University of Science and Technology. Kochi is also home to Keralas National Law School The National University of Advanced Legal Studies. Kochi has been hosting Indias first art biennale the KochiMuziris Biennale since which attracts international artists and tourists.when India gained independence from the British colonial rule Cochin was the first princely state to join the Indian Union willingly. In TravancoreCochin state came into being with the merger of Cochin and Travancore. The King of Travancore was the Rajpramukh of the TravancoreCochin Union from to . TravancoreCochin was in turn merged with the Malabar district of the Madras State. Finally the Government of Indias States Reorganisation Act inaugurated a new state Kerala incorporating TravancoreCochin excluding the four southern Taluks which were merged with Tamil Nadu Malabar District and the taluk of Kasargod South Kanara. On July the Mattancherry council passed a resolution which was forwarded to the government requesting the formation of a municipal corporation by combining the existing municipalities of Fort Kochi Mattancherry and Ernakulam. The government appointed a commission to study the feasibility of the suggested merger. Based on its report the Kerala Legislative Assembly approved the corporations formation. On November exactly eleven years since the establishment of the state of Kerala the Kochi Municipal Corporation came into existence. The merger leading to the establishment of the corporation was between the municipalities of Ernakulam Mattancherry and Fort Kochi along with that of the Willingdon Island four panchayats Palluruthy Vennala Vyttila and Edappally and the small islands of Gundu and Ramanthuruth. Kochi and Ernakulam district formed on April carving areas of erstwhile TravancoreKochiMalabar kingdoms. Major portion of the district is from the Kochi kingdom.