Madurai Kamaraj University

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Madurai Kamaraj University
Motto "To Seek Truth Is Knowledge"
Type Public
Established 1966
Chancellor Governor of Tamil Nadu
Vice-Chancellor P.P. Chellathurai
Location Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Campus Urban

Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) is a public university in Madurai city in southern Tamil Nadu, India. It was established in 1966 and has about 130,000 students in 18 schools comprising 72 departments and 109 affiliated colleges.


Madurai Kamaraj University was inaugurated on 6 February 1966, based on the extension centre of the University of Madras, at Madurai. In 1968 the foundation stone for a new campus was laid by Zakir Hussain, the President of India. The Directorate of Distance Education of the university was established in 1971.

In 1978 the name was changed to Madurai Kamaraj University to honour K. Kamaraj, former Chief Minister of Madras State.[1]


The Madurai Kamaraj University campus is located at Palkalai Nagar in the Madurai to Theni High road. The university campus is located is 13 km away from the Periyar Bus stand and Railway station, 18 km away from the Integrated bus stand Mattuthavani. Buses are frequently available from Periyar Bus stand.


The university campus has five men's hostel and three women's hostel which accommodates post graduate students, M.Phil Students and Research Scholars. There are separate residential quarters available for married research scholars and post doctoral fellows.

Vice Chancellors[edit]

Sl. No. Name Period of Service
1 T. P. Meenakshisundaram 01.02.1966 to 18.01.1971
2 Mu. Varadarajan (Dr. Mu.Va) 01.02.1971 to 10.10.1974
3 S. V. Chittibabu 24.02.1975 to 23.02.1978
4 V. C. Kulandaiswamy 31.03.1978 to 02.03.1979
5 V. Sp. Manickam 17.08.1979 to 30.06.1982
6 J. Ramachandran 29.08.1982 to 28.08.1985
7 S. Krishnaswamy 04.10.1985 to 20.11.1988
8 M. Lakshmanan 20.01.1989 to 19.01.1992
9 M. D. K. Kuthalingam 20.01.1992 to 19.01.1995
10 K. Aludiapillai 19.05.1995 to 18.05.1998
11 M. Salihu 24.07.1998 to 23.07.2001
12 P. K. Ponnuswamy 01.02.2002 to 31.01.2005
13 P. Maruthamuthu 07.03.2005 to 06.03.2008
14 R. Karpaga Kumaravel 20.04.2008 to 19.04.2011
15 Kalyani Mathivanan 09.04.2012 to 08.04.2015
16 P. P. Chellathurai 27.05.2017 to -


University rankings
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2018)[2] 81
NIRF (Universities) (2018)[3] 54

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked Madurai Kamaraj University 81 overall in India[2] and 54 among universities[3] in 2018.

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