Kannur University came into being by an Act passed by Kerala legislature in 1996. It is a teaching, residential and affiliating university, with its main campus in Mangattuparamba of Kannur District. The university, which has its jurisdiction in Kasaragod, Kannur, and Wayanad Districts of Kerala, is a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). Campuses of the university are located at Thalassery, Mangattuparamba, Payyannur and Mananthavady.
A multi-campus university, it conducts a range of courses from its different campuses. A wide range of courses, conventional as well as professional, are included in the prospectus. Department of Distance Education conducts correspondence courses for the students. Information Technology Centre at Kasargod provides postgraduate courses in computer science and features sophisticated computing laboratories. Professional job-oriented courses like Management, and Library and Information Sciences help students get placement post education. Laboratories and research facilities are available on subjects like Biotechnology, Microbiology, Physics and Chemistry.
Central Library, which is open for 12 hours a day, has the treasure of reference books, journals and periodicals on diverse fields. The Library has been recognized as a research centre for PhD in several subjects. Apart from the Central Library, one is located at Thalassery Campus. Regularly conducted NSS/ NCC programs play a part in developing the personality of the students. Sports and extra-curricular activities are regularly conducted.
Kannur University was established in 1996 by an Act passed by Kerala Legislative Assembly for development of higher education in this region of Kerala. However, with the name Malabar University, it had come into existence even earlier in November, 1995.
School of Historical and Cultural Studies
School of Wood Technology
School of Behavioral Sciences
School of English & Foreign Languages
Department of Studies in English
School of Social Sciences
Department of Anthropology
School of Life Sciences
Department of Biotechnology & Microbiology
School of Management Studies
Department of Management Studies
School of Information Science & Technology
Department of Information Technology
School of Development Studies
Department of Applied Economics
School of Legal Studies
Department of Law
School of Physical Education and Sports Sciences
Department of Physical Education
School of Chemical Sciences
Department of Chemistry
School of Pure and Applied Physics
Department of Physics
School of Visual and Fine Arts
Department of Music
School of Pedagogical Sciences
School of Indian Languages
Department of Geography
School of Health Sciences