Department of Malayalam



Kuriakose Elias College, Mannanam, Kottayam, Kerala State started functioning in the Year 1964 to commemorate Blessed Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Elias Chavara. Fr. Chavara was the founder of the CMI (Carmalites of many Immaculate) congrigation an Order of Roman Cathalic Church. He was a Poet and an ardent lover of Malayalam Language and literature; a missionary who believed in secular values and uplift of the poor and downdrawden.


The History of the Malayalam Dept. begins in1964, Prof. O. Luka was the first Head of the Department. He served the dept. from 1964 to 1988. The scope of instructional activities enlarged as the Degree course in Eco, Eng.,Phy., Che., and Bot. started from the year 1967. Subsequently Mr. T. V. Varkey, a wellknown Novelist and Shortstory writer in Malayalam joined the dept. Prof. O. Luka served as member of Legislative Assembly, Kerala State, three times during a period from 1970 to 1980. During that period Prof. T.V. Varkey acted as the H.O.D. Later Degree courses in Zoology and Commerce started and more members joined the Dept., Prof. T. V. Varkey retired on March 1993. Prof. P.P. Joseph, P. Ramachandran Nair, J. Mathew, V. J. Sebastian and JoysKutty Joseph joined the Dept. in the course of time.

Prof. Ramchandran Nair retired on 31 March 2005 as the Head of the dept. Since then Dr. J. Mathew is the Head. When the PreDegree courses were seperated from college, the student strength diminished to half size. Now there are only 3 teachers with 32 periods per week.

From the very begining to about three and a half decades Malayalam was taught as a second language. In 2009 with the introduction of choice Based Credit Semester System (CBCSS) language study got recognition at par with the other subjects and courses. Degree Course is Renamed as Degree Programme. In this discourse Malayalam is labelled as 'Additional Language.'

Eventhough Malayalam was taught a second Language only many talented students chosed or select Mother Tongue for their higher studies. Some of them became distinguished personalities in the cultural, acadamic, artistic, scenerio of Kerala State. In that way this Dept. have a fruitful successful history.

Instructor Contact Number Qualification
Dr. Joyskutty Joseph 9447773441 M.A., Ph.D (Asso. Prof & HOD)
Rev. Dr. Benny Sebastian C.M.I M.A, Ph.D (Principal))