The University of Madras is one of the three oldest universities
in India (along with the University of Calcutta and the University
of Mumbai). The University of Madras, organized on the model of
the University of London, was incorporated on 5 September 1857 by
an Act of the Legislative Council of India. The university is situated
in the southern city of Chennai (formerly known as Madras). It has
four campuses in the city - Chepauk, Marina, Guindy and Taramani.
More than 50 Departments offer a range of specialisation subjects.
University of Madras Courses
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In 2004, all engineering courses of the University were shifted to Anna University. The University provides affiliation to several colleges for numerous courses. The various departments of the University also conduct research in addition to teaching. There are nearly 43 external research institutes in addition to centres of excellence within the University.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council has conferred
the "Five star Status" to the University of Madras. The
University of Madras has been given the status of "University
with Potential for Excellence" by the University Grants Commission.
The first ever demand for higher education in Madras Presidency was voiced forth in a Public Address to The Right Honourable Lord John Elphinstone G.C.H., Governor of Madras signed by 70,000 Native Inhabitants when the Governor in Council was contemplating "some effective and liberal measures for the establishment of an improved system of national education". This public petition which was presented by the then Advocate General Mr. George Norton on 11.11.1839 pressed the need for an English College in the Madras city. Pursuant to this, Lord Elphinstone evolved a plan for the establishment of a Central Collegiate Institution or a University. This University had twin Departments (1) High School for the cultivation of English literature, regional language, philosophy and science, (2) College providing instruction in the higher branches of literature, philosophy and science.
The Organisation structure of Madras University encompuses :
1. The Senate
2. The Syndicate
3. The Academic Council
4. The Faculties
5. The Finance Committee
6. The Board of Studies