Pondicherry University

Pondicherry University, also known as PU, is a collegiate public central university located in Kalapet, Pondicherry, Union Territory of Puducherry, India. It was established by an Act of Parliament in 1985 by the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India.The Vice President of India is the Chancellor along with the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry acting as the Chief Rector and the President of India is the Visitor of the University. The university is a collegiate university with its jurisdiction spread over the Union Territory of Puducherry located in Tamil Nadu (Pondicherry and Karaikal), Kerela (Mahé) and Andhra Pradesh (Yanam), and Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The vast jurisdiction over three Union Territories namely gives the University a national character. The residents speak diverse languages such as English, Tamil, French, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali, Oriya and Kannada.

Pondicherry University
Pondy Univ logo1.png
Seal of Pondicherry University
MottoVers la lumière (French)
Motto in English
From Darkness, towards the Light!
Established1985 (1985)
ChancellorVice President of India
Vice-ChancellorGurmeet Singh [1]
Location, ,
12°00′57″N 79°51′31″E / 12.015871°N 79.858492°E / 12.015871; 79.858492Coordinates: 12°00′57″N 79°51′31″E / 12.015871°N 79.858492°E / 12.015871; 79.858492

Local skill sets are advanced through several vocational programmes such as para- medical courses using the on-site hospital facilities.[3][4]


Pondicherry University is located in a campus spread over 900 acres (360 ha), facing the Bay of Bengal on the East Coast Road. It is accessible from Chennai (168 km) and Bengaluru.

Hostel facilities are available on the campus for boys and girls. Students from distant places will be given preference on a first-come, first-served basis. The university has a hostel for foreign students that can accommodate more than 30 students. Girls are given rent free accommodation. All physically challenged students get free education including free board and lodge in hostels. The university provides free transport off the campus and within the campus.

Organisation and administrationEdit

Schools, departments and centresEdit

The entire Academic structure was reorganized during the tenure of Prof J. A. K. Tareen who not only established over 20 new departments, established new school and started over 80 new programs. The university has 14 Schools and 52 departments distributed across Pondicherry and Karaikal campus. Each School is headed by a Dean and each Department has its own Faculty and Supporting Staff working under the Head of the Department. They are also provided with separate buildings which house their Laboratories and Libraries.The following is the list of the Schools/Departments/Centres:

Subramania Bharathi School of Tamil Language and LiteratureEdit

  • Tamil Language & Literature

School of ManagementEdit

School of Management
  • Department of Management Studies
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Tourism Studies
  • Department of Banking Technology
  • Department of International Business

Karaikal Campus

  • Department of Management
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of computer science
Ramanujan School of Mathematical Sciences

Ramanujan School of Mathematical SciencesEdit

  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Statistics

School of Engineering & TechnologyEdit

  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Centre for Pollution Control & Environmental Engineering
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Geological Technology
    Centre for Pollution Control and Environmental Engineering

School of Physical, Chemical and Applied SciencesEdit

Department of Physics
Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Earth Sciences
  • Department of Applied Psychology
Department of Earth Science
Department of Biotechnology

School of Life SciencesEdit

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Ecology & Environmental Sciences
  • Ocean Studies and Marine Biology (Port Blair)
  • Food Science & Technology
  • Centre for Bioinformatics
  • Department of Microbiology

School of HumanitiesEdit

Humanities Block-2
  • English and comparative literature
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Sanskrit
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education & Sports
Humanities Block-1

School of Social Sciences and International StudiesEdit

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Centre for Women's Studies
  • Madanjeet Singh Institute of South Asia Regional Cooperation - Centre for South Asian Studies*
  • Centre for Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy*

These centres were established during XII plan when Prof J A K Tareen was vice chancellor.

School of EducationEdit

  • School of Education
  • Centre for Adult and Continuing Education

School of Medical SciencesEdit

School of Media & CommunicationEdit

  • Library & Information Science
  • Department of Electronic Media and Mass Communication

Madanjeet School of Green Energy TechnologiesEdit

  • Centre for Nano Science & Technology
  • Centre for Green Energy Technology

List of affiliated collegesEdit

Central Instrumentation FacilityEdit

The Central Instrumentation Facility (CIF) was established in the university as the University Science Instrumentation Centre (USIC) in 1992 under the UGC Plan Scheme. It housed three facilities – Mechanical Shop, Glass blowing Shop and Electrical Shop, to provide support in the repair and servicing of scientific equipment. Fabrication of components for experimental setups is undertaken.

