The Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University will bring the world to Malayalam, its Vice Chancellor K. Jayakumar has said.

Presenting a report at the inaugural of the university at Thunchanparamba, Tirur, here on Thursday, Mr. Jayakumar said the university would not only teach Malayalam language but also make the entire culture and civilization of Kerala a subject of study.

Unlike other universities, the Malayalam university will have only postgraduate and super-specialty courses. “It will be a matter of pride for anyone to study at this university,” Mr. Jayakumar said.

He said the first academic batch would be launched by June-July next year. The university will initially function from buildings on 20 acres of land on the Thunchan Memorial Government College campus. About 100 acres will be acquired in the Athavanad panchayat for construction of a permanent campus. Mr. Jayakumar said the new university would take inspiration from yesterday to build a strong and proud tomorrow for those who love Malayalam.

Writer T. Padmanabhan, who addressed the gathering, was apparently disenchanted with prominent figures in Malayalam literature.

He thanked E.T. Mohammed Basheer, MP, for inviting him to Thunchanparamba, the home of Thunchath Ezhuthachan, which he had not visited in the past 18 years.

Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, MLA, said the university should not evolve into an institution promoting fake and hollow types. It should not promote superstitions in the name of tradition and legacy, he said.

He called upon Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb to take steps to get grants and recognition from the University Grants Commission.

“Without UGC recognition, this will be an exercise in vain,” he said.

Mr. Balakrishnan said a university for Malayalam alone would not serve the purpose. “We should understand the value of our mother tongue. Court language should change from English. And all science subjects should be taught in Malayalam,” he said. P. Sreeramakrishnan, MLA, said the university should serve as a sentinel to guard the culture and values of the land.

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