Kozhikode is home to two premier educational institutions of national importance; the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK), and the National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NITC). The NITC and IIMK are institutions with university status.
The NITC was formerly known as Calicut Regional Engineering College (CREC). CREC was born in September 1961 as the ninth of its kind and the first one to be established during the Third Five Year Plan period. It become a Deemed University under the name National Institute of Technology Calicut in June 2002. NITC is located about 22 kilometers northeast of Calicut City. It started management education also (School of management Studies) in the year 2009.
The University of Calicut the main university named after the city, is in Thenjipalam, about 24 km south of Kozhikode city, in the district of Malappuram. This university established in 1968 was the second university to be set up in Kerala. Most of the colleges offering tertiary education are affiliated with this university.
The Calicut Medical College was established in 1957 as the second medical college in Kerala. Since then, the institution has grown into a premier center of medical education in the state. Presently it is the largest medical institute in the state with an yearly intake of 250 candidates for the undergraduate program.
Some of the other major institutes in Kozhikode are the (CUIET), Government Engineering College (GEC), Malabar Christian College, Zamorin's Guruvayurappan College, St. Joseph's College, Devagiri, Farook College, Government Arts and Science College, Providence Women's College, Government Homeopathic Medical College, Government Law College, Government College of Teacher Education, Kerala School of Mathematics, DOEACC Calicut, formerly known as CEDTI etc.
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