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Annamalai University

The Annamalai University was founded in the year 1929 by the munificence and singleminded devotion of the farsighted and noble hearted philanthropist and patron of letters, the Hon'ble Dr. Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar of Chettinad, Kt., LL.D., D.Litt. Since then, during the seventy-seven years, the Annamalai University has grown into a premier, unitary, and the residential teaching University.

Annamalai University today is spread over an extensive campus of about one thousand acres and has the Facilities of Arts, Science, Indian languages, Engineering and Technology, Education, Fine Arts, Agriculture, Medicine and Dentistry and, in all, they comprise 48 Departments of study.

Padam Bhushan Dr. Rajah Sir M.A. Muthiah Chettiar of Chettinad, Kt., B.A., D.Litt., the Founder Pro-Chancellor from 1948 to 1984 assiduously nurtured the growth and development of the University and devoted his life to realize the aims of his noble father.

Dr. M.A.M. Ramaswamy, B.A., D.Litt., D.Sc. the present Founder Pro-Chancellor, the distinguished son of Dr. Rajah Sir Muthiah Chettiar, is a philanthropist and patron of sports, and has fulfilled the dreams of his illustrious father by building up the Rajah Muthiah Institute of Health Sciences. Under his dynamic leadership, the University is well on its way to become one of the frontline Universities in India.

The University has had the unique good fortune of having a succession of eminent Vice- Chancellors to guide its destiny. The University all set to grow from strength to strength under the stewardship of the present Vice-Chancellor, Dr. L.B. Venkatrangan, who is a reputed educationist, well-known demographer, an able administrator and an ardent promoter of extension activities. His contribution in the current demanding sphere of distance education is very significant and has received wide appreciation.

Annamalainagar is a busy and self-contained University Town, east of Chidambaram, the abode of Lord Nataraja, the Cosmic Dancer. The sprawling and scenic campus enclosing the Departments of Studies, Students Hostels, Staff Residential Quarters, Playgrounds and other amenities is situated at Annamalainagar, a University township located 2 kms to the east of Chidambaram, the Temple town in Tamil Nadu.

The Rajah Muthiah Institute of Health Sciences, a dream-project comprising the Rajah Muthiah Medical College, the Rajah Muthiah Dental College and the Rani Meyyammai Institute of Nursing offers various UG and PG Programs, besides serving the rural populace through its modern 1010-bed hospital.

The Sir C.P. Ramaswamy Aiyar Library, the third biggest in Tamil Nadu has a collection of more than 4.7 lakh volumes besides journals, reports and rare palm-leaf manuscripts. It has all the modern facilities including Email, Internet and Microfilming.

The University, being unitary and residential in character, has about 20,000 students more than half of them accommodated in its hostels, acclaimed to be the biggest in the country.

The University is playing a vital role in disseminating knowledge acquired through research to the surrounding rural areas in which it is placed and the larger community through its Centre for Adult Education and Extension, the Regional Centre for Modernisation of Rice Mills and Extension Services, Centre for Rural Development and Uplift of Weaker Sections, the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, the Rajah Muthiah Dental College, the NSS and most of all, through its Directorate of Distance Education and Open University System which takes education to thousands of adult learners all over the country and abroad.

The Directorate of Distance Education established in 1979 offers three hundred and Seventy-Eight different Programs of study under the Regular Stream and the Open University System. It is credited with the largest enrolment in India and is well equipped with computer and other infrastructure, adequate teaching Faculty and Administrative set-up of its own, study centres, computer training centres etc., to serve its student's clientele in their best interest at their door steps. It has also the unique distinction of offering first in India, Postgraduate Degree Programs in Applied Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, Bio informatics and Law through Distance Education mode. The Directorate has introduced Dual Degree System to enable a candidate to acquire TWO degrees in just FOUR years with a significant focus on Information Technology education. In the direction of research the Directorate of Distance Education is offering the M.Phil Program in 28 disciplines, Programs on Fashion Design, Textile Design, Interior Design, Hotel Management and Catering Technology Programs, Twinning Program, Programs on Health Science, Commonwealth Youth Program, Yoga, Music, Film and Television Technology Program.

National Assessment and Accreditation Council has accredited Annamalai University at the FOUR STAR LEVEL among the Universities.