Kannur University (KU) Kannur Overview

  Kannur   UGC, AIU, NAAC   ESTD 1996
  Kannur   UGC, AIU, NAAC   ESTD 1996

About College

Earlier known as ‘Malabar University’, Kannur University was founded in the year 1996. It began functioning on the 2nd of March in the same year. The inauguration of the university was done by the then Chief Minister of Kerala. The university has six campuses at present and aims at providing higher education in the areas of Kasargod and Kannur.

These campuses are Dr P.K. Rajan Memorial Campus, Kannur, Palathadam, Mananthavady Campus, Kasargod Campus, Payyanur Campus, Mangattuparamba Campus and Thalassery Campus. The UGC approved university is also a member of AIU. 

The Nileshwaram campus or Dr. P.K. Ranjan campus has departments of Malayalam, MBA, IT Education, Molecular Biology and Hindi while Mananthavady campus includes the Department of Zoology and Rural & Tribal Sociology.

Kasargod campus provides departments related to IT Education, Indian Languages and Management Studies and on the other hand, departments of Geography, Visual and Fine Arts, Chemical Sciences and Pure and Applied Chemistry are available in Swami Anandatheertha campus, which is located in Payyanur campus.

Mangattuparamba has such 12 departments against the Thalassery campus which includes only nine departments. Kannur University offers many UG and PG programs in disciplines like Management, Commerce, Arts, Fine Arts, Computer Applications, and so on.

Distance education is also provided in the university. Prof. Gopinath Ravindran is the current vice-chancellor of the university, and other faculty heads of several departments have performed their roles very well in making the university a successful venture.

The university has a qualified team of faculty members. There are 36 faculty members and 40,024 students enrolled with the university at present. The teachers are knowledgeable and interactive enough to solve the students’ academic obstacles and make them understood every concept in detail. Details regarding their research papers and success are present on the Kannur University official website.

Founded in  1996
Accredited by NAAC with ‘B’ Grade
Approved by University Grants Commission
No. of affiliated colleges under the university  60
No. of Departments in the university 12
No. of faculty members  36
No. of students enrolled 40,024

Courses offered and Fee structure.

Kannur University offers two UG, 11 PG, one integrated, one PG Diploma and two doctorate courses. The university provides degrees in Business Administration, Education, Arts, Sciences, Commerce, Journalism, Zoology, Microbiology, Geography, Physics Advanced Materials, MLISc, Law, Computer Application etc. with a duration between one to five years. 

BA+LLB is the only integrated course available in the university for full-time and the duration of the course is five years. 

Undergraduate courses 

The university offers several bachelor courses at the undergraduate level of study. For instance, there is a total of around 20 courses, starting from regional languages to subjects like History, Economics, Islamic History and many more.

For the candidates who are from Science background and want to opt a specialization in that, Kannur University admission 2019 has taken place in the Science subjects also. The list includes Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Electronics, Geography and many more.

Apart from these, Management courses, Commerce Agriculture courses, Law and Information Technology - all of these are offered at this level. Candidates can get more details about Kannur University UG admission 2019 from its official website.

Postgraduate courses 

The PG course provided in the university include MSc (Master of Sciences), MPEd (Master of Physical Education), MA (Master of Arts), MCJ (Master of Communication & Journalism) , MLISc (Master of Library & Information Science), MCA (Master of Computer Application) and LLM (Master of Law). MSc includes specializations in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Medical Microbiology, Biochemistry, Medical Laboratory and Clinical and Counselling Psychology.

MA is available in disciplines like Anthropology, Applied Economics, Rural & Tribal Sociology, History & Heritage Studies etc. Environmental Studies, Molecular Biology, Applied Zoology etc. are branches of M Tech. The duration of these courses is between two and three years. In terms of fees, the MBA course fee is Rs. 52,790 against MSc fee which almost half of it.

MA course fee at the university is quite affordable which is Rs. 14,550 but LLM costs around Rs. 28,670. Lateral course in MCA has its price around Rs. 38,800 whereas M.LIB.I.SC. a fee is Rs.23,270. MCJ course is also offered on a decent rate of Rs. 39,580. However, MCA fee goes a little higher around Rs. 58,000. Information regarding Kannur University PG admission 2019 is already provided on the website.

