Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University

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Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University
തുഞ്ചത്ത് എഴുത്തച്ഛൻ മലയാള സർവകലാശാല
Established 2012
Type Public
Chancellor Governor of Kerala
Vice-Chancellor K. Jayakumar
Location Malappuram, Kerala, India
Campus Temp. facilities are being built at Paravanna in Tirur in Malappuram
Nickname Malayalam University

Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University ( Malayalamതുഞ്ചത്ത് എഴുത്തച്ഛൻ മലയാള സർവകലാശാല,  ?), also called Malayalam University, is a university in Kerala State in India established by Government of Kerala in the year 2012.[1] The University was inaugurated by Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala, on 1 November 2012 in a function held in the premises of Thunchanparamba, the home of Thunchath Ezhuthachan near Tirur in Malappuram, Kerala.[2] K Jayakumar, a civil servant of the Indian Administrative Service cadre, who retired as the Chief Secretary of Kerala on 31 October 2012 has been appointed as the first Vice-Chancellor of the Malayalam University.[3] It was Jayakumar who prepared the Project Report of the University.[4]

The University is named after Thunchath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan a sixteenth-century CE Malayalam litterateur whose writings helped develop Malayalam as a language with a distinct script of 51 letters, vocabulary and literature. Thunchath Ezhuthachan often described as the "The Father of Malayalam language" was born at Trikkantiyur in Thunchan Parambu in Tirur, in the state of Kerala.

At the time of its inauguration Malayalam University has no infrastructure of its own in the form land and buildings. According to the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor the University offices will start functioning in temporary structures erected in the premises of Thunchan Memorial Govt College, Tirur. The Committee which drafted the Project report of the University has identified a 100 acre plot in Athavanad in Tirur Taluk as a suitable location for establishing the University.[5]

Objectives of the University[edit]

According to Official Website of the University the following are the objectives of the University[6]

  • To formulate and implement various programmes in such way as to make proud about mother tongue and to encourage studies among malayalies.
  • Imparting education at the post graduate level on different areas of Malayalam literature, science, humanities, social science and technology through Malayalam Medium, Malayalam language and linguistics, comparative literature, Malayalam criticism, antique, ancient record, evolution of South Indian language scripts, history of scripts, tribal language study, regional language study, the study in the categories of Poem, Short Story, Novel, Study of Kerala Renaissance History, Science, Science and Technology and Social Sciences, Epigraphy, Archaeology and Museology, and Translation into and from Malayalam;
  • Imparting education on the various manifestations of Kerala’s culture particularly in the areas of folklore and Written and unwritten cultural heritage, performing arts, traditional architecture, folk tales, classical and contemporary music, theatre, art of engraving, study of folklore and martial arts.
  • Offering courses of study on Kerala’s heritage, traditional knowledge systems, cultural anthropology and media studies with modern technical knowledge;
  • Undertaking research programmes on specific areas within the overall context of Kerala’s culture, heritage, language and literature, for making Malayalam script more adaptable to computer technology and to equip Malayalam to express advanced knowledge in science and technology;
  • To publish in Malayalam the literary composition regarding the culture, heritage and language of Kerala.
  • Taking up projects for collection, documentation, preservation and inventorisation of cultural expressions of Kerala including valuable manuscripts using modern technology

Academic programmes[edit]

Post Graduate courses[edit]

  • MA Language Studies
  • MA Malayalam Literature Studies
  • MA Creative Writing
  • MA Heritage and Culture Studies
  • MCJ ( Master of Communication and Journalism )

Diploma Courses[edit]

  • Entertainment and Cyber Media Studies
  • Writing for Television and TV presentation
  • Advertising and copywriting
  • Translation and Malayalam for media
  • Script writing and videography
  • Communicative English and communicative Malayalam

Administrative structure[edit]

The General Council is the supreme authority of the University. This body consists of 26 ex officio members, 10 nominated members, and 10 elected members. The chief executive body of the University is the Executive Committee consisting of six ex officio members, three elected members and three nominated members. The Chancellor of the University is the Governor of Kerala and the Pro-Chancellor is the Minister of Education of Kerala.

