Mahatma Gandhi University is one of the four affiliating Universities of Kerala which came up in 1983, and is situated in the Central Kerala district of Kottayam. The University was established on 2nd October 1983 and has jurisdiction over the revenue districts of Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki and parts of Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha.
The University that conducts a range of programmes at the undergraduate, postgraduate, M Phil and doctoral levels through its 18 University Departments, 1 International Inter University Centre, 6 Inter University Centres, 8 Inter School Centres, 36 Self-Financing Departments, 75 Aided Affiliated Colleges (of which five colleges have become autonomus), 220 Unaided Affiliated Colleges and 273 Recognized Research Centers. It imparts education in the interdisciplinary as well as conventional disciplines of science, social science and humanities besides in the professional disciplines of Engineering, Technology, Legal Studies, Management, Tourism, Disability Studies, Journalism, Pedagogy, Pharmacy and Nursing. The University has also made its educational presence felt through a chain of 122 Off-campus Centres under the School of Distance Education. Set up on the sprawling 110-acre Priyadarshini Hills Campus at Athirampuzha, 13 kms off Kottayam, the University also has ten satellite campuses in parts of Kottayam and the neighbouring districts.
School of Tourism Studies, a regular statutory department of Mahatma Gandhi University, established in 2010.