Government College Kasaragod
Government College Kasaragod

Dpt. ofMalayalam

Department Profile

The Department of Malayalam started with the inception of the College in 1957. It remains to be a subsidiary department since there is no UG or PG Course in that language. The department handles the teaching of Malayalam as a second language at the Degree level. It was a full-fledged department with three permanent teachers before the Pre-Degree course was de-linked in 2000. The college had been demanding a BA Malayalam course all these years. The dream of the college has become reality in 2012 by the sanctioning of the course by the Government. Now the Department is a major one with a course of its own.

Former Faculty of the Department

From the beginning the department has been run by eminent teachers like Dr. D. Benjamin, Prof. Anandakuttan, Prof. Thomas Mathew, Prof Aliyar, M.A Rahiman, Ibrahim Bevinje and Dr. Balanadan who were also good writers as well as proficient critics in Malayalam. Prof Aliyar is a popular actor and dubbing artist in Malayalam film industry. M.A Rahiman, an old student of the College, is a widely acclaimed photographer and film director. Ibrahim Bevinje, who also is an alumnus, is a well-known critic and columnist.

Cultural and Literary activities

The Department had formed an organization called ‘Malayala Samajam’ to encourage the literary and artistic talent of students. It was inaugurated by M.T. Vasudevan Nair in 1975. A larger cultural body called ‘Kasargod Cultural Forum’ was formed later under the initiative of Dr. Balanandan, incorporating students as well as members of the public. Competitions were conducted for school and college students, and prizes were distributed to the winners. M.A Rahman started a literary magazine called ‘Bahuvachanam’ to encourage creative writing among the students.
This year, under the initiatives of the department, a special forum called “Bashasangama Vedi” (Forum for the confluence of Languages) with P.P. Prasannan as president was formed to integrate the functioning of the various Language Departments. It was inaugurated in November 2004 by Ambikasudan Mangad, an alumnus and a noted short story writer in Malayalam. It has conducted various cultural and literary activities during the academic year. The greatest achievement of the Forum is the publication of a book called “Oru Margin free Swapnam” (A Margin Free Dream), which is a collection of short stories written by talented students of our College. The book was edited by V.Gopakumar, Librarian with a foreword by Dr V. C. Sreejan, a noted critic in Malayalam.


The Department has played a vital role in the emergence of eminent personalities like M.A Rahiman (critic, photographer, film director), Ibrahim Bevinje (critic), Meloth Chandrasekharan (poet), Dr. Ambikasudan Mangad (short story writer) Rathnakaran Mangad (writer and journalist), Radhakrishnan Perumbala (poet) and Divakaran Vishnumangalam (poet).


  • BA Malayalam
    • 3 Years 6 Semesters