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The School of Political and International Studies consists of Anna Centre for Public Affairs,Department of Politics and Public Administration, Department of Defence and Strategic Studies,Centre for South and Southeast Asian Studies Department of Legal Studies.
In October 1934 a proposal for starting the department of Politics and Public Administration was mooted and in July 1937 the diploma course in Politics and Public Administration was started. The B.A(Hons.) and B.A.(Pass) courses were started in 1936 and 1939 respectively. The department began research efforts in 1938 with M.Litt. and Ph.D. Programmes. The department specilizes in Political Philosophy, Public Management,Government and Politics of Tamil Nadu,PublicPolicy etc. The department has been a specialized research centre and it has got special assistance from UGC. It has a Computer Laboratory.
The department of Legal Studies was founded in August 1951 with Professor C.H.Alexandrowicz as its Head. The department specializes in International Law and Comparative Law. It started Grotian Society for conducting historical research in International law and publishes the Indian Yearbook of International Affairs. The department now offers Master of Law and Ph.D. Programmes. The department has a special collection of books on International and Comparative Law.
The Centre for South and Southeast Asian Studies was initiated in early 1970's and now it specializes on the Politics, History and Culture of this region. In 1977 the Centre was reorganised and it began deep researches on Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. The Indian immigrants of these region were specially researched. The Centre offers M.Phil and Ph.D. programmes. Its library has a good collection of excellent materials on these regions.
The department of Defence and Strategic Studies was instituted in 1977 for conducting Masters,M.Phil and Ph.D. programmes in defence studies. The department also supervises the M.Sc. degree in Defence Studies offered at the Staff College at Wellington.
A centre for Anna Studies was established out of a donation from the AIADMK party during the Post Centenary Silver Jubilee celebrations of the University of Madras in 1983. The Centre was renamed later as Anna Studies was renamed Anna Centre for Public Affairs. The Centre specializes in Public Policy Studies, Legislative Studies, Federal Studies and on Political and Social Leadership. It offers Masters,M.Phil and Ph.D.Programmes.Chair Person : Dr.A.THENNARASU