University

Annamalai University

The Annamalai University, one of the largest unitary, teaching and residential Universities in Southern Asia, was established and incorporated in the year 1929 as per the Annamalai University Act, 1928 (Tamil Nadu Act 1 of 1929). Now, the Annamalai University Act, 1928 has been repealed and replaced by the Annamalai University Act, 2013 (Tamil Nadu Act 20 of 2013). His Excellency the Governor of Tamil Nadu is the Chancellor of the University.

This University has, since its inception, aimed at imparting education in all fields of knowledge to thousands of students from across the country and abroad, located in a rural setting in coastal district of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu, the University has played a pivotal role in providing access to higher education to thousands of youth from economically and socially disadvantaged classes. In this respect, this University's service to the nation is tremendous.

In the past 87 years the University has grown into a premier institution of higher learning and research. The University today is spread over an extensive campus of more than 800 acres and has the Faculties of Arts, Science, Indian Languages, Engineering and Technology, Education, Fine Arts, Agriculture, Medicine, Dentistry and Marine Sciences and in all, they comprise 49 Departments of Study.

Annamalainagar is a busy and self-contained University township, east of Chidambaram town, the abode of Lord Nataraja, the Cosmic Dancer. The sprawling and scenic campus enclosing the Departments of Study, Students' Hostels, Staff Quarters, Playground, etc., is situated at a holy place (Tiruvetkalam, currently knowns as Annamalainagar), 2 kms from the Lord Nataraja Temple.

The Rajah Muthiah Institute of Health Science, comprising the Rajah Muthiah Medical College, the Rajah Muthiah Dental College and the Rani Meyyammai institute of nursing offers various UG and PG Programmes, besides serving the rural population through its modern 1260-bed hospital. The Sir C.P. Ramaswamy Aiyar Library, the third biggest in Tamil Nadu, has a collection of more than 5 lakh volumes besides journals, reports and rare palm-leaf manuscripts. It has all the modern facilities such as Internet, Microfilming, etc.

The University, being unitary and residential in character has above 30,000 students pursuing various on-campus programmes of study and more than 10,000 of them are accommodated in its 19 hostels, acclaimed to be the biggest in the country.

The University plays a vital role in disseminating knowledge acquired through research to the surrounding rural areas in which it is placed and it serves the larger community through its Centre for Adult Education and Extension, Centre for Rural Development and Uplift of Weaker Sections, the Department of Community Medicine, Dental College, the NSS; and above all, through its Directorate of Distance Education, it takes education to the doorsteps of thousands of adult learners all over the country and abroad.