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Pondicherry University

Pondicherry University
புதுவைப் பல்கலைக்கழகம்
Seal of Pondicherry University
Motto Tamil: ஒளி பரவ
French: Vers la Lumière
Motto in English From Darkness, towards the Light!
Established 1985
Type Public
Chancellor Mohammad Hamid Ansari
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Mrs. Chandra Krishnamurthy
Students 25,000
Location Kalapet, Puducherry, India
Campus Rural, 780 acres
Nickname PU

Pondicherry University is a central university in Puducherry, India. Founded in 1985 by the Government of India, the university is a collegiate university with a jurisdiction spread over the Union Territories of Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

It has 35000 students in its 87 affiliated colleges[1] including 27,000 students in the distance education mode. The current strength of students studying on-campus stands at 6500.[2] It has introduced innovations like the Choice-based Credit System and on-line admission for postgraduate studies.[3][4] Pondicherry University is ranked as one of the top ten Universities in India based on the survey conducted on 2013.[5]

Establishment and role

Teaching and research are its primary functions as in other Central Universities. It has affiliated colleges located in Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahe, Yanam and the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The Pondicherry University Act, 1985,under the central government.... Pondicherry University reached the pinnacle of its growth during the XI plan when Prof J A K Tareen was the Vice Chancellor. It became India's fastest growing central university with 300% all round growth in Students,Faculty,Infrastructure, Teaching programmes,Research projects, and students seeking admissions. The Faculty are from 22 states and students from 30 states and union territories. Some of the Socially relevant achievements of XI plan are,rent free hostels to girls,Free education and free hostels to all physically challenged,free transport to students,free bicycles on campus,free electric cars for commutation on campus,100% disabled friendly buildings and special library for visually challenged.In 2012 prof Tareen received from president of India,the best Institution award for PU.


Pondicherry University is located in a campus spread over 780 acres (3.2 km2), facing the Bay of Bengal on the East Coast Road. It is accessible from Chennai (168 km) and Banglore.

Silver Jubilee Celebrations

Official Silver Jubilee logo

The valedictory of the silver jubilee celebrations of Pondicherry University was held 18 October 2010. Dr. C. Rangarajan, Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, delivered the keynote address. Lt Governor of Puducherry, Iqbal Singh, who is the Chief Rector of the University, was present at the function. Professor J A K Tareen,Vice Chancellor presided over the function.Souvenirs (coffee mug and desktop calendars) for students and faculties were given out and a brochure was released to mark the event.Prof J A K Tareen, Vice chancellor was the architect of the Coffee Table Book and other souvenirs. The Silver Jubilee Campus on 110 acre extended land is yet another marvel created by Prof J A K Tareen providing over a million square feet of extra space for Social Sciences,Humanities,Media,and Languages,who were for 20 years squeezed in pigeon holes in one building..


The university library named after Ananda Ranga Pillai was established in September 1986. It serves the students, research scholars, members of the faculty and non-teaching staff. It is open every day (9:30 am to 10:30 pm on weekdays and 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on weekly holidays). The Library annex conceived by prof Tareen has unique facilities,like 24-hour reading hall,Children's Library,Special facility for Visually challenged and a host of new things which no library in the counter has.

Reprographic and photocopying facilities, e-journals access, Internet access, e-mail service and CD-ROM journals databases are provided. The library has a collection of 1,75000 books and 10000 bound back-volumes of journals. The library subscribes to 24000 E-journals and has digitised over 4000 theses. Over 472 current print journals (foreign journals: 279; Indian journals: 190) are subscribed to. The digital resources can be remotely accessed through the university library portal.[6][6]

University Library

WORKING HOURS The library is opened through out the year except six Public Holidays.

Week days - 8.30 a.m. - 8.30 p.m.

Week ends - 9.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.

Examination period - 8.30 a.m. to 10 p.m

facilities 1.It is a well furnished library with airconditioning facility. 2.It has dedicated reference section with internet browsing facility. 3.It has fully automated book issuance system. 4.It has large collection of books and subscription of a host of journals,periodicals,magazines e.t.c 5.It also provide digital library and open access facilities to its members 6.It also organises international conferences like an International Conference on Electronic Publications during 1-2 March 2012.

also it is member of ugc infonet digital library consortium.

