Madurai has been a seat of learning since the Sangam era of Pre-Christian times. This veritable place of learning is equally important in the present time as well, being home to Madurai Kamraj University.
Madurai Kamaraj University, (originally known as Madurai University)
owes its name to the sacred city of Madurai, the ancient capital of the
Pandyan rulers and the seat of three famous Tamil academies dating back
to the beginnings of the Christian and even perhaps an earlier Era. Its
nucleus was the Extension centre of the University of Madras located at
Originally known as Madras University, this institution was established
in 1966 and has 18 Schools comprising 73 Departments. The Directorate of
Distance Education of the University has a list of about 1.30 Lakh
students. The University has 109 affiliated Colleges (9 Autonomous)
including other approved institutions and 7 evening colleges. There are
centers, which promote research potential of teachers. Extension
activities are carried out through Department of Youth Welfare, NSS,
SC/ST cell and Adult Education programs.
Motto of the University
The motto of the University is "To seek truth is knowledge"
and this has been taken from Tirukkural.
Activities of the University include Teaching, Research and Extension
activities. These activities are carried out by: a) Regular courses
through affiliated colleges, b) Distance Education Programs and Open
University Programs through Directorate of Distance Education, c) Post
graduate and research programs through the Departments of the University
and other approved research centers and d) Extension activities through
National Service Scheme, Youth Welfare Department and Department of
Adult & Continuing Education.
The university offers Undergraduate courses, Postgraduate courses,
Professional courses; Research oriented courses, Job-oriented courses,
Certificate, Diploma, Higher Diploma and P. G. Diploma courses
The regular colleges follow Semester Pattern and the Distance Education
follows Non-semester pattern. In the University Departments Choice Based
Credit System is followed by which a student is free to choose subjects
of his/ her choice.
Contact Address of Madurai Kamaraj University
Director, DDE, Madurai Kamaraj University, Ph. No. (0452) 458421,
Study Centers/ Information Centers
Madurai, Chennai, Trichy, Theni, Ramnad, Tirunelveli and Nagercoil.
There are also Study Centers in other states. Bulletin can be obtained
on free of cost from the Director, Directorate of Distance Education.
How to Reach
Madurai has its own airport connected to Chennai, Bangalore, Tiruchi
An important railway junction, well connected to Chennai and
Well connected to all the major cities of South India.