Annamalai University is one of the famous, well-reputed universities in Tamilnadu. It is one of the oldest universities having found in by Dr. Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar of Chettinad. He was an Indian industrialist, banker, educationist, and a great philanthropist.
It was started as the Minakshi College in 1920 and later in 1928, the Annamalai University was established.
It is now a university which has 49 departments of study and over 3000 members of teaching staff. The University campus, including the colleges, hostels, and playgrounds, is situated in an area of about thousand acres. The Annamalai University is located in the temple town of Chidambaram, where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the dancing form.
The Faculty of Medicine along with the Dental College, Nursing and Pharmacy Departments were initiated in 1980, and thus the cherished desire of Dr. Rajah Sir Muthiah Chettiar to set up a Medical college under the umbrella of the Faculty of Medicine was fulfilled in 1985.
The distance education program of Annamalai University is very popular and it is one of the reason why the university is widely established. The Directorate of Distance Education which was established in 1979 now has five hundred and one different programs of study under regular stream. I has the largest enrolment in India. One of the reasons behind its success is the availability of study centers locally in each center across the country.
Annaimalai University offered the first post graduate degree programs in Applied Psychology, physics, chemistry, zoology, botany, bioinformatics, and law through distance education. It is also offering Fashion design, Textile design, interior design, hotel managements, and catering technology programs, retail management, twinning program, health science and commonwealth youth program, yoga, music, fire and safety, pharmaceutical and taxation programs.
Annamalai University Distance Education
The Distance Education Council, New Delhi has approved all the programs of study offered by the Directorate of Distance Education of Annamalai University. With the approval of National Council of Teacher Education, New Delhi, it has started the B.Ed. program too via distance education.
The University has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with many foreign Universities on research collaboration and exchange of students and staff as well.
University Fukui of Japan has an MOU signed with Annamalai University with the Engineering and Technology department of Annamalai University.
The Annamalai University also can boast of being one of the earliest, non-profitable publishers of scholarly books in India. It was again founded by Dr. Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar of Chettinad to propogate Tamil Literature, culture, and religion. The aim was to make the class texts available in an affordable price and even now the books are sold at unbelievably low price. The publication division of the university has released more than 600 books, journals, and seminar papers which has benefitted millions of people all over the world.
You can find the books published by the Publications Division which are available for sale included in this list. Unpriced publications and titles which are at present out of stock are not included.
Annamalainagar – 608 002
Official Website: http://annamalaiuniversity.ac.in