Community Radio Station

The "Puduvai Vaani" is a Community Radio Station established by Pondicherry University with the support of UGC, New Delhi.It works under FM 107.8 MHz a frequency which is currently extended to a catchments area of 20 km radius from the University campus. The test transmission in our Puduvai Vaani – Community Radio Station was started on 23 August 2008. This was yet another initiative by Prof J A K Tareen. It was inaugurated by Shri.V.Narayanasamy, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Planning & Parliamentary Affairs on 27 December 2008 in the presence of Shri. P. Chidambaram, Hon’ble Union Home Minister. The full-time transmission started on 1 January 2009 onwards. The full-time transmission is going on air from 1 January 2009 onwards.

Puduvai Vaani has been started with an aim to make awareness among the people to improve their nature of life style. Puduvai Vaani is the public broadcaster to awaken, inform, enlighten educate and entertain all section of the people including the programme on women empowerment, communal harmony, health and education. It also brings out the hidden talents of the students in and around the University campus. CRS also includes its service on the practical session for the students of Centre for Electronic Media and Mass Communication.

Schools, departments and centres

The entire Academic structure was reorganized during the tenure of Prof J A K Tareen who not only established over 20 new departments,established new school and started over 80 new programs.

Subramania Bharathi School of Tamil Language and Literature

  • Tamil Language & Literature

School of Management

Ramanujan School of Mathematical Sciences

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

School of Engineering

  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Centre for Pollution Control & Environmental Engineering
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Geological Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Centre for Green Energy Technology

School of Physical, Chemical and Applied Sciences

  • Physics
  • Chemistry

The Department of Earth Sciences was started in September 1994, supported by the DST, government of India under FIST programme and National Facility programme for Isotope Geosciences and Geochronology.

The department has laboratories with equipment to cater to the needs of practical course-work of MSc students as well as for research. Major facilities available in the Department are listed below: Mineralogy, Petrology & Paleontology Laboratories: students and research model polarising microscopes with photographic facility heating-freezing stage for fluid inclusion analysis Stereoscopic zoom microscopes, X-ray powder diffractometer, isodynamic magnetic separator.

There is a geology museum with a collection of 800 rock forming minerals, ore minerals, industrial minerals, rocks and fossils. Geochemistry Laboratory: inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer, furnace, electronic balance, spectrophotometer, flame photometer, conductivity meter, pH meter, MilliQ water purifier, Isotope Geoscience Laboratory, thermal ionization mass spectrometer with ultra-clean laboratory to carry out Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd and U-Th-Pb isotope studies.

Remote Sensing and GIS Lab:the department has a Remote sensing and GIS laboratory.

Computing and Network Facility: PCs with internet connectivity through University intranet, and online access for journals and other e-resources.

Field equipment: Global Positioning System, survey equipment, SLR and digital cameras. Geoscience Workshop: rock cutting machine, thin section preparing machine, mounting machine for polished ore blocks, ball mill and planetary mill with agate grinding sets, automatic sieve shaker.

Topographic maps and geological maps: collection of topographic maps in 1 : 50000 scale covering the southern states of India and geological maps of Indian states, districts and important mineral deposits in various scales.

It is planned to convert the department as School of Earth and Planetry Sciences from 2014 academic session.

Programmes Offered:

  • M.Sc. Applied Geology (2 year)
  • M.Sc. Applied Geology (Five year Integrated)Integrated studies
  • MTech ( Mineral Exploration)

School of Life Sciences

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Ecology & Environmental Sciences
  • Ocean Studies and Marine Biology (Port Blair)
  • Coastal Disaster Management (Port Blair)
  • Food Science & Technology
  • Centre for Bioinformatics
  • Centre for Microbiology

School of Humanities

  • Physical Education & Sports Science
  • English and comparative literature
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Sanskrit
  • Psychology
  • Escande Chair in Asian Christian Studies

