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Annamalai University is a state university[1] located in Annamalai Nagar, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India. The university is spread across 950 acres (3.8 km2) in Chidambaram and offers courses of higher education in Arts, Science, Engineering, Medical, Management (MBA), Humanities, Agriculture, and Physical Education. The university was founded in 1929 by the entrepreneur Annamalai Chettiyar in the aftermath of the Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms. It was the first private university in India.[2] It was taken over by Government of Tamil Nadu in 2013.[3][4]

Annamalai University
Annamalai University logo.png
MottoWith courage and faith
ChancellorGovernor of Tamil Nadu
Vice-ChancellorDr. V.Murugesan
Location, ,
11°23′27″N 79°42′53″E / 11.390845°N 79.714758°E / 11.390845; 79.714758Coordinates: 11°23′27″N 79°42′53″E / 11.390845°N 79.714758°E / 11.390845; 79.714758
AffiliationsUGC; Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
The Administrative Building, Annamalai University 01.JPG

The university also provides more than 500 courses through distance education.[5] The Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) of Annamalai University offers education to those people who are unable to attend the campus but who desire to study. It is credited with the largest enrollment in India and is well equipped with computers and other infrastructure, separate teaching faculty and administration, study centers, and computer training centers to serve its students. It was the first institution in India to offer postgraduate degree programmes in Applied Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, Bioinformatics and Law, Business Administration and Management (MBA) through distance education. The Directorate of Distance Education also offers programmes in Fashion Design, Textile Design, Interior Design, Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Retail Management, Twinning, Health Science, a Commonwealth Youth Programme, Yoga, Music, Fire and Safety, Pharmaceutical and Taxation.


The National Assessment and Accreditation Council accredited Annamalai University with a grade of A in 2014.[6] The Faculty of Agriculture of Annamalai University is accredited with ICAR (NAEAB)


University and college rankings
General – international
Times (World) (2018)[7]801–1000
Times (Asia) (2018)[8]251–300
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2018)[9]101–150
NIRF (Universities) (2018)[10]101–150
Pharmacy – India
NIRF (2018)[11]20

Annamalai University was ranked 801–1000 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2018[7] and 251–300 in Asia.[8] It was ranked in the 101–150 band overall in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for 2018[9] and in the 101–150 band among universities.[10] NIRF also ranked it 20 in its pharmacy ranking in 2018.[11]


The university has ten faculties, namely Agriculture, arts (including management studies), dentistry, education, engineering and technology, fine arts, Indian languages, marine sciences, Rajah Muthiah Medical College (medicine) and science.[12]

Distance educationEdit

Directorate of Distance Education was established in 1979 which now offers more than 500 courses including MBA.All the programmes of study offered have the approval of the Distance Education Council. B.Ed. programme is approved by the National Council for Teacher Education.[13]

Scholarships and awardsEdit

Annamalai University - CSE Department

A total of 356 scholarships and awards[14] are given to eligible candidates every year.


In 2006, Annamalai University opened its first Study Center in Toronto, Canada, offering programs in music, dance, Tamil and yoga. Other overseas centres include the Al Mihad Institute, Dubai, OUR international (Dhafir Institute) Abu Dhabi and the Al Hilal Education Centre, as well as Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates the Al Noor Education Centre in Muscat, Oman. In 2017,dance, music and yoga were offered through Naku Nachhilfe und Kulturschule in Switzerland.

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "List of State Universities as on 29.06.2017" (PDF). University Grants Commission. 29 June 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  2. ^ Pushpa Sundar (24 January 2013). Business and Community: The Story of Corporate Social Responsibility in India. SAGE Publications. pp. 159–. ISBN 978-81-321-1153-5. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Government introduces bill to take over Annamalai University". New Indian Express. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Govt takeover of Annamalai University challenged". Times of India. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Distance Education". Annamalai University. March 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-01-18.
  6. ^ "Institutions Accredited / Re-accredited by NAAC whose accreditation validity period is over".[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b "Top 1000 World University Rankings 2018". The Times Higher Education. 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings (2018)". The Times Higher Education. 2018. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  9. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2018.
  10. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018 (Universities)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2018.
  11. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018 (Pharmacy)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Annamalai University Home Page". under Faculties.
  13. ^ "Directorate of Distance Education". Annamalai University.
  14. ^ "Scholarships". Annamalai University. Archived from the original on 2008-07-21.
  15. ^ "Alphabetical List Of Former Members Of Rajya Sabha Since 1952". Rajya Sabha website. Retrieved 23 October 2017. Click his name "Alexander, Dr. P. C." and then "Biodata".
  16. ^ Akbar, Irena (23 August 2012). "'Poverty is a crime; it needs to be eliminated' - Indian Express". The Indian Express. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  17. ^ "Faculty profile-Narayanaswamy Jayaraman". Indian Institute of Science. 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2017-10-22.
  18. ^ "Organic farming veteran Nammalvar dead". The Times of India. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  19. ^ Kishore, Kavita (6 June 2016). "In Puducherry, V Narayanasamy is a chief minister whom almost no one wants". First Post. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  20. ^ "Deceased fellow-N. S. Satya Murthy". Indian National Science Academy. 2017. Archived from the original on 25 April 2017.
  21. ^ "Home page of Sujatha Ramdorai". Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  22. ^ "INSA :: Indian Fellow Detail - Professor EV Sampathkumaran". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  23. ^ T. S. Subramnian (September 1999). "Pioneer of Indian rocketry". Frontline. 19 (11).

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