|Motto||அறிவால் விளையும் உலகு|
|Motto in English||Wisdom Maketh World|
|Location||Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
Periyar University is a university located in Salem, Tamil Nadu, India. It was established by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1997. The university is named after a social reformer Thanthai Periyar. The University Grants Commissions, New Delhi bestowed the 2f status in 1998 and 12(B) status in 2005 to the university. The university is accredited with NAAC.
Periyar was established in 1997 by the Government of Tamil Nadu. It started with the three departments of Commerce, Geology and Mathematics of the postgraduate extension center of Madras University, functioning at Salem at that time. D. Jayakumar was the first vice-chancellor and Velusamy Nalliyan the first registrar.it
On 6 September 2010, Tamil Nadu governor Surjit Singh Barnala appointed K. Muthuchelian, Professor and Head, School of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, Madurai Kamaraj University as Vice-Chancellor.
The university is situated on the Bangalore National Highways (NH - 7), 7 km from the Salem city and easily connected by road. The campus extends to about 100 acres (0.40 km2) accommodating the administrative and department buildings.
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