School of Performing Arts

  • Performing Arts

School of Social Sciences and International Studies

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Social Work*
  • Sociology
  • Centre for Women's Studies
  • Center for Development Studies
  • Madanjeet Singh Institute of South Asia Regional Cooperation -Centre for South Asian Studies*
  • Centre for Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy*
  • These centres were established during XII plan when ProJ A K Tareen was Vice chancellor

School of Medical Sciences

School of Media & Communication

  • Library & Information Science
  • Mass Communication
  • Centre for Electronic Media

Madanjeet School of Green Energy Technologies

  • Centre for Green Energy Technology
  • Centre for Nano Science & Technology

Central Instrumentation Facility

The Central Instrumentation Facility (CIF) was established in the university as the University Science Instrumentation Centre (USIC) in 1992 under the UGC Plan Scheme. It housed three facilities – Mechanical Shop, Glass blowing Shop and Electrical Shop, to provide support in the repair and servicing of scientific equipment. Fabrication of components for experimental setups is undertaken.

The USIC has executed design, development and fabrication works ranging from custom designed sample holders/cells to electronic instrumentation and control modules.

In 2005, the centre was reorganised into Central Instrumentation Facility under the School of Physical, Chemical and Applied Sciences and analytical instruments are added to provide analytical service, in addition to the workshop facilities.

Mechanical Shop

The Mechanical workshop is equipped with heavy duty lathe, milling machine, vertical drilling machine, welding units, sheet bending machine, shears in addition to hand tools, accessories and measuring instruments. The department has fabricated sample cells, metallic and non-metallic elements for sample handling/preparation, acrylic column stands, fume hoods, and an acid distillation unit.

Humanities Block-2

Glass Blowing Shop

The Glass Blowing Shop repairs glassware and fabricates customised glassware. It is equipped with burners, lathe, grinding machine, annealing furnace, and tools.

Electronic Shop

The Electronic Shop has laboratory test and measuring instruments, soldering stations, and component testers, to trouble shoot faculty instruments and set them right. Electronic components are maintained in the store for quick replacement.

Assistance is provided to students in wiring and testing the circuits for their experimental or project work. Design and fabrication of instrumentation and control modules are taken up to meet customised requirements.

Humanities Block-1

University halls and accommodation

Hostel facilities are available on the campus for boys and girls. Students from distant places will be given preference on a first-come, first-served basis. The university has a hostel for foreign students that can accommodate more than 30 students. All students with income less than Rs 400,000 get a 30% food subsidy. Girls are given rent free accommodation. All physically challenged students get free education including free board and lodge in hostels. The university provides free transport off the campus and within the campus.

Department of Earth Science

Boys hostels

  • Kalidas Hostel
  • Subramania Bharathiar Hostel
  • Bharathidasan Hostel
  • Tagore Hostel
  • Kamban Hostel
  • Ilangoadigal Hostel
  • Valmiki Hostel
  • Kannadasan Hostel
  • Kabirdas Hostel
  • Sarvapalli Radhakrishna Hostel
  • Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Hostel
  • C V Raman Scholars Hostel

Girls hostels

  • Yamuna Hostel
  • Cauvery Hostel
  • Saraswathy Hostel
  • Ganga Hostel
  • Kalpana Chawla Hostel
  • Madame Curie Hostel


  • Foreign Students' Hostel

The hostel is used by South Asian, European and many more countries students, taking programs like PG in South Asian Studies and French, German and others.

Extracurricular activities

P.U.Q.S.(Pondicherry University Quiz Society)

The students have started the Pondicherry University Quiz Society (PUQS) in June 2012.[7] The Quiz Society will enhance the knowledge of the student community and will help in preparation for competitive exams like UPSC, Bank PO etc. The inauguration of PUQS was held on 1 August 2011 in Pondicherry University/Lecture Hall Seminar-I. The event was inaugurated by Director of Education of the Pondicherry University, Prof. M. Ramadass.[8] The first quizmaster of the show was Nikhil Kurien Jacob. The tagline of the Quiz Society is "It's all about Quizzing."

Pondicherry University Maths Club

The Pondicherry University Maths Club was inaugurated on in July 2011. The club encourages students to take up research in mathematics. The club activities includes seminars by students and eminent professors, mathematical workshops, quizzes, fun with mathematics, and paradoxes.


