Department of Malayalam
Established in 1971
  Head of the Department : Dr .Ummer Tharammel

Promotion of arts and culture of Kerala has been one of the aims of the University of Calicut. As a part of realizing this objective, the Department of Malayalam was set up in 1971 under the leadership of the renowned Malayalam scholar and literary critic Dr. Sukumar Azhicode.

From its very inception, the Department has laid emphasis on literary criticism, theories of literature (both Western and Indian) and translation and reinterpretations of ancient Indian texts. Such concerted efforts have resulted in scores of scholarly publications of enduring value. In view of the fact that the Northern districts of Kerala are a treasure house of original palm-leaf manuscripts of Sanskrit and Malayalam works, the Department has collected, catalogued and preserved over 10,000 palm-leaf manuscripts. The collection is now named as Thunchan Manuscript Repository. Two catalogue volumes of this repository have been published. A few more are due soon.

The interest of the Department in Folkloristic has resulted in the setting up of a Centre for Folklore Studies at Vatakara as a separate and full-fledged Post Graduate Department of the University. While Malayala Vimarsam, a biannual journal of the Department is much sought after by students of Malayalam, Rajata Rekha, published to commemorate the silver jubilee of the Department, is a compendium highly valued by scholars for its listing of over 1200 research articles in Malayalam including the contributions of the teachers of the Department. The library of the Department has a large collection of over 28,000 books, journals and periodicals As of 2004, 84 scholars have earned their Ph.D degree under the supervision of the Department faculty.

 Thrust Areas
Literary Theories, Manuscriptology and Linguistics Studies.

 Faculty Members
Dr. V. Anil kumar
Dr. L . Thomaskutty
Dr. Ummer Tarammal
Dr. R.V.M. Divakaran
Dr. P. Somanathan
Dr. K.M. Anil
M. B Manoj 
Courses Offered
Course Name Intake Duration
M.Phil 5
1 Year (2 Sem)
Seminar/symposia/Workshops conducted by the Department during the last 5 years

Basheer     Anusmaram,    Vallathole   Dinam,Malayalam Day Celebration, Quami Avaz, Kerala Piravi Dinam, Sukumar Azhekode Endowment Talk, Thunchan Day, Sahithyostavam, Seminar on Tribal & Dalith Literature, Vanitha Sahitya Silpasala, V.T.Kumaran Anusmaram, International Seminar on Theatre