Periyar University emblem
|Motto||அறிவால் விளையும் உலகு|
Motto in English
|Wisdom Maketh World|
|Established||17th September 1997|
|Vice-Chancellor||Dr. C Swaminathan|
|Dean||Dr. R. Palanivel|
|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 E. V. Ramasamy. 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 by NAAC with 'A' grade. It has been awarded a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.15 points (performance descriptor “Very Good”)
The Government of Tamil Nadu established Periyar University at Salem on 17 September 1997 as per the provisions of the Periyar University Act, 1997. The University caters to affiliated colleges under the area comprising the districts of Salem, Namakkal, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri. The University got the 12(B) and 2f status from the University Grants Commission and was accredited by NAAC with B+ grade in 2007, which has been upgraded to 'A' during the reaccreditation in May 2015.
- Chancellor : Konijeti Rosaiah, Governor of Tamil Nadu
- Pro-Chancellor : P. Palaniappan, Minister for Education, Government of Tamil Nadu
- Vice-Chancellor : Dr. C Swaminathan 
- Registrar : K Angamuthu 
- Controller of Examinations : Dr.S.Leela 
- Dean : Dr. R Palanivel 
A total of 86 colleges from four districts of Tamil Nadu are affiliated with the University, which includes 5 autonomous colleges, 65 colleges with PG departments and 45 colleges with research departments. More than 1,35,000 students are studying in the affiliated colleges.
The University has 24 teaching and research departments under 5 faculties, namely Arts, Science, Commerce, Education, and Business Administration. The departments have been clustered into different schools in order to promote inter-disciplinary research. A total of 79 academic programmes are offered by the departments.
Journalism and Mass Communication
Food Science and Nutrition
Library and Information Science
Textiles and Apparel Design
Periyar Institute of Management Studies
Apart from its teaching and research departments, the University has established five constituent colleges at Mettur Dam, Iddapadi ( both in Salem District), Pennagaram, Harur, and Pappiredipatty(in Dharmapuri District).
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.
- Overview of Periyar University
- "Periyar varsity VC to assume office today". The Hindu. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
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