Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University

Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University
തുഞ്ചത്തെഴുത്തച്ഛൻ മലയാളസർവകലാശാല
Motto 'ശ്രേഷ്ഠം മലയാളംShreshtam Malayalam'
Type Public
Established 2012
Chancellor Governor of Kerala
Vice-Chancellor K. Jayakumar
Location Tirur, Kerala, India
Campus Aksharam campus at Paravanna, 5 km from Tirur in Malappuram
Nickname മലയാള സർവകലാശാല, Malayalam University

Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University ( Malayalam: തുഞ്ചത്തെഴുത്തച്ഛൻ മലയാളസർവകലാശാല,  ?), 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, is the first Vice-Chancellor of Malayalam University.[3] It was Jayakumar who prepared the Project Report of the University.[4]

The university is named after Thunchath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan, a sixteenth-century CE Malayalam litterateur whose writings helped develop Malayalam as a language with a script of 51 letters, vocabulary and literature. Thunchath Ezhuthachan often described as "the Father of Malayalam language" 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 of its own 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. .[5]


According to the website of the university the objectives of the university are as follows:[6]

Academic programmes

Postgraduate courses

Diploma courses

Research Programmes

M. Phil & Ph. D programmes offered in Linguistics Malayalam Literature Cultural Heritage Media Studies

Other Projects On-line Malayalam Dictionary Heritage Survey Linguistic Survey Museunm Project

A Study Centre in the name of Ezhuthachan (EZHUTHACHAN PADANA KENDRAM) is also functioning which is in the process of 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 of the University 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 of the university

The website of the university specifies the powers and functions of the university:[7]

Chairs in the university

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

See also

Similar Universities in India:


  1. "Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University Ordinance, 2012" (PDF). Kerala Gazette. Government of Kerala. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  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. "Cabinet approves project report for Malayalam University". The Hindu. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  5. "Varsity will bring the world to Malayalam: Jayakumar". The Hindu. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  6. "Objectives". Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  7. "Powers and Responsibilities". Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
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