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Annamalai University

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Type  Public
Campus  Rural
Phone  04144 238 282
Chancellor  C. Vidyasagar Rao
Established  1929
Affiliations  UGC
Founded  1929
Motto  With courage and faith
Annamalai University

Location  Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India
Address  Sadagopan Nagar, Annamalai Nagar, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu 608002
Founder  S. Rm. M. Annamalai Chettiar
Notable alumni  V T Sambanthan, T K Doraiswamy, Bala V Balachandran, K Balachander, Savitha Reddy
Similar  Anna University, Alagappa University, University of Madras, Bharathidasan University, Madurai Kamaraj University

Annamalai university feat campus visit

Annamalai University is one of Asia's largest public residential universities located in Annamalai Nagar, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India. The university is spread across 1,500 acres (6.1 km2) in Chidambaram and offers courses of higher education in science, engineering, humanities, agriculture and arts. 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. It was taken over by the Tamil Nadu government in 2013.


The university also provides more than 500 courses through distance education. 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 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 University Grants Commission (India) (UGC) cancelled the recognition of the DDE courses in 2015. Annamalai authorities approached the Madras high court which has as of now stayed the UGC's cancellation order. As of Dec 2015 the matter is still pending in Madras High Court. The Directorate introduced a B.Ed. Programme through distance education in 2008-09 with the approval of National Council for Teacher Education, New Delhi.


The National Assessment and Accreditation Council has accredited Annamalai University with a grade of A' in 2014.


  1. Medicine
  2. Dentistry
  3. Agriculture
  4. Engineering and technology
  5. Arts
  6. Education
  7. Fine arts
  8. Science
  9. Indian Languages
  10. Marine Sciences

Scholarships and awards

A total of 356 scholarships and awards 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 and the Al Hilal Education Centre, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates as well as the Al Noor Education Centre in Muscat, Oman.

Notable alumni

  • Ravi Gomatam, Quantum Physicist, director of Bhaktivedanta Institute and Institute for Semantic Information Sciences and Technology, Berkeley, and Mumbai
  • Vijaya T. Rajendar, Tamil Actor
  • K. S. Narayanaswamy, Carnatic veena exponent of the Thanjavur style
  • Ramanuja Vijayaraghavan, Indian physicist
  • V. R. Nedunchezhiyan, former chief minister of Tamil Nadu
  • S. D. Somasundaram, former cabinet minister
  • K. Ponmudi, former state minister
  • Savitha Reddy, dubbing artist in the southern India film industry
  • Ere. Elamvazhuthi, Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the Cuddalore constituency of Tamil Nadu from 1967 to 1970 representing Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)
  • Narayanasami Sathyamurthy, scientist
  • Nedumaran, Tamil politician from the state of Tamil Nadu, South India
  • V. T. Sambanthan, fifth President of Malaysian Indian Congress and one of the Founding Fathers of Malaysia
  • Bala V. Balachandran, Founder & Dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, India
  • T. K. Doraiswamy, poet and novelist
  • Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam, Carnatic music vocalist
  • G. Balakrish Nair, Indian microbiologist
  • A. S. Gnanasambandan, Tamil writer, scholar and literary critic from Tamil Nadu, India
  • D. R. Karthikeyan, Indian Police Service Officer from Tamil Nadu
  • C. Sylendra Babu, renowned Indian Police Service Officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.
  • K. Anbazhagan, former Finance Minister of Tamil Nadu, MLA (Park Town constituency) and General Secretary of DMK
  • S. S. Sivasankar, MLA (Kunnam (State Assembly Constituency))
  • K.Balachander, Indian director, producer, writer, actor, playwright, stage conductor, and comedian who worked mainly in the Tamil film industry. Graduated (in Zoology) at the Annamalai University.
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  • Pakkiriswamy Chandra Sekharan, Forensic expert and Padma Bhushan recipient
  • S. Srinivasan, Aerospace scientist and Padma Bhushan recipient
  • Narayanaswamy Jayaraman, Organic chemist and Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
  • Venniradai Moorthy, Tamil comedy actor
  • References

    Annamalai University Wikipedia