| Mahatma Gandhi University
The Mahatma Gandhi University
(formerly Gandhiji University), with B+ accreditation of National
Assessment and Accreditation Council, was established on 2nd October
1983, as the fifth University in the Southern most State of Kerala,India.
Hiving off the territorial jurisdiction of the mother institution
– University of Kerala, as per the Mahatma Gandhi University
Act, 12 of 1985,enacted by the Kerala state Legislature, the twenty-two
year young University caters to the development of higher education
of Central Kerala. Higher learning in the Revenue Districts of Kottayam,
Ernakulam and Idukki, Kozhencherry, Mallappally, Thiruvalla and
Ranni Taluks of the Pathanamthitta District and Kuttanad Taluk of
the Alapuzha District comes under the aegis of Mahatma Gandhi University.
The University has a sprawling 110 Acre main Campus in Athirampuzha,
a hamlet 13 Kms. off Kottayam town. Apart from this, the University
has 7 Satellite Campuses at Pullarikunnu, Soorya Kalady Hills, Nattasserry,
Puthuppally, Gandhinagar and Cheruvandoor in Kottayam, Thodupuzha
in Idukki District and Chuttippara in Pathanamthitta District.
The University enrolls 1,50,000 students on an average every year
to its 410 Courses in graduate, post graduate and M.Phil/Ph.D. programmes
through 22 University Departments, 22 Engineering Colleges, 1 Law
College, 3 Medical Colleges, 20 Nursing Colleges, 7 SME Nursing
Institutes, 4 Pharmacy Colleges, 4 Dental Colleges, 3 Ayurveda Colleges,
2 Homoeo Colleges, 1 Music and Fine Arts College, 121 affiliated
Arts and Science colleges, 37 Education Training Colleges and 12
University Colleges of Teacher Education. Mahatma Gandhi University
has made its presence outside its territorial jurisdiction through
the 72 off campus centres – 55 centres within Kerala, 9 outside
Kerala and 8 abroad.
Mahatma Gandhi University has 10 Inter disciplinary Schools of teaching
and research and 12 schools of higher learning in Applied Science
and Professional Studies, with academic autonomy. The courses in
the Departments are conducted in the credit and semester system.
The Schools have tied-up with UGC, FIST, DRS, DST, ISRO, COSIST,
CSIR, DAAD, STEC, ICMR, BARC, MOEF, ICCSR, ICHR and IED and taken
up 70 Research Projects. In order to facilitate inflow of cutting-
edge technologies and methodologies, the University Departments
have commenced collaborative efforts with CIRAD, Mont Pellvier,
France, EHESS, Paris, French Institute, Pondicherry, Toronto University,
Bucknev University, Catholic University, Belgium, Max Plank Institute
of Technology, Germany, California, Institute of Technology, USA,
University of Nantos, France, Edinburgh University, City University,
USA, and Ruth Cohn Institute of Theme Centred Interaction, Switzerland.
The School of Chemical Sciences of the University has advanced commendably
in their research pursuits by developing a host of new technologies
indigenously, which has enabled the institution to net 6 U.S. Patents
and 12 Indian Patents. The Department has initiated dialogue for
transfer of these technologies to the Industry and an M.O.U. in
this regard will be inked soon with a leading research industry
in the world.
The University has awarded 865 doctoral degrees for the research
activities undertaken by the scholars in various disciplines and
published over 5000 papers in research journals of international
At present, Mahatma Gandhi University offers research facilities
and guidance in over 40 disciplines through its own Departments
as well as 114 approved research Centres. The University is in the
process of setting up a dedicated Intellectual Property Facilitation
Centre, in order to promote research, acquisition of IPR’s
and technology transfer.
Mahatma Gandhi University boldly took a lead to initiate the Self-financing
Stream in the University system in 1993 and was able to carve a
niche, especially in professional and job-oriented education in
the State. Now, the University has 24 Self Financing Institutions
under its orbit, offering Engineering, Applied Sciences, Nursing
and Allied Medical Courses. Revolutionising the professional learning
scenario, the University was able to open new vistas to young aspirants,
to pursue career-oriented programmes in Kerala State, curbing the
resource outflow to other parts of the Country.
The University is having a web-enabled Central Library and 21 Departmental
Libraries, 4 Study Centres and 6 Information Centres. The Central
Library is linked to the U.G.C. sponsored INFLIBNET enabling on-line
subscription of over 2500 National and International research journals.
Mahatma Gandhi University has published 53 titles in Malayalam,
38 titles in English and 16 titles in Hindi. The University is also
engaged in co-publishing with leading publishers like Oxford University
Press, Cambridge University Press, BI Publications, DC Books, Modern
Book Centre and Vasthu Vidya Gurukulam, Aranmula.
Mahatma Gandhi University has been able to become a role model in
the Country in extension activities. The Kottayam Literacy Campaign,
the first of its kind in India (1989 ) was a project of this University.
The Nalpathimala Grama Vikas Kendra, within the University Campus,
has evolved as a nationally accepted model for Campus-Community
partnership, which won the first Indiara Gandhi NSS Award in 1993.
The Vocational Rehabilitation Centre under the School of Behavioural
Sciences has opened a new pathway in reaching the masses.
National Service Scheme, National Cadet Corps, University Students
Union and College Union are very active, in chanalising the creativity
sparks of the students. A full-fledged Students Service Department
looks into the student amenities. The Employment and Guidance Bureau
offers regular programmes for students to prepare for the UGC, NET,
CSIR and other competitive Examinations.
The students have been consistently contributing to the image of
the University through their outstanding performance in Inter University
Youth Festivals, Sports, Games and Intellectual pursuits. Our sports
stars, Mrs. Shiny Wilson, Mr. Manju Lal, and Ms. Chitra K. Soman
were able to enter into the international athletic circuit and represented
the Nation in the various Olympics.
Mahatma Gandhi University has honoured the famous Malayalam writers
– the late Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai Shri. M.T. Vasudevan
Nair , the Dada Saheb Phalke award winner and world-renowned film
maker Shri. Adoor Gopalakrishnan with D.Litt. . Seminars, colloquiums
and workshops of international stature is a regular feature in the
University, besides hosting annual memorial lectures in honour of
the late literators and scientists.
Mahatma Gandhi University has made a significant turn when Dr. Jancy
James, assumed its charge on 16th November 2004, becoming the first
woman Vice –Chancellor of the State.
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