Reflections is an annual event hosted by the Department of Physics. To honour Sir C. V. Raman and his contributions to the scientific world, India celebrates 28 February as the National Science Day.

"Reflections" is the program celebrated on National Science Day to bring out the talents of young minds. It popularises science through events, competitions and sharing of ideas.

List of affiliated colleges

  • Achariya Arts and Science College
  • Arignar Anna Government Arts College
  • Avvaiyar Government College for Women
  • Bharathidasan Government College for Women
  • Bharathiar Palkalaikoodam
  • Christ College Of Engineering and Technology
  • Dr. S.R.K. Government Arts College
  • Fostiima Business School
  • Bangalore Management Academy
  • Idhaya College of Arts and Science for Women
  • Indira Gandhi College of Arts and Science
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Rajkeeya Mahavidyalaya
  • Kanchi Mamunivar Centre for Post Graduate Studies
  • Mahatma Gandhi Government Arts College
  • Mahatma Gandhi Government College
  • Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Government Arts College
  • Rathnavel Subramaniam College of Arts and Science
  • Saradha Gangadharan College
  • Tagore Arts College
  • Tagore Arts College(Annexe)
  • United College of Arts and Science
  • Villianur College for Women
  • Dr.Ambedkar Government Law College
  • R.V.S College of Engineering and Technology
  • Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • Bharathiar College of Engineering and Technology
  • Pondicherry Engineering College
  • Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering and Technology
  • Regency Institute of Technology
  • Sri Venkateshwaraa Medical College Hospital and Research Centre
  • College of Nursing
  • Kasturba Gandhi College of Nursing
  • Mahatma Gandhi Dental College and Hospital
  • Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute
  • Mother Teresa Institute of Health Sciences
  • Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Rajiv Gandhi College of Veterinary Animal Sciences
  • Regional Medical Research Institute
  • Vector Control Research Centre (ICMR)
  • Achariya College of Education
  • Alpha College of Education
  • Arutperunchothi Ramalingasamy College of Education
  • Co-operative College of Education
  • Don Bosco College of Education and Research Institute
  • Dr. Anbu Paul College of Education
  • Immaculate College of Education
  • Krishnasamy College of Education for Women
  • Loyola Institute of Teacher Education
  • Mahe Co-operative College of Education
  • Mother Teresa BEd College
  • Nehru College of Education
  • Perunthalaivar Kamarajar College of Education
  • Pope John Paul II College of Education
  • Regency College of Education
  • Senthil College of Education
  • Sree Narayana College of Education
  • Tagore Government College of Education
  • Vasavi College of Education
  • Venkateswara College of Education
  • Vivekanandha College of Education
  • Shri Krishnaa College Of Engineering and Technology, Mannadipet, Puducherry
  • Sri Manakula Vinayagar Engineering College[9]
  • Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital[9]
  • Manakula Vinayagar Institute of Technology[9]
  • Sri Manakula Vinayagar Nursing College[9]
  • Usha Latchumanan College of Education
  • Venkateswara Teacher Training Institute
  • Acharya College of Engineering & Technology[9]
  • Alpha College of Engineering
  • Sri Ganesh College of Engineering and Technology[9]
  • Dr. S.J.S. Paul Memorial College of Engineering & Technology
  • Indira Gandhi Medical College[9]
  • Sree Lakshmi Narayana Institute of Medical Sciences


  1. ^ "Pondicherry University -About University". Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Kavita Kishore (22 August 2011). "MSc Astrophysics at Pondicherry University". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Distance Learning and Vocational Instruction: Need, Impact and Challenges", ICDE conference paper Nov 2005
  4. ^ The Hindu, 21 August 2006 "Pondicherry University launches online admission for postgraduate courses"
  5. ^ "India's Best Universities for 2013". India Today. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Library". Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Pondicherry University Quiz Society". Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  8. ^ M. Ramadass
  9. ^ a b c d e f g

External links

  • Official website
  • FUCOMPU website hosted by the Department of Computer Science
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