Mahatma Gandhi University is a state university recognised by the UGC. The University is a premier educational institution in Kerala situated on the sprawling 110-acre Priyadarsini Hills Campus at Athirampuzha, Kottayam. The University was established on Gandhi Jayanti day, 2 October 1983. It offers a large number of programmes at the Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Doctoral levels through its 17 University Departments, 18 centres, around 300 affiliated colleges and 199 Recognised Research Centres. It imparts education in the interdisciplinary as well as conventional disciplines of Science, Social Science and Humanities besides in the professional disciplines like Engineering, Technology, Legal Studies, Pedagogy, Pharmacy and Nursing.
The University is a member of the AIU (Association of Indian Universities) and the ACU (Association of Commonwealth Universities).