Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit Kalady


The University, named after the illustrious sage and philosopher Sree Sankaracharya, was established in the year1993 in Kalady, on the banks of the river Poorna in Kerala.

Founded in 1993, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the rural setting of the medium-sized town of Kalady (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Kerala. Officially accredited/recognized by the University Grants Commission, India, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit (SSUS) is a coeducational higher education institution. Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit (SSUS) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. SSUS also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, as well as administrative services.


The University, named after the illustrious sage and philosopher Sree Sankaracharya, was established in the year1993 in Kalady, on the banks of the river Poorna in Kerala. The primary objective of the University is to impart knowledge in various branches of Sanskrit as well as Indology, Indian Culture, Indian Languages, Indian Philosophy, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages and Social Science and to promote the study and research of Sanskrit through simultaneous promotion of other languages in India and abroad that have enriched the study of Sanskrit. The University also works towards the Publication and preservation of manuscripts and books in Sanskrit and other languages. The University is currently functioning through eight Regional Centres, namely Thiruvananthapuram, Panmana, Thuravoor, Ettumanoor, Thrissur, Tirur, Koyilandy and Payyannur.


Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit has been established to impart knowledge in various branches of Sanskrit as well as Indology, Indian Culture, Indian Languages, Indian Philosophy, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages and Social Science.

  • It is a non-affiliating University having jurisdiction all over the state of Kerala.
  • All members of the Syndicate except the representative of the Legislature and the Principal Secretary to the Government for Higher Education are nominated eminent academicians.


‘ज्ञानादेव तु कैवल्यम् ‘ : ‘Liberation through knowledge’

An abode of educational excellence where liberating knowledge is generated and productive dissemination is justified for self actualization and social transformation by moulding creative young researchers and critical thinkers for the practical world with right attitude, adequate knowledge and scientific temperament.

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Courses Offered

UG Programmes

  1. B.A. Sanskrit Core
  2. B.A. Music
  3. B.A. Dance(Bharathanattyam, Mohiniyattam)
  4. B.F.A. (Painting & Mural Painting)

 PG Programmes

  1. M.A. Malayalam
  2. M.A. Sanskrit Sahitya
  3. M.A. Sanskrit Vyakarana
  4. M.A. Arabic
  5. M.A. Hindi
  6. M.A. History
  7. MSW
  8. M.A. Philosophy
  9. M.A. Urdu
  10. M.A. Sanskrit Nyaya
  11. M.A. Sanskrit Vedanta
  12. M.A. English
  13. M.A. Comparative Literature & Linguistics
  14. M.A. Theatre
  15. M.A. Music
  16. M.A. Dance (Bharathanattyam, Mohiniyattam)
  17. M.A. Psychology
  18. M.A. Vedic Studies
  19. M.A. Sanskrit General


  1. M.Phil Programmes
  2. PH.D Programmes


  1. Tourism
  2. Hindi Translation

 Certificate Programmes

  1. Jyothisha
  2. Kannada

Integrated M.Phil/Ph.D

  1. Urdu
  2. Sanskrit Literature
  3. Sanskrit Grammar
  4. Sanskrit Vedanta
  5. Sanskrit Nyaya
  6. Hindi
  7. History
  8. Malayalam
  9. English
  10. Vastuvidya
  11. Philosophy
  12. Manuscriptology
  13. Comparative Literature
  14. Translation Studies
  15. Music
  16. Psychology

Admission Process

The admission to postgraduate and research programmes is on the basis of common admission test conducted in the month of May every year. The students who have graduated from any discipline are eligible to appear for the admission test, except in music and dance. The admission is strictly on the basis of the performance in the test. The admission to undergraduate courses is made on the basis of the performance in the qualifying examinations.

Regional centers

  1. Tirur
  2. Kalady
  3. Thrissur
  4. Koyilandy
  5. Payyannur
  6. Thuravoor
  7. Ettumanoor
  8. Panmana
  9. Thiruvananthapuram


The university consists of the following departments.


  • Arabic
  • Ayurveda
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Geography
  • Hindi
  • History
  • Malayalam
  • Music
  • Painting
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sanskrit General
  • Sanskrit Nyaya
  • Sanskrit Sahitya
  • Sanskrit Vedanta
  • Sanskrit Vyakarna
  • School of Vedic Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Theatre
  • Urdu
  • Vastuvidya

Student facilities

Health Clinic

Career Guidance and Counseling Cell

The Career Guidance and Counseling Cell was established in September 2012, funded by University Grants Commission of India. Its objective is to equip the students for better career management. Services of the cell includes guidance, counseling, training programmes, and recruitment drives. It is headed by Dr. Jose Antony (director), who is also the head of Department of Social Work. There is a full-time counselor providing guidance and counseling services as well as coordinating the functions of the cell. Mr. Arun Menachery, who is one of the best career experts in the state of Kerala, served as the first counselor of the cell and Ms. Jasmine George, who is an expert in couseling and gudiance, is the current counselor.

Equal Opportunity Cell

This cell functions with the Career Guidance and Counseling Cell. It was established for the development of minority students enrolled in the university.

Employment and Guidance Bureau


The University has a registered Alumni Association in the University which boosts the development of the university in terms of activities and contributions. The University has also got departmental alumni association and Regional Centre based alumni associations. All these alumni associations have got elected office bearers and specific activities. They conduct annual get together, and also sometimes conduct annual lectures. They have constituted some endowments for the students of the University departments. They have also contributed a lot in making the goodwill of the University established and promoted. Alumni association in the Social Work department has contributed a lot in giving on-the-job training programs to the students and also provides special care and support in making their junior students getting good placements after the educational programme. The Association Published a Research Refereed Journal ‘The Philosopher’ from Tirur Campus. This Journal is conceived of as a platform for sharing the common experience of and information relating to education, research and training needs and for redefining the priorities in the new development studies in humanities and languages as well as for fostering interdisciplinary research and training in these fields.

Some of distinguished alumni:

  • Dr. E.N.Narayanan, S B College, Changanassery( Reputed Kathakali Artist)
  • Dr. P.M.Damodaran Sanskrit Teacher, Thrissur (Reputed Kathakali Artist)
  • Dr. Rajan Nambiar ( Reputed Kutiyattam and Kuttu Performer)
  • Smt. S.V.Aryambika, Sanskrit Teacher and Poet, Ernakulam.
  • Winner of many prestigious awards
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