Mahatma Gandhi University, one of the four affiliating Universities in Kerala, is the premier educational institution that strives to fulfill the higher educational needs of the people of Central Kerala. Set on the sprawling 110-acre Priyadarsini Hills Campus at Athirampuzha, 13 kms off Kottayam, the University also has ten satellite campuses in parts of Kottayam and the neighbouring districts. The University was established on 2nd 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 18 University Departments, 1 International Inter University Centre, 6 Inter University Centres, 7 Inter School Centres, 36 Self-Financing Departments, 82 Aided Affiliated Colleges (of which 8 are Colleges with Potential for Excellence), 230 Unaided Affiliated Colleges and 273 Recognized Research Institutes. It imparts education in the interdisciplinary as well as conventional disciplines of science, social science and humanities besides in the professional disciplines of Engineering, Technology, Legal studies, Pedagogy, Pharmacy and Nursing. TheUniversity has also made its educational presence felt outside the territorial jurisdiction through achain of Off-campus Centres under the School of Distance Education.
From its inception, Mahatma Gandhi University has made immense strides in the fields of inter disciplinary teaching and research in the areas of pure and applied sciences, social sciences and 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 studentfriendly 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 disciplinesco-exist and interact with one another. The organizational practice of creating institutions of interdisciplinary knowledge itself has been a great learning experience for the academics in MahatmaGandhi University. The University has initiated the constitution of Centres of Convergence around integrated knowledge areas. Knowledge generated beyond disciplines and across interfaces is strikingly fresh, regenerative and convergent.
Mahatma Gandhi University envisions to excel in the field of higher education and cater to the scholastic and developmental needs of the individual, throgh continuous creation of critical knowledge base for the society's sustained and inclusive growth.
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
Vice ChancellorDr. A V George
AddressPriyadarsini Hills P.O Kottayam Kerala, India Pin - 686 560
Phone Numbers91 481 2731050
Fax Numbers91 481 2731002