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KERALA Mahatma Gandhi University
Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam (State University)

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Mahatma Gandhi University Official logo of Mahatma Gandhi University - Kerala
Established in Year: 1983

Mahatma Gandhi University, one of the four affiliating universities in Kerala, is the premier educational institution that strives to fulfil the higher educational needs of the people of Central Kerala. Set on the sprawling 110-acre campus called Priyadarshini Hills at Athirampuzha, 13 kms off Kottayam, the University also has seven satellite campuses in parts of Kottayam and the neighbouring districts. The University was established on 2 October 1983 and has jurisdiction over the revenue districts of Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki and parts of Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha. It is a University that conducts a range of programmes at the undergraduate, postgraduate, M Phil and doctoral levels through its 16 University Departments, 7 Self-Financing Departments, 82 Aided Affiliated Colleges (of which 8 are Colleges with Potential for Excellence), 158 Unaided Affiliated Colleges and 73 Recognized Research Institutes. It imparts education in the conventional disciplines of science, social science and the humanities as well as in the professional disciplines of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, engineering, technology, pedagogy and legal studies. The University has also made its educational presence felt outside its territorial jurisdiction through the Off-campus Centres of the School of Distance Education.

From its inception and through the last two decades Mahatma Gandhi University has taken immense strides in the fields of inter-disciplinary teaching and research in the areas of pure and applied sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The teaching programmes conducted under the Credit and Semester System (CSS) in the statutory departments of teaching and research, organized as interdisciplinary Schools, are marked by their innovative curricula and their learner-oriented approaches. CSS is a student-friendly system that fosters interactive acquisition of knowledge in a multi-disciplinary context. The students are made familiar with the latest developments in their subjects of study. The University has always promoted the healthy practice of designing and revising its curricula and syllabi through discussions and deliberations carried out in a democratic way among the members of the academic community. The faculty of the University comprise outstanding scholars, many of whom have made original contributions in their respective fields of specialization. The faculty and research scholars of several departments have gained widespread recognition for the commendable quality of their research publications. The research journals published by some of the Schools have garnered international recognition.

The University’s adoption of interdisciplinarity as the basic conceptual plank for the organization of individual departments is prompted by the understanding that interdisciplinary knowledge is path-breaking, far reaching and non-linear in its effect, compared to what conventional forms of knowledge are capable of doing within the confines of discrete disciplines. Appreciating the trend of several non-conventional areas of knowledge emerging across physical, natural and social sciences, the University has chosen to organize its academic departments as interdisciplinary schools where multiple disciplines co-exist and interact with one another. Teaching and research in the interfaces of conventional disciplines has been an idea promoted by the UGC too. Nevertheless, the overall academic practice of a majority of our universities is still structured by the dominance of discipline-based teaching and research. It is true that the disciplinary paradigm continues to maintain its hegemony over the University system all over the world and that it does this through its various institutionalized forms and practices. The organizational practice of creating institutions of interdisciplinary knowledge itself has been a great learning experience for the academics in Mahatma Gandhi University. One has to come to terms with the emergence of micro areas of knowledge that turn themselves into sub-disciplines, each of which in turn, aided by such factors as institutions, laboratories and journals, transform into a new discipline. As part of our effort to overcome this stalemate, we have initiated the constitution of Centres of Convergence around integrated knowledge areas. Knowledge generated beyond disciplines and across interfaces is strikingly fresh, regenerative and convergent. The convergence, however fast the process may be, is yet to throw up identifiable institutions of transaction and channels of communication commensurate with the needs of the academia. However, a good deal of the research output from Mahatma Gandhi University bears the stamp of non-conventional knowledge produced in the interface of conventional disciplines.

