The Department of History, University of Calicut was started in 1963 as the P G study centre of the Kerala University. It was started at the Zamorin's Guruvayurappan College, Kozhikode. When the UNiversity of Calicut was founded in 1968, the PG Centre became Research Department of the University. Prominent scholars like M GS Narayanan, T K Ravindran, Ibrahim Kunju, A Sreedhara Menon and M P Sreekumaran Nair. Later scholars like K K N Kurup, V C Moidu, K J John, S M Mohammed Koya, V Kunhali, E K G Nambiar, K P Velayudhan, K Gopalankutty, K N Ganesh etc., gave leadership to the academic activities of the Department. The Research Centre organised UGC Summer Institute, Indian History Congress, South Indian History Congress and more than one time. Large number of international and national seminars and workshops were also organised by the Department. Professor T K Ravindran, Professor and K K N Kurup became the Vice Chancellors of the University. The Department is running a peer reviewed publication called Journal of South Indian History, and several research findings were published by the Research Centre under the title 'Calicut University Historical Series'. Research Scholars and students of the Department are receiving fellowships, research grants and other scholarships for meritorious student activity. The Library of the Department, Digital Archives, Kerala History Museum and the Computer Lab have become distinct facilities of the Social Science Department. The recently launched 'Community Archives' programme of the Department is accepted by the Kerala Government for State wide iimplementation. Large number of visitors come to the Department for conducting the 'History Exhibition' of the Department and the holding of 'Oral History Workshops'. Students of various courses are selected through the process of entrance tests and interviews. In 2017, the Department was selected as 'The Centre with Potential for Excellence' by the University and was allotted One Crore Ruppes for its overall development.

Our vision is to create a vibrant learning environment founded on value based academic principles that foster collaboration, a culture of accomplishment and strong support of ethnic and intellectual diversity wherein all involved shall contribute effectively, efficiently and responsibly.

Our mission is to provide

  • Highest quality Post Graduate and Doctoral education as per international standards.
  • State-of-the-art research facilities with the upgraded laboratory facilities time to time.
  • Strong partnerships with industries, government agencies, professional societies and local communities.
  • Extension and consultancy services to government, private, public and industrial sectors

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Department of History
University of Calicut
Thenhipallam PO
Malappuram - 673635 PIN
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