Manonmaniam Sundaranar University
Abishekapatty, Tirunelveli – 627 012, Tamilnadu.
Sundaranar University (MSU) is a dynamic institution of higher learning, set in
a rural milieu of southern Tamil Nadu, with a campus spread of 550 acres. The
University was established by the Government of Tamil Nadu as a
teaching-cum-affiliating University on 7th
September, 1990 to cater to the long-felt needs of the
people of the three southern most districts of Tamil Nadu
viz., Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, and
Kanyakumari. It is Named after the renowned Tamil Poet scholar, Professor P.
Sundaram Pillai (1855-1897), the author of the famous verse drama Manonmaniam.
It is his poem that has become “Tamil Thaai Vaalthu” the official invocation
song sung in all functions in Tamilnadu.
The motto of the
University is “Reaching the Unreached”. Around 2400 students are studying in
this institution directly. The University has under its jurisdiction 62
affiliated colleges, 6 University Colleges and 4 Constituent Colleges, with
73,000 students on the rolls. These colleges, amongst which three are over 100
years old viz., St. John’s College,
M.D.T. Hindu College, and Sarah Tucker College the oldest women’s college in the
state, have contributed decisively to the cause of higher education of this
The main focus of the university is to produce individuals who have the
expertise and intellectual curiosity to make a difference in their profession
and the society and in conducting the research needed to meet the challenges
facing the contemporary world. This is keeping us in line with
the Vision-2023 document of our Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Dr.Ms.J.
Jayalalithaa, and her aim to impart quality higher education to the students.
Majority of the students of this University belong to rural and economically
weaker sections of the society. Hence, this University imparts education at
nominal and affordable cost. The curricula of the courses offered by this
University are periodically updated and the University has resourceful teachers
to deliver the same.
There are 25 academic departments in the University. Sri Paramakalyani Centre
for Environmental Sciences, functioning at Alwarkurichi, is an illustrious
example of University-Industry collaboration and the same has been recognized by
the Government of Tamilnadu as a Centre of Excellence. The Centre for Marine
Science and Technology at Rajakkamangalam is breaking new ground in Coastal Area
Studies. All the University departments are receiving research projects from
several funding agencies in India, Europe, USA, Japan and UNO. The University
Library has rich collection of books and journals on a wide range of subjects.
The courses offered by the University have been designed keeping in mind the
changing times and the emerging needs of the region. The University offers
post-graduate, M.Phil., and Ph.D., programmes (part-time and full-time). MSU is
the first to offer Choice-Based Credit System in the State of Tamilnadu. The
University has National Service Scheme and Youth Welfare Department which
provide opportunities for the students to develop their overall personality.
Grants Commission, New Delhi, the apex higher education body of the Union
Government, has accorded its approval for getting financial assistance since 29th
March 1994. The University has been accredited by National Assessment and
Accreditation Council of India. The University Act authorizes the functioning of
Directorate of Distance and Continuing Education outside the university
jurisdiction and the courses offered through this mode are recognized by the
Distance Education Council of India.
The concept of
community colleges is being experimented under the aegis of a special wing, the
Directorate of Vocational Education. This Directorate
diploma courses of one year duration to those interested in entrepreneurial
enterprises and the Extension Learning Programme run by this wing also offers
diploma and certificate courses on skill development.
The University has many ‘firsts’ to its credit, like implementing the Choice
Based Credit System (CBCS) in Tamilnadu, ensuring transparency in the evaluation
process, administering special examination for sports personnel who represent
the University at National/ State/ University level tournaments, offering higher
education to the inmates of Prison institutions through the University’s
distance learning programme, and conducting special graduation functions at
stigmatized institutions like prisons. During the last few years, Manonmaniam
Sundaranar University has witnessed substantial growth in terms of its research
and teaching infrastructure and facilities. The University has provided high
speed internet connectivity to all faculty members for accessibility to ever
expanding knowledge and information portals. The University has also provided a
separate internet centre for the benefit of students and research scholars.
It is our privilege to encourage every student to join this seat of higher
learning, set in quiet rural surroundings. All of us, both teaching and
non-teaching, trust that our earnest efforts will help the students shape
themselves to attain their goals.