|Motto||"With Courage and Faith"|
|Type||State University (Government)|
|UGC, ACU, NBA, AIU, NAAC, AICTE, ICAR, NCTE, PCI, MCI, DCI, MOE|
|Chancellor||Governor of Tamil Nadu|
|Vice-Chancellor||R. M. Kathiresan|
|Campus||Rural, 950 acres (380 ha)|
The Annamalai University is a public state university in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India. The 950-acre (3.8 km2) sprawling campus offers courses of higher education in arts, science, engineering, medical, management, humanities, agriculture, and physical education. The university also provides more than 500 courses through distance education. With over 32,480 students residing on campus, it is one of the largest unitary, teaching, and residential universities in Asia, and is among one of the most reputed and ranked universities in India including the rankings from NIRF, QS World University Rankings, Times University Rankings, CWTS Leiden Ranking.
The university was founded in 1929 by the entrepreneur S. Rm. M. Annamalai Chettiar in the aftermath of the Montagu–Chelmsford Reforms. In the early 1920s, to serve the downtrodden and to promote Tamil literature, Rajah Sir S. R. M. Annamalai Chettiar founded Sri Minakshi College, Sri Minakshi Tamil College and Sri Minakshi Sanskrit College in a rural setup at Chidambaram. In 1928, Rajah Sir S. R. M. Annamalai Chettiar agreed with the local government to hand over the above said institution for establishing a university. Thus, on 1 January 1929 Annamalai University was established as per Annamalai University Act 1928 (Tamil Nadu Act 1 of 1929). The most significant development is the enactment of the Annamalai University Act, 2013 (Tamil Nadu Act 20 of 2013), which has come into force from September 25, 2013, after obtaining the assent of the President of India.
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, de-affiliated in 2021) and science.
In July 2021 Higher Education Minister of Tamil Nadu Mr K. Ponmudy announced to change the status of Annamalai University from unitary to affiliating university. The university have colleges affiliated to it from four districts, namely Cuddalore, Kallakurichi Mayiladuthurai and Villupuram . In his recent announcement 14 more colleges of Mayiladuthurai district merged with Annamalai University which was earlier afffilated with Bharathidasan University.
In March 2022, the UGC warned students against enrolling for any online and distance learning courses offered by the university as it did not have the requisite recognition to do so from the UGC.
According to University Vice-Chancellor Mr. RM Kathiresan the degrees were offered as per the Madras High Court direction as the university is having a stay order to the UGC's direction imposing jurisdictional restriction is still valid. And all the hearings and proceedings were in the favour of our varsity. So Unless the UGC's gets that stay vacated the degree distance programmes are valid. He further added that a National Assessment and Accreditation Council review team visited the campus between March 16 and 18. As the results are expected anytime, we will go for distance education board approval and get it done. The problem will be sorted out soon.
Mr. R Singaravel, director of distance education at the university, said the students degree will not become invalid with the UGC notice. As we are the oldest and most prestigious university under Government of Tamil Nadu and offering our programmes before the existence of UGC and IGNOU.
UGC's circular that distance education courses at Annamalai University are not valid is incorrect. Contempt of court. The High Court issued a restraining order in our favor in 2018 in favor of the UGC Circular on the grounds that it was in our favor in relation to our university jurisdiction. The UGC reissued a similar circular while the injunction was in force. Subject to contempt of court. Students studying at our university actually have no legal issues. Their courses are legally valid.
University officials also stated that Annamalai University Act 1929 was signed and approved by both the then Governor General of the British Government and the Governor General of the Central Government. The Annamalai University Act 2013 was approved by both the Governor and the President of the State. Therefore, the jurisdiction of the Annamalai University. The same applies to the whole of India as it does to the central universities.
Other state university laws are not like that. One approved by the Governors of the State.
And our university remote drive is something that appeared long before the emergence of Delhi IGNOU University. Distance Education as DEC. Something that appeared even before the Council appeared and announced the protocols.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council accredited Annamalai University with a grade of A in 2014. The Faculty of Agriculture of Annamalai University is accredited with ICAR (NAEAB)
|University and college rankings|
|General – international|
|Times (World) (2020)||1001+|
|Times (Asia) (2020)||351-400|
|General – India|
|NIRF (Overall) (2020)||151-200|
|NIRF (Universities) (2020)||151-200|
|Engineering – India|
|Pharmacy – India|
Annamalai University was ranked 1001+ in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2020 and 351–400 in Asia. It was ranked in the 151-200 band overall in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for 2020 and in the 151-200 band among universities. NIRF also ranked it 12 in its pharmacy ranking in 2020.
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. The B.Ed. programme is approved by the National Council for Teacher Education.
A total of 356 scholarships and awards are given to eligible candidates every year.