List of Universities in Kerala

List of universities in Kerala- Kerala is a state that is popularly referred to as God’s own country. It is a state in south west India . The capital of Kerala is Thiruvananthapuram. Recent record reveals that Kerala has 93.9% literacy compared to the national literacy rate of 74.0%.  This implies that majority of the populace in Kerala are literates!

Education in Kerala

Education is divided into 3 categories:

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Higher secondary/Higher Education

List of Universities in Kerala

There are a total number of 23 universities in Kerala. More than 100 colleges in the state are run by these 23 universities to facilitate higher education in Kerala. The University of Calicut is the largest university in Kerala.

Universities in Kerala are categorized into four

  1. State Universities
  2. Central Universities
  3. Deemed Universities
  4. Private Universities

List of State Universities in Kerala

  1. Calicut University, Trichy Palary, Malapuram District, Kozhikode-
  2. Cochin University of Science & Technology, Kochi-Kannur University, Kannur-
  3. Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur- Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram – 034
  4. Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam –
  5. National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) Kaloor, Kochi , Kerala.
  6. Shree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady-
  7. Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences & Technology (Trivandrum).

List of Central University

  1. Central University of Kerala, BKM Towers, Nayanmar Moola. Vidyanagar P.O., Kasaragod – 671 123

List of Deemed Universities

  • Kerala Kalamandalam Vallathol Nagar, Cheruthuruthy –
  • Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram

Private Universities

There are no private universities in Kerala.

The University of Calicut

This is the largest university in Kerala. It was established in the year 1968, it is the second university to be set up in Kerala. The university offers full time programs in the following fields: Science, Arts, Education, Law, Business studies etc. The school also offers distant learning programs through its school of distance education.

Post-study Offer

Top-notch establishments visit the university regularly to recruit graduates on completion of study. Some of those companies include Amazon, TCS, Wipro, Cognizant. These companies offer jobs in fields of Consulting, Human Resources, Administrative Roles, Accounting, and many more.

Also, Calicut university provides placement and internship opportunities to  its students.

Ranking of University of Calicut

  • Ranked 401-450 by QS Asia University Rankings 2022.
  • Ranked 60 by NIRF 2021 in the University category.
  • Ranked 95 in the Overall category by NIRF Ranking 2021

 Scholarships at Calicut University

 The Central and State government provide different scholarship schemes for academically deserving but financially handicapped candidates. Some of the categories of scholarships include:

  • Physically Handicapped Scholarships
  • Cash Prizes to Rank holders
  • Fee Waiver Scheme by State Government, to help the economically poor but academically sound students. 
  • Education Loans- These loans are available to financially weak and academically deserving students by the Nationalized banks at reasonable interest rates. These loans can be repaid after completion of the degree.
  • Relaxation is offered to meritorious students in competitive entrance examinations held by the university.

University of Kerala

Formerly called University of Travancore, is a state public university established in 1937. It is the very first university to be established in Kerala. The university has more than 150 affiliated colleges and has 16 faculties and 43 departments of teaching and research.

The university is located in a city that is characterized by linguistic and ethnic diversity and cultural richness. The university seeks to maximize the local resources including human, intellectual, social, artistic and cultural, to produce world’s best.

Cochin University of Science and Technology

It is a state government-owned  university located in kochi, Kerala. It was established in 1971 and has three campuses: Kalamassery Kochi, Ernakulam Town, and kuttanad, Alappuza .  The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate and doctoral programs in the field of engineering and science, humanities, law and management.

Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala

It is a state-owned public university established on October 2nd, 1983. The university has about 300 affiliated colleges located all over the five districts in central Kerala. The university offers about 300 academic programs (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral degrees) in the fields of Pure and Applied Sciences, Nursing , Paramedical Studies, , Management, Technology Law, Engineering, ,Physics, development studies, International Relations among others.

Central University of Kerala

It is one of the 15 central universities established under The Central Universities Act, 2009 (Act No.25 of 2009) by India parliament . The university is located in Kasaragod district ,the northernmost district of the state of kerala, India

Kannur University, Kannur

It  is a public university  founded in 1996 to provide development of higher education in Kerala, India

 Interestingly, this university also offers undergraduate distance education courses for prison inmates.

Fields of study in this university includes:

  • School of English and foreign languages
  • School of social sciences
  • School of life sciences
  • School of Legal studies
  • School of Commerce and Management studies
  • School of development studies
  • I.T. Education Centre

Kerala Agricultural University

This is a state university that is highly focused on agricultural education. It was established on 24th of February 1971.

Fields of study include:

  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Forestry
  • Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology
  • Faculty of fisheries

National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) Kaloor, Kochi:

This university was established by Act 27 of 2005 of the Kerala State Legislature.

The primary aim of the University is:

 (a) to promote the learning and knowledge of law and legal and judicial processes, professional legal education and their role in national development;

(b) to develop a sense of responsibility in the student/scholar to serve the society by developing skills with regard to advocacy, legal services, legislation, law reforms etc.

(c) to enhance legal and judicial reforms needed to strengthen the administration of justice in India. 

Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit

It is a Sanskrit  university in India that was founded in 1993 in Kerala.  It provides education in Sanskrit, other Indian and Foreign languages,social science  and fine arts. It was accredited A+ by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The university has eight regional campuses across Kerala namely Kalady, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Panmana, Thuravoor, Ettumanoor, Tirur, Koyilandy and Payannur.

Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology

It is a government-assisted institute and deemed university for the study and research of space science, located at Valiamala,. It is the first university in Asia to be primarily dedicated to the study and research of the outerspace was inaugurated on 14 September 2007

IIST offers undergraduate , master’s and PhD programs in space science and technology  It also serves as a research Centre.

Kerala Kalamandalam Vallathol Nagar, Cheruthuruthy

It is a deemed- to- be University of Art and Culture  established by the government of is a major center for learning Indian performing arts, especially those that developed in the Southern states of India, with the special emphasis on Kerala.

Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum

It was originally established by the Government of Kerala as an advanced Centre for medical specialties. Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) later transformed into an Institute of National Importance with the repute of a University in 1980 under the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India by an Act of Parliament (Act 52 of 1980).

The Institute majors on patient care of high quality, technology development of industrial significance and health research studies of social relevance.

The Institute has three divisions –

  • the Hospital,
  • Biomedical Technology Wing and
  • the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies.

 Excellent research and teaching facilities are available at these centers. This uniquely poised Institute has a dedicated team of clinicians, scientists and engineers devoted to high quality biomedical research and developing technologies in health care with emphasis on cardiovascular and neurological diseases.

FAQs about Universities in Kerala

Which is the first university in Kerala?

The University of Travancore founded in 1937 is the first university in the state of Kerala. It was later   renamed the University of Kerala in 1954, when the unified state of Kerala came into existence.

Is Kerala University good?

University of Kerala was ranked 1001+ in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2020. It was ranked 42nd in India overall by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2020 and 23rd among universities.

Why is Kerala referred to as God’s own country?

God’s Own Country’ is the tagline of Kerala Tourism which was coined by Walter Mendez. This is used by agencies to showcase Kerala’s natural beauty and not-so-explored places across the state.


The high rate of literacy in Kerala is an indication that education is highly valued in that state and also of high standard. So, if you are looking for a state to acquire your 1st degree, 2nd or 3rd degree, Karela, is the place to be!

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