Established in the name of Mahatma Gandhi
, the Father of the Nation, on his birthday, the 2nd of October, 1983, Mahatma Gandhi University (MG University) is the largest of the four major universities in Kerala
. The main campus is located on the Priyadarsini Hills, 13 km away from Kottayam Railway Station
and 4 km from
. Spread over the districts of Kottayam
and some parts of Alappuzha
, this university has 23 teaching and research departments and 107 affiliated colleges, as well as several information and study centers.