Anna University was established on 4 September 1978 in Tamil Nadu as a public state university. The university's main campus is in Chennai. The university was named after the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, C.N. Annadurai. The motto of the university is Progress through Knowledge. R.N. Ravi (Governor of Tamil Nadu) is the Chancellor of the University, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University is R. Velraj.
Initially, this university was established as a unitary type in 1978. The integration of four well renowned technical institutions in the city of Chennai (Madras) formed Anna University. These four institutions were
The various government of the state repeatedly changed the structure of the varsity and affiliation scope. The erstwhile Anna University became the affiliating university under the Anna University Amendment Act 2001. After this amendment, Anna University took all the engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu under its wings. In 2007 the Tamil Nadu Government decided to split the University into 6 constituent universities that are -
In 2010 it was reconverted into a unitary type of university, but again in 2012, its status as an affiliating college was restored. After merging the constituents in 2012, the four regional universities became the regional campus of the University.
The main campus of Anna University is in Chennai that extends over 189 acres. The second campus of the university is the Madras Institute of Technology, and Chromepet extends over 53 acres. At Taramani, Chennai, the university has its third campus, which is spread over 5 acres. All these campuses have all the infrastructure that serves the various need of the community of the university.
The University has 4 University Department Campuses, 13 Constituent Colleges, 3 regional campuses and 593 Colleges that are affiliated with the university and are either Government/Government Aided or Self Financing Colleges. It also has 20 research centres to contribute to the research field of various disciplines. Some of the top affiliated colleges of the University are-
Its campus has all the amenities and latest facilities for its students, such as -
Courses and Admission
Anna University offers a huge range of courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. There are 29 undergraduate courses, 90 postgraduate courses and research in different disciplines. Disciplines which are in demand are Engineering, Management, Science, Architecture, Humanities etc. University's admission process is online. It conducts admission in undergraduate and postgraduate courses under Single Window Counselling every year. University accepts the score obtained in the entrance exam for all courses (except M.Sc), which are followed by counselling.
The university publishes the merit list for admission in the course of M.Sc. It accepts the scores of entrance exams such as TNAE (Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission), TANCET (Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test, conducted by Anna University), NATA, UGC-NET, CSIR-NET and GATE. University's acceptance rate is only 29%, and only the top scorer of the entrance exam can get admission.
University also provides an option for distance education for the students, and its application process is online. The Center of Distance Education of the university offers courses in MBA, MCA, M.Sc etc. and admission is taken through an entrance test known as Distance Education Entrance Test (DEET).
Ranking and Accreditation
The University Grant Commission recognises it, and NAAC accredited the university with an 'A' Grade. UGC has also recognised the university as a "University with Potential for Excellence". According to the NIRF Ranking 2021, it has been ranked 16th among Universities in India, ranked 25th in the Overall Category, and ranked 18th in Engineering Category.
According to the QS World Ranking 2022, Anna University is in the Rank Band of 801-1000. According to the US News, it has been ranked 1170 in the Overall Category.
Scholarships and Placements
The university provides various scholarships that are sponsored by the university, state government and central government. It provides a Merit cum Means Scholarship. It also provides scholarships to the students who belong to the economically weaker sections. Some of the scholarships are as follows-
There is a significant increase in the number of campus job placements. University has a Center for University-Industry Collaboration which is solely dedicated to placement related activities like guiding students, mock interviews, internship opportunities etc. In 2022 there was an increase of 53.15% in the job offers during the placement drive. There is also an increase of 16.66% and 18.33%, respectively, in the average package and the number of companies visiting the campus. In 2022 total of 142 companies visited the campus for recruitment. The average package was ₹7 lakhs per annum, and the highest package was ₹36 lakhs per annum. Some of the top companies were Ashok Leyland, Saint Gobain Glass, Ranbaxy Laboratories, Wipro, Accenture, Infosys, Suzuki, TCS, etc.
Anna University has collaborated with many Indian and foreign institutions. It has signed 41 MoUs with Foreign Universities and 26 MoUs with Industries and National Universities. It has also collaborated on student exchange programs to provide better opportunities to its students. Some of the universities with which Anna University has Collaboration are -
There are many notable alumni of this university, and some of them are