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University of Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
University of Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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Centenary Building, Chepauk
Chennai (District Chennai)
Tamil Nadu, IndiaPin Code : 600005
University of Madras, Chennai Tamil Nadu is a University recognised by UGC. Status: State University (Funded By UGC). University of Madras, Chennai Tamil Nadu is also known as Madras University. University of Madras, Chennai Tamil Nadu was established on / in 1857.
University of Madras is situated in Chennai of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Chennai comes under Chennai (Madras) Tehsil, Chennai District.
Fax # of University of Madras, Chennai Tamil Nadu is 044-25367654, 25366693, 25360749.
Contact Person(s) of the University of Madras, Chennai Tamil Nadu is (are): Dr.G. Mohanram.
email ID(s) is
Website of University of Madras, Chennai Tamil Nadu is www.unom.ac.in. www.iennom.ac.in.
Vice Chancellor : Prof. S. Ramachandran 91-44-25361074 (Off.), email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registrar : Dr. V.K.Padmanabhan 25361055, 25368778-Ext. 202, email@example.com.
Contact Details of University of Madras, Chennai Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-44-25361055, 28551379, 25368778, 25399563, 25399401
VC's Secretariat : Tel : 25399563
Registrar's Secretariat : Tel : 91-44-25399570
Controller Exams Dr. V. Thangaraj Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Controller Exams Secretariat : Tel : 91-44-25399417
Dr. M. Ranganatham
Registrar In charge
(O): 044 â€“ 2536 1055
Fax: 044 â€“ 2536 0749
Dr. V. Thangaraj, Professor
CoursesUniversity of Madras, Chennai Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Business Management stream(s).
Regular Courses University of Madras
Adult & Continuing Education* M. A.- Adult & Cont. Education
Anthropology * M. A.-Anthropology
Arabic * Certificate Course-Arabic, * M. A.-Arabic
* Certificate Course-French
* Certificate Course-German
* Diploma Programmes-German
* M. A.-Bharatnatyam
Bio-informatics * M.Sc.-Bio Informatics
Biochemistry * M.Sc.-Bio chemistry
Biotechnology * M.Sc.-Bio Technology
* P. G. Diploma-Herbal Biotechnology
Business and Management * BBA-Business Administration
Business Economics * P. G. Diploma-Indian Business Economics
Chemistry * M.Sc.-Analytical Chemistry
Christian Studies * M. A.-Christian Studies
Commerce * B.Com.-Commerce
* Diploma Programmes-Accounting and Auditing
* Diploma Programmes-Taxation
* M.Com.-International Business
* M.Com.-Trade and Services
* M. A.-Communication
* BCA-Computer Applications
* Certificate Course-Computer Applications
* Certificate Course-E-Commerce
* MCA-Computer Applications
* B. A.-Cooperation
* B.C.S.-Corporate Secretaryship
* B. A.-Economics
* M. A.-Economics
Education Diploma Programmes
* School Management
Electronics and Communication
* M.Sc.-Electronic Media
* M.Sc.-Electronic Science
English and Foreign Languages
* B. A.-English Literature
* M. A.-English Literature
Environmental Sciences * M.Sc.-Environmental Science
Folklore Certificate Course * Folklore and Native Theatre
French Diplom * Programmes-French
Genetics * M.Sc.-Biomedical Genetics
* B. Sc.-Geography
* M.Sc.-Applied Geography
Geology * M.Sc.-Applied Geology
Herbal Farming * Certificate Course-Herbal Farming
* B. A.-History
* M. A.- Ancient Indian History & Archaeology
* M. A.-Histor
Humanities & Social Sciences
* Certificate Course-Police Administration
* M. A.-Human Rights and Duties Education
* P. G. Diploma-Human Resource Management
Information Technology * M.Sc.-Information Technology
Jainology * M. A.-Jaina Studi
Law * Diploma Programmes-Labour Law
Library and Information Science
* B. Lib. I. Sc.-Library and Information Science
* M. LISc-Library and Information Science
Linguistics * M. A.-Applied Linguistics
Management Studies Diploma Programmes-Management
* P. G. Diploma-Disaster Management
* P. G. Diploma-GIS Management
* P. G. Diploma-Herbal Product and Standardisation
