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Calicut University

Calicut University


This University is also called the University of Calicut. It is a public university, and its headquarters is present in Malappuram, Kerala.

Brief Description

  • Type: Public Funded
  • Motto: " Nirmaya Karmana Sri" ("Prosperity will be Produced by Pure Action)
  • Founder: CH. Mohammed Koya
  • Established: 1968
  • Budget Allocation: ₹4,155,323,172
  • Chancellor: Kerala Governor
  • Vice-Chancellor: M.K. Jayaraj
  • Doctoral Degree: 581 (NIRF-2020) Full Time
  • Postgraduates: 1799 (NIRF-2020)
  • Undergraduates: 301 (NIRF-2020)
  • Address: Malappuram, Kerala, 673635
  • Affiliations: ACU, NAAC, UGC, AIU
  • Website:
  • Language: Malayalam

The University of Calicut was separated from the Kerala University, and the second University was established in Kerala. The University's first Vice-Chancellor was MM Gani (1969-75). The University houses 34 departments and nine schools. National Institutional Ranking Framework ranked 54th among Universities present in India. It has 400 autonomous colleges affiliated with Calicut University, spread over Northern Kerala. Calicut University is the largest "affiliating" University in Kerala.

Calicut University Campus

Calicut University

The Campus is present at Tenhipalam, 24 Km away from Malappuram city. The Main Campus has the office of the Vice-Chancellor, research and teaching departments, and the administration block. The institution also has two off-Campus situated at two different locations: one is present at Wayanad, Western Ghats of the State, and the other is present at the Thrissur, which was specially built for the tribal empowerment. Self-Financing Centres are situated in different places in Kerala.

Central Facilities

  • Botanical Garden
  • CHMK Library
  • Calicut University Computer Center
  • Pareeksha Bhawan
  • Central Sophisticated Instrumentation Facility
  • Thaliyola
  • University Science Instrumentation Center
  • University Museum
  • University Park
  • Madhava Observatory

CHMK Library

It was founded in 1971. It was renamed after the former Chief Minister of Kerala, C.H. Mohammed Koya. The library has a plethora of books, around 95,000 books, 10 newspapers, and subscribes to 210 journals.

Administration and Organisations

The Vice-Chancellor heads the University and, at present Vice-Chancellor of Calicut University is M.K. Jayaraj.

  • The Senate
    16 Members, including The Pro-Vice-Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, the Pro-Chancellor ( Kerala Minister of Education), and the Chancellor (Governor of Kerala).
  • The Syndicate
    6 members, including the Director of Collegiate Education, Director of Public Instruction, Higher Education Secretary, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and the Vice-Chancellor
  • The Academic Councill: The Supreme academic body of the University
  • The Finance Committee
  • Higher Education to the Government, the Finance Secretary to the Government or an official not below the rank of Joint Secretary, the Academic Councill, and the Syndicate, Pro-Vice-Chancellor representatives of the Senate, and the Vice-Chancellor.
  • The Students'Councill
    22 members are elected from different independent affiliated University departments and colleges, and six members, including the Vice-Chancellor
  • The Board of Studies: the board of studies designs the basic curriculum.
  • The Faculties

Funding Structure

Plan Funds
  • Receipts from the self-financing courses/center
  • Kerala State Plan Grant
  • Grant from UGC
The Government of Kerala and the UGC, which gives funds to the University, are spent on the specific purpose:
  1. Expenditure related to self-financing centers/ courses
  2. Kerala State assisted plan expenditure
  3. UGC assisted plan expenditure
Non-Plan Funds
  • Self- Generated income from academics, examinations, and other departments
  • Kerala State Non-Plan Grant
  • Conduct of Examinations
  • Salaries and Pensions
  • Other departmental expenses and recurring administrative expenditure
Earmarked Funds Different funding agencies for scholarships, fellowships, and research projects They are used only for the intended purpose
  • Grant received from the University Grants Commission:₹436.40 lakh
  • Income from internal sources: ₹12,875.13 lakhs
  • Kerala State Plan Grant (2018/19): ₹2,500.00 lakhs
  • Kerala State Non-Plan Grant (2018/19)- ₹20,814.88 lakhs

Salaries and pensions take a major chunk from the fund, and its share is 63.03% of the total expenditure

  • Research Projects/ Scholarships: ₹ 761.81 lakhs
  • Modernization and Development: ₹3,146.32 lakh
  • Salary: ₹14,541.12 lakhs
  • DCRG and Pensions: ₹8,151.50 lakhs

Departments of the Calicut University / Calicut University Schools

Name Departments
BioScience Botany, Life Science, Zoology, Environmental Science, Biotechnology, Psychology, Zoology
Social Sciences History, Political Science, Women Studies, Economics, Folklore Studies
Literature and Language Hindi, Malayalam, English, and Comparative Sanskrit and Literature
Education Lifelong Learning and Extension and Physical Education
Physical and Chemical Sciences Nanoscience and Technology, Chemistry and Physics
Business Studies Commerce and Management Studies
Information and Communication Studies Fine Arts Library and Information Science, Journalism and Mass Communication
Mathematics and Computational Sciences Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Science

Calicut University

Every School present at the Calicut University consists of group-related departments. Director heads the department. There are separate heads in each department in the School.

