Manonmaniam Sundaranar University
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|Motto||"In Pursuit of Excellence"|
The motto of the university is "In Pursuit of Excellence". It is named after the Tamil scholar/professor Manonmaniam Sundaram Pillai. The university has 24 departments in arts, languages, sciences, engineering and technology. 102 colleges in the Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Kanyakumari districts are affiliated to it.
Its main campus is a 520 acres (2.1 km2) site in Abishekapatti, Tirunelveli where the majority of the university departments function. Another 120 acres (0.49 km2) campus at Alwarkurichi houses the Sri Parama Kalyani Centre for Environmental Sciences department and a 70 acres (280,000 m2) campus at Rajakkamangalam houses the Centre for Marine Sciences and Technology.
The university has 61 affiliated colleges, 5 Mano colleges and 1 constituent college, with 65,000 students on rolls under its jurisdiction.
Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, named after the famous Tamil scholar/professor M. Sundaram Pillai, was established on 7 September 1990 to cater to the needs of the people of the three southern-most districts of Tamil Nadu — Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Kanyakumari.
There are 27 academic departments in the university.
Sri Paramakalyani Centre for Environmental Sciences functioning at Alwarkurichi is an example of university-industry collaboration while the Centre for Marine Science and Technology at Rajakkamangalam runs Coastal Area Studies.
The departments receive research projects from funding agencies in India, Europe, the United States, Japan and UNO. The university offers postgraduate, M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes (part-time and full-time). MSU is the first to offer Choice-Based Credit System. The university has a National Service Scheme and Youth Welfare Department.
The University Grants Commission, New Delhi has accorded its approval for getting financial assistance since 29 March 1994. The university is accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India with 'A' grade status. The University Act authorizes the functioning of the Directorate of Distance and Continuing Education outside the university jurisdiction and the courses offered through this mode are recognized by the Distance Education Council of India.
The community colleges offer diploma courses of one-year duration to those interested in entrepreneurial enterprises. The Extension Learning Programme offers diploma and certificate courses on skill development.