Anna University: Notable Alumni, Affiliated Colleges 2020

Anna University is a public state university located in Tamil Nadu, India. The main campus is in Guindy, Chennai and the satellite campus is in Chromepet, Chennai. It was established on 4 September 1978. The main campus houses the College of Engineering, Guindy; Alagappa College of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, and three technical departments of the University of Madras. The Madras Institute of Technology campus is located in Chromepet.

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Key Description:

Motto: Progress Through Knowledge

Type: Public

Established: 1978; 42 years ago

Chancellor: Banwarilal Purohit (Governor of Tamil Nadu)

Vice-Chancellor: M. K. Surappa


  • Dr.E.Natarajan (CEG)
  • S. Meenakshisundaram (ACT)
  • T. Thyagarajan (MIT)
  • Ranee Maria Leonie Vedamuthu (SAP)

Registrar: L. Karunamoorthy

Students: 18,372

Undergraduates: 11,049

Postgraduates: 4,455

Doctoral Students: 2,828

Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600025, India

Campus: Urban, 185 acres

Affiliations: UGC


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Anna University History

Statue of C N Annadurai in College of Engineering, Guindy campus
The Government of Tamil Nadu established the Anna University of Technology on 4 September 1978, through Tamil Nadu Act 30 of 1978. The new university was formed from the erstwhile University of Madras faculty of engineering and technology and consisted of four institutes: Madras Institute of Technology, College of Engineering, Guindy, Alagappa College of Technology and School of Architecture and Planning. In 1982, the current name "Anna University" was adopted.

In 2001, under the Anna University Amendment Act of 2001, the university became an affiliating university, taking under its wings all the engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu. This included six government engineering colleges, three government-aided private institutions, and 426 self-financing colleges. On 1 February 2007, as a result of a Government of Tamil Nadu decision, the university was split into six constituent universities: Anna University, Chennai, Anna University of Technology, Chennai, Anna University of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, Anna University of Technology, Coimbatore, Anna University of Technology Tirunelveli and Anna University of Technology, Madurai. The institutes were formally created in 2010. On 14 September 2011, a bill was passed to merge back the universities. The merger became final in August 2012.

In 2011 and 2012 the constituents were merged back to a single affiliating university and the four regional universities continue to function as regional campus of the university.


Anna University Admissions

A common entrance test – the Tamil Nadu Professional Courses Entrance Examination (TNPCEE) — was used as a basis for admission to professional courses in the state until 2006. Starting in the academic year 2007–08, students were admitted to engineering colleges on the basis of their higher secondary marks. Post graduate admission process is carried out through TANCET and GATE scores."Admission for PG in CEG".


Anna University Academics

The university offers courses in engineering and technology through its affiliated colleges and follows a dual semester system. Every year the university conducts examinations for even semester in May–June and for odd semester in November–December. The first semester students have exams in January.


Anna University Ranking

Internationally, Anna University was ranked 751-800 in the QS World University Rankings of 2020. The same rankings ranked it 169 in Asia in 2020 and 87 among BRICS nations in 2019. It was ranked 20th in India overall by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2020, 12th among universities, 14th in the engineering ranking and 59th in the management ranking.


Anna University Affiliated Colleges

The university's main campus is in Chennai and extends over 185 acres adjoining the Adyar River and the Raj Bhavan. It houses College of Engineering, Guindy, Alagappa College of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, three technical departments of the University of Madras. Another campus is in Chrompet (Madras Institute of Technology).

The university has satellite campuses in Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai and Tirunelveli. The university also runs engineering colleges at Villupuram, Tindivanam, Arani and Kanchipuram in Chennai region, Erode and Bargur in Coimbatore region, Panruti, Pattukkottai, Thirukkuvalai and Ariyalur in Tiruchirapalli region, Ramanathapuram and Dindigul in Madurai region, Nagercoil and Thoothukudi in Tirunelveli region.


Satellite and TV

ISRO has permitted Anna University to start a separate TV channel. The university has established Tamil Nadu's first interactive satellite terminal under the Ku Band of EDUSAT. Anna University Microsatellite ANUSAT is an Indian student-built microsatellite. ANUSAT is the first satellite designed and developed by an Indian university and is the first satellite in India to be built and operated by any organisation other than ISRO. It carries a primary store and forward payload and auxiliary technology demonstration payloads. It was launched aboard PSLV-C12 on 20 April 2009. The satellite's development was sponsored by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).


Anna University Notable alumni

  • A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India & Bharat Ratna awardee
  • Verghese Kurien, architect of Operation Flood and India's White
  • Revolution and winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award and the World Food Prize
  • Sujatha Rangarajan, writer
  • Venu Srinivasan, chairman of Sundaram - Clayton Limited and TVS Motor Company
  • Upendra J. Chivukula, American politician
  • A. C. Muthiah, Indian industrialist and ex-president, Board of Control for Cricket in India
  • Akkineni Nagarjuna, Indian film actor and producer
  • S. Somasegar, corporate vice president, Developer Division, Microsoft
  • Krishnamachari Srikkanth, former captain of the Indian cricket team and the chairman of the selection committee
  • Sundaram Karivardhan, industrialist and motorsport pioneer
  • Munirathna Anandakrishnan, former chairman, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and former vice-chancellor, Anna University
  • V. M. Muralidharan, former chairman, Ethiraj College for Women
  • P. S. Veeraraghavan, director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre
  • Ravi Jagannathan, economist and professor, Kellogg School of Management
  • Ravi Ruia, Essar Group
  • G. V. Loganathan, former professor, Virginia Tech
  • A. G. Ramakrishnan, professor, Indian Institute of Science
  • Y. S. Chowdary, Minister of State, Science and Technology & Earth Sciences, Government of India
  • Kalidhindi B. R. Varma, Vice Chancellor, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning
  • Mahesh Muthuswami, Cinematog 2012
  • Kutraleeswaran, Marathon swimmer, The youngest Arjuna Award winner
  • Bhargav Sri Prakash, Entrepreneur and Hedge Fund Manager
  • Rajkumar Bharathi, Classical singer and music composer
  • Raaghav, on screen, film actor and television personality
  • Madhan Karky, Tamil film lyricist
  • N. Srinivasan India Cements
  • M. S. Ananth IIT Madras
  • Y. G. Mahendra Tamil and Malayalam actor
  • G. V. Prasad, Dr. Reddys labs
  • Thirumalachari Ramasami, secretary to Government of India, Department of Science and Technology
  • Mohan Rangachari, Indian actor, comedian, screenwriter and playwright.
    J. Sai Deepak, lawyer, Supreme Court of India.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin, cricketer, SSN College of Engineering
  • MK Balaji, playback singer, SSN College of Engineering
  • Balaji Mohan, film director, SSN College of Engineering
  • Anaka Alankamony, squash player, SSN College of Engineering
  • Murugan Ashwin, cricketer, SSN College of Engineering
  • Annamalai K, Former IPS Officer, Chief Servant at We The Leaders, PSG College of Technology
  • Aparna B Marar, classical dancer, PSG College of Technology