* B. Sc.-Mathematics
Mech. Engg.,School of Engineering
* M.Sc.-Bio Physics
* Certificate Course-Medicinal Plants
* Diploma Programmes-Medical Transcription
* P. G. Diploma-Hospital Management
* P. G. Diploma-Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
Music & Dance
* Certificate Course-Dance Music
* Certificate Course-Understanding Music
* Certificate Course-Gandhian Philosophy and Peace Movements
* M. Phil-Philosophy
* Certificate Course-Photochemical Techniques
Plant Sciences * M.Sc.-Applied Plant Science
Political Science * M. A.-Political Science
* B. Sc.-Psychology
* M.Sc.-Development Psycology
Public Administration * B. A.-Public Administration
* Certificate Course-Sanskrit
* Diploma Programmes-Sanskrit
* M. A.-Applied Sanskrit
Science * M.Sc.-Herbal Sciences
* B. A.-Tamil Literature
* B.Lit.-Tamil Literature
* Certificate Course-Spoken Tamil
* Certificate Course-Written Tamil
* M. A.-Tamil Literature
Urdu * M. A.-Urdu Literature
Vaishnavism * B. A.-Vaishnavism
Womens Studies * Certificate Course-Indian Feminism
Yoga * Certificate Course-Yoga and Stress Management
Zoology * Certificate Course-Plant Cell and Tissue Culture
Education * Certificate Course - Dalit Studies
Public Administration * M. A. - Public Administration
COURSES OFFERED : Master's programme
1. M.A. [Ancient History and Archaeology, Historical Studies, Anthropology, Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration, Continuing Education Management, Sociology, Corporate Sociology, Defence and Strategic Studies, Public Affairs, Public Administration (Tamil Medium), Public Management, Political Science, Indian Economics, Econometrics, Journalism and Communication, Indian Philosophy, Comparative Religion and Philosophy with Specialization in Saiva Siddhanta Studies, Comparative Religion and Philosophy with Specialization in Vaishnava Studies, Comparative Religion and Philosophy with Specialization in Christian Studies, Comparative Religion and Philosophy with Specialization in Jainology Studies, Islamic Studies, Indian Music, Bharathanatyam (Self-Supportive), Folk Music, Rhythmology, English, French, French-Translation, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil Literature and Culture, Tamil Studies, Applied Linguistics, Telugu, Arabic, Urdu, Sanskrit, Applied Sanskrit]
2. M.Sc. [Cyber Forensics and Information Security, Electronic Media (Self-Supportive), Library and Information Science, HRD Psychology (Regular) and M.Sc.HRD Psychology (Self-Supportive), Mathematics (Regular) and M. Sc. Mathematics (Self -Supportive), Statistics, Actuarial Science (Self -Supportive), Computer Science (Self -Supportive), Spatial Information Technology, Geology, Applied Geology, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Biophysics, Physics, Electronics Science, Advanced Biochemistry, Bio-informatics (Self-Supportive), Biotechnology (Regular) and M.Sc. Biotechnology (Self-Supportive), Applied Plant Science, Industrial Microbiology, Zoology (Special), Ocean Science and Technology, Environmental Sciences, Medical Biochemistry, Biomedical Genetics, Molecular Biology (Self-Supportive), Medical Microbiology (Three years), Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacology (Three years), Neuroscience (Self-Supportive), Anatomy (Three years ), Physiology (Three years), Photonics and Bio- Photonics
3. M.Ed. (General)
4. M.L. (i) International Law and Organisation and (ii) Constitutional Law and Legal Order
5. M.Com. Trade and Services
6. M.B.A. (Regular) and M.B.A. (Self-Supportive)
7. M.C.A. (Three years)
FIVE YEARS INTEGRATED COURSES
1. M.A. Anthropology (5 Years Integrated course)
2. M.A. Post Modern Development Administration (Five years integrated course)
3. M.A. French Studies (5 year Integrated courses)
4. M.Sc. Life Sciences (5 year Integrated course)
M. Phil. Programme:
M.Phil. [Ancient History and Archaeology, Historical Studies, Education, Continuing Education Management, Defence and Strategic Studies, Public Affairs, Public Administration, South and South-East Asian Studies, Applied Economics, Economics, Development Economics, Communication (F.T. & P.T), Philosophy, Vaishnavism, Christian Studies, Indian Music, English, French, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil Literature, Tamil Studies, Computational Linguistics, Telugu (F.T & P.T), Arabic, Urdu, Sanskrit, Applied Sanskrit, Psychology, Mathematics, Computer Science, Geology, Applied Geology, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Theoretical Physics, Nuclear Physics, Scientific Instrumentation, Biochemistry, Botany, Zoology, Endocrinology, Environmental Toxicology]
List of P.G. Diploma Programmes being offered in the University Departments
1. P.G. Diploma in Parent Counseling (for School Principals and Teachers)
2. P.G. Diploma in Higher Education (for College Teachers) (add-on programme)
3. P.G. Diploma in Ambedkar Thoughts
4. P.G .Diploma in Ethics and Biotechnology
5. P.G. Diploma in Ethics and Human Resource Management (add-on programme)
6. P.G. Diploma in Saiva Siddhanta (add-on programme)
7. P.G. Diploma in Yoga Therapy (Part-Time)
8. P.G. Diploma in Taxonomy of Algae (add-on programme)
9. P.G. Diploma in Taxonomy of Fungi(add-on programme)
10. P.G. Diploma in Extension & Development Administration
M.D. (Three Years)
Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology (Taramani Campus)
Diploma in Clinical Pathology (Two Years) (Taramani Campus)
Diploma in Advanced Laboratory Methods
Haematology and Pathology (Two Years) (Taramani Campus)
Department of Management Studies
Department of Archaeology
* Adult and Continuing Education
* Agro Economic Research Centre
* Analytical Chemistry
* Ancient History and Archaeology
* Anna Centre for Public Affairs
* Applied Geology
* Arabic, Persian and Urdu
* Central Instrumentation and Service Department
* Centre for Ocean and Coastal Studies
* Centre for Population Studies
* Centre for South and South Asian Studies
* Chair in Tamil Christian Literature
* Christian Studies
* Computer Science
* Crystallography and Biophysics
* Defence and Strategic Studies
* Economic Studies - Dr.Ambedkar Centre
* Indian History
* Indian Music
* Information Science
* Inorganic Chemistry
* Islamic Studies
* Journalism and Communication
* Legal Studies
* Management Studies
* Medical Biochemistry
* Nuclear Physics
* National Centre for Ultrafast Process
* Organic Chemistry
* Pharmacology and Toxicology
* Physical Chemistry
* Politics and Public Administration
* Polymer Science
* Saiva Siddhantha
* Tamil Language
* Tamil Literature
* Technology Business Incubator (TBI)
* Theoretical Physics
* Thirukkural Research Endowment
Profile of University of MadrasAbout University
The Publics Petition dated 11-11-1839 initiated the establishment of Madras University. It was in January 1840 with Mr.George Norton as its President, The University Board was constituted. In 1854 after a lapse of 14 years Government of India formulated a systematic educational policy for India and as a sequel to this on 5th September 1857 by an act of legislative council of India the University was established. The University was organised in the Model of London University. Madras University is the mother of almost all the Old Universities of Southern India. The University area of Jurisdiction has been confined to, however, 3 districts of Tamil Nadu in recent years. This is consequent to establishment of various Universities in the State and demarcation of the University territories. This University has been growing from strength to strength while widening its teaching and research activities.
The Organisation structure of Madras University encompuses :
1. The Senate
2. The Syndicate
3. The Academic Council
4. The Faculties
5. The Finance Committee
6. The Board of Studies
His excellency the Governor of Tamil Nadu is the Chancellor of The University. The Vice-Chancellor who is appointed by a term period is the principle executive officer. The Registrar of the University Who is the Secretary of the Syndicate is the custodian of all the records and Chief Administrator. Yet another function, the Examinations of the University is managed by Office of the Controller of Examinations.