At present Mahatma Gandhi University offers research programmes in over forty disciplines through its own Schools as well as through its approved research centres. The University has close collaboration for academic, research and extension programmes with a number of national agencies and institutions including the UGC, FIST, DRS, ISRO, COSIT, CSIR, DAAD, STEC, ICMR, BARC, MOEF, ICCR, ICHR, IED, IIFT, Institute of Chinese Studies and the Sahitya Akademi. The University is also involved in active collaboration with research institutions of international reputation such as the Max Planck Institute of Technology, Germany, Brown University, USA, University of Nantes, France, California Institute of Technology, USA, University of Toronto, Canada, Catholic University, Belgium, Heidelberg University, Germany, and the Institute of Political Studies, Rennes, France. Some of the members of the faculty have proved to be frontrunners in the development of indigenous technologies and are holders of as many as twenty patents, including four US patents. A considerable percentage of the alumni of the University are comfortably placed in the country and abroad as academics, scientists and professionals.

The University has been able to make these gains thanks to the healthy environment of academic interaction that exists on the campus. The students will vouch for the atmosphere of cordiality and fellowship that marks the campus life here. All components of the teaching-learning system contribute toward making the process of learning a memorable experience. Though the rural, tribal and underprivileged background from which a good majority of the students come might pose some initial hurdles before some of the students, they smoothly overcome the hurdles and catch up with the environment. This is due mainly to the student support and other services available on the campus. The web-enabled University Library with its large collection of books, journals and e-journals, the online Theses Digital Library that provides open access to its enviable collection of digitized Ph D dissertations, the publishing unit which has brought out hundreds of titles in Malayalam, English and Hindi, the facilities available at the School of Physical Education and Sports Sciences for developing physical culture, the ecologically sensitive extension programmes initiated by the University Departments and the National Service Scheme, the Students’ Web Centre that provides round-the-clock web-support to the campus community, the coaching and placement services provided by the Department of Student Services and the University Employment Information and Guidance Bureau, and the general administrative support that the academic community receive from the University administration – all these work in tandem with the academic business transacted in the University Departments and make the learning experience a holistic one.

Mahatma Gandhi University is one of the earliest among the universities in Kerala to move towards a degree of financial sustainability by starting in a big way self-financing departments that, while answering the need of the society for quality education in the professional sector, would also take the University out of the crisis that it had found itself in the context of the state’s severe resource crunch. The University has been conducting a number of innovative and vocational courses in the professional disciplines of technology, applied sciences and paramedical sciences that has also to some degree satisfied the society’s increasing demand for new and competitive courses and degrees that can be acquired at moderate rates of fee.

In doing all this, Mahatma Gandhi University is moving forward with a clear vision of its educational objectives.


"Mahatma Gandhi University envisions to champion the cause of higher education in the country by catering to the scholastic, expertise and developmental needs of the individual, the society and the industry through the creation of a critical knowledge base with well-defined means for its dissemination and extension for the society’s sustained and inclusive growth."

Prof (Dr.) Rajan Gurukkal


  • To create an environment that would foster higher education in its area of jurisdiction

  • To create educated individuals qualified in specialized areas of knowledge

  • To plan and implement academic programmes of the highest quality that would foster the holistic development of individuals who will be empowered to act as the conscience of society

  • To conduct and cause to be conducted undergraduate, postgraduate and research-level programmes of quality in sciences, the humanities, social sciences, and the professional disciplines

  • To foster research and extension activities directed at the reorganization of existing knowledge and the creation of new knowledge for the development of society

  • To help in the creation and development of manpower that would provide intellectual leadership to the community

  • To provide skilled manpower to the professional, industrial and service sectors in the country so as to meet global demands

  • To help promote the cultural heritage of the nation and preserve the biodiversity of the region

  • To promote national development by imparting education and culture to the people of the areas coming under the jurisdiction of the University

  • To develop itself into an institution with the highest standards of excellence without losing sight of the importance of social equity.

