Periyar University

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Periyar University
பெரியார் பல்கலைக்கழகம்
Periyar University logo.jpg
Periyar University emblem
Motto அறிவால் விளையும் உலகு
Motto in English
Wisdom Maketh World
Established 17th September 1997
Chancellor Konijeti Rosaiah
Vice-Chancellor Dr. C Swaminathan
Dean Dr. R. Palanivel
Academic staff
Students 140000+
Location Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
11°43′6″N 78°4′41″E / 11.71833°N 78.07806°E / 11.71833; 78.07806
Campus Rural
Nickname PU
Affiliations UGC

Periyar University is a university in Salem, Tamil Nadu, India. It was established by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1997. It is named after social reformer Thanthai Periyar E. V. Ramasamy. The University Grants Commissions, New Delhi bestowed 2f status in 1998 and 12(B) status in 2005 to the university. It is accredited by NAAC with 'A' grade.[1] It has been awarded a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.15 points (performance descriptor “Very Good”).[2]


The Government of Tamil Nadu established Periyar University at Salem on 17 September 1997 as per the provisions of the Periyar University Act, 1997. The university caters to affiliated colleges under the area comprising the districts of Salem, Namakkal, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri. The university got 12(B) and 2f status from the University Grants Commission and was accredited by NAAC with B+ grade in 2007, which was upgraded to 'A' during the reaccreditation in May 2015.[3]


Mental Health Day Rally in 2014
Statue of Periyar E V Ramasamy in front of Periyar University Building

Affiliated colleges[edit]

A total of 86 colleges from four districts of Tamil Nadu are affiliated with the university, which includes 5 autonomous colleges, 65 colleges with PG departments and 45 colleges with research departments. More than 1,35,000 students are studying in the affiliated colleges.[8]

Schools and departments[edit]

Periyar University has 24 teaching and research departments under 8 schools.[9] The departments are clustered into schools to promote inter-disciplinary research.[10] A total of 79 academic programmes are offered by the departments.[11] A proposal has been submitted to the state government for approval to start a History Department.[12]

Constituent colleges[edit]

Apart from its teaching and research departments, the university has established five constituent colleges at Mettur Dam, Iddapadi (both in Salem District), Pennagaram, Harur, and Pappiredipatty (in Dharmapuri District).[13]


The university is on the Bangalore National Highways (NH - 7), 7 km from Salem city and easily connected by road. The campus extends to about 100 acres (0.40 km2) accommodating the administrative and department buildings.

Examination results[edit]

Periyar University sends exam results directly to students via SMS. Results are also made available online for immediate access.[14]


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