Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University

Last updated

Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University
Malayalam University Logo.png
MottoShreshtam Malayalam
Chancellor Governor of Kerala
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Anil Vallathol

10°52′59″N75°53′42″E / 10.883°N 75.895°E / 10.883; 75.895 Coordinates: 10°52′59″N75°53′42″E / 10.883°N 75.895°E / 10.883; 75.895

Ezhuthachan Malayalam University, also called Malayalam University, is a public university in Kerala, India. [1] It was established by the Government of Kerala and inaugurated by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on 1 November 2012 in a function held in the premises of Thunchanparamba, the home of Thunchath Ezhuthachan in Tirur, Malappuram, Kerala. [2] K. Jayakumar, a civil servant of the Indian Administrative Service cadre, who retired as the Chief Secretary of Kerala on 31 October 2012, prepared the Project Report of the university. He is the first Vice-Chancellor of Malayalam University. [3]


The university is named after Thunchaththu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan, a 16th-century CE Malayalam litterateure whose writings helped develop Malayalam as a language with a script of 51 letters, vocabulary, and literature. Thunchath Ezhuthachan was born at Trikkantiyur in Thunchan Parambu in Tirur, in the state of Kerala.

Thunchath Ezhuthachan Portrait of Thunchaththu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan,the father of the Malayalam language.jpg
Thunchath Ezhuthachan

At the time of its inauguration Malayalam University had no infrastructure in the form land and buildings. According to the newly appointed vice-chancellor the university offices will start functioning in temporary structures erected in the premises of Thunchan Memorial Govt College, Tirur. [4]


According to its website, the objectives of the university are as follows: [5]

Academic programmes

Postgraduate courses

Diploma courses

Research programmes

M. Phil & Ph. D programmes are offered in

Other projects

A study centre — Ezhuthachan Padana Kendram — is preparing an Ezhuthachan Lexicon and bringing out books on Ezhuthachan with a view to encouraging research on the great poet.

Administrative structure

The General Council is the supreme authority of the university. This body consists of 26 ex officio members, 10 nominated members, and 10 elected members. The chief executive body is the Executive Committee consisting of six ex officio members, three elected members and three nominated members. The Chancellor of the university is the Governor of Kerala and the Pro-Chancellor is the Minister of Education of Kerala.

Powers and functions

The university website specifies its powers and functions: [6]


The university has instituted a Herman Gundert Chair at the Tübingen University, Germany.

See also

Similar Universities in India:

Related Research Articles

Malayalam Dravidian language

Malayalam is a Dravidian language spoken in the Indian state of Kerala and the union territories of Lakshadweep and Puducherry by the Malayali people. It is one of 22 scheduled languages of India and is spoken by 2.88% of Indians. Malayalam has official language status in Kerala, Lakshadweep and Puducherry (Mahé), and is spoken by 34 million people worldwide. Malayalam is also spoken by linguistic minorities in the neighbouring states; with significant number of speakers in the Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada districts of Karnataka, and Nilgiris and Kanyakumari, districts of Tamil Nadu. Due to Malayali expatriates in the Persian Gulf, Malayalam is also widely spoken in the Gulf countries.

Malayalam literature

Malayalam, the Lingua franca of the Indian state of Kerala and the union territories of Lakshadweep and Puduchery, is one of the six Classical languages of India. Malayalam literature comprises those literary texts written in Malayalam, a South-Dravidian language spoken in the Indian state of Kerala. The first travelogue in any Indian language is the Malayalam Varthamanappusthakam, written by Paremmakkal Thoma Kathanar in 1785. Malayalam literature has been presented with 6 Jnanapith awards, the second-most for any Dravidian language and the third-highest for any Indian language.

