Administration BlockThe University of Calicut is the largest University in Kerala. Established in the year 1968, it is the second university to be set up in Kerala. The University aims to nurture excellence in education and research in its catchment areas of Northern Kerala, historically consigned to the periphery of Kerala’s academic map. The University lays its emphasis on fostering quality human resource and promoting productive research that benefit both local communities and wider humanity.

The University was created through a Government plan bifurcating Kerala University. As per the plan, the four post-graduate departments of the University of Kerala operating in Calicut were annexed to the new University along with fifty four constituent colleges spread across seven northern districts. With ‘Nirmaya Karmana Sree’ as it motto, the University has been able to surmount all challenges and emerge as the largest residential cum affiliating University in Kerala. With 30 post graduate departments and 480 colleges it has become a beacon of hope and enlightenment for hundreds of thousands of young men and women in North Kerala.

Sattellite View of the Campus

Satellite Image of CU Campus

The University campus, located at Tenhipalam, 24 km south of Calicut is the main hub of academic activities. Situated here besides the 28 postgraduate teaching and research departments are: the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, the Administration Block, Pareeksha Bhavan, School of Distance Education, Academic Staff College, Educational and Multimedia Research Centre, Computer Centre, and the University Library. The departments on the campus include Arabic, Botany, Biotechnology, Centre for Women Studies, Chemistry, Commerce & Management Studies, Computer Science, Education, English, Hindi, History, West Asian Studies, Mass Communication & Journalism, Life Science, Library and Information Science, Life Long Learning & Extension, Malayalam and Kerala Studies, Mathematics, Nano Science & Technology, Philosophy, Physics, Physical Education, Psychology, Russian & Centre for Comparative Literature, Sanskrit, School of Folklore Studies, Statistics, and Zoology.
Extention Centres

The University has set up extension centres in Thrissur, Calicut and Vatakara. The centre in Thrissur is named after the renowned economist Dr. John Mathai. Located here are the Department of Economics and the School of Drama & Fine Arts. The Calicut Centre offers courses in Health Sciences and Costume and Fashion Designing. The University Students’ Centre too is located in Calicut.

To facilitate better access to students, the University has set up Teacher Education Centres and Information Centres in all the five districts under its jurisdiction.

New Initiatives
In the Lab

Besides restructuring the graduate and post-graduate courses, the University has introduced integrated M.Phil/Ph.D programmes from 2004-05 academic year. To meet the demand for trained personnel in emerging areas, the University has launched new programmes in computer application & information technology, health sciences, fashion design, social work, printing technology, computer hardware and automobile engineering. Yet another effort in this direction is the establishment of the University Institute of Engineering Technology on the main campus. The Institute offers B.Tech courses in electronics and communication, printing technology, electrical and electronics and IT streams.

Administration through E-Governance and computerisation of University examination to become the first digital University in Kerala, establishment of smart class rooms and modernization of laboratories, frontier lectures by renowned scholars and scientists, are the other recent initiatives.


As many as 480 colleges are affiliated to the University. Of these, 120 are located in Kozhikode district, 101 in Thrissur, 130 in Malappuram, 86 in Palakkad and 18 in Wayanad.

A subject-wise breakup of the colleges is as follows: 254 Arts and Science Colleges, 63 Training Colleges, 40 Engineering/Technical Colleges, 7 Medical Colleges, 4 Para Medical 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. As many as 88 colleges, offer both graduate and post graduate courses in various subjects.

The rapid spurt in the number of colleges owes much to the enthusiasm of private educational agencies, which own over 279 colleges. The remaining ones are run by the Government. Altogether, the colleges have an annual intake of nearly 100,000 students.