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University of Calicut
Established in the year 1968 the University of Calicut is the largest university in Kerala and the second university to be set up in Kerala. The main campus of this affiliating university is located at Thenjippalam in Malappuram. This campus has departments in most of the science and humanities subjects. In the year 2013 the university was ranked the 26th best university in India and has also been recognized as the most quickly growing university. The campus in 500 acres of land gives the feel of a hill station. With more than 30 post graduate courses and 373 affiliated colleges the University of Calicut has grown to become one of the top centres of learning in India.
Website: www.universityofcalicut.info

Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University
Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University, also called Malayalam University aims to shed light on the specificities of the language, history, culture, and lifestyle of Kerala. The university is rightly located at Tirur, the birthplace of Thunchath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan – the father of Malayalam language. The university is designed to impart education [n Malayalam language, literature, criticism, traditional architecture, intangible culture, performing arts, folk tales, classical and contemporary music, theater, folklore and martial arts. The centre will also undertake research programmes on specific areas within the overall context of Kerala's culture.

AMU Malappuram Off-Campus
The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has two fully functioning off-campus centres, one at Malappuram and the other in Murshidabad in West Bengal. Started in 2010, the Malappuram centre of AMU is situated at Chelamala near Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district of Kerala. The centre offers two academic programmes, B.A.LL.B (Hons.) and M.B.A.
Website: www.amu.ac.in

EFLU Malappuram Campus
The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) has started a full-fledged campus in Malappuram district. Situated in Edu-Health City campus at Panakkad in Malappuram district, courses here commenced since the 2013-14 academic year. The campus now offers a flash course in English, Post-graduate Diploma in Teaching of English (PGDTE).
Website: www.efluniversity.ac.in
P.G. Colleges
M.E.S. College Ponnani
M.E.S. College in Ponnani is a well-known education center situated in Ponnani municipal area of Malappuram district. It has a sprawling campus and is the only higher education centre situated between Tirur and Guruvayoor in the coastal belt of Malappuram district.

The college has good facilities and has a well disciplined and secular atmosphere. The faculty here is dedicated, efficient and qualified and they take care to provide individual attention to the students.
Website: www.mesponnanicollege.org

Dr. Gafoor Memorial M.E.S. Mampad College, Mampad
M.E.S. Mampad College is situated in Mampad village in Malappuram district. This college offers both traditional and innovative courses. Run by the Muslim Educational Society, one of the premier educational organizations of Muslims in Kerala, this college is affiliated to the University of Calicut with a rich and unique tradition.

Started in the year 1965 by the Eranad Educational Association, the college initially offered Pre- degree courses and was later adopted by the Muslim Educational Society in 1967. The late Dr. P. K. Abdul Gafoor is the founder president of M.E.S. The college was upgraded in 1970 with degree courses and post-graduate courses were introduced in 1978.
Website: www.mesmampad.org

N.S.S. College, Manjeri
Managed by the Nair Service Society (NSS), the N.S.S. College, Manjeri is an Arts and Science college affiliated to the University of Calicut. Set in the middle of the magnificent hills of Manjeri, the college is recognized by University Grants Commission (UGC). The college was inaugurated by P. M. Thirumulpad on 15th July 1965. Like the other educational institutions owned by N.S.S., this college also owes its origin to its esteemed founder Mannathu Padmanabhan.
Website: www.nsscollegemanjeri.in

P.S.M.O. College, Malappuram
Established in the year 1968, the Pocker Sahib Memorial Orphanage (PSMO) College is an aided junior college, affiliated to the University of Kerala under the management of the Tirurangadi Muslim orphanage committee (Regd.). After the reorganization of universities, the college came under the University of Calicut in the same year. In 1972, this institution was upgraded as a first grade college and later in 1980 became a post-graduate college. The college was started with an intention to provide education to the orphans of the Muslim community; but it also fulfils the educational aspirations of students from all communities.
Website: www.psmocollege.ac.in
First Grade Colleges
Thunchan Memorial Govt. College, Malappuram
Affiliated to the University of Calicut, the Thunchan Memorial Govt. College, Malappuram started functioning in the year 1980. Functioning from its own land of 22.5 acres at Vakkad in Vettom village the college offers U.G. and P.G. courses in Science, Humanities and Languages. At present the college has five under-graduate programmes namely Arabic, Commerce, Mathematics, Malayalam, Physics and four post-graduate programmes in Arabic, Commerce, Mathematics, and Malayalam. The college was accredited by NAAC with B+ Grade in the year 2007.

The college has a well established library with a stock of 22,975 books, a reference section of 1,327 books and about 30 periodicals and journals. Many cultural forums and clubs are at work both in the departmental and college level to encourage the talents of the students. The college provides quality higher education and the focal intention is the uplift of girl students of nearby areas, particularly the coastal areas.
Website :www.tmgctirur.org

Unity Women's College, Manjeri
Korambayil Ahamed Haji Memorial Unity Women's College, Manjeri came into existence in 1991, materializing the long cherished ambition of the public for an institution of Higher education for women in the backward area of Malappuram District. The is a self-financing college run by Muslim Educational and Cultural Association (MECA) – a registered society and affiliated to the University of Calicut.

This is the only arts, science and commerce women's college in Malappuram District and the first college that started without pre-degree course in the State. The college aims at the uplift of women in general and Muslim women in particular, who are socially and educationally backward. The college has a computerized library with a collection of 14,000 books and many periodicals. The college has been accredited in 2005 by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) at B+ level.