Malappuram district District in Kerala, India

Malappuram is one of the 14 districts in the Indian state of Kerala, with a coastline of 70 km (43 mi). It is the most populous district of Kerala, which is home to around 13% of the total population of the state. The district was formed on 16 June 1969, spanning an area of about 3,554 km2 (1,372 sq mi). It is the third-largest district of Kerala by area, as well as the largest district in the state bounded by Western Ghats and Arabian Sea to the two sides. Malappuram is the third major contributing district to the Gross State Domestic Product of Kerala as of 2019, after Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram. The district is divided into seven Taluks - Eranad, Kondotty, Nilambur, Perinthalmanna, Ponnani, Tirur, and Tirurangadi. Economically booming towns in Malappuram district include Malappuram, Manjeri, Tirur, Ponnani, Perinthalmanna, Kottakkal, Nilambur, Parappanangadi, Tanur, Kondotty, Valanchery, Tirurangadi, Chemmad, Edappal, Wandoor, Areekode, Edakkara, Chungathara, Kalikavu, and Puthanathani. Having 12 municipalities in total, the district has the second-highest number of Municipal towns in the state lying just behind Ernakulam (13).

Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan Malayalam devotional poet

Thunchaththu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan was a Malayalam devotional poet, translator and linguist from Kerala, south India. He has been called the "Father of Modern Malayalam", or, alternatively, the "Father of Malayalam Literature", or the "Primal Poet in Malayalam". He was one of the pioneers of a major shift in Kerala literary production. The number and circulation of his texts far outdo that of any other poet of premodern Kerala.

Thunchan Parambu, Tirur Village in Kerala, India

Thunchan Parambu or Thunchan Memorial Trust and Research Centre is a place in Tirur, Kerala, South India.

Tirur Municipality in Kerala, India

Tirur is a Town, a municipality, and the headquarters of Tirur Taluk, block, and Revenue Division in Malappuram district in the Indian state of Kerala. Tirur spread over an area of about 15 square kilometres (5.8 sq mi). It is one of the 12 municipalities in Malappuram district and is situated 26 kilometres (16 mi) southwest of Malappuram and 52.5 kilometres (32.6 mi) south of Kozhikode, on the Shoranur–Mangalore section of the Mangalore–Chennai railway line. Tirur Railway Station is the oldest Railway station in Kerala. The first railway line in Kerala was laid in 1861 from Tirur to Chaliyam through Tanur, Parappanangadi, Vallikkunnu, and Kadalundi. The second railway line was laid in same year from Tirur to Kuttippuram through Tirunavaya. Tirur is also the headquarters of a Revenue Division, a Taluk, a block, and a postal division of the same name. Tirur River and Conolly's Canal flow through Tirur. The medieval Kerala School of Astronomy and Mathematics was mainly based at Tirur. Notable people from Tirur include Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan, and Vallathol Narayana Menon. The Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University is headquartered at Tirur. Tirur was the main centre of the medieval Kerala School of Astronomy and Mathematics that flourished between 14th and 16th centuries of Common Era.

University of Calicut State university in Kerala, India

The University of Calicut, also known as Calicut University, is a collegiate state public university in Malappuram District located in northern Kerala, India. Established in 1968, it is the first university to be set up in northern Kerala. The university is co-ordinatinated by the University Grants Commission. It is headquartered at Tenhipalam, about 20 km (12 mi) south of the city of Calicut and about 30 km (19 mi) from city of Malappuram located in Malappuram District.

Arabi Malayalam is the traditional Dravidian language of the Mappila Muslim community. It is spoken by several thousand people, predominantly in the Malabar Coast of Kerala state, southern India. The form can be classified as a regional dialect in northern Kerala, or as a class or occupational dialect of the Mappila community. It can also be called a vernacular in general, or as a provincial patois, with the latter label being increasingly applicable in Colonial times. All the forms of the Malayalam language, including Mappila, are mutually intelligible.

Karimpumannil Mathai George (1914–2002), popularly known as Dr. K. M. George, was an eminent Malayalam writer and educator. An erudite scholar and literary critic with astute organisational capabilities, he is best known as a pioneer of Comparative Indian Studies and Literatures. He was a recipient of the fourth highest Indian civilian honour, the Padma Shri, the highest literary award of the Government of Kerala, the Ezhuthachan Puraskaram and the third highest Indian civilian award, the Padma Bhushan, besides other honours.

K. Jayakumar Indian civil servant

K. Jayakumar is a senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from Kerala who retired as the Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala. Jayakumar is also a popular Malayali poet, lyricist, translator and scriptwriter. He is the son of noted Malayalam film director M. Krishnan Nair. He has served as the founding vice-chancellor of the Malayalam University.

