Seal of the University
|Motto||Progress Through Knowledge|
|Location||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Campus||Urban, 223.27 acres|
Anna University is a technical university in Tamil Nadu, India. The main university campus in located in Guindy, Chennai. It was named after former C. N. Annadurai, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 4 September 1978. It became an affiliating university in 2001, absorbing all engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu. In 2007, it was split into six constituent universities namely Chennai (campus), Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli and Tirunelveli. In September 14, 2011, the constituents were merged back to a single affiliating university for engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu.
The Government of Tamil Nadu established the Anna University of Technology on 4 September 1978 through Tamil Nadu Act 30 of 1978. The new university was formed from the erstwhile University of Madras faculty of engineering and technology and consisted of four institutes namely College of Engineering, Guindy, Alagappa College of Technology, Madras Institute of Technology and School of Architecture and Planning. In 1982, the name current name "Anna University" was adopted.
In 2001, under the Anna University Amendment Act of 2001, the university became an affiliating university, taking under its wings all the engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu. This included six government engineering colleges, three government-aided private institutions, and 426 self-financing colleges. On 1 February 2007, as a result of a Government of Tamil Nadu decision, the university was split into six universities constitutent universities namely, Anna University, Chennai, Anna University of Technology, Chennai, Anna University of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, Anna University of Technology, Coimbatore, Anna University of Technology Tirunelveli and Anna University of Technology, Madurai. The institutes were formally created in 2010. In September 14, 2011, a bill was passed to merge back the universities. However, as of February 2012[update], the separate universities are still operating.
A Common Entrance Test namely Tamil Nadu Professional Courses Entrance Examination (TNPC EE) was used as a basis for admission to professional courses in the state until 2006. Starting in the academic year 2007-08, students were admitted to engineering colleges on the basis of their higher secondary marks.
The university offers various courses in engineering and technology through its affiliated colleges and follows a dual semester system. Every year the university conducts examinations for even semester in May–June and for odd semester in November–December. The 1st semester students have exams in January.
The affiliated colleges are four types:
- Anna University's colleges and campus
- Tamil Nadu Government Engineering Colleges
- Tamil Nadu government aided engineering colleges
- Self-financing engineering colleges
The university's main campus is located in Chennai and extends over 185 acres adjoining the Adyar River and the Raj Bhavan. It houses College of Engineering, Guindy, Alagappa College of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning and three technical departments of the University of Madras. Affiliated campuses are located in Chrompet (Madras Institute of Technology) and Taramani in Chennai.
The university has satellite campuses in Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai and Tirunelveli. The university also runs engineering colleges at Villupuram, Tindivanam, Arani and Kanchipuram in Chennai region, Erode and Bargur in Coimbatore region, Panruti, Pattukkottai, Thirukkuvalai and Ariyalur in Tiruchirapalli region, Ramanathapuram and Dindigul in Madura region, Nagercoil and Thoothukudi in Tirunelveli region.
Satellite and TV
ISRO has permitted Anna University to start a separate TV channel. The university has established Tamil Nadu’s first Interactive Satellite Terminal under the Ku Band of EDUSAT. Anna University Microsatellite ANUSAT is an Indian student built microsatellite. Anusat is the first satellite designed and developed by an Indian university and is the first satellite in India to be built and operated by any organisation other than ISRO. It carries a primary store and forward payload and auxiliary technology demonstration payloads. It was launched aboard PSLV-C12 on 20 April 2009. The satellite's development was sponsored by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
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