Anna University - [AU], Chennai

Anna University - [AU], Chennai

Facts & Figures, Rankings, Affiliated Colleges & more

Facts & Figures, Rankings, History & more

Anna University

Anna University is certainly a premier institute in the field of Science and Technology. It has also been imparting higher education in Engineering, Technology, Architecture, and Applied Sciences.

As a Public university, Anna University is also set up under the state act. It certainly has the maximum number of affiliated colleges in Tamil Nadu.

The establishment date of Anna University is 4thof September 1978. The university was consequently named Anna University in the memory of Late Dr. Conjeevaram Natarajan Annadurai or Anna (his more popular name) the first Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (after Madras State was renamed Tamil Nadu).

 The vision of Anna University

Anna University envisions itself as a premier institute at the global level, by making professionals who have sound technical knowledge, who are skilled at professional front and also have strong ethical values.

In addition to this, Anna University sees itself to be working as an eminent ally to the industrial sector as well as to the community to aid the economic and social development through superior teaching, research and consultancy.

Objectives of Anna University

The mission of Anna University is certainly to contribute to the development at the educational, social and economical level . To achieve this mission, they work towards objectives such as :

  • Grooming pupil to have a scholarly outlook and to be well-equip at the technical front with an acumen for knowledge. They shall be skilled and ethical. 
  • They are initiating a superior level of academics and research programs. Along with this, the students are to be given a chance to explore novel and updated technologies.
  • They are providing a facilitating environment to the students as well as the staffs where their needs be met with dynamic leaders and better opportunities.
  • We are sharing the resources and other facilities, including infrastructure, with others promoting research, education etc, like other institutes, funding organizations, industries, corporate and governments.
  • Working towards enhancement of a collaborative association between the industries and institutes so that one can have commercial gain as well as know all about the new technologies that helps the society at large.
  • Establishing a Global University Network Campus so that a more open and conducive environment be promote to address diversities in a constructive manner.
  • Encouraging inter continent collaboration with the aid of interactive satellite based education () and by utilizing digital library.
  • Safeguarding and enriching the character of Anna University at the national and international platforms.
  • Planning and executing, resource allocation and reforms as such that there is a well co ordinate administration and effective decision making.
  • Maintaining a standard against the accomplished standard by focusing on self improvement.

Location Of Anna University

The Anna University is located in Chennai’s southern part. Moreover The distance from the nearest Railway Station is 3 km and the distance from the Chennai Airport is 10 km. Due to proximity to the airport and the railway station, it is certainly easy to commute to and fro from here.

The main Campus of Anna University is across 189 acres. It is very close to the river Adyar on the northern part, whereas it touches the Raj Bhavan towards the south.

Courses at Anna University

The programs offered by Anna University’s departments are:

Undergraduate Program – Under this, there are six faculties, such as

  • Faculty of Civil Engineering (with B.E. Civil Engineering, E. Agricultural and Irrigation Engineering and B.E. Geoinformatics)
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering (with B.E. Electrical and Electronics Engineering)
  • Faculty of Technology (with B. Tech. Chemical Engineering,B Tech. Food Technology, B. Tech. Pharmaceutical Technology, B. Tech. Industrial Bio-Technology, B. Tech. Rubber and Plastics Technology, B Tech. Textile Technology, B. Tech. Leather Technology, B. Tech. Ceramic Technology, B. Tech. Apparel Technology ,B. Tech. Petroleum Engineering and Technology)
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (with E. Mechanical Engineering, B.E. Aeronautical Engineering, B.E. Automobile Engineering, B.E. Industrial Engineering, B.E. Manufacturing Engineering, B.E. Mining Engineering, B.E. Printing Technology, B.E. Production Engineering, B.E. Materials Science and Engineering)
  • Faculty of Information & Communication Engineering (with B.E. Computer Science and Engineering, B.E. Electronics and Communication Engineering, B.E. Biomedical Engineering, B.Tech. Information Technology)
  • Faculty of Architecture & Planning (with B. Arch)

Postgraduate program- Along with the above mentioned faculties, there are two additional faculties, such as Faculty of Science And Humanities ( it has been offering M.Sc. and M.Phil. degrees in various streams) and Faculty of Management studies (offering Master of Business Administration, MBA in Tourism Management)

Ph.D. Degree (as Special Electives the different faculties have bee running the doctorate programs as well).

Medium Of Instruction at Anna University

English is the language for instructions at Anna University. The examinations, workshops, projects etc also need to be present in English. Although,there is a provision of Tamil batches for B.E. Civil Engineering as well as for B.E., Mechanical Engineering where medium of instruction is Tamil.

