University of Calicut

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University of Calicut
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MottoNirmāya karmana sree
Motto in English
Prosperity will be produced by pure action
ChancellorArif Mohammad Khan
Vice-ChancellorK. Mohammed Basheer
Location, ,
AffiliationsUniversity Grants Commission (India)

The University of Calicut, also known as Calicut University, is a state university in India run by the state of Kerala. It is headquartered at Thenjipalam in Malappuram district. Established in 1968, it is the second university to be set up in Kerala after University of Kerala. The university is affiliated by the University Grants Commission of India. The university has off-campus centres in Malappuram, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Palakkad, Wayanad districts, and in Lakshadweep islands. It conducts courses and examinations for the students of the affiliated colleges. It has 30 post graduate departments and 426 colleges.[1]


The University Cafeteria
The 'Student Trap'

Calicut University was established in 1968 during the C. H. Muhammed Koya was the Minister of Education (Kerala)[2] and was administered by Dr. M.M. Ghani in the 1970s. The university had especially strong faculty in MBA, Physics, Zoology, Chemistry, Botany, History, Malayalam, English and Physical Education.

The campus locales are spread over 500 acres (2.0 km2) in rural outskirt of Malappuram, and had the feel of a hill station.

In the 1980s, a Cockroft-Walton particle accelerator was put in place on campus.


Important departments include Commerce and Management Studies, Computer Science & Information Technology, Library and Information science, Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Nanoscience and Technology, Life Sciences, Environmental Science,Geology, Botany, Zoology, Social Sciences, School of Health Sciences, Biotechnology, Mass communication, Psychology, and Multimedia Communication and Language departments such as Malayalam, English, Sanskrit, Hindi, Russian, Arabic.

School of Drama and Fine Arts[edit]

Located in Aranattukara, a suburb of Thrissur city this department of the university provides formal education and training in drama and theatre. The school is affiliated with National School of Drama.[3] The school was established in 1977 as a centre for drama artists in Kerala. Under the leadership of late Professor G. Sankara Pillai, the school within a short period earned the reputation as a highly credible centre for studies in various areas of theatre and also a force behind theatre movement in Kerala. In 2000, the institute started the music department offering Post Graduate and PhD courses.[4][5]

Affiliated colleges[edit]

The University of Calicut has about 480 colleges with a total annual intake of nearly 100,000 students. Colleges are spread over Kozhikode district (120 colleges), Thrissur district (101), Malappuram district (130), Palakkad district (86) and Wayanad district (18).[6] 279 of these colleges are private colleges and the rest are government run.[6] Most of these colleges offer only undergraduate degrees, while 88 others also offer postgraduate degrees.[6] Subject-wise they comprise 254 arts and science colleges, 63 training colleges, 40 engineering/technical colleges, 7 medical colleges, 4 paramedical colleges, 6 Ayurveda colleges, 10 law colleges, 33 Arabic/Oriental title colleges, 11 I. H. R. D. centres, 8 management studies colleges, 1 music college, 1 fine arts college, 2 colleges of physical education, 21 nursing colleges, 7 dental colleges, 9 pharmacy colleges, 1 Homoeopathy college and 2 colleges for hotel management.[6] The university published a list of affiliated colleges and courses.[7]


Central Library at the University of Calicut

The Calicut University Library was established in 1971 and later renamed after C.H. Mohammed Koya (former Minister for Education, Government of Kerala). It is primarily concerned with the conservation and dissemination of knowledge to its users. It plays an important role in the provision of information to the academic community in the Malabar region. It has a collection of about 95,000 books and subscribes to 218 journals and 10 newspapers.

The library follows the Anglo American Cataloguing Rules II (with slight modifications) for cataloguing and the Dewey Decimal Scheme of Classification for the classification of books.

It has the distinction of being the first fully automated university library in the state of Kerala.

The library is situated at the main campus at Thenhippalam on the side of the NH 17.

Apart from the university library, a study centre library is functioning at Calicut to serve the academic community in the city. All major Malayalam dailies and periodicals are available here.

Pareeksha Bhavan[edit]

Pareeksha Bhavan, the branch of the university that oversees the conduct of examinations in over 250 affiliated colleges, and which awards degrees, is the largest wing of the university. The branch has been in the news for expert accomplishments of the tasks entrusted.

Arts and sports[edit]

Arts festival[edit]

The annual Interzonal festival, 'kalolsavam' is held during the months of January - April or in between. The Interzone[8] is conducted among students within the five districts the university spreads to. The various districts conducts different zonal competitions[9] and the winners gain entry to the interzonal festival. The festivals goes on for a week at the most, where various gifted participants showcase their talents both offstage and onstage.


The annual sports[10] also takes place between the inter colleges among the zones as well as among the zonal colleges. The sports days follow the arts and go on for a week.


University and College rankings
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2018)[11]101–150
NIRF (Universities) (2018)[12]73

The university was ranked 21 among Indian universities by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2018[12] and the 101–150 band overall.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About University".
  2. ^ Miller, Roland E. (27 April 2015). Mappila Muslim Culture: How a Historic Muslim Community in India Has Blended Tradition and Modernity. SUNY Press. p. 236. ISBN 9781438456010.
  3. ^ Literary And Cultural Societies Archived 18 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine Thrissur district Official website.
  4. ^ "School of Drama and Fine Arts" (PDF). University of Calicut. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  5. ^ "School of Drama (Fine Arts)". University of Calicut. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d "About". Calicut University. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  7. ^ "University of Calicut List of Affiliated Colleges & Courses" (PDF). University of Calicut. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Calicut varsity inter-zone arts festival begins today". The Hindu. 8 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Calicut University D-Zone fest begins". The Hindu. 23 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Calicut to host all India inter-varsity football tourney". United News of India. 27 October 2017.
  11. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2018.
  12. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018 (Universities)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2018.
  13. ^ "Curriculum Vitae - Ranjith Padinhateeri on IITB". 16 January 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2019.

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Coordinates: 11°08′02″N 75°53′38″E / 11.1338°N 75.8940°E / 11.1338; 75.8940