K. N. Ezhuthachan

Kudiyirikkal Narayanan Ezhuthachan, commonly known as Dr.K.N.Ezhuthachan was an Indian writer and scholar of Malayalam literature. He was one among the principal followers of the idea of social impact on literature. Ezhuthachan supported Marxist literary criticism. And interpreted Indian literary works based on Marxist aesthetics. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his work Keralodayam, a long narrative poem written in Sanskrit. He is the first Malayali to win Sahitya Akademi Award in sanskrit literature. He died on 28 October 1981 while delivering a lecture at Calicut University.

M. N. Karassery

M N Karassery

George Onakkoor Indian novelist (born 1941)

George Onakkoor is an Indian novelist who writes in Malayalam language. He was a Malayalam professor for over three decades at Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum, Kerala.

Puthussery Ramachandran Indian poet

Puthussery Ramachandran Pillai was an Indian poet of the Malayalam language. He was a scholar of Dravidian linguistics and a professor of Malayalam for more than three decades. On 14 March 2020, he died of age-related illnesses.

V. R. Prabodhachandran Nayar

V. R. Prabodhachandran Nayar, popularly known as VRP Nayar, is a Phonetics expert of Kerala. He is the pioneer in the study of the phonology of the Malayalam language. Apart from phonology, he is also interested in syntax and stylistics.

M. R. Chandrasekharan

Malappurath Raman Chandrasekharan, popularly known as M.R. Chandrasekharan or simply M. R. C., is a Malayalam literary critic and author from Kerala, India. Chandrasekharan has published more than 40 books in different literary sections like literary criticism, translations, politics, social etc. He is also noted for his work in the field of journalism and education. He won the 2010 Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Literary Criticism.

Education in Malappuram

Malappuram district is an education hub of the state of Kerala, India with four universities, two medical colleges, two law colleges and several engineering and arts colleges. The city has several educational institutions from the school level to higher education. Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Malabar Special Police HSS, Government Girls Higher secondary school, Govt. Boys, St.Gemmas HSS, Islahiya HSS, A.U.P School, Sree Arunodaya Vidya Nigethan etc. to name a few schools. The city is lacking an Engineering College under Government despite having the largest number of students appearing and excelling in respective entrance exams. Govt. College, Malappuram, which is the oldest college in the city, started in 1972, College of Applied Science Malappuram and Govt. College for Women started this year along with many other private colleges serves the higher educational purpose. Govt.TTI and MCT TTI are few teachers training institutes. The Regional Directorate of Higher Secondary Education and Regional Office (Malabar) of State Open School are located in the city inside the Civil Station.

South Malabar Geographical / Historical Area in Kerala, India

South Malabar refers to a geographical area of the southwestern coast of India covering some parts of the present-day Kerala. South Malabar covers the regions included in present-day Kozhikode Taluk of Kozhikode district, whole area of Malappuram district, Chavakkad Taluk of Thrissur district, and Palakkad district excluding parts of Chittur Taluk. The Fort Kochi region of Kochi city also historically belongs to South Malabar. The term South Malabar refers to the region of the erstwhile Malabar District which lies south to the river Korapuzha and bears high cultural similarity with both the Cochin as well as the North Malabar region.

G. Balasubramanian

G. Balasubramanian took charge as the Vice-Chancellor of Tamil University, Thanjavur, in Tamil Nadu, India, on 4 October 2018.

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences University in Odisha, India

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences Deemed to be University is a higher education department of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences. In 2017 the institute is awarded Deemed to be University status by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in order to focus on teaching and research in unique and emerging areas of knowledge related to Tribal Culture, Philosophy, Heritage, Science and Technology, Linguistics and Literature and their link to diverse and multi-disciplinary modern fields of study.


  1. "Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University Ordinance, 2012" (PDF). Kerala Gazette. Government of Kerala. Retrieved 4 November 2012.[ permanent dead link ]
  2. "Kerala gifts Malayalis a university". The Hindu . 2 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  3. "Jayakumar to take charge as Malayalam University VC". The New Indian Express. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  4. "Varsity will bring the world to Malayalam: Jayakumar". The Hindu . 2 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  5. "Objectives". Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University. Archived from the original on 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  6. "Powers and Responsibilities". Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University. Archived from the original on 24 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.