The University imparts both Under Graduate and Post Graduate Education through the Affiliated Institutions which are spread over the district of Chennai, Thrivallur and Kancheepuram. Apart from teaching, research activities in Arts, Humanities, Science, Management and Technology are the main portals at the University. A number of institutions affiliated to Madras University Concentrate in research activities were Ph.D., Programme is available in the respective specialisations. University is also offering teaching and Research programmes in 4 Campuses of Madras University. The 68 University Department of study and Research are spread over in 4 Campuses organised into 18 Schools each of which offer Post Graduate Courses in respective specialisation, part time and full time Ph.D. Programmes, Diploma and Certificate Programmes.
Accessing the need for educating large number of the people in the Country the University offered both under Graduate and Post Graduate education through the Institute of Distance Education of the University of Madras. The Institute which is popularly called IDE of Madras University. Some of the courses offered by IDE has no parallel in this country to name a few,
1. B. Music - Traditional Indian Music
2. M. Music - Indian Music at Post Graduate level
3. M.A. in Vaishnavism and Christian Studies - The courses of religious Philosophy
M.C.A. and M.B.A.are well designed professional training courses for the aspiring graduates in the respective specialisations.
The University has been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with the five star rating first and latter with an A+ rating. The UGC has recognised the University as one of the centre for potential of excellence in the Country. Lord Elphinstone laid the foundation stone of the University of Madras in 1857. It was started with two departments initially. These are-
1. The High School for the cultivation of English literature, regional language, philosophy and science, and
2. The College for providing instruction in the higher branches of literature, philosophy and sciences.
The model of London University was followed while organising the Charter for the Madras University. The establishment of Madras University was initiated by a Public Petition dated 11-11-1839. The University Board was formed in January, 1840 with Mr George Norton as its President. A systematic educational policy for India was formulated by the Government of India in 1854 after a drift of 14 years. And an Act was passed as a sequel to this on 5th September in 1857 by the Legislative Council of India. The Madras University is regarded as the mother of almost all the old universities of South India. The motto of this university is, 'Learning promotes natural (innate) talent.' According to recent update, then the area of jurisdiction of the university has been confined to three districts of Tamil Nadu. It was done so because many universities were established in the state and the territories of the university was also demarcated. After that the university, has grown very fast and increased its teaching and research activities.
In the 19th century, the University of Madras progressed and expanded all through the South India. Thus, many other universities were born under this such as Mysore University (1916), Osmania University (1918), Andhra University (1926), Annamalai University (1929), Travancore University (1937), Sri Venkateswara University (1954), Madurai Kamaraj University (1966), Bharathidasan University (1982), Bharathiar University (1982), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (1971), Anna University (1978), Tamil University (1981), Mother Teresa University (1984), Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University (1989), Tamil Nadu Veterinary Sciences University (1990), Periyar University (1997) and the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University (1997).
The University of Madras was bestowed with the "Five star status" by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. It was also among the five universities in India, which were given the status of "University with Potential for Excellence" by the University Grants Commission (UGC). This title qualifies the university to receive special grants for creating islands of excellence in the emerging areas and for provision of superior education of merit and distinction. The Madras University got the permission to establish departments of Indian History, Archaeology, Comparative Philology and Indian Economics in 1912. There were total 17 university departments, 30 university teachers, 69 research scholars and 127 university publications in that year and the budget was Rs. ll lakhs. The Sadler Commission later encouraged the research and teaching functions of the university. The gains of the University were also combined by the enactment of Madras University Act of 1923. By this time, the Madras University encompassed Berhampur of Orissa in the north, Trivandrum of Kerala in the Southwest, Bangalore and Mangalore of Karnataka in the west and Hyderabad of Andhra Pradesh in the north.
