Shri K. Jayakumar assumed office of the First Vice Chancellor of the Malayalam University on 1 November 2012. Prior to that he was the Chief Secretary of the Government of Kerala. By the time he completed his tenure as the Vice Chancellor and remitted office on 25 October 2017, the University has developed in to a centre of excellence,thanks to the vision of Shri. K. Jayakumar. Besides being an able administrator, he is also a well-known poet, literary critic, lyricist and painter.