The University of Calicut is an affiliating university located at Thenjipalam in Malappuram district of Kerala state in India. The university has a number of off-campus centres in neighbouring districts, especially Kozhikode, Wayanad, Thrissur, Palakkad and Lakshadweep islands. It conducts courses and examinations for the students of the affiliated colleges. The main campus in Thenjipalam has departments in most of the science and humanities areas. The departments offer post-graduate courses and research programmes. However, the main business in the campus is the administration and conduct of examinations for all the affiliated colleges, which number above 250. The ranking as overall India is 19 and as south India it is 17. With 'Nirmaya Karmana Sree' as its motto, the university has been able to surmount all challenges and emerge as the largest residential cum affiliating university in Kerala. In 2013 it was ranked as the 26th best university of India and NAAC accredited with 'A' grade.
Calicut University was established in 1968 and was administered by Dr. M.M. Ghani in the 1970s. The university had especially strong faculty in MBA, Physics, Zoology, Chemistry, Botany, History, Malayalam, English and Physical Education.
The campus locales are spread over 500 acres (2.0 km2) in rural outskirt of Malappuram, and had the feel of a hill station.
In the 1980s, a Cockroft-Walton particle accelerator was put in place on campus.
Important departments include Commerce and Management Studies,Computer Science & Information Technology, Library and Information science, Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Nanoscience and Technology, Life Aciences, Botany, Zoology, Social Sciences, School of Health sciences, Biotechnology, Mass communication, Psychology, and Multimedia Communication and Language departments such as Malayalam, English, Sanskrit, Hindi, Russian, Arabic.Engineering Colleges: 1
Arts & Science Colleges: 60
Law colleges: 4
Liberal arts colleges: 1
The Calicut University Library was established in 1971 and later renamed after C.H. Mohammed Koya (former Minister for Education, Government of Kerala). It is primarily concerned with the conservation and dissemination of knowledge to its users. It plays an important role in the provision of information to the academic community in the Malabar region. It has a collection of about 95,000 books, and subscribes to 218 journals and 10 newspapers.
The library follows the Anglo American Cataloguing Rules II (with slight modifications) for cataloging and the Dewey Decimal Scheme of Classification for the classification of books.
It has the distinction of being the first fully automated university library in the state of Kerala.
The library is situated at the main campus at Thenhippalam on the side of the NH 17.
Apart from the university library, a study center library is functioning at Calicut to serve the academic community in the city. All major Malayalam dailies and periodicals are available here.
Pareeksha Bhavan, the branch of the university that oversees the conduct of examinations in over 250 affiliated colleges, and which awards degrees, is the largest wing of the university. The branch has been in the news for expert accomplishments of the tasks entrusted.Anju Bobby George, Indian athlete
M. N. Karassery, Malayalam author
Dr. K.K.N Kurup, historian and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Calicut
Shyamaprasad, Indian film director
Ayyappanpillai Ajayaghosh, Organic chemist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate