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Kannur University was established in the year 1996 and Since its inception, the Department of Physical Education was functioning in order to promote and co-ordinate the sports activities of the university. The region under the jurisdiction of the University is rich in sports talent and there have been many outstanding sportspersons who have brought laurels to the country.

Considering the great sports tradition and the socio-cultural background, the university has established the School of Physical Education and Sports Sciences in the year 2001 as a teaching and research department with a vision to provide quality professional training in Physical education and to mould young talented sportspersons to achieve excellence in the field of Sports.

Within a short span of time the institution has become a centre for excellence with the state of the art infrastructure facilities and excellence in performance in the field of Sports as well as professional training and research in Physical Education and Sports Sciences. The institution offers B. P. Ed,   M. P. Ed (CBCSS), M Phil in Physical Education and PhD (part-time and full time) programme.