Thrissur originally Thirusivapperoor and previously known by its anglicised form as Trichur, is the fourth largest city. The city has an average literacy rate of 95.5%, male literacy rate is 97% whereas female literacy rate is 94.6%. Thrissur is a fast developing as an education hub. The City has traditionally been a centre of learning from ancient times. Thrissur has many good colleges and institutes of various fields. Colleges in Thrissur offer various study programmes like Mass Communication, Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Science , Bachelor of Education.