Distance Course

Centre for Distance Education (CDE) is an initiative by Anna University. It has also been offering three programs, such as MBA, MCA and M.Sc (Computer Science). Students who clear the Distance Education Entrance Test are also eligible for admission under this mode.

Alumni

Late APJ Kalam (the 11thPresident of India), A Lalitha (First woman engineer of India), Akkineni Nagarjuna (a famous actor and film producer), Ravichandran Ashwin (Indian cricketer),Thirumalachari Ramasami, the renowned researcher and also leather scientist, Arjun Award winner, Anaka Alankamony and certainly many more.

Ranking of Anna University

As per the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2020, which is also known as Shanghai Ranking, the Anna University is in the bracket 10-15.

Anna University has also made its place amongst top 100 institutes in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subjects 2021 (in petroleum engineering category).

According to National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), 2020 Anna University secured the rank12 in the University category.

It got the ranking 20 in the Overall Category. Whereas, it ranked 14 in the Engineering category.

Rank  Year Ranked for Ranked by
901-1000 2020 World ARWU
10-15 2020 National/Regional ARWU
901-1000 2019 World ARWU
11-16 2019 National/Regional ARWU
43 2019 Top B-Schools In India Financial
4 2020 Top 70 Public State Universities Outlook
801-1000 2019 World QS
751-800 2020 World QS
801-1000 2021 World QS
169 2019 Asia QS
169 2020 Asia QS
196 2021 Asia QS
13 2019 India QS
16 2020 India QS
1001+ 2021 World The Week
28 2020 India US
1170 2020 Global US
14 2019 India NIRF
7 2019 India NIRF
20 2020 India NIRF
12 2020 India NIRF
397 2019 Engineering QS
373 2020 Engineering QS
8 2019 Engineering The Week
11 2018 Engineering The Week
1001+ 2020 Business & Management The Week
1001+ 2020 Chemical Engineering The Week
1001+ 2020 Chemistry The Week
1001+ 2020 Civil Engineering The Week
1001+ 2020 Communication & Media Studies The Week
1001+ 2020 Computer Science The Week
1001+ 2020 Electrical And Electronic Engineering The Week
1001+ 2020 General Engineering The Week
1001+ 2020 Geology& Environmental Sciences The Week
1001+ 2020 Mathematics & Statistics The Week
1001+ 2020 Mechanical Engineering The Week
9 2019 Engineering NIRF
43 2019 Management NIRF
12 2019 Architecture NIRF
14 2020 Engineering NIRF
59 2020 Management NIRF
18 2020 Architecture NIRF

History of Anna University

Anna University was established as a Unitary University, by bringing together four well-known premier technical institutes of Madras (rechristened Chennai).

They are being listed below chronologically as per the year of their establishment, such as:

  • College of Engineering, Guindy or CEG , which was establish in the year 1794. It’s one of the oldest technical institutes in the world.
  • Alagappa College of Technology or ACT, that was establish in the year 1944
  • Madras Institute of Technology or MIT that was establish in the year 1949
  • School of Architecture & Planning or SAP that was establish in the year 1957.

It was later in the year 2001, and Anna University switched its status to an affiliating type of university. For this, it integrated, all the Engineering colleges in the State of Tamil Nadu. However, in the in 2010, it reconverted itself into a Unitary type of university. Though, in a brief time, i.e., in the year 2012, it once again changed itself into an affiliating type of university. It does so by integrating all the engineering colleges of Tamil Nadu, so that a standard quality (not a compromised one) of education could be imparted across those colleges.

The four University departments campuses, namely College of Engineering, Alagappa College of Technology, Madras Institute of Technology and School of Architecture & Planning, are associated with Anna University since its inception.

Along with them there are 13 other Constituent Colleges, 3 Regional Campuses at different places like Tirunelveli, Madurai and Coimbatore. Furthermore, 593 Affiliated Colleges which includes Government, Government Aided and Self-Financing Colleges also make a part of Anna University.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Question) Is Anna University a Government College or a Private College?

Answer) Anna University is certainly a Public State University. It isn’t a private college.

Question) Is SRM has affiliation to Anna University?

Answer) SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) has colleges that have affiliation with Anna University. Like, Easwari Engineering College ,TRP Engineering College (Trichy),Valliammai Engineering College.

Question) Does Anna University accept JEE mains scores?

Answer) No, Anna University certainly doesn’t accept JEE scores for admissions.

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