After the independence in 1947, the UGC was set up in 1956 and with the change of socio-political scenario of the country; the University of Madras also went through many changes. The University of Madras Act of 1923 was passed to permit qualitative and quantitative changes in its jurisdictions and functions. The changes, which were brought to the University of Madras, include:
1. Socially relevant education
2. Improvement of the quality of education and
3. An equitable access to all sections of die society to higher education.
The University started providing leadership in higher education to its affiliated colleges and encouraged with the necessary support. It had taken holistic decisions and actions by bearing in mind its primary goal. The Madras University remained accountable to the students, teachers, employees, funding agencies and the society as a whole as well as the Government. It always remained responsive to the changes in the frontiers of knowledge, nationally and internationally.
The Madras University has at present total 68 departments of study and research which spread over four campuses at Chapeau, Marina, Guindy, and Taramani in Chennai. All these departments are kept under 18 schools and each school functions with a chairperson. The University offers postgraduate courses like, M.A., M.Sc, M.Com., M.C.A., M.B.A., besides P.G. Diploma/Certificate Programmes, Research Programmes like M.Phil., and Ph.D., and sponsored Research Programmes (from UGC, CSIR, DST, etc). The Madras University premise is one of the three oldest universities. It has a beautiful Indo-Saracenic building, which was incorporated in 18 5 7 with Chief Justice Sir Christopher Ravvlinson as its first Vice-Chancellor. The Senate House of the University was built on the site of the Nawab`s Artillery Park from where gun salutes were fired to greet visiting dignitaries. It has a raised hall and high ceiling of 130 feet by 50 feet and 54 feet high. Together 1600 persons can sit here. The corridors have huge pillars and stained glass windows can be seen in the ceiling.
In 1936, the administrative and library buildings were built on the site of Marine Villa. The Government Oriental Manuscripts Library founded in the University complex in 1867. The Centenary Auditorium was constructed in 1961 and the statue of S. Subramania Aiyer, the first Indian Vice-Chancellor, was also erected here. There is a statue of Queen Victoria near the southern entrance of the University, which was gifted by the Rajah of Vizianagaram. The examination hall of the University was constructed in 1930 in modern Jaipuri influenced Indo-Sarcenic style. The Madras University was earlier solely an examining university. In 1923, it became a teaching and residential university and still continuing its role as a prosperous University.
The University of Madras, established in 1857 in Chennai by Lord Elphinstone, is one of the oldest universities in India. The main campus is at Chepauk and has satellite centers at Marina, Guindy and Taramani. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) accredited the university with five stars. Empowered with highly qualified faculty and staff, it functions as a multidisciplinary university, offering a range of courses in the arts and sciences. The prestigious institutions that come under the university include the Madras Christian College, Stella Maris College, The Women's Christian College, Presidency College, and Queen Mary's College. The university has a well-equipped library with more than half a million books. The nearest airport is Chennai International Airport and the rail head is Chennai Central Railway Station.
Madras University is the mother of almost all the Old Universities of Southern India. The University area of Jurisdiction has been confined to, however, 3 districts of Tamil Nadu in recent years. The University imparts both Under Graduate and Post Graduate Education to the Affiliated Institutions which are spread over the district of Chennai, Thrivallur and Kanchipuram. Apart from teaching research activities in Arts, Humanities, Science, Management and Technology are the main portals at the University. A number of institutions affiliated to Madras University Concentrate in research activities were Ph.D., Programme is available in the respective specialisations. University has also offer teaching and Research in 4 Campuses of Madras University. The University Department of study and Research which are 68 Departments spread over in 4 Campuses organised into 18 Schools offer Post Graduate Courses in respective specialisation part time and full time Ph.D. Programmes, Diploma and Certificate Programmes.
