Kural தக்கார் தகவிலர் என்பது அவரவர் எச்சத்தாற் காணப்ப படும்.       In English: The worthy and the unworthy Are seen in their posterity.

Anna Centre for Public Affairs

About the Department


The Centre was established out of a liberal grant of Rs. 21 lakhs from the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Dr. M.G. Ramachandran, during the Post Centenary Jubilee Celebrations of the University of Madras in 1983. In 1986 it was named as The Centre for Anna Studies and, in 1989, in order to focus attention equally on Anna studies and Public Affairs, it was renamed as Anna Centre for Public Affairs. The Centre focuses on teaching and research at different levels on subjects and issues involving the public such as empowerment and emancipation, the environment and public governance, political and administrative processes, and social development. It conduct research on the ideas of Anna, research involving Public Affairs, Policy Studies, Disaster Management, Extension Studies, Good Governance, Empowerment of Women and the Rural Poor, Environmental Studies, opportunities of rural students, training programmes for elected representatives of local bodies, self-help groups, and NGOs. The Centre periodically organized the training programmes for elected representatives of Panchayat Raj and Urban bodies and AIDS awareness programme among the students of affiliated colleges and university departments. Currently the Centre is concentrating on Post Modern Development Administration. The Anna Centre also periodically organizes workshops and seminars for updating research on those topics.


The alumni of this Centre are occupying various positions:

  • In Print and Electronic Media - TV - Dailies both National and Regional
  • In Administrative Department of Corporate Sector
  • In BPOs & Call Centers, Mobile Service
  • In USA, UK, France, Arab Countries, etc.
  • In Government Departments

More Government officials like IAS, IPS, Class I cadre got their Ph.D. from this Centre.

  • 16 Faculty in affiliated colleges did their Ph.D. on Part-time basis
  • 36 Ph.D. holders of the Centre have been selected through Teaching Recruitment Board as Faculty in the Government Colleges

Activities of The Centre on Panchayati Raj

  • Our activities are being organised jointly with Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram, the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, The Hunger Project, UGC and Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education.
  • After the enactment of the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment Acts, the Anna Centre for Public Affairs has directed its focus on evaluating the transformation process of the working of Panchayat Raj and Urban Governance in Tamil Nadu.
  • Conducting research at grassroots level - Governance, Administration and development
  • Organising Training Programmes for capacity building of local body leaders.
  • Extending suggestions to Government in policy making and implementation
  • Developing documentation Centre for Researchers and Local Body Leaders
  • Working in Collaborative Research Models for rural and urban development
  • Conducting training and consultancy programmes for elected dalit and women leaders in the local Government Institutions to function effectively
  • Conducting Periodical Seminars/Conferences/Workshops are being conducted on current important aspects that affect people/society - research papers are available for policy makers and administrators

News & Announcements

Ph.D Admission October 2017- Entrance Test Date Notification - DEPARTMENT OF ARABIC, PERSIAN AND URDU

UG/PG/Professional Degree November 2017 - Time Table

PCP Classess for II year M.L. (Private Study) Schedule

Applications are invited for M.Sc Geoinformatics (Private Study) for the year 2017-2018 (Extended upto 31-10-17)

Notification and Application for Educational Agencies for Starting New Arts and Science colleges, Professional Colleges(MBA / MCA courses alone), Existing college for further affiliation and for starting additional section(s) in the existing course(s) for the academic year 2018-2019

Coaching Class Schedule and Application Form for UGC-NET Examination November 2017 

Dept of Counselling Psychology houses a fully functional Student Counselling Centre at its premises- Contact 044-25399878/25399879

Application for M.L Degree (Private Study) Examination - December 2017

Admission for M.L.Degree (Private Study) for the academic Year 2017-2018


Application for the New Courses in Certificate Course in Autism Spectrum Disorder / Learning Disabilities and PG Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy in the Department of Counselling Psychology

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

Travelling Allowance for Various Meetings of the University 

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

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 faculty, staff and students (Chepauk, RIASM & Marina Campuses) - Online Application Form

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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