M.E.S. College Valancheri
M.E.S. Keveeyam College was established in 1981 as an aided college affiliated to the University of Calicut under the aegis of Muslim Educational Society (MES). The college is spread over 16 acres of land in Valanchery, Malappuram District. The beautiful campus is situated beside the lush green paddy fields of Valanchery. The college was established under the visionary leadership of men like late Dr. N. K. Mohammed, the first modern medical practitioner from the locality and Sri. K. V. Mohammed, a businessman and philanthropist, among others with the active involvement of M.E.S. The college offers five under-graduate courses and a post- graduate course in Polymer Chemistry. The college contributed immensely to the higher education aspirations of the youths of predominantly agrarian community.
Website: www.meskvmcollege.info

Mar Thoma College
Mar Thoma College, located at Chungathara, in Malappuram district of Kerala, is a self-financing co-educational college affiliated to the University of Calicut. The college was founded with a clear vision of providing higher education for the weaker sections of Chungathara and its nearby regions. The college was established on 28 October, 1981 by the Mar Thoma Church, under the able leadership of the great visionary, Rev. Easow Mar Timotheos Episcopa with the great motto, ‘Let Your Light Shine'. It is an institution for Rural Development, since it was established in an educationally, socially and financially backward area.

The college is equipped with all requisite infrastructure like seminar halls open-air auditorium, full-fledged library system etc. within a calm and pleasant campus. Accredited by NAAC with grade B++ the college offers eight under-graduate courses and two post-graduate courses in different disciplines.
Website: www.marthomacollegechungathara.org

Govt. College, Malappuram
One of the oldest government colleges in Malappuram the Govt. College, Malappuram was started in 1972 as a second grade college with just two Pre-degree batches. At first, the college started functioning in a building of the Director of Public Instruction at Down Hill, Malappuram, which continued till it was shifted to the present site in 1981. The establishment of the college was the result of the dedicated effort and the insight of Janab C. H. Mohammed Koya, the then minister for Education, Government of Kerala. This institution caters to the higher educational needs of the marginalized, especially the female members of the society.

The college offers nine under-graduate courses, including one in Islamic history and four courses at the post-graduate level. The college is affiliated to the University of Calicut.
Website: www.gcmalappuram.ac.in

EMEA College, Kondotty
Affiliated to University of Calicut and accredited with a B++ certificate by NAAC, the EMEA College of Arts and Science, is situated at Kondotti, in Malappuram district of Kerala. The college was started as a first grade college in 1982 to conduct quality higher education for the people of Malappuram. This co-educational college, aided by Government of Kerala is run by Ernad Muslim Educational Association. The college has flourished as a post-graduate college within a short span of time, due to its excellent teaching standards. The college offers several under-graduate and post-graduate courses in Arts, Science, Commerce and Business studies. The college has all required infrastructure to cater to the smooth functioning of an excellent system of higher education.
Cultural Institutions
Thunchan Parambu
Thunchan parambu the birthplace of Thunchath Ezhuthachan, the father of Malayalam language is situated at Tirur, 32 km from Malappuram. This hallowed land has been carefully preserved for posterity with items like the iron stylus, used by the great bard of Kerala, kept on display.

On the day of vijayadasami children are brought here to be initiated into the world of letters. The ancient kanjira tree (Nux vomica) under which he is supposed to have imparted knowledge to his beloved disciples and composed his poems, is one of the treasured exhibits here. The memorial also houses a Saraswathi Mandapam in granite along with a library of rare manuscripts. Thunchan memorial cultural and research centre and cottages for writers are the other highlights of the place. The famous ‘Thunchan Utsavam’ is held here every year in the first week of February.

Poonthanam Illam
Poonthanam Illam (illam is ancestral house of Brahmins) is the house of Poonthanam Namboothiri, an exponent of the Krishna cult of the Bhakthi movement. He is believed to have lived in the 16th century and known for his work Njanappana, the song of divine wisdom. Legend has it that this great devotee of Lord Krishna was taken to heaven by Lord himself. The Sree Krishna temple where he used to pray is situated nearby.

Vallathol Nagar
Cheruthuruthy or Vallathol Nagar is a small town near Thrissur on the banks of the Bharathapuzha River. This serene and scenic village is noted for the presence of Kerala Kalamandalam, a premier centre for learning classical art forms of south India. Mahakavi Vallathol Narayana Menon played a primary role in establishing the Kalamandalam. His samadhi (final resting place) is in the old Kalamandalam campus.

The centre started functioning in the year 1930 and teaches art forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Thullal, Koothu, Folk dances, Panchavadyam and Drama. Recently, it has been recognized as a Deemed University by the Government of India. The centre follows the residential schooling system and has nurtured many eminent personalities in the field of art.

Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala
Kottakkal, a small town in Malappuram has one of the pioneer institutions of Ayurveda in Kerala - the Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala (AVS). Established in the year 1902 by the visionary physician and philanthropist, the late Vaidyaratnam P. S. Warrier, AVS is the most distinguished name in the field of Ayurveda. Ever since the inception this century-old charitable institution has been working for the practice and propagation of this 5000-year-old health care system. The centre offers authentic Ayurvedic medicine and treatments for patients around the globe.

Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala, over the years, with its unmatched expertise in the field has become a name synonymous with Ayurveda. The Ayurvedic Hospital and Research Centre at Kottakkal has 160 rooms with necessary amenities. The chief physician can be consulted only by appointment made at least 10 days in advance. Accommodation options at the nursing home include family blocks, double rooms, single rooms and suites. Modern medicine manufacturing unit, well-equipped quality control labs, full-fledged research activities, periodicals and books related to Ayurveda, medicinal plant cultivation etc. are some of the other exclusive features of AVS.

The P.S.V. Natya Sangam at Kottakkal is a distinguished centre for leaning Kathakali. The centre has nurtured several talents in the field of Kathakali. Public can also book Kathakali programmes at P.S.V. Natya Sangam.
Website: www.aryavaidyasala.com