34 Departments with 3 centers and 11 Chairs and Nine Schools are present.

  • Off-Campus Centre-1
    1. Lakshadweep
    2. Dr. John Matthai Centre, Thrissur
    3. Centre for Folklore Studies
  • Off-Campus Centre II
    1. Institute of Tribal Studies and Research:
      Calicut University
      Institute of Tribal Studies and Research is situated at Chethalayam in Wayanad, founded for the empowerment and encouraging Scheduled Tribes students to go for the Higher education.
    2. School of Drama and Fine Arts :
      Situated in Aranattukara, Thrissur City, it imparts knowledge and training in theatre and Drama. The department is affiliated with the National School of Drama. It was founded in 1977 as a center for drama artists in Kerala. The institute also began offering Ph.D. courses and postgraduate courses in the Music Department in 2002.
  • Affiliated Colleges
    Its administrative controls cover the northern and five central districts of the state. It has 391 colleges under its jurisdiction, and the colleges are spread over the Wayanad district (17), Palakkad Districts (73), Thrissur Districts (74), and Kozhikode District (105), and the Malappuram Districts (122). It is also responsible for conducting exams for the students who are studying in the affiliated colleges.

College Funding Composition

  • Self Financing Colleges (290)
  • Aided Colleges (60)
  • Government Colleges (41)

Subject wise Categorisation of the Colleges

  • 40 Technical/ Engineering Colleges
  • 254 Arts and Science Colleges
  • 33 Oriental/ Arabic Title Colleges
  • 11 IHRD. Centers
  • 10 Law Colleges
  • 8 Management Studies College
  • 1 Fine Arts College
  • 2 colleges for the Hotel Management
  • 2 Colleges for the Physical Education
  • 63 Training Colleges

Types of College Affiliated

  • Physical Education
  • Law
  • Architecture - Engineering
  • Management
  • Training
  • Arts and Science- Oriental/ Arabic Title

Academics and Rankings

General India

  • NIRF 2020 ( Universities)- 54
  • NIRF 2020 (Overall)- 76

Demography Composition

Undergraduate (UG) Post Graduate (PG)
International 0 3
Economically Backward 24 148
Socially Challenged (SC+SC+OBC) 285 1151
TOTAL 301 1799

Life of a Students

Sports Competitions: Annual Sports Competition is conducted between:

  • Inter College
  • Zonal Colleges

They are also known for conducting cultural event, which continues for a week.

Cultural Festival

The annual Kalolsavam and "Interzonal" Cultural Festival are conducted from January- to April months. Interzonal are held among students from affiliated Independent Colleges spread in the five Northern Kerala Districts.

Popular Alumni

  • KT Jaleel, former Minister of Higher Education Kerala
  • Abraham V.M, Vice-Chancellor of Christ University, Bangalore
  • Richard Hay, Politician
  • N.Samsudheen MLA
  • Ranjith, Indian Film Director
  • Anju Bobby George, Indian Athlete

Courses and Fees Structure

Courses Tuition Fees (duration) Eligibility
BBA ₹5.8K-1.02L ( For 3 years) 10+2: 45-65%
B.Voc ₹3.58K-3L ( for 3 years) -
BCA ₹8.71K - 1.32 L ( for 3 years) 10+2: 65%
B.Com ₹5.82K-89.3 K ( for 3 Years ) 10+2: 45-65%
MA ₹950-75.96K ( For 2 years) Graduation:45-60%
BA ₹6K- 2.18 L (for 3 years) 10+2: 50-65%
B.Sc ₹6K-2.18L (3-4 Years) ₹6.45K- 1.69 L (2-3 years) Graduation:45-65%
MBA/PGDM ₹4.34K- 5.32L (For 2 years) Graduation:50-60% Exams CMAT,CAT KMAT Kerala
BBA LL.B - 10+2; 45%
MHMTT ₹68.6K (for 2 years) -
DM ₹4.17 L (for 3 years) Exam: NEET SS
BMM ₹1.6L (For 3 years) -
B. Arch - Exams: NATA
MS ₹1.9L-45L (for 3 yrs) Exam: NEET PG
M.Ped ₹7.39K (For 2 years) -
M.Ed ₹7.39K (for 2 years) Graduation:50%
LL.M - Graduation:50% Exam: KLEE
BBA LL.B - 10+2:45%
LL.B - Exams: KLLEE
BHM ₹2.93L (for 3-4 years) -
MD ₹1.9L- 30.29L ( For 3 years) Exam: NEET PG
MCA ₹7.39K-1.5L ( For 2-3 Years) -
M.E/M.Tech ₹6.24K- 3.1L (For 2 years ) Graduation:50% Exams: GATE
M.Com ₹5.99K- 80.2K ( For 2-3 years) Graduation:45-50% Exams:
B.E/ B.Tech ₹25.23K- 4.02L ( for 3-4 years) 10+2: 45% Exams: KEAM
MSW ₹9.7K-10.08K (For 2 years) Graduation: 50%
BSW ₹8.71 K (For 3 years) -

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