Besides, UG and PG courses, Kannur University also offers Distance Education programme for the students who are working and cannot attend a regular class. Kannur University Distance Education courses are conducted through the School of Distance Education.

It is worth to be mentioned that, Kannur University has taken an initiative called Smart Web for its Distance Education students, by which they can get easy access to the study materials and other things.

Admission Process

Admission to UG courses requires a passing score in HSC examination that is accepted by the university for UG admission. Some conditions are to be matched to become eligible for entry into the university for a particular course. Bachelor degree courses are joined in Kannur University based on marks scored in the 10+2 examination. BEd and LLB candidates can join the courses on having a degree in any discipline.

For admission into Kannur University MBA course, students have to get a bachelor degree along with a valid scorecard of CAT, MAT etc. For PG course, an undergraduate degree in the same discipline is required, but for PhD candidates, 55% aggregate marks are required in the master’s degree. After all these conditions are matched, candidates have to take and pass an entrance test conducted by the Kannur University. 

  • For admission in UG course, the university takes students based on their merits in the higher secondary examination along with a scorecard in the state-level exams, required for some course.
  • For admission in PG course, marks in UG courses and entrance exam’s scores are considered.
  • In the case of Distance Learning programmes, candidates have to register them through the official website at http://sde.kannuruniversity.ac.in/index.php.


Kannur University, along with providing good quality education, also saves the efforts of the students by offering excellent job opportunities for them. The talent at the university campus attracts many recruiters every year. On-site campus placements also take place. Companies participating in the job fest are Yodlee, Zopper, Wipro, Sapient, Oracle, Tech Mahindra etc. 

In 2015 batch, the placement percentage of Kannur University was 39.1% that stayed around 35% in 2016 too. However, in 2017, a sudden fall in placement percentage was seen. The highest salary package offered in 2017 was 10 LPA against 8.50 LPA provided in 2015. 

Results and Cut-offs

A specified percentile has to be crossed by the candidates seeking admission in the university. Kannur University decides the cut-off percentile after the result of the qualifying exams are out. UG and PG cut-off list is declared after some factors are taken into consideration as a number of appearing candidates, difficulty level of the exam, scores in the qualifying exam and availability of seats in the university for a particular course. 

Alumni Network

Kannur University has cordial relations with its alumni members. It results from constant interaction and their good networking circle that enables the university to gain the support of its alumni members. Notable alumni members of the university include Pinarayi Vijayan, James Mathew, K. Sudhakaran, A.N. Shamseer, Sanusha, Sreenivasan etc.

From many years, the university has been working on its expansion and strength that in return, attracts benefits for the university as well as its present students. 


Kannur University scholarships are offered to meritorious and deserving students who are engaged in full-time courses in the university. Scholarships are offered in the form of fee exemption, remission etc. AMAT scholarships are also given to the students with good academic ranks.

Scholarships for MBA program candidates have to meet the eligibility criteria that includes a bachelor’s degree with minimum 50% aggregate.

The required percentage goes a little down to 45% in case of SC/ST candidates. Candidates who score a high rank in the qualifying exams like CAT/MAT/GMAT/AMAT also become eligible for these scholarships. Candidates must belong to Indian nationality to get benefits of these scholarships. 

Campus Facilities

Kannur University’s infrastructure has many amenities that students look up for in a university campus. Like most universities of India, Kannur University address for all of its campuses can be reached from all the parts of the country.

Kannur University library is spread across 13,304 sq. m. of area and it has books over thousands. The guest house in the university has 1,103 sq. m. the area that has clean and furnished rooms with a hygienic mess.  In Kasargod campus of the university, ladies hostel has all the essential facilities with 24/7 electricity and security.

Mananthavady campus has an open-air auditorium with large seating capacity and area of 1,147 sq. m.  Mangattuparamba campus has separate hostel for ladies and gents, gymnasium, swimming pool, sports complex, canteen and staff amenity centre. All these facilities fulfil the requirements of the students.