The University of Madras is one of the three oldest universities in India. The University of Madras, organized on the model of the University of London, was incorporated on 5 September 1857 by an Act of the Legislative Council of India. The university is situated in the southern city of Chennai (formerly known as Madras). It has four campuses in the city - Chepauk, Marina, Guindy and Taramani. More than 50 Departments offer a range of specialisation subjects. University has also offer teaching and Research in 4 Campuses of Madras University. The University Department of study and Research which are 68 Departments spread over in 4 Campuses organised into 18 Schools offer Post Graduate Courses in respective specialisation part time and full time Ph.D. Programmes, Diploma and Certificate Programmes. School of Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, School of Political and International Studies, School of Economics, School of Philosophy and Religious Thought, School of Fine and Performance Arts, School of English and Foreign Languages, School of Business and Management, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, School of Information and Communication, Studies and School of Earth and Atmospheric Science are located in Chepauk campus.
In 2004, all engineering courses of the University were shifted to Anna University. The University provides affiliation to several colleges for numerous courses. The various departments of the University also conduct research in addition to teaching. There are nearly 43 external research institutes in addition to centres of excellence within the University.
Profile of University
The University of Madras was among the three oldest universities established by the British India. The proposal for setting up a varsity in South India was initiated in the year 1839. It was only in January 1840 that the University Board was constituted with Mr. George Norton as its President. In 1854 after a gap of 14 years the Government of India formulated a systematic educational policy for India and as a sequel to this on 5th September 1857 by an act of legislative council of India, the University was developed on the lines of London University.
At present, the University has a jurisdiction that is confined to 3 districts of Tamil Nadu - Chennai, Thrivallur and Kanchipuram. The university provides affiliation to the newly established colleges which fall under its jurisdiction. It offers both Under Graduate and Post Graduate Education through its dedicated departments and affiliated institutions which are spread over these three districts. Apart from teaching, research activities in Arts, Humanities, Science, Management and Technology are the main portals at the University. A number of institutions affiliated to Madras University Concentrate in research activities.
The varsity offers teaching and research in 4 Campuses of Madras University. The University Department of study and Research which are 68 Departments spread over in 4 Campuses organized into 18 Schools offer Post Graduate Courses in respective specialization part time and full time Ph.D. Programmes, Diploma and Certificate Programmes. Owing to its academic achievements, Madras University has been accreditation with five star status by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of the UGC. The UGC has also recognized Madras University as the first centre for potentials of excellence in the Country.
Madras University was established following a public petition dated 11th November, 1839. Later in January 1840, the University Board was constituted with Mr. George Norton as its President. The University was reorganized on the model of London University on 5th September 1857, by an act of the Legislative Council of India.
University of Madras is one of the three oldest universities in India. Modeled on the London University, the Madras University has four campuses in the city at Chepauk, Marina, Guindy and Taramani. The Madras University has been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with the highest rating for offering quality education and also recognised as the first centre for potentials of excellence in the Country.
The University has four campuses located in Chepauk, Marina, Guindy and Taramani. School of Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, School of Political and International Studies, School of Economics, School of Philosophy and Religious Thought, School of Fine and Performance Arts, School of English and Foreign Languages, School of Business and Management, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, School of Information and Communication, Studies and School of Earth and Atmospheric Science are located in Chepauk campus. School of Tamil and other Dravidian Languages and School of Sanskrit and Other Indian Languages are located in Marina campus. School of Earth and Atmospheric Science, School of Chemical Sciences, and School of Physical Sciences and School of Life Sciences are located in Guindy campus and School of Basic Medical Sciences and School of Nanoscience and Photonics departments are in Taramani campus.
History and Heritage
The first ever demand for higher education in Madras Presidency was voiced forth in a Public Address to The Right Honourable Lord John Elphinstone G.C.H., Governor of Madras signed by 70,000 Native Inhabitants when the Governor in Council was contemplating 'some effective and liberal measures for the establishment of an improved system of national education'. This public petition which was presented by the then Advocate General Mr. George Norton on 11.11.1839 pressed the need for an English College in the Madras city. Pursuant to this, Lord Elphinstone evolved a plan for the establishment of a Central Collegiate Institution or a University. This University had twin Departments (1) High School for the cultivation of English literature, regional language, philosophy and science, (2) College providing instruction in the higher branches of literature, philosophy and science.