The USIC has executed design, development and fabrication works ranging from custom designed sample holders/cells to electronic instrumentation and control modules.

In 2005, the centre was reorganised into Central Instrumentation Facility under the School of Physical, Chemical and Applied Sciences and analytical instruments are added to provide analytical service, in addition to the workshop facilities.

Mechanical ShopEdit

The Mechanical workshop is equipped with heavy duty lathe, milling machine, vertical drilling machine, welding units, sheet bending machine, shears in addition to hand tools, accessories and measuring instruments. The department has fabricated sample cells, metallic and non-metallic elements for sample handling/preparation, acrylic column stands, fume hoods, and an acid distillation unit.

Glass Blowing ShopEdit

The Glass Blowing Shop repairs glassware and fabricates customised glassware. It is equipped with burners, lathe, grinding machine, annealing furnace, and tools.

Electronic ShopEdit

The Electronic Shop has laboratory test and measuring instruments, soldering stations, and component testers, to trouble shoot faculty instruments and set them right. Electronic components are maintained in the store for quick replacement.

Assistance is provided to students in wiring and testing the circuits for their experimental or project work. Design and fabrication of instrumentation and control modules are taken up to meet customised requirements.


Function and roleEdit

Teaching and research are its primary functions as in other Central Universities. It has 200 affiliated colleges located in Union Territory of Puducherry (Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu, Karaikal in Tamil Nadu, Mahé in Kerala and Yanam in Andhra Pradesh), Union Territory of Lakshadweep, Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Faculty are from 28 states and 8 union territories. Some of the Socially relevant achievements of XI plan are rent free hostels to girls, Free education and free hostels to all physically challenged, free transport to students, physically disabled student's friendly buildings and special library for visually challenged. In 2012 Prof J. A. K. Tareen received from president of India, the best Institution award for PU.[citation needed] The Pondicherry University was established by an Act of Parliament (No. 53,1985).[citation needed]


University rankings
General – international
QS (Asia) (2020)[8]301-350
Times (World) (2020)[9]801-1000
Times (Asia) (2020)[10]251-300
Times (Emerging) (2020)[11]201-250
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2020)[12]81
NIRF (Universities) (2020)[13]58

Pondicherry University was ranked 801-1000 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2020[9] and 251-300 in Asia.[10] The QS World University Rankings of 2020 ranked it 301-350 in Asia.[8] It was ranked 81st in India overall by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2020[12] and 58th among universities.[13]


University Library

The university library, named after Ananda Ranga Pillai, was established in September 1986 with one deputy librarian and two assistant librarians. It was moved to the present locale as an independent building in July 1990. The Library is renowned for its disabled friendly modern infrastructure (80,000 sq. ft), fully air-conditioned, WIFI enabled, services for the Visually Challenged among the proactive services with RFID technology and 24/7 remote access to a collection of 4.97 lakhs, of which print is 2.22 and 2.7 lakhs of e-resources (e-books, e-journals, e-databases, e-theses, Academic Online Videos, Video Talks etc.)[14]

Student lifeEdit

Student clubsEdit

SPECTRA- Pondicherry University (LGBTQIA support organization)Edit

SPECTRA has been working to increase queer visibility and awareness in the university campus and beyond. It also provides a safe space for LGBTQIA students to share their experiences and discuss issues faced by the community. SPECTRA was founded on 15 August 2014 and has been conducting events ever since. One of the first Campus Pride events in India was organized successfully in 2018 at Pondicherry University by SPECTRA.[15]

Earth Sciences Club of Pondicherry UniversityEdit

The Earth sciences Club was founded in September 2013. It conducts field trips, screen documentaries, organize debates, quizzes, treasure hunts and so on so forth. It is also involved with organising the annual event "Mrittika" in Department of Earth Sciences.

