|Chancellor||Governor of Kerala|
|Vice-Chancellor||Dr. Anil Vallathol|
Ezhuthachan Malayalam University, also called Malayalam University, is a public university in Kerala, India.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. 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.
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.
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.
According to its website, the objectives of the university are as follows:
M. Phil & Ph. D programmes are offered in
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.
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.
The university website specifies its powers and functions:
The university has instituted a Herman Gundert Chair at the Tübingen University, Germany.
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