University of Madras
|University of Madras|
|Motto||கற்றணைத்தூறும் அறிவும் ஆற்றலும்
Doctrina Vim Promovet Insitam
|Motto in English||Learning Promotes Natural Talent|
|Location||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Affiliations||UGC, NAAC, AIU|
The University of Madras (Tamil: சென்னைப் பல்கலைக்கழகம்; informally known as Madras University) is a public state university in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Established in 1857, it is one of the oldest and premier universities in India. The university was incorporated by an act of the Legislative Council of India.
It is a collegiate research university and has six campuses in the city viz., Chepauk, Marina, Guindy, Taramani, Maduravoyal and Chetpet. The university has 68 teaching and research departments grouped under 18 schools, covering languages, humanities, science, technology and medicine.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council has conferred 'five star' accreditation to the university and it has been given the status of 'University with Potential for Excellence' by the University Grants Commission.
- 1 History
- 2 Coat of arms
- 3 Campuses
- 4 Senate House
- 5 Affiliated Colleges and Research Institutions
- 6 Notable alumni
- 6.1 Nobel Laureates
- 6.2 Head of State
- 6.3 Law and politics
- 6.4 Military and public services
- 6.5 Mathematics
- 6.6 Science and Technology
- 6.7 Rhodes scholars
- 6.8 Pioneers and innovators
- 6.9 Economics and management
- 6.10 Business and entrepreneurship
- 6.11 Humanities, arts, and social sciences
- 6.12 Sports and games
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Grants
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The first ever demand for higher education in Madras Presidency was given in a public address to Lord John Elphinstone, Governor of Madras, signed by 70,000 residents when the Governor in Council was contemplating "some effective and liberal measures for the establishment of an improved system of national education." This public petition, which was presented by the Advocate General Mr. George Norton on 11 November 1839, pressed the need for an English college in the city of Madras. Pursuant to this, Lord Elphinstone evolved a plan for the establishment of a central collegiate institution or a ‘university.’ This university had twin departments – a high school for the cultivation of English literature, regional language, philosophy and science, and a college for instruction in the higher branches of literature, philosophy and science.
The University Board was constituted in January 1840 with Mr. George Norton as its President. This was the precursor of the present Presidency College, Chennai. A systematic educational policy for India was formulated 14 years later by the dispatch of 1854 (Sir Charles Wood’s Education Dispatch), which pointed out the rationale for "creating a properly articulated system of education from the primary school to the University." The Dispatch recommended the establishment in the universities of Professorships "for the purposes of the delivery of lectures in various branches of learning including vernacular as well as classical languages." As a result the University of Madras, organized on the model of the University of London, was incorporated on 5 September 1857 by an Act of the Legislative Council of India.
The university progressed and expanded through the 19th century to span the whole of South India, giving birth to universities like Mysore University (1916), Osmania University (1908), Andhra University (1926), Annamalai University (1929), Travancore University (1937) presently University of Kerala, Sri Venkateswara University (1954), Madurai Kamaraj University (1966), Bharathidasan University (1982), Bharathiar University (1982), Manonmaniam Sundaranar University (1990), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (1971), Anna University (1978), Tamil University (1981), Mother Teresa Women's University (1984), Dr. M.G.R. Medical University (1989), Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (1989), Periyar University (1997) and Dr. Ambedkar Law University (1996).
In 1912 endowments were made to the university to establish departments of Indian History, Archaeology, Comparative Philology and Indian Economics. In that year the university had 17 departments, 30 teachers, and 69 research scholars. Later the research and teaching functions of the university were encouraged by the Sadler Commission and the gains of the University were consolidated by the enactment of the Madras University Act of 1923.
Coat of arms
The description of the Coat of Arms of the university, designed in 1857, is:
"Argent (silver or white) on a Mount issuant from the basement a Tiger passant proper (walking and coloured naturally), on a Chief Sable (black across the top), a Pale Or (a gold or yellow vertical strip down the centre 1/3 of the top or chief), thereon, between two Elephants heads couped of the field, a lotus flower leaved and slipped of the third, together with this motto Doctrina Vim Promovet Insitam".
