The University of Calicut is an affiliating university located at Thenjipalam in Malappuram district of Kerala state in India. The University has a number of off-campus centres in neighbouring districts especially Kozhikkode, Wayanadu, Thrissur, Palakkad and Lakshadweep islands and it conducts courses and examinations for the students of the affiliated colleges. The main campus in Thenjipalam has departments in most of the science and humanities areas. The departments offer post graduate courses and research programmes. However, the main business in the campus is administration and conduct of examinations for all the affiliated colleges which number above 250. In 2013 it is ranked as the 26th best university of India.HistoryCalicut University was established in 1968 and was administered by Dr. M.M Ghani in the 1970s. The University had especially strong faculty in Physics, Zoology, Chemistry, Botany, History, Malayalam, English and Physical Education. The Campus locales spread over around 500acre in rural outskirt of Malappuram, had the feel of a hill station. In the 1980s, a Cockroft-Walton particle accelerator was put in place on campus.DepartmentsImportant departments include Computer Science & Information Technology, Library and Information science, Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,Nanoscience and Technology, Life sciences, Botany, Zoology, Commerce, Social Sciences, Management Studies, School of Health sciences, Biotechnology, Mass communication, Psychology, Multimedia Communication and Language departments such as Malayalam, English, Sanskrit, Hindi, Russian, Arabic.