Anna University

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Anna University
Anna University Logo.svg
Other name
Motto in English
Progress Through Knowledge
TypePublic state university
Established1978; 43 years ago (1978)
ChancellorR. N. Ravi (Governor of Tamil Nadu)
Vice-ChancellorR. Velraj [1]
DeanL. Suganthi (CEG)
S. Meenakshisundaram (ACT)
T. Thyagarajan (MIT)
Ranee Maria Leonie Vedamuthu (SAP)
RegistrarRanee Maria Leonie Vedamuthu
Location, ,
CampusUrban, 185 acres
AffiliationsUGC, AICTE, NAAC, AIU, ACU

Anna University is a public state university located in Tamil Nadu, India. The main campus is in Chennai. It was originally established on 4 September 1978 and was named after C.N. Annadurai, the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. After taking many different forms over the years, as per a September 2020 bill passed in the Tamil Nadu Legislative assembly, the varsity is now reconstituted to be an affiliating university for engineering colleges across Tamil Nadu excluding the engineering colleges that are part of Anna Technological and Research University. The University is now the affiliating authority for close to 550 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu.


The first version of Anna University formed in 1978 had a similar constitution as the current structure of Anna Technological and Research University before various governments repeatedly kept changing the varsity's structure and affiliation scope. In 2001, under the Anna University Amendment Act of 2001, the erstwhile Anna 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 constituent universities: 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.[3] The institutes were formally created in 2010. On 14 September 2011, a bill was passed to merge back the universities.[4] The merger became final in August 2012.[5]

In 2011 and 2012 the constituents were merged back to a single affiliating university and the four regional universities continue to function as regional campus of the university.

And then in September 2020, the Tamil Nadu government passed a bill making the varsity's four campuses in Chennai to be constituted as a 'unitary type' institution and called 'Anna Technological and Research University' while a new affiliating type university called 'Anna University' will be constituted to manage the affairs of the constituent and affiliated colleges.

The subsequent new Acts will be called Anna University (Amendment) Act 2020 and Anna Technological and Research University Act 1978. The new Act will come into force after the state government issues a notification.


A common entrance test – the Tamil Nadu Professional Courses Entrance Examination (TNPCEE) – was used as a basis for admission to professional courses in the state until 2006.[6] Starting in the academic year 2007–08, students were admitted to engineering colleges on the basis of their higher secondary marks.[7] Post-graduate admission process is carried out through TANCET and GATE scores.[8]


The university offers 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 first semester students have exams in January.


University and college rankings
General – international
ARWU (2020)[9]901–1000
QS (World) (2020)[10]751–800
QS (Asia) (2020)[11]169
QS (BRICS) (2019)[12]87
Times (World) (2020)[13]1001+
Times (Asia) (2020)[14]351–400
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2020)[15]20
NIRF (Universities) (2020)[16]12
Outlook India (Universities) (2020)[17]10
Engineering – India
NIRF (2020)[18]14
Business/Management – India
NIRF (2020)[19]59

Affiliated colleges[edit]

The university's campus is 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 Madurai region, Nagercoil and Thoothukudi in Tirunelveli region.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sujatha, R (11 April 2021). "Anna University V-C Surappa's term ends". The Hindu. Tamil Nadu. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d "University Student Enrollment Details". Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Welcome to Anna University of Technology, Coimbatore". Archived from the original on 20 June 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  4. ^ "House passes Bill to amend Anna University Act". The Hindu. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Finally, merger of Anna Universities of Technology with Anna University". The Times of India. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Common Entrance Test abolished in Tamil Nadu". The Hindu. 7 December 2006. Archived from the original on 7 December 2006.
  7. ^ "Should Common Entrance Test be scrapped?". The Hindu. 21 August 2006. Archived from the original on 20 February 2008.
  8. ^ "Admission for PG in CEG".
  9. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2020. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  10. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2020". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  11. ^ "QS Asia University Rankings 2020". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2020.
  12. ^ "QS BRICS University Rankings 2019". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2018.
  13. ^ "Top 1000 World University Rankings 2020". Times Higher Education. 2019.
  14. ^ "Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings (2020)". Times Higher Education. 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  15. ^ "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 11 June 2020.
  16. ^ "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 (Universities)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 11 June 2020.
  17. ^ "Top 75 Universities In India In 2020". The Outlook. 8 October 2020. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  18. ^ "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 (Engineering)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 11 June 2020.
  19. ^ "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 (Management)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 11 June 2020.
  20. ^ "Outstanding Alumni Award" (PDF).[permanent dead link]
  21. ^ "Distinguished Alumni". Electronics & Communication Engineering, PSG College of Technology. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  22. ^ "Mr.G.Parthasarathy's profile as a faculty of Centre for Policy Research". Retrieved 9 August 2012.

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Coordinates: 13°00′46″N 80°14′11″E / 13.01268°N 80.236362°E / 13.01268; 80.236362