Universities in Kerala

According to the 2011 Census, the literacy level of Kerala was 94 percent. Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDPY), Nair Service Society and the Muslim Education Society (MES) have made significant contributions to the growth and development of education in the state. Not only school education but also university-level education is at par in Kerala. With high literacy rate, it is also home to many higher education institutions. The Central University of Kerala is one of the 15 new Central Universities established under The Central Universities Act, 2009 (Act No.25 of 2009) offering courses in science, fine arts and literature. There are many state and deemed universities in the state and it also houses some of the institutions of national importance.

Universities in Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram can be called the educational centre of the state. The University of Kerala, the oldest university of the state, is located in Thiruvananthapuram. The region houses many other professional colleges that include medical colleges, engineering colleges and law colleges. There are also few Ayurveda and homeopathy colleges in the region. Trivandrum Medical College, which is a premier health centre in Kerala, has been upgraded to the status of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, which is one of its kinds, is also located here. The Kerala Technological University that imparts education in management, engineering and technology is also situated here.

Universities in Malappuram

The region has two main universities - Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University and the University of Calicut. There is a proposal by the state government to establish two more universities - Ayurveda University and English and Foreign Language University.

Universities in Thrissur

Kerala University of Health Sciences that offers courses in medical paramedical and health sciences is located in Thrissur. Another university in this area is the Kerala Agriculture University offering programmes in engineering and agriculture.

Courses Offered

The universities in the state offer education programmes in different disciplines. Some of such disciplines are as follows:

Admission Process

Every university has its own set of guidelines for the admission process. Generally, the admission criteria are based on merit; however, some universities also conduct entrance examinations for admission to some courses. Students can fill in the application online as well as offline.


The fees for different colleges and courses differ from college to college or course to course.

List of Universities in Kerala

S.No. University Name City Address Email / Website
1 Central University of Kerala Kasaragod Tejaswini Hills,Periye (PO), Kasaragod (DT), Kerala - 671316 [email protected]

2 Cochin University of Science and Technology Ernakulam Thrikkakara, South Kalamassery, Kochi, Kerala 682022 [email protected]

3 Kannur University Kannur Thavakkara, Civil Station P.O., Kannur District , Kerala Pin : 670 002 [email protected]

4 Kerala Agricultural University Thrissur KAU P.O. 680 656, Thrissur, Kerala, India. www.kau.edu/
5 Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies Kochi Panangad P.O., Kochi, Kerala, India Pin 682 506 [email protected]

6 Kerala University of Health Sciences Thrissur Medical college PO, Thrissur, Kerala, India Pin 680 596 [email protected]

7 Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University Wayanad Pookode, Wayanad [email protected]

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

9 Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit Kalady P.B. No.14, Kalady, Kerala 683574 www.ssus.ac.in/
10 University of Calicut Malappuram Malappuram (District), PIN 673 635, Calicut University PO, Kerala, India, [email protected]

11 University of Kerala Trivandrum The Controller of Examinations, Senate Campus University of Kerala, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram [email protected]

12 National University of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi NUALS Campus, H.M.T. Colony P.O., Kalamassery, Ernakulam, PIN - 683 503 [email protected] (Kindly mention the subject of your e-mail)

13 Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University Malappuram Vakkad, Tirur, Malappuram Pin:676 502 [email protected]

14 Kerala Technological University Thiruvananthapuram CET Campus, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala -695016 [email protected]

15 Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram Valiamala, Thiruvananthapuram-695 547 Kerala, [email protected]

16 Kerala-Kalamandalam-Logo.jpgKerala Kalamandalam Cheruthuruthy Deemed University for Art and Culture, Cheruthuruthy - 679 531 via Thrissur, Kerala, India [email protected]

17 Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram IISER -Thiruvananthapuram, Computer Science Building, College of Engineering Trivandrum Campus, Trivandrum - 695016, Kerala, India [email protected]

18 National Institute of Technology Calicut NIT Campus P. O., Calicut, Kerala, India, Pin - 673 601 www.nitc.ac.in/
19 Sree Chitra Thirunal Institute of Medical Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram Thiruvananthapuram - 695 011, Kerala, India. [email protected]