The coat of arms colours are: the base is light green, the tiger is yellow on a white background, the elephant is grey on a black background, the lotus is a white flower with olive green leaves, on a gold background. The motto scroll is edged red, with black lettering.
The English translation of the motto of the University of Madras is: "Learning promotes natural talent."
- Chepauk campus: School of Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, School of Economics, School of Philosophy and Religious Thought, School of Political and International Studies, School of Fine and Performance Arts, School of English and Foreign Languages, School of Management Studies, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, School of Information and Communication Studies.
- Guindy campus: School of Earth and Atmospheric Science, School of Chemical Sciences, School of Physical Sciences, School of Life Sciences, National Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
- Marina campus: School of Tamil and other Dravidian Languages, School of Sanskrit and other Indian Languages.
- Taramani campus: School of Basic Medical Sciences, National Centre for Ultra fast Processes.
The University of Madras has a historical monument – Senate House – which is one of the landmarks of the city of Chennai. The Senate House, the University's first building, inaugurated in the year 1879, is a masterpiece of Robert Fellowes Chisholm, an architect of the 19th century, who blended the Indo-Saracenic style with Byzantine and European architectural features. The university renovated the Senate House in 2006.
Affiliated Colleges and Research Institutions
- Loyola College
- Presidency College
- Madras Christian College
- Stella Maris College
- Ethiraj College for Women
- Pachaiyappa's College
- Women's Christian College
- Queen Mary's College
- The New College
- Madras School of Art
- Madras School of Social Work
- Meenakshi College for Women
- A. M. Jain College
- DG Vaishnav College
- M.O.P. Vaishnav College
- SHASUN College
- Vivekananda College
- Adyar Cancer Institute
- Central Leather Research Institute
- Central Institute of Brackish Water Aquaculture
- Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology
- Defence Services Staff College, Wellington
- Institute for Financial Management and Research
- King Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research
- Loyola Institute of Business Administration
- Madras Institute of Development Studies
- Madras School of Economics
- MS Swaminathan Research Foundation
- National Defence College, New Delhi
- National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis
- National Institute of Epidemiology
- C. V. Raman, Nobel Prize in Physics (1930), Bharat Ratna (1954)
- S. Chandrasekhar, Nobel Prize in Physics (1983), Padma Vibhushan (1968)
Head of State
- Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari, Governor-General of India (1948–1950), Bharat Ratna (1954)
- A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, 11th President of India (2002–2007), Bharat Ratna (1997)
- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, 2nd President of India (1962–1967), Bharat Ratna (1954)
- Varahagiri Venkata Giri, 4th President of India (1969–1974), Bharat Ratna (1975)
- Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, 6th President of India (1977–1982)
- R. Venkataraman, 8th President of India (1987–1992)
Law and politics
- Chidambaram Subramaniam, Indian independence activist, Bharat Ratna (1998)
- Arcot Ramasamy Mudaliar (KCSI), Last Diwan of Mysore, Padma Vibhushan (1970)
- C. P. Ramaswami Iyer (KCSI) (KCIE), Diwan of Travancore (1936– 1947)
- P. Subbarayan, Chief Minister of Madras Presidency (1924–1930)
- B. Munuswamy Naidu, Chief Minister of Madras Presidency (1930–1932)
- K. V. Reddy Naidu (KCSI), Chief Minister of Madras Presidency (1937)
- CN Annadurai (DMK), Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (1967–1969)
- Kasu Brahmananda Reddy (INC), Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (1964–1971)
- V. K. Krishna Menon (INC), Minister of Defence (India) (1979–1980)
- C. Vijayaraghavachariar, President of the Indian National Congress (1920)
