About Annamalai University

he Annamalai University was founded in the year 1929 as a unitary & residential University, by the munifi cence 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 these eighty three years, the Annamalai University has grown into a premier institution of higher learning and research.

The University today is spread over an extensive campus of about one thousand
acres and has the Faculties of Arts, Science, Indian Languages, Engineering and Technology, Education, Fine Arts, Agriculture, Medicine, Dentistry and Marine Science and in all, they comprise 49 Departments of Study.
Dr. Rajah Sir M.A. Muthiah Chettiar of Chettinad, Kt., B.A., D.Litt., the Second 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. Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar.
Dr. M.A.M. Ramaswamy, B.A., D.Litt., D.Sc., the present Founder Pro-Chancellor and the distinguished son of Dr. Rajah Sir Muthiah Chettiar, is a philanthropist and patron of sports, who has fulfi lled the dreams of his illustrious father by building up the Rajah Muthiah Institute of Health
Sciences. Under his dynamic leadership, the University has 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 is all set to grow from strength to strength under the stewardship of the present Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. M. Ramanathan, who is a reputed surgeon, conscientious educationist, an able administrator and an ardent promoter of social activities. His perceptive understanding of the expanding horizon of distance education in the country and his encouragement to the Directorate of Distance Education are highly appreciated by educationists.
Annamalainagar is a busy and self-contained University township, east of Chidambaram town, the abode of Lord Nataraja, the Cosmic Dancer. The sprawling and scenic campus enclosing the Departments of Studies, Students’ Hostels, Staff Quarters, Playgrounds, etc., is situated at a holy place (Tiruvetkalam, currently known as Annamalainagar),
2 kms from the Lord Nataraja Temple.
The Rajah Muthiah Institute of Health Sciences, a dreamproject comprising the Rajah Muthiah Medical College, the Rajah Muthiah Dental College and the Rani Meyyammai Institute of Nursing off ers various UG and PG Programmes, besides serving the rural population through its modern 1210-bed hospital.
The Sir C.P. Ramaswamy Aiyar Library, the third biggest in Tamil Nadu, has a collection of more than 5 lakh volumes besides journals, reports and rare palm-leaf manuscripts. It has all the modern facilities such as Internet, Microfi lming, etc.
The University, being unitary and residential in character, has above 30,000
students pursuing various oncampus programmes of study and more than 10,000 of them are accommodated in its 17 hostels, acclaimed to be the biggest in the country.
The University plays a vital role in disseminating knowledge acquired through
research to the surrounding rural areas in which it is placed and it serves the larger community through its Centre for Adult Education and Extension, Centre for Rural Development and Uplift of Weaker Sections, the Department of Community Medicine, the Rajah Muthiah Dental College, the NSS; and above all, through its Directorate of Distance Education, it takes education to the doorsteps of thousands of adult learners all over the country and abroad.
National Assessment
and Accreditation Council
has accredited Annamalai


Message from Vice-Chancellor's Dr. M. Ramanathan


DR. M.Ramanathan_Vice-Chancellor Dear Students,
Annamalai University is a distinguished university in Tamilnadu. With a host of different programs to offer, It has provided a platform for thousands of students, who subsequent to their education here have excelled in different facets of life. I am pleased to announce the introduction of another new course, B.Sc. in Digital Publishing Degree Program, in partnership with the renowned Digiscape Gallery.
Today, Digital Publishing is creating waves in the publishing industry around the world. India is fast emerging as the hub of major international publishers for books, newspapers, magazines, e-books, e-learning, web content, animation, CBTs and WBTs. In the coming years, Digital Publishing is going to be a mammoth industry spawning exciting career opportunities. Keeping in mind the acute shortage of skilled manpower, Annamalai University and Digiscape Gallery have signed a memorandum offering B.Sc in Digital Publishing. The curriculum is recommended by the CII Task Force on Publishing.
I welcome you to this innovative program and encourage you to explore the endless opportunities available to you as a student.
Prof. Dr. M. Ramanathan - Vice - Chancellor.


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