Kannur University is a state university in Kerala, and is recognized by UGC. It was established by the Act of 1996 of Kerala Legislative Assembly. The University by the name "Malabar University" had come into existence even earlier by the promulgation of an Ordinance by the Governor of Kerala, on 9th November, 1995. The University was inaugurated on 2nd March 1996 by the Hon. Chief Minister of Kerala. The objective of the Kannur University Act 1996 is to establish, a teaching, residential and affiliating University in Kerala.
More details can be had from the website of the University at http://www.kannuruniversity.ac.in