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Anna University, Chennai
அண்ணா ப‌ல்கலைக்கழகம்
Anna University Logo.svg
Seal of the University
Motto Progress Through Knowledge
Active 1978 (1978)–till date (till date)
Type Public
Chancellor Konijeti Rosaiah
Vice-Chancellor Dr M Rajaram
Location Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Campus Urban, 223.27 acres
Affiliations AICTE, UGC

Anna University is a technical university in Tamil Nadu, India. The main university campus in located in Guindy, Chennai. It was named after 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 14 September 2011, the constituents were merged back to a single affiliating university for engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu.[1]


Statue of C N Annadurai in Chennai campus

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.[2]

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 constituent 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.[3] The institutes were formally created in 2010. In 14 September 2011, a bill was passed to merge back the universities.[4] However, as of February 2012, the separate universities are still operating.[5]


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.[6] Starting in the academic year 2007-08, students were admitted to engineering colleges on the basis of their higher secondary marks.[7]


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.[8]

Affiliated colleges[edit]

The affiliated colleges are four types:

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, three technical departments of the University of Madras and another campus are located in Chrompet (Madras Institute of Technology).

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.

Satellite and TV[edit]

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).

Notable People[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Anna University to become a single entity from August 1". The Hindu. 23 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Tamil Nadu Act 26 of 1982
  3. ^ "Welcome to Anna University of Technology, Coimbatore". Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Hindu : States / Tamil Nadu : House passes Bill to amend Anna University Act". (The Hindu). September 15, 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "AUT merger not total, universities separately handle affiliation - Times Of India". 3 February 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Common Entrance Test abolished in Tamil Nadu". 
  7. ^ "Should Common Entrance Test be scrapped?". 
  8. ^ "Anna University Results 2015 April May | 8th 6th 4th 2nd sem". Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Verghese Kurien". Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Upendra J. Chivukula (D)". Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "A. C. Muttiah". Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Akkineni Nagarjuna". Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Raj Reddy". Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "Somasegar's Blog". Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "Krishnamachari Srikkanth". Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  16. ^ a b c d e "Outstanding Alumni Award" (PDF). 
  17. ^ "Veeraraghavan new VSSC director". The Hindu. October 31, 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  18. ^ "Distinguished Alumni". Electronics & Communication Engineering, PSG College of Technology. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "Dr.M.Rammohan Rao speaks at CEG Global Alumni meet". Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  20. ^ "Rethink policy to empower Sri Lankan Tamils economically". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "Mr.G.Parthasarathy's profile as a faculty of Centre for Policy Research". Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  22. ^ Raaghav

External links[edit]

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