PUQS (Pondicherry University Quiz Society)Edit

The students have started the Pondicherry University Quiz Society (PUQS) in June 2012.[16] The inauguration of PUQS was held on 1 August 2011 in Pondicherry University/Lecture Hall Seminar-I. The event was inaugurated by Director of Education of the Pondicherry University, Prof M Ramadass.[17] The first quizmaster of the show was Nikhil Kurien Jacob. The tagline of the Quiz Society is "It's all about Quizzing."

Pondicherry University Maths ClubEdit

The Pondicherry University Maths Club was inaugurated on in July 2011. The club encourages students to take up research in mathematics. The club activities includes seminars by students and eminent professors, mathematical workshops, quizzes, fun with mathematics, and paradoxes.



Reflections is an annual event hosted by the Department of Physics. To honour Sir C V Raman and his contributions to the scientific world, India celebrates 28 February as the National Science Day.

"Reflections" is the programme celebrated on National Science Day to bring out the talents of young minds. It popularises science through events, competitions and sharing of ideas.


IMPACT is a students technical association in Department of Electronics Engineering. A National level technical symposium is being organized by students of Electronics Engineering under IMPACT association once in every academic year.

Pondicherry University Music TroupeEdit

Pondicherry University had a [18] run by the students. It was formed during 2010 with 40 members on board. The students performed in every function in and around the campus. A student organisation named "Crossroads" took the initiative to start cultural activities inside the campus.


FUCOMPU (Future Computing]), organised by the department of Computer Science is back, this year bigger, and better.

FuCompu is one of the initiatives taken by the Computer Science department aimed at nurturing and fostering students for the real world challenges that lie ahead of them.

Community Radio StationEdit

Puduvai Vaani, the Community Radio Station(CRS) established by Pondicherry University with the support of UGC located in National Capital Territory of Delhi, India. It works under FM 107.8 MHz a frequency which is currently extended to a catchments area of 20 km radius from the University campus. The test transmission of Puduvai Vaani – Community Radio Station was started on 23 August 2008. This was yet another initiative by Prof J. A. K. Tareen. It was inaugurated by Shri V. Narayanasamy, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Planning & Parliamentary Affairs on 27 December 2008 in the presence of Shri P.Chidambaram, Hon’ble Union Home Minister. The full-time transmission started on 1 January 2009.[citation needed]

Silver Jubilee CelebrationsEdit

Official Silver Jubilee logo
SJ campus

The valedictory of the silver jubilee celebrations of Pondicherry University was held on 18 October 2010. Dr C Rangarajan, Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, delivered the keynote address. Lieutenant governor of Puducherry, Iqbal Singh, who was the Chief Rector of the University, was present at the function. Professor J. A. K. Tareen,Vice Chancellor presided over the function. Souvenirs (coffee mug and desktop calendars) for students and faculties were given out and a brochure was released to mark the event. Prof J. A. K. Tareen, Vice chancellor was the architect of the Coffee Table Book and other souvenirs. The Silver Jubilee Campus on 110 acre extended land is yet another marvel created by Prof J. A. K. Tareen providing over a million square feet of extra space for Social Sciences, Humanities, Media, and Languages, who were for 20 years squeezed in pigeon holes in one building.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Vice-Chancellor | Pondicherry University". www.pondiuni.edu.in. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Stats". Pondiuni.org. Archived from the original on 24 April 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Distance Learning and Vocational Instruction: Need, Impact and Challenges" Archived 26 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, ICDE conference paper Nov 2005
  4. ^ The Hindu, 21 August 2006 "Pondicherry University launches online admission for postgraduate courses"
  5. ^ "Affiliated College of Pondicherry University".
  7. ^ a b c d e f g pudhuvaicover.com
  8. ^ a b "QS Asia University Rankings 2020". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Top 1000 World University Rankings 2020". Times Higher Education. 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings (2020)". Times Higher Education. 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings (2020)". Times Higher Education. 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  12. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 11 June 2020.
  13. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 (Universities)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 11 June 2020.
  14. ^ "Ananda Rangapillai Library". Pondicherry University.
  15. ^ "Breaking Barriers Within The Campus: First Ever Pride March in Pondicherry University".
  16. ^ "Pondicherry University Quiz Society". Puquizsociety.hpage.com. Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  17. ^ M. Ramadass
  18. ^ Music Troupe

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