Powers and functions of the University[edit]

Official website of University specifies Powers and functions of the University.The University shall have the following powers and function,[7]

(i) to provide instruction in Malayalam language, literature, translation, comparative literature, folk, classical, ritualistic arts of Kerala and tribal culture, Kerala’s traditional knowledge systems, folk tales, folklore studies, martial art studies, cultural studies, media studies with modern technical knowledge and allied branches as the University may deem fit;

(ii) to take up research in the areas of Malayalam language and linguistics, Malayalam literature, Malayalam diction comparative literature, other forms of cultural expressions particular to Kerala, contemporary cultural issues;

(iii) to do necessary activities to project and popularize the correct pronunciation of words and purity of malayalam language;

(iv) to take steps to protect the dialectal difference of malayalam language which was used and being used in various regions of Kerala and to make the subject related to the same as part of the curriculum;

(v) to undertake research for making Malayalam script compatible with computer technology and to enrich Malayalam for expressing new ideas in science and technology;

(vi) to institute degrees, diplomas, post graduate degrees and research degrees and other academic distinctions; to give provide opportunity to conduct graduate and post graduate degree courses in modern subjects on science and technology, social science, humanities and vocational subjects in Malayalam medium and to provide opportunity to submit research thesis including Ph.D in any subjects written in Malayalam and to confer degrees by evaluating them;

(vii) to institute courses of study and hold examinations and award degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions on persons who have successfully completed the course of study in all respects;

(viii) to confer honorary degrees, and other distinctions as may be prescribed;

(ix) to co-operate with other Universities and other institutions within the State, within the country or any other country for the furtherance of the objects of the University.

(x) to establish Schools of study in areas such as Malayalam language studies, Malayalam literature, comparative literature, translation, performing arts, inscription arts and vasthu vidya, cultural studies, media studies with modern technical knowledge, Malayalam film studies, traditional knowledge systems, philosophy etc. and in any other areas of interest and concern to the University under the established Faculties;

(xi) to publish books, which can promote the language, culture and history of language in Kerala;

(xii) to arrange study and research activities necessary for making available resourceful books in Malayalam at graduate and postgraduate levels;

(xiii) to establish and maintain a University library relevant to the courses of study and research of the University;

(xiv) to establish and maintain a cultural museum;

(xv) to create posts for teaching and research and other academic activities with the prior approval of the Government and to appoint persons with prescribed qualification to such posts;

(xvi) to create administrative posts as approved by the Government and to appoint persons with prescribed qualifications to such posts;

(xvii) to institute and award fellowships, scholarships and prizes in accordance with the Statutes;

(xviii) to institute Chairs in the name of past eminent personalities who had made great contributions to malayalam languages, literature and art;

(xix) to institute Endowments for conducting specialized lectures, studies and projects;

(xx) to appoint Emeritus Professors as may be prescribed and to invite reputed writes and artists within the country and outside India, without reference to their academic qualifications, as Writer/Artist/Scholar in residence;

(xxi) to fix, demand and receive such fees and other charges as may be prescribed;

(xxii) to provide and maintain residential accommodation to the students, staff, teachers and officers of the University;

(xxiii) to supervise and control the conduct and discipline of the students of the University and to take the required steps to facilitate their health and welfare, and;

(xxiv) to do all such acts, whether in connection to the powers and functions mentioned above or not, as may be necessary, for achieving the aims and objectives of the University.

Chairs in the University[edit]

The University Ordinance has provided for the institution of Chairs in the names of Swathi Thirunal, Raja Ravi Varma, Kumaran Asan, C. V. Raman Pillai and Hermann Gundert.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University Ordinance, 2012" (PDF). Kerala Gazette. Government of Kerala. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kerala gifts Malayalis a university". The Hindu. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jayakumar to take charge as Malayalam University VC". The New Indian Express. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Cabinet approves project report for Malayalam University". The Hindu. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Varsity will bring the world to Malayalam: Jayakumar". The Hindu. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Objectives". Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Powers and Responsibilities". Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 

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