- M. Thambidurai (AIADMK), 8th Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha
- Palaniappan Chidambaram (INC), Cabinet minister (India)
- Shankarrao Chavan (INC), Cabinet minister (India)
- Patanjali Sastri, 2nd Chief Justice of India
- K. Subba Rao, 9th Chief Justice of India
- P. Sathasivam, 40th Chief Justice of India
- Muhammad Shahabuddin, 3rd Chief Justice of Pakistan
- P. V. Rajamannar, 1st Indian Chief Justice of Madras High Court
- V. Balakrishna Eradi, 9th Chief Justice of Kerala High Court
Military and public services
- Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa (OBE), 1st Indian Chief of the Army Staff, Legion of Merit (1950)
- Krishnaswamy Sundarji, 13th Chief of the Army Staff, Param Vishisht Seva Medal (1978)
- C. Rangarajan, 19th Governor of Reserve Bank of India, Padma Vibhushan (2002)
- Benegal Rama Rau, 4th Governor of Reserve Bank of India
- Kalyan Sundaram, 2nd Chief Election Commissioner, Padma Vibhushan (1968)
- R. V. S. Peri Sastri, 8th Chief Election Commissioner
- T. N. Seshan, 10th Chief Election Commissioner
- M. K. Narayanan, 3rd National Security Advisor, Gusi Peace Prize (2011)
- N. Vittal (IAS), Chief Vigilance Commissioner (1998–2002)
- K. P. S. Menon (CIE), Lenin Peace Prize (1979)
- N. Santosh Hegde, Former Lokayukta (ombudsman) of Karnataka
- F. V. Arul (IPS), Director of CBI (1968–1971)
- K. Vijay Kumar (IPS), Chief of the Special Task Force (India) during Operation Cocoon
- Srinivasa Ramanujan (FRS), a Mathematical prodigy
- S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan, Abel Prize (2007), National Medal of Science (2010)
- C. S. Seshadri (FRS), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1972)
- M. S. Narasimhan (FRS), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1975)
- A.V. Balakrishnan, Control Heritage Award (2001)
- K. G. Ramanathan, Padma Bhushan (1983), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1965)
- K. S. Chandrasekharan, Srinivasa Ramanujan Medal (1966), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1963)
- M. S. Raghunathan, Srinivasa Ramanujan Medal (1991), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1977)
- Sundararaman Ramanan, Srinivasa Ramanujan Medal (2010), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1979)
- C. P. Ramanujam, Known for Ramanujam–Samuel theorem and Ramanujam vanishing theorem
Science and Technology
- G.N. Ramachandran, Biophysicist who described the structure of Collagen
- Sir M. Visveshwarya (KCIE), Civil engineer, Bharat Ratna (1955)
- Raja Ramanna, Nuclear scientist, Padma Vibhushan (1975)
- Rajagopala Chidambaram, Nuclear scientist, Padma Vibhushan (1999)
- E. C. George Sudarshan, Theoretical physicist, Dirac Prize (2010), Padma Vibhushan (2007)
- A. Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar (FACS), Padma Vibhushan (1963)
- K. S. Krishnan, Physicist, Co-discoverer of Raman scattering, Padma Bhushan (1954)
- Gunamudian David Boaz, 1st Indian Psychologist (1943)
- Vilayanur S. Ramachandran (FRCP), Cognitive neuroscientist, Ariëns Kappers Medal (1999)
- Eric Prabhakar, Olympian, 1st Indian recipient of Rhodes Scholarship
- Tanjore R. Anantharaman, Materials scientist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1967)
Pioneers and innovators
- Verghese Kurien, Father of White Revolution in India, Padma Vibhushan (1999)
- M. S. Swaminathan, Father of Green Revolution in India, Padma Vibhushan (1989)
- S. R. Ranganathan, Father of Library and information science, Padma Shri (1957)
- Raj Reddy, one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence systems, Padma Bhushan (2001), Turing Award (1994)
- Rangaswamy Srinivasan, pioneer work on Excimer laser at IBM Research, National Medal of Technology (2011)
Economics and management
- Kakkadan Nandanath Raj, one of the architects of the Five-Year Plans of India, Padma Vibhushan (2000)
- Raja Chelliah, Founding chairman of the Madras School of Economics, Padma Vibhushan (2007)
- C. K. Prahalad, Prominent business thinker, Padma Bhushan (2009)
Business and entrepreneurship
- Ram Shriram, Forbes billionaire, Founding board member of Google Inc.