The University Board was constituted in January 1840 with Mr. George Norton as its President. This was the precursor of the present Presidency College, Chennai. However, a systematic educational policy for India was formulated only after 14 years by the historic dispatch of 1854 (Sir Charles Woodï¿½s Education Dispatch), which pointed out the rationale for "creating a properly articulated system of education from the primary school to the University". The Dispatch recommended the establishment in the Universities of Professorships "for the purposes of the delivery of lectures in various branches of learning including vernacular as well as classical languages". As a sequel, the University of Madras, organized on the model of London University, was incorporated on 5 September 1857 by an Act of the Legislative Council of India.
The University of Madras progressed and expanded throughout the nineteenth century to span the whole of South India and subsequently gave birth to and nourished most of the Universities viz., Mysore University (1916), Osmania University (1918), Andhra University (1926), Annamalai University (1929), Travancore University (1937) presently Kerala University, Sri Venkateswara University (1954), Madurai Kamaraj University (1966), Bharathidasan University (1982), Bharathiar University (1982), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (1971), Anna University (1978), Tamil University (1981), Mother Teresa University (1984), Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R.Medical University (1989), Tamil Nadu Veterinary Sciences University (1990), Periyar University (1997) and the Tamil Nadu Dr.Ambedkar Law University (1997). The National Assessment and Accreditation Council has conferred the "Five star Status" to the University of Madras. The University of Madras has been given the status of "University with Potential for Excellence" by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The description of the Coat of Arms of the University of Madras as designed in 1857 and now being followed is as follows:
â€˜Argent on a Mount issuant from the basement a Tiger passant proper, on a Chief Sable, a Pale Or, thereon, between two Elephants heads couped of the field, a lotus flower leaved and slipped of the third, together with this motto Doctrina Vim Promovet Insitamâ€™.
In 1912 endowments were made to the University to establish departments of Indian History, Archaeology, Comparative Philology and Indian Economics. In all there were 17 University departments, 30 University teachers, 69 research scholars and 127 University publications in that year and the budget was for Rs.11 lakhs. Later, the research and teaching functions of the University were encouraged by Sadler Commission and the gains of the University were consolidated by the enactment of Madras University Act of 1923. About this time, the territorial ambit of the Madras University encompassed from Berhampur of Orissa in the North, Trivandrum of Kerala in the South West, Bangalore and Mangalore of Karnataka in the West and Hyderabad of Andhra Pradesh in the North. However, Indian independence in 1947, the setting up of the University Grants Commission in 1956 and changes in political, social and cultural milieu had brought several amendments to the University of Madras Act of 1923 to permit qualitative and quantitative changes in its jurisdictions and functions. The policy strands as they have emerged since then and being operated as follows:
Keep furtherance of knowledge in the various disciplines and subjects as its primary goal. In the search for new knowledge, encourage and support continuously (a) socially relevant education (b) improvement of the quality of education and (c) an equitable access to all sections of the society to higher education. Provide leadership in higher education to its affiliated colleges and encourage, support and wherever necessary, regulate them to adhere to established norms in conducting courses of study as well as other related matters. Take holistic decisions and actions by bearing in mind its primary goal and remain accountable to the students, teachers, employees, funding agencies the society as a whole and the Government and be dictated by a democratic process moderated by rectitude. Be responsive to the changes in the frontiers of knowledge, nationally and internationally.
Madras University offers a variety of programmes at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University's campus as well as the affiliated Institutions spread over the district of Chennai, Thrivallur and Kanchipuram. Many institutions affiliated to the University are engaged in research activities were Ph D programme is available in the respective specializations.
To allow access to more students across the country, Madras University offers undergraduate and postgraduate education through the Institute of Correspondence Education. Some of the courses offered by the Institute (also known as ICE of Madras) are unique such as B Music (Traditional Indian Music), M Music (Indian Music at Post Graduate level), MA in Vaishnavism and Christian Studies (The courses of religious Philosophy). For getting admission into the Madras university one has to submit an application at the respective college or University campus. Students from other states of India need to obtain an eligibility certificate issued by the University of Madras to proceed for admission at the University.