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School of Behavioural Sciences

  • M.Sc Disability Studies and Reliability Sciences

  • M.Sc. Psychology

  • M.Phil Special Education and Rehabilitation Sciences

  • M.Phil Rehabilitation Psychology

  • M.Phil Behavioural Medicine and Rehabilitation (Full time)

  • M.Phil Behavioural Medicine and Rehabilitation (Part time)

  • M.Phil Behavioural Science and Rehabilitation Nursing

  • Ph.D: Special Education, Psychology, Rehabilitation Medicine and Inter Disciplinary Researches

Faculty Specializations:

  • Special Education (Mental Retardation)

  • Special Education (Auditory Handicap)

  • Special Education (visual impairment)

  • Special Education (Learning Disabilities)

  • Special Education (Research methodology)

  • Behavioural Medicine

  • Rehabilitation Nursing

  • Clinical Psychology

  • Health and Behavioural Sciences

School of Biosciences

  • M.Sc in Biochemistry

  • M.Sc in Biotechnology

  • M.Sc in Microbiology

  • M.Sc in Biophysics

  • M.Phil

  • Ph.D

School of Chemical Sciences

  • MSc (Inorganic Chemistry)

  • MSc (Organic Chemistry)

  • MSc(Physical Chemistry)

  • MSc (Polymer Science)

  • MPhil (All Branches in Chemistry)

  • PhD (All Branches in Chemistry)

School of Computer Sciences

  • M.Sc

  • Ph.D degrees in Computer Science


  • Undergraduate:
    BFT (Bachelor of Fashion Technology)
    BA Sociology-SDE
    BCom with Computer
    BCom with Travel & Tourism
    BSc Computer Science
    BTS(Bachelor of Tourism Studies)

  • Post Graduate:
    MA English Language & Literature
    MA Multimedia
    MA Sociology
    MSc IT
    MSc Mathematics


  • M.Sc. Environment Science and Management

  • M.Sc. Environment Science and Disaster Management

  • M.Phil. in Environment Management

  • Ph.D. (Full time & Part time)

  • PG. Diploma Course
    1. Geoinformation Science and Technology (Remote Sensing, GIS and GPS)
    2. Digital Photogrammetry and Digital image processing
    3. Water and waste water analysis
    4. Air, soil and noise analysis


  • MA Gandhian Studies (2 years)

  • MA Development Studies (2years)

  • MPhil in Gandhian Studies (1 year)

  • MPhil in Development Studies (1year)

  • PhD


  • B.A LLB Hons(5 year)

  • LLB Hons(3 Year)

  • LLM

  • PhD (Full Time and Part Time)


  • M.A in Politics and International Relations

  • M.A in Politics and Human Rights

  • M.A in Public Policy and Governance

  • M.Phil. in Politics and International Relations

  • PhD in Politics and International Relations


  • In the domain of language and literature, the School of Letters offers interdisciplinary areas of specialization such as comparative literature, literacy/cultural theory, theatre/performance studies, translation studies, women’s writing and cinema studies


  • M Ed

  • PhD

  • M Phil



  • MSc. Physics

  • M. Phil Physics

  • Ph. D


  • MBA

  • MPhil

  • PhD


  • Mphil in Anthropology

  • Mphil in Economics

  • Mphil in History

  • Mphil in Sociology

  • Mphil In human Ecology/natural history

  • Mphil in Social Transformation and Empowerment

  • Mphil in Social Science Policy

  • MA in Anthropology

  • MA in Economics

  • MA in History

  • PhD Programmes


  • Six Months Certificate Courses:
    1. Certificate course in Yoga & Naturopathy
    2. Certificate course in Counselling
    3. Certificate course in Management of Learning Disabilities
    4. Certificate course in Geriatric & Dementia Care
    5. Certificate course in First Aid
    6. Certificate course in Organic Farming

  • One Year Diploma Courses:
    1. Diploma in geriatric and Dementia Care
    2. Diploma course in Naturopathy & Yoga Therapy
    3. Diploma in Counselling


  • Master of Tourism Management (MTM) with specialization in Aviation Management, Tour Operations and Health Tourism

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Mahatma Gandhi University
Priyadarsini Hills P.O
Kottayam Kerala, India
Pin - 686 560

Tele : +91 481 2731050 to 68
Fax : +91 481 2731002, 9, 11

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