The role of Kozhikode district in education is a well known fact. Even during the medieval periods there were reputed centres of learning and culture . One of the most important of such centres was Kozhikode itself. Under the rule of the enlightened Zamorins, it became famous all over South India as a rendezvous of scholars and men of learning.

The beginning of western education may be traced back to the first half of the19th century, when in 1848 the basal Evangelical Mission started primary school at Kallai. In 1877, a school for the young Rajas was started in Kozhikode. This was later thrown open to all caste Hindu boys. In 1879, it was affiliated to the University of Madras as a second grade college and with this, collegiate education in the district received a flip.

Secondary education recorded an appreciable progress since 1915. The erstwhile Malabar district, of which the present Kozhikode district formed a part, holds a high rank among the districts of Madras Presidency in secondary education.

The University of Calicut was established in 1968.The University of Calicut, the second university to be set up in Kerala, with the objective of developing human resources in the northern districts of Kerala by extending the reach of higher education and by promoting research in all areas of development with particular emphasis on technology and art and culture of Kerala. The seat of the University of Calicut is 23 kms. South of Kozhikode city at Tenhippalam in Malappuaram District. (click)

List of Colleges under Calicut University -Click

There are 39 Arts and Science Colleges in Kozhikode district. The colleges are (1) Feroke College, Feroke, (2) St. Joseph’s College, Devagiri, (3) Malabar Christian College, (4) Zamorin’s Guruvayurappan College, (5) Providence Women’s College in Kozhikode, (6) Sree Narayan Guru College, Chellannur, (7) Government College, Madappally, (8) Government Arts and Science College, Kozhikode, (9) Muhammed Abdurahiman Memorial College, Mukkam, (10) C.K.G. Memorial Government College, Perambra, (11) R. Sankar Memorial SNDP College Koyilandy, (12) Government College Koyilandy, (13) Government College Kodencherry (14) Government College, Mokeri, (15) Govt Jawaharlal Nehru College, Kadamath, (16) Holy Cross Institute of Management and Technology, Calicut, (17) S A R B T M Govt College, Quilandy, (18) Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Koyilandy, (19) A V Abdurahiman Haji Arts and Science College, Meppayur, (20) A W H Special College, Caicut, (21) Baithul Izza Arts and Science College, Calicut, (22) Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan Arts and Science College, Calicut, (23) College of Applied Science, Killyanad, (24) College of Applied Science, Nadapuram, (25) College of Applied Science, Thiruvampadi, (26) Dayapuram Arts and Science College for Women, Calicut, (27) I C N A S, Calicut, (28) Illahiya Arts and Science College, Calicut, (29) J D T Islam Arts and Science College, Calicut, (30) K M O Arts and Science College, Calicut, (31) M E S College, Calicut, (32) M E T College, Nadapuram, (33) M H E S College of Science and Technology, Calicut, (34) Markaz College of Arts and Science, Kunnamangalam, (35) MES College, Vatakara, (36) National College of Arts and Science, Calicut, (37) Savitri Devi Saboo Memorial College for Women, Calicut, (38) Seethi Sahib College for Arts and Science, Calicut and (39) Sree Narayana College, Vatakara.

Government Colleges Aided Colleges Unaided Colleges
Govt. Arts & Science College,Kozhikode Malabar Christian College, Dayapuram Arts and Science College, Dayapuram
Govt. College , Madappally St. Joseph's College, Devagiri J D T Islam, Vellimadukunnu
NIT, Calicut Zamorin's Guruvayurappan College MES, Chathamangalam
IIM, Calicut Farook College, Feroke KMCT Engineering College, Manassery
Govt. College, Perambra Providence Women's College KMCT Medical College, Manassery
Govt. College, Koyilandy S.N. College, Chelannur KMCT Ayurveda College, Manassery
Govt. Engineering College, Kozhikode Click Here M A M O College, Manassery JDT Islam College of Pharmacy, Marikunnu
Govt Law College S N D P Yogam Arts & Science College, Koyilandy Nirmala college of Nursing, Marikunnu
Medical College, Chevayur Farooq Training College, Calicut Farooq Institute of Management, Farooq
Dental College, Perambra SSM College of Teacher Education, Mukkam
Govt College of Teacher Edn Rahmania Arabic College, Katameri

Total number of schools in the district is 1239 consisting of 68 Higher Secondary Schools, 5 Teachers Training Institutes, 113 High Schools, 327 Upper Primary Schools and 723 Lower Primary Schools. There are two Central Schools at Kozhikode and one Navodaya School and two Technical Schools at Beypore and Koyilandy and 3 Special Schools.

All villages are amply covered by basic educational institutions.

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