University of Kerala

University of Kerala

Infobox University
name=University of Kerala
chancellor=Shri R.L Bhatia
vice_chancellor=Dr M K Ramachandran Nair
website= []

The University of Kerala is an affiliating university located in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala state, India. It was established in 1937, long before the birth of Kerala State in India.

The university has sixteen faculties and forty-one departments of teaching and research. There are eighty-one affiliated colleges. Of these forty, five are aided first grade Arts and Science Colleges, eight are unaided first grade Arts and Science Colleges, two are law Colleges, four Engineering Colleges, two Medical Colleges, seven aided Teachers Training Colleges, six unaided Teachers Training Colleges, one Ayurveda College, on Homeopathy College, two Fine Arts Colleges, one Music College and one College of Physical Education. Besides this, there is an affiliated institute conducting 2-year full time MBA course. The University has recently started an Engineering College in its Kariavattom campus.


A University College was established in Thiruvananthapuram, in 1873 during the reign of Maharajah Ayilyam Thirunal. However it was still affiliated to the Madras University. The University of Travancore which later became the University of Kerala was established in 1937 by a promulgation of the Maharaja of Travancore, Sri Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma.

It was the sixteenth University to be set up in India and ten Colleges within the State of Travancore which were affiliated to the Madras University became the affiliated colleges of the University of Travancore. Sri. Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma served as the first Chancellor of the University. C.P.Ramaswami Aiyar, the then Diwan of the State was its first Vice-Chancellor.

In 1957 the Kerala University Act, Act 14 of 1957, was brought into force and the University of Travancore was renamed University of Kerala. At that time the University had three Campuses located in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode. In 1968 the University Centre at Kozhikode became a full-fledged University covering the Colleges and Departments located in Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode and Kannur Districts in Kerala. The University of Kerala transferred the affiliation of fifty colleges to the Calicut University. The Cochin University of Science and Technology and the Kerala Agricultural University were set up in 1971 and in 1983 the Mahatma Gandhi University was established. With the establishment of these Universities, the area of the jurisdiction of the University of Kerala has been limited to Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha Districts and some parts of Pathanamthitta District.It is also ranked 3rd (3) by the Outlook India magazine for the year 2007 in the top 50 government Universities in India."'

Departments of Teaching & Research

The Kerala University is the most leading universities in South India, which do intensive research in various subjects.There are 41 departments in which research is going on, and 57 recognised Research Centres other than University Departments.

Research centres

"The other recognised Research Centres of Kerala University" :

*Central Institute of Fishery Technology, Ernakulam.

*Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Vizhinjam.

*Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, Karakudi.

*Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram.

*Mitraniketan, Thiruvananthapuram.

*Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram.

*Electronics Research & Development Centre, (Keltron),Thiruvananthapuram.

*Centre for Advanced Legal Studies and Research, Thiruvananthapuram.

*Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore.

*Regional Research Laboratory, ( CSIR) Thiruvananthapuram.

*Solar Physics Observatory, Kodaikanal, Indian Institute of Astro Physics.

*National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad

*Cancer Institute, Madras

*Regional Research Laboratory, Hyderabad.

*Institute of Tropical Meterorology, Pune.

*Atomic Energy Establishment, Trombay.

*Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram.

*College of Engineering, Trivandrum.

*VSSC Thiruvananthapuram.

*The Rubber Research Institute, Kottayam

*Indian Institute for Regional Development Studies, Kottayam.

*Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasargod & Kayamkulam.

*Centre for Earth Science Studies, Thiruvananthapuram.

*Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram.

*Forensic Sciences Lab, Thiruvananthapuram

*Hindi Research Centre, Kerala Hindi Prachar Sabha, Thiruvananthapuram

*Centre for Development of Education Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram

*State Nutrition Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram.

*Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (CDIT), Trivandrum

*Kerala State Drugs & Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Alappuzha.

*The Quilon Public Library, Kollam (Social Sciences - Languages, Malayalam & Hindi)

*Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Bio-Technology, Thiruvananthapuram.

*Sukritindra Oriental Research Institute, Ernakulam

*Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi.

*LNCPE, Trivandrum(Physical Education), which is now renamed as Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Education, Science & Technology

University Departments

"The main University Departments are listed below": Department of Aquatic Biology & Fisheries

Department of Arabic

Department of Archaeology

Department of Biotechnology

Department of Biochemistry

Department of Botany

[ Department of Computer Science]

Department of Demography

Department of Economics

Department of Education

Institute of English

Department of Environmental Sciences

Department of Futures Studies

Department of Geology

Department of German

Department of Hindi

Department of History

Institute of Distance Education

Institute of Management in Kerala IMK

Department of Islamic Studies

Department of Law

Department of Library and Information Science (DLIS)

Department of Linguistics

Department of Malayalam

Department of Mathematics

Department of Music

Department of Optoelectronics

The Oriental Research Institute & Manuscripts Library

Department of Philosophy

Department of Physics

Department of Political Science

Department of Psychology

Department of Russian

Department of Sanskrit

Department of Sociology

Department of Statistics

Department of Tamil

Department of Zoology

The Centre for Bioinformatics (

ee also

*Colleges in Trivandrum

External links

* [ University of Kerala]
* [ Students Forum]
* [ Higher Education Opportunities in India]

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