The State Institute of Encyclopaedic Publications

About us 

From 1961 to 1976, Malayalam Encyclopaedia functioned as a separate department (Department of Malayalam Encyclopaedia) under the Department of Higher Education, Government of Kerala.  In November 1976 it was reconstituted as an autonomous body called the State Institute of Encyclopaedic Publications (SIEP).  To ensure the smooth functioning of the Institute a Governing Body was constituted with the Chief Minister as Chairman.  In March 1987 the Institute was brought under the control of the Department of Cultural Affairs, keeping its status as an autonomous registered society.

The SIEP is now engaged in the publication of a number of encyclopaedias including Sarvavijnanakosam, a general encyclopaedia in twenty volumes being a compendium of world knowledge, the Viswasahityavijnanakosam (encyclopaedia of world literature) in ten volumes to give an up to date picture of world literature.  Sixteen volumes of Sarvavijnanakosam, volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 of the revised edition of the Sarvavijnanakosam and the complete set of ten volumes of Viswasahityavijnanakosam have so far been published. In addition to this single-volume encyclopaedias on Environment, Astronomy and Evolution have also been published. Starting June 2008, we have also launched a web edition for our Sarvavijnanakosam; as of now that edition contains the Articles included in volumes 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 of Sarvavijnanakosam as well as those in the revised editions of the first ten volumes of Sarvavijnanakosam. In March 2011 we have also launched the Varshikavijnanakosam 2011.