NRI students require a valid student visa and other formal educational certificates for getting admission. Candidates can gather related information from the University's Students Advisory Bureau in advance before applying for any course either at the department of the university or Affiliated Institutions.
Hostel and Facilities
Madras University provides hostels facilities for students in each campus. There is a guesthouse that caters to the visitors and guest faculty of the University. The University library (known as Madras University Library System or MULS) situated at Chepauk and Annexe campus has an elaborate collection of periodicals, journals and other study material. The users are allowed to search the required materials by using OPAC (Online Access Catalogue) to ensure better usage of the library collections. The University Library also functions as a resources cell for Competitive Examinations like lAS, IPS, GATE, GRE, TOFEL, TNPSC, CAT, etc.
Madras University Libarary was established in 1907 in the Connemara Public Library. The existing library building, built in Indo-British style was opened on 3rd September 1936. This Building is built with the pointed arches in granite, domes with octagonal base. The kiosks resemble the Islamic Architecture in India. Library caters to information needs to the faculty, research scholars & PG students of the following schools of study:
School of Social Sciences
School of Management Studies
School of Historical Studies
School of Economics
School of Philosophy & Religious Thoughts
School of Fine & Performance Arts
School of Information & Communication Studies
School of Political and Internaltional Studies
School of Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science Studies
School of English & Foreign Languages
School of Earth and Atmospheric Science
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Sonia turns emotional receiving doctorate
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi today (September 5) appeared overwhelmed and emotional receiving the honorary doctorate conferred on her by the Madras University and said she would cherish the moment. 'This morning is an occasion which I will cherish and approach with great humility. In all humility, I must say I hardly deserve the honour bestowed upon me,' she said in her acceptance speech after receiving the doctorate from Tamil Nadu Governor and Chancellor of the University S S Barnala at a packed auditorium.
The doctorate was confered on Gandhi for her 'committment to the ideals of democracy and secularism, advocacy of ethics and accountability and for her pragmatic stand between democratic institutionalism and political choices.' The university also conferred honorary doctorates on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. Singh was conferred the doctorate for 'staunch belief in ideals that will make India a global force, for creating a blue print that will take India into the realm of strategic, nuclear energy security in the 21st Century while remaining wedded to the principles of secularism, social justice and democracy.' Receiving the degree, the Prime Minister, who received similar honour from distinguished universities, said this was very special because he received it 'in the august company' of Gandhi and Karunanidhi. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister was conferred the doctorate for his contribution to Tamil language, literature, culture and Dravidian movement and 'untiring effort' to uphold social justice.
September 6, 2008
5000 more seats in city colleges
CHENNAI: Here is some good news for students aspiring to join undergraduate courses in arts and science colleges in the city. The University of Madras has decided to create 10% more seats in its affiliated colleges from this year.
'In all, 5,000 seats will be created in courses like BA, B Com and BSc. In terms of students' strength, it is comparable to establishing 25 new colleges. At present, we have approximately 55,000 seats in arts and science colleges affiliated to us in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts,' university vice-chancellor S Ramachandran told. Colleges would be allowed to increase seats, subject to a maximum of 70 students per course. Every year, there is a huge demand for admission into the humanities, science and commerce courses, while the seats are limited. Unlike establishing colleges, which require investment running into crores, the creation of additional seats do not add to the overhead costs of any institution.
'This is a big boon for students. This year, there is a mad rush for BSc (computer science) and BCA. The creation of additional seats will help us accommodate over a dozen students in each section,' said professor John Morais, principal, Guru Nanak College. G Sreenivasa Prabhu, principal, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, also welcomed the move. 'The sanctioned intake in our college for each course is 60. There is a huge demand for the commerce stream courses. Creating additional seats in each course will certainly help,' he said.
This year, some colleges have received between 3,000 and 5,000 applications for courses like B Com, B Sc (viscom) and basic sciences, whereas the sanctioned intake varies from 40 to 70 seats.
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