Kannur University was established by the Act 22 of 1996 of Kerala Legislative Assembly. The University by the name “Malabar University” had come into existence earlier by the promulgation of an Ordinance by the Governor of Kerala, on 9th November 1995.
Since its founding in 1996, Kannur University has rapidly advanced to become the largest University in northern Kerala. The University has twenty-seven teaching Departments offering programmes of study ranging from Fine Arts to Computational Biology and Nanoscience. Kannur University has 105 colleges affiliated to it and a total student strength of 70790.
The University has adopted the latest pedagogical practices and technology in ensuring quality instruction and assessment. The administration of the University is completely digital and this has exponentially quickened administrative communications, decision making and implementation. The University is fortunate to have a large digital library that is accessible to students and teachers in all the campuses. Similarly advanced laboratories, an instrumentation centre and computational facilities are available for the use of faculty and students.