Kural அன்பும் அறனும் உடைத்தாயின் இல்வாழ்க்கை பண்பும் பயனும் அது.       In English: In grace and gain the home excels, Where love with virtue sweetly dwells.

University Academic

University at a Glance

The University of Madras was established in the year 1857 by Lord Elphinstone with twin departments, viz.,

  • High School for the cultivation of English Literature, Regional language, Philosophy and Science, and
  • College providing instruction in the higher branches of Literature, Philosophy and sciences.

The grant of the Charter for the Madras University was organized on the model of London University.

The University of Madras is one among the five Universities in India to receive the special status of "University with potentials of Excellence" from the University Grants Commissions, New Delhi. The award of this special status will entail the University of Madras to receive special grants for creating islands of excellence in the emerging areas and for provision of superior education of merit and distinction.

Accreditation by NAAC

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous body of the University Grants Commission (UGC) has assessed the past performance of the University of Madras in terms of criterion-wise inputs like

  • Curricular aspects,
  • Teaching learning and Evaluation
  • Research, Consultancy and extension
  • Infrastructure and Learning Resources
  • Student support and progression
  • Organization and Management; and
  • Healthy practices.

Based on the excellent performance, the University of Madras was accredited by NAAC at FIVE STAR LEVEL

The University has been growing from strength to strength since its inception. Its geographical jurisdiction for academic activity spreads over three Revenue Districts of Tamil Nadu covering about 20 million people. It has been continuously diversifying and expanding its teaching and research programmes. It imparts education and research through the following three channels

  • University Departments of Study and Research
  • Affiliated Colleges and Approved Institutions
  • Institute of Correspondence Education

University Departments of Study and Research

The University of Madras has at present 68 departments of study and research which spread over four campuses at Chepauk,Marina, Guindy, and Taramani in Chennai. Sports and Madhuravayil centers are also included. These departments have been grouped under 18 Schools and each School functions with a Chairpersons

Currently Post-Graduate 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.,) are available in the various University Departments

Other Facilities in the University

  • The Centre for Curriculum Development in theUniversity is responsible to develop new inter-disciplinary and socially relevant courses and to frame suitable schemes and to formulate the required syllabi.
  • 'The University of Madras has 48 Endowment -Fellowship/Scholarships, 106 Endowment Lecture. ship Seminars and 151 Endowment - Medals and Prizes.
  • The Academic Staff College implements Programmes for Academic Orientation and Refresher Courses to teaching staff of the Affiliated Colleges on a regular basis since 1988.
  • The University Students Advisory Bureau was established by the Government of Madras in 1908. The Bureau has its main function as supplying information about various courses available in India and guiding the students for admission to various courses abroad
  • The College Development Council which was established in the University during 1979 assists the Affiliated Colleges in getting various funds, particularly from UGC under Plan and Non-Plan I grants, for the academic development of the Colleges
  • The National Service Scheme (NSS) started in 1969 in this University with a strength of 2000 student members and at present NSS has been operating in over 110 Affiliated Colleges

Affiliated Colleges and Approved Institutions

Seven Private Colleges were affiliated to. University of Madras during 1858 - 1871. During this Academic Year the University of Madras has 115 Affiliated Colleges viz. Arts and Science -95 Management - 13 Education -6, Physical Education - 1. Besides there are 33 Research Institutions and 3 Approved O. T. Institutions.Many of the Arts and Science Colleges have Evening Classes also to cater to the demands of the working students

Twelve Arts and Science, and Education Institutions are conferred with Autonomous Status

Over 30 Affiliated Colleges, conduct Research Programmes leading to the award of M.Phil. and Ph.D. Degrees as part of their endeavour in sustaining academic excellence. Twentyfour colleges have introduced Vocational Education Schemes of UGC at first degree level. A few of the Affiliated colleges are effectively engaged in Continuous Education Programme. About 1.5 lakhs of students are on roll in various departments and Affiliated Colleges.

Institute of Correspondence Education

The Institute of Correspondence Education of the University of Madras was established in the year 1981. The Institute is headed by a Professor-cum-Director with 18 faculty members. Admissions are made under Academic year and Calendar Year patterns. The Institute offers programmes under the Regular Stream and as well under the Open University System. The Regular Stream implies formal education with pre-requisite education qualification (ie. A pass in H.S.c./PUC/Inter-Mediate/Pre-degree) as applicable to the candidates seeking admission to the Affiliated Colleges. The Open University System does not require pre-requisite educational qualification, but it requires the completion of 18 years of age as on 1st July of every year and a pass in the Entrance Tes

Seventeen Under-Graduate Programmes and Ten Post-Graduate Programmes are being conducted under its Regular Stream. Under the Open University / System as well as under Credit System, fifteen Under-Graduate Courses are being offered in English and Tamil media.

SeveralCertificate and Diploma Courses are also offered under both the streams. The ICE has PCP study/spot selection Centres at various places in India including Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Under various Programmes offered by the ICE about 1.50 lakhs students are on roll.


Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre on 'Microorganisms and Environment Management' funded by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India is functioning in the Department of Zoology, University of Madras. This is the largest networking program at National level and the basic objective of the ENVIS Centre is collection, collation and dissemination of environmental information on the assigned thematic area to user community through information technology. The centre has developed a scientific and dynamic resourceful website both in English as well as in vernacular language (Tamil).


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News & Announcements

M.L.Degree (Private Study) Examinations, June 2017 Time Table

Course Offered and Model Question Paper for Entrance Examination - Theoretical Physics for the year 2017-18

New Health Insurance Scheme 2016 for the employees of University of Madras - List of Hospitals

New Health Insurance Scheme 2016 for the employees of University of Madras

Embassy of France in India is inviting scholarship applications from students for Charpak Exchange Program – Autumn Session (September – December 2017) until Monday, 01 May 2017.

Madras University Free Education Scheme (MUFES) 2017-2018 - Applications

Summer Training Programme in Physics (STPIP-2017) for three weeks (26th May – 15th June, 2017) jointly organized by The Academy of Sciences, Chennai and the Department of Nuclear Physics, University of Madras

Admission 2017-2018 - M.Phil  (Arabic & Urdu) Entrance Test Date

M.Phil Degree Entrance Examination Syllabus and Schedule for the Academic year 2017-2018

M.Com Degree Entrance Examination Syllabus and Schedule for the Academic year 2017-2018

UG / PG / PROFESSIONAL  Hall- ticket for Arrear / O.T(Private study) candidates 

University Examinations April 2017  - Time Table

University Department Students - April/May 2017 Examination - Hall Ticket

Travelling Allowance for Various Meetings of the University 

M.Phil Degree Examination Application - August 2017

Approved Fixed Rate Contract for a period of two years (2016-2018)

Annual Report Proforma for the Affiliated Colleges for the Academic Year 2015-2016

Annual Report Proforma for the Research Institution for the Academic Year 2015-2016

Annual Report Proforma for the University Departments for the Academic Year 2015-2016

Online hall- ticket for M.L. (Private study) candidates June 2016 - Examinations

Bibliometric analysissss of publication on breast cancer in India (Published in Current Science; vol 110, 2016) - UNOM in the third edition

Release of WIFI facility to faculties, staffs and students (Chepauk, RIASM & Marina Campuses) - Online Application Form

University of Madras-Search Committee

Curriculum Development Committee - Database on Curriculum Development - Format

Format to be submitted by Affliated collleges/Research institutions for Ph.D Program Continuation

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