- Indra Nooyi, Chairman, Pepsi Co., Padma Bhushan (2007)
- Prathap C. Reddy, Founder, Apollo Hospitals, Padma Vibhushan (2010)
- Suresh Krishna, TVS Group, Padma Shri (2006)
- Kalanithi Maran, Founder and chairman of Sun Group
- Kasinathuni Nageswara Rao, Founder of Amrutanjan Healthcare and Andhra Patrika
- M.G. Ramachandran, Film actor and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Bharat Ratna (1988)
- Mani Ratnam, Film director, screenwriter and producer, Padma Shri (2002)
- Gemini Ganesan, Tamil film actor, Padma Shri (1971)
- Sashi Kumar, Journalist and film director, Founder, Asianet
- Mahesh Babu, Telugu film actor, Filmfare Awards South (3), Nandi Awards (7)
- David Davidar, Author and publisher, Former CEO of Penguin Group
- Sarvepalli Gopal, Indian historian, Padma Vibhushan (1999)
- K. A. Nilakanta Sastri, Historian and author, Padma Bhushan (1957)
- R. S. Subbalakshmi, Social reformer and educationist, Kaisar-i-Hind Medal (1920), Padma Shri (1958)
- V. Venkayya, Chief epigraphist, Government of India (1908–1912)
- K. C. S. Paniker, Abstract painter, Lalit Kala Akademi Ratna (1976)
- Sachchidananda Vatsyayan, Hindi poet and writer, Jnanpith Award (1978), Sahitya Akademi Award (1964)
- Vanamali, Telugu poet and lyricist, Ph.D. in Telugu literature
- M. Govinda Pai, Kannada poet and writer, Rashtrakavi (1949)
- Srirangam Srinivasarao, Telugu poet and lyricist, Sahitya Akademi Award (1972)
Sports and games
- C. W. Thamotharampillai from Jaffna was the first graduate of the University of Madras. He, along with a fellow student from Jaffna, Daniel Caroll Vyramuttu Visuvanathapillai, were the only two who sat for the University's final B.A. exams in 1857, and both passed the exams to become the first graduates of the University of Madras. Thamotharampillai scored higher marks and was placed first, so is considered the first graduate of the University.
- Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddi became the first Indian woman to get a medical degree from the University of Madras in 1912. She went on to establish the cancer institute of Adyar.
- Cadambi Minakshi, Indian historian and expert on Pallava history. In 1936, she became the first woman to get a doctorate from the University of Madras.
- Sir S Subramania Iyer became the first recipient of an honorary degree from the Madras University when he was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Law in 1908.
- The fictional character Mohinder Suresh in a popular TV show Heroes was a professor of genetics at the University of Madras before moving to New York to investigate his father's death and continue his research.
In 2011, the University Grants Commission selected the university as a university with potential for excellence, under which the university gets 250 million ( 25 crore). The university had been selected under phase 1 of the scheme in 2001-02 along with a few other universities in the country. UGC has identified the school of geology and the school of zoology of the university as centres of excellence and has allotted 32.5 million ( 3.25 crore) each for their development. The university is planning to use the funds to buy equipment and improve infrastructure.
- "The Vice Chancellors". University of Madras. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
- "After earning a master’s degree in physics at Presidency College, University of Madras, in 1907, Raman became an accountant in the finance department of the Indian government." http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/490449/Sir-Chandrasekhara-Venkata-Raman
- "Chandra studied at Presidency College, University of Madras, and he wrote his first research paper", http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/history/Biographies/Chandrasekhar.html
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- "UGC selects Madras univ as potential centre of excellence, grants Rs 25 cr". The Times of India epaper (Chennai: The Times Group). 29 Dec 2011. Retrieved 30 Dec 2011.
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