Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala


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Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU)
Mahatma Gandhi University emblem.jpg
Emblem of Mahatma Gandhi University
MottoVidyay āmritamaṣṇute (Sanskrit)[1]
Motto in English
Knowledge makes one immortal
ChancellorArif Mohammad Khan
Vice-ChancellorProf. Sabu Thomas
Location, ,
University entrance
Junction in front of university

Mahatma Gandhi University (commonly referred to as MG University or MGU) is a state university in Kerala, India. It was established on Gandhi Jayanti day, 2 October 1983 in the Kottayam district of Kerala state.[2] Mahatma Gandhi University (formerly Gandhiji University), has been approved by UGC and accredited (A) by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India. The university has around 300 affiliated colleges spread over five districts in central Kerala.


The university offers around 300 academic programmers (Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral degrees) in the fields of Pure and Applied Sciences, Technology, Paramedical Studies, Nursing, Management, Law, Engineering, Gandhian Thought, development studies, International Relations, Inter disciplinary Integrated Master of Sciences, Politics, Physics, Nano Science, Disability Studies, Rehabilitation Sciences, Special Education, Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, Tourism, Journalism, Chemical Sciences, Polymer Engineering, Hospital Administration, Environmental Sciences, Disaster Management, Business Studies, Commerce, Economics, Arts, Pedagogical Studies, Hotel and Hospitality Management, Catering Science, Food and Nutrition, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Geoinformatics among others. Average annual student enrollment is between 17,000 and 18,000 (2013 statistics).[2]


Prof.Sabu Thomas (Professor, School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University) serves as the Vice-Chancellor. Prof.C.T Aravindakumar serves as the Pro Vice-Chancellor. The registrar is Prof. (Dr.) Prakashkumar B and Dr. Sreejith C.M. holds the charge of Controller of Examinations. Sri. Biju Mathew acts as the Finance Officer.

The university is funded by the University Grants Commission and Government of Kerala.[2] It is a member of the AIU and the ACU.[2] Association of Commonwealth Universities represents over 480 universities from Commonwealth countries.


The university campus is in the Priyadarsini Hills,Athirampuzha 13 kilometers from Kottayam Railway Station and 4 kilometers from Ettumanoor. To reach the campus take the deviation from M.C. Road at Ettumanoor or Gandhi Nagar. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport situated at Nedumbassery, Cochin which is about 80 km away. Private buses to Ernakulam starting from the Nagampadom bus stand at the northern end of the railway platform at Kottayam stop at the university. It is located 13 km away from the city of Kottayam.

Schools and departments

  • School of Behavioral Science
  • School of Bio-Science
  • School of Chemical Science
  • School of Computer Sciences
  • School of Distance Education
  • School of Environmental Science
  • School of Gandhian Thought and Development Studies
  • School of Indian Legal Thought
  • School of International Relation & Politics
  • School of Printing & Publishing
  • School of Letters
  • School of Pedagogical Sciences
  • School of Physical Education & Sports Science
  • School of Pure and applied physics
  • School of Management & Business Studies
  • School of Social Science
  • School of Technology & Applied Sciences
  • School of Tourism Studies
  • Department of Life-Long Learning & Extension
  • National Institute of Plant Science Technology
  • Inter University Center For Studies in Science of Music
  • Centre For High Performance Computing
  • Inter University Centre for Disability Studies
  • International and Inter University Centre for Nano science and Nanotechnology
  • Institute for Integrated Programmers and Research in Basic Sciences (IIRBS)
  • Inter University Centre for Biomedical Research
  • Inter University Instrumentation Centre
  • Advanced Molecular Materials Research Centre
  • Inter University Centre for Social Science Research and Extension
  • Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development
  • Centre for English Language and Communication Skills
  • K.n. Raj study centre for planning and centre -state financial relations

Centre for Advanced Research in Library and Information Sciences (CARLIS)

CARLIS was established in 2010 for research on technologies that can transfer existing knowledge from traditional media to future proof digital media for the networked society.

CARLIS covers two main areas; Library Science and Information Science along with their applications using technologies developed in allied areas. CARLIS started Offering PhD programmes in 2010 and the areas of research are content management, digital archiving, multimedia resources, information administration, information economics, information infrastructures, IPR issues, knowledge warehousing, language technologies, Open Access protocols, resource sharing networks etc.

It is envisaged as a national centre and will have initially an Advisory Council with experts from India and abroad, an Honorary Director, experts from different areas in knowledge management as faculty. The research by the team associated to CARLIS has developed the Digital Library package with search mechanisms for Indian scripts used in Gandhi University on line Theses Library the first official Open Access Archive of PhD theses from Indian universities.[3]


University rankings
General – international
Times (World) (2021)[4]601–800
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2020)[5]49
NIRF (Universities) (2020)[6]30

The Times Higher Education (THE) has ranked MG university amongst the top 800 universities in the World in THE World University Rankings 2021.

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala 49th overall in India[5] and 30th among universities in 2020.[6]

Notable alumni

Affiliated colleges

See also

  • Rajan Gurukkal
  • Mahatma Gandhi University Library
  • Mahatma Gandhi University Staff Cricket Club


  1. ^ cosmic. "MG university".
  2. ^ a b c d Gupta, Ameeta; Kumar, Ashish (2006). Handbook of Universities. New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers & Distributors. pp. 532–536. ISBN 978-81-269-0608-6.
  3. ^ Jancy James, Dr and Raman Nair, R. and Sreekumar, G. Doctoral Research at Mahatma Gandhi University 1983-2008: a Bibliometric Analysis. University News, 2008, vol. 46, n. 51, 28 December 2008, retrieved 20 July 2013
  4. ^ "Top 1000 World University Rankings 2021". Times Higher Education. 2020.
  5. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 11 June 2020.
  6. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 (Universities)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 11 June 2020.

External links

  • Mahatma Gandhi University: Website of Mahatma Gandhi University