University of Calicut History
University of Calicut also known as Calicut University was established in the year 1968 in Thenjipalam, Malappuram District in the Indian state of Kerala by C.H. Muhammed Koya. The university is UGC (University Grants Commission) recognized and is the second university to be set up in the state after University of Kerala. From its humble beginnings, the university is now the largest education provider in the state with its off-campus centers in 5 different cities and 394 affiliated colleges catering to over 250,000 students every year.
University of Calicut Programs, Courses, and Schools
University of Calicut is home to 10 schools offering a wide range of courses such as Commerce, Management Studies, Physics, Mathematics, Nanoscience, Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Health Sciences, Psychology, Multimedia and Mass Communications and a language school offering bachelors, masters and doctorates in English, Sanskrit, Hindi, Arabic and Russian.
School of Drama and Fine Arts is affiliated to National School of Drama and offers training and formal education to drama and theatre students. The university has about 394 affiliated colleges spread across Kozhikode, Thrissur, Malappuram, Palakkad and Wayanad which offer diplomas and degrees in Pharmacy, Homoeopathy, Hotel Management, Ayurveda, Dental Sciences, Music and Fine Arts.
University of Calicut Campuses
University of Calicut primary campus is located at Thenjipalam in the outskirts of Malappuram district. The campus is largely rural and is spread over 500 acres. The university library on the main campus holds the distinction of being the first fully automated university library in Kerala. The library boasts of an impressive collection of 95,000 books and subscriptions to 218 journals and 10 newspapers. The Study Center library on campus also serves the academic community in the city and beyond.
The university also houses an Observatory, Particle Accelerator, a Botanical Garden, University Museum, and a Science Instrumentation Center. A central building called Pareeksha Bhawan is the largest building on campus responsible for conducting examinations in affiliated colleges.
University of Calicut Achievements
University of Calicut is at the forefront in adopting technological advancements in classrooms as well as for staff in the form of smart classes, e-Governance, computerized examinations, and frontier lectures with renowned scholars and scientists. The university is ranked 21 among Indian universities by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2018.
The University of Calicut has produced one of the most successful athletes in India such as P.T. Usha, Shiny Wilson, and Anju Bobby George who have made India proud in various sports events across the world.
University of Calicut USP
University of Calicut is one of the few universities in the world to house on campus Observatory. The observatory is largest at the university level in India and was set up in association with Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru.
The university is also one of the few universities in India to embrace IT Mission Programme, an initiative aimed at providing quality and affordable education in computer science to the students in the university and affiliated colleges. The tuition fee of the university is affordable and the university has a high acceptance rate.
University of Calicut Notable Alumni
Anju Bobby George (Indian athlete), Richard Hay (Politician), Jenith Kachappilly (Indian film director), C. Krishnakumar (Politician), and Ayyappanpillai Ajayaghosh (Organic Chemist and Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate).