The Department of Malayalam


The Department of Malayalam started functioning in 1922 and introduced UG and PG courses in 1959 and 1960 respectively. MG University recognized it as a Research Centre in 1994.


Course Restructuring and Success Rate.
Since the last accreditation the Dept follows semester system in PG programme. A workshop for Malayalam teachers was conducted in our College to familiarise with the semester system. The Dept has a success rate of 90% in PG and 60% in UG and has 90% and 50% first class rates respectively.
Enhancement of Learning Resources
 There is a reference library for students in the Dept. A rare collection of classical books and books on and by Dr Hermen Gundert are preserved in the Research Centre. AV equipment and computers with Internet facility are also available in the Dept. We make maximum use of AV support for theatrical studies in drama, classical arts, folk arts, etc. Classes by research scholars are arranged at regular intervals to keep abreast with contemporary research activities
Innovations in Teaching and Counselling
Seminars, paper presentation, assignments, stage performance, and study tours are the different teaching methods practised in the Dept. By conducting, a weekly poetry appreciation programme Kavyasaparya and a literary workshop Rachana the literary awareness and the writing skills among students are improved. To inculcate a better awareness about Folk Tradition, demonstrations by folk artists like Mariamma John, popularly known as Mariamma Chettathi, are arranged. Apart from these, the Dept hosts 7 memorial lectures and a Quiz Programme every year. Following the mentor system of the College, each division of the course has a mentor in charge. He motivates the students in the learning process and gives suggestions towards personality development. Remedial classes are arranged for weaker students during the zero hour and Saturdays. The Dept tries to support financially backward students by providing them with study materials.
 Faculty Development Programmes
Since last accreditation, two of our faculty members attended Refresher Course and one an Orientation Course. Four of our faculty members attended national seminars.
Dr. James, V , Head of the Department has secured Ph. D Degree on 19th January 2010 for his Doctoral Thesis- "Styles of  Ayyappa Panikkar and M Govindan: A transition brought to Malayalam Poetic language  - A Stylystics approach"
Participation in Academic Activities and Extension.
In the last 5 years our faculty members C N Purushothaman Namboodiri , I Isthak , M J Chacko and K J Thomas were in the UG and PG Board of Studies of the University. V James was elected to the University Senate. K J Thomas was the Chairman of MA Malayalam Examinations Board, 2005. The Dept gives coaching classes for competitive examinations like UGC/NET through which twelve students were qualified. In association with Vidyarangom of Karukachal Educational Sub- District the Dept organized two- day Literary Workshop in 2003.
 Thrust Areas of Research, Projects, Publications and Collaboration
Research is a major part of the academic activities of the Dept. A three-storeyed Research Block in memory of Ulahannan Mappila, former HOD, was opened in 2003. The active areas of research are Malayalam Language and Literature and Kerala Studies. The Research Centre has 4 Guides and 16 students. In the last five years, 3 students secured doctoral degree. Our faculty members K J Thomas, Dr Joji Madappattu has published articles in popular journals and newspapers. Dr P Antony edited 5 books during the last five years.

Projects With UGC Funds


1. Prof Joy Anchanatt -Minor Research Project
2. Dr. P.Antony-Minor Research Project-Social and practical Changes and its impact on the folk of KUttanad, 2010
3. Fr. Jose Thekkeppuram-Minor Research Project- The  Visual Culture: A Study based on three News Channels in Kerala, 2010.


1. Dr. E.N.Narayanan, Application of Inference theory, 2010

 Memorial Lectures

1. Prof. Ramachandra Pai Memorial Lecture on Linguistics
2. Ulahannan Mappila Memorial  workshop on theatre arts
3. V.R. Srinivas Sharma  Memorial Lecture
4. PT Chacko Memorial Debate Competition
5.IC Chakko Symposium
6.Fr. Joseph Valiaveettil Memorial Lecture
7.Prof. MP Paul MEmorial Lecture
8.Prof. MM Joseph memorial Lecture
Continuous Assessment, Placements
The progress in studies of the student is assessed through monthly tests, paper presentations, assignments, etc. Many of our students are placed as journalists in leading national and regional newspapers and publishing firms, and lecturers in colleges and higher secondary schools.
As a part of research activity the centre conducted a two-day All Kerala Researcher;s Meet in 2005 where 11 research papers were presented. These papers are shaped into a proceeding.  A national seminar on Kerala Through 100 Years was organized in 2005. The college celebrates Keralappiravi on November 1 every year under the guidance and leadership of the Dept. On Karkkidakam 1 of Malayalam Era the Dept leads a Karkkidaka Dinacharanam to make the students aware of Kerala’s rich folk tradition. In collaboration with the Dept of Multimedia we conducted an international film festival named Berchmans International Film Festival (BIFF) in 2004. International Centre for Koodiyattom Thripunithura and the Dept jointly conducted a one-day appreciation-training programme on Koodiyattom, the renowned ancient classical dramatic form of Kerala. As a part of Theatre Study, the Dept staged Durabhamgam, an interpretive version of Bhasa’s Sanskrit drama Oorubhangom and also conducted folk theatre forms such as Padayani, Porattu and Kakkarisi by renowned folk artists. The Dept conducted a seminar on Film, History and Theory in 2005. Padma Vibhooshan Adoor Gopalakrishnan inaugurated the seminar. The Dept played a major role in making Mrs Mariamma John, an illiterate, Dalit senior citizen, a resource person in the folk traditions of Central Travancore. Eventually, the Kerala Folklore Academy awarded her Folklore Fellowship in 2003.
Golden JubileeCelebrations

Department celebrated golden jubilee of Malayalam UG, PG Courses in the academic year of 2009-2010. The programmes were inaugurated by renowned poet Prof. ONV Kurupp in September . Prof Vishnu Narayanan Nampoothiri . Prof. M Thomas Mathew. were the dignitaries on the occasion. Concluding programme in March, was inaugurated by M.T Vasudevan Nair.  Seminars on Linguistics, Theatre, Memorial lectures ,Kavithasilpasala, Drama performances, Workshop on Kathakali, Literary Quiz were the quintessentials  of entire programme.

 Participation in academic  bodies

1.Dr. James V .Head of the Department ,  Chairman of Board of Studies , Malayalam PG Course,MG University
2. Prof. Joy Joseph Anchanatt, Chairman, PG Examinations, MG University.
3. Dr. E.N. Narayanan, Member, Board of Studies, Faculty of Kutiyattam, Kerala Kalamandalm Deemed University of Performing Arts

Achievements of the faculties

Dr. Joseph Skariah was honoured with IC Chakko Award for Grammar by Kerala Sahitya Akademy in 2009

 Students Achievements
! Jalaja Bhaskaran,  I Rank MA Malayalam, MG University, 2003.
2. Fr. Jose George I Rank MA Malayalam, MG University, 2005.
3. Ajeesh Thomas III Rank MA Malayalam, MG University, 2008
Future Plans
In future the Dept intends to open a Language Lab and to take major research projects on folklore especially Folklore of Kuttanad. We have proposed to conduct a three-day national seminar on Epic Tradition and Modern Indian Arts and Literature. An All Kerala Researcher's Meet will be conducted every year. The Dept is publishing its annual journal Malayala Kutumbam Patrika from 2002 onwards with funding from its former students.

Contact Details

Head of the Department

Dr. James V


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