Karaikudi - Alagappa University

About the University 
Alagappa University is located on a sprawling and ideally suited expanse of about 420 acres in the business town of Karaikudi in Sivaganga District in Tamil Nadu.Karaikudi is 400 Km South of Madras , in the Madras - Rameswaram line and is accessible from Tiruchirappalli and Madurai in about 2hrs. by road/rail. This seat of higher education has emerged from the galaxy of institutions initially founded by Dr. RM. Alagappa Chettiar.

Alagappa University was brought into existence by a special Act of the Government of Tamil Nadu in May 1985 with the objective of fostering research, development and dissemination of knowledge in various branches of learning.
Alagappa University, hitherto of unitary type has been converted into an affiliating type, by the Tamil Nadu Universities Act, 2002, with a view to widen the horizon of its academic activities by bringing into its jurisdiction, the Arts and Science colleges in the Districts of Ramanathapuram and Sivagangai. Further, as per this Act, the Government colleges in the above districts have become the constituent colleges of Alagappa University.
As a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), as well as the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), it has rewarding relations with other academic institutions, research laboratories and industrial establishments that promise a spectacular feature.
The University's motto is "Excellence in Action" and the University keeps before it the vision of excellence in all spheres of its action.

A post graduate in English Literature, called to the Bar, Middle Temple , England in 1933, Dr. Alagappa Chettiar took to Business in India , in his own style, spanning textiles to airways. 

Dr. Alagappa Chettiar founded several academic institutions in the course of his "Academic adventure" as Rajaji aptly described. Dr. Alagappa Chettiar was instrumental for establishing Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, one of the premier Research Organisations under CSIR, at Karaikudi

He donated 300 acres of land and 15 lakhs of Rupees for this purpose. This gesture, earned for him the title of 'Socialistic Capitalist' from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

No single individual has done so much for education and that too in such a varied fashion as Dr.Alagappa Chettiar. It was this facet of his achievement that made Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Babu Rajendra Prasad, Rajaji and many stalwarts visit him when his health suffered a set back. The list of eminent persons who had visited Alagappa Institutions from time to time reads like a "Who's Who" - Rajaji, Sriprakasa, C. Subramaniam, Sardar K.M. Panicker, Dr. C.R. Reddy, Thiru.K.Kamaraj, Dr. Sir C.V. Raman …… Mrs. Indira Gandhi graced the silver jubilee celebrations of Alagappa College.

The University is of Unitary type with 14 full-fledged Departments and 2 constituent colleges.
Innovative Programmes Offered by the University
Course (Regular / Full Time) Department
M.Sc, M.Phil, Ph.D. Physics
M.Sc., M.Phil, Ph.D.,  Industrial Chemistry
M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D Mathematics
M.Sc., M.C.A. M.Phil., Ph.D Computer Science and Engineering 
M.B.A.,Ph.D Alagappa Institute of Management 
M.Com, MIBA.,M.Phil..Ph.D. Commerce
M.C.S.,M.Phil.,Ph.D. Corporate Secretaryship 
M.A . M.Phil.,Ph.D. Tamil
M.P.Ed College of Physical Edn.
B.Ed.,M.Ed College of Education 
M.Phil.,Ph.D Department of Education
M.Phil.,Ph.D., M.S.P.T Department of Physical Education and Health Sciences 
M.W.S.,M.Phil., Ph.D. Women's Studies
M.Sc Dept. of Oceanography and Coastal Area Studies
M.Sc Dept. of Bio Technology

Week - End Programmes : PG Diploma Courses (Regular Full - Time)
M.C.A., P.G. Diploma in Gem Technology 
M.Sc., (Chemistry), P.G. Diploma in Yoga 
M.Sc., (Physics), P.G. Diploma in Material Protection and Corrosion Engg. 
M.Phil in all Disciplines, P.G. Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy 
M.Phil, M.P.Ed in Physical Education, Craftsmanship Course in Bakery 
The degree offered is Master of Women Studies and Computer Applications.

Admission Procedure
Admissions are based on merit and subject to the Tamil Nadu Government's Examination Schedule Reservation policy.

The University follows Choice Based Credit System and Semester pattern of Examination with Continuous Internal Assessment; Generally the semester Examinations are held in Nov-Dec. and April-May.

Top priority is given to Research and a number of scholars are pursuing research in various faculties under JRF, Part-Time and also Full-Time non- stipendiary schemes, 360 candidates have registered for Ph.D under different disciplines . Of this 89 have successfully completed their programme (as on Feb'99). 

A number of research projects in identified thrust areas sponsored by various agencies like Department of Science and Technology (DST), Indian Council for Agricultural Research (I.C.A.R), All India Council for Technical Education, (A.I.C.T.E), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (C.S.I.R) University Grants Commission (UGC) etc, to the tune of Rs. 4 crores are being undertaken by the faculty of the University Departments. A number of Regional, National and International Seminars , Symposia, Workshops etc. are organised by the Departments to benefit out of Interactions between experts and specialists in the respective areas of knowledge.

Directorate of Distance Education
From 1992, the University offers Distance Education Programmes in various subjects.
Under-Graduate Programmes (3 years)

  • MBA – 3 years
  • B.Litt. (Tamil)
  • B.A. (English)
  • B.A. (History)
  • B.A. (Public Administration)
  • B.Sc. (Mathematics) V P.G Diploma Programmes (1 year)
  • Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • B.Com
  • Bachelor of Corporate Secretary ship
  • Bachelor of Bank Management
Post-Graduate Programmes (2 years)
  • MBA – 3 years
  • M.A. (Tamil) Eligibility: any degree with Tamil as a subject

  • M.A. (English) Eligibility: any degree with English as a subject
  • M.Sc. (Mathematics) Eligibility: B.Sc. Maths/ Statistics/ Applied Maths 
  • M.Com. Eligibility: any degree with Commerce/ Accountancy as a subject
  • M.Com. (Insurance Management)
  • M.S. (Education Management) Eligibility: any degree/ 3 yr diploma/ Final B.E
  • M.A. (History) VII M.Phil. Programmes (1 year) 
  • Master of Corporate Secretaryship
  • Master of Bank Management
  • Master of Finance and Controlor Applied Maths
  • Master of Marketing Management
  •  M.A. (Personal Management and Industrial Relations)
  • M.A. (Mass Communication & Journalism) Public Administration
  • M.A. (Child Care and Education)
  • Master of Women’s Studies (Men also eligible)related discipline.
I.T. Programmes
  • MCA (3 years) Eligibility: any degree with Maths as a subject/ any degree with PGDCA any related discipline
  • M.Sc. (IT) (2 years) Eligibility: any degree Eligibility: MCS or any related discipline
  • M.Phil. Computer Science (2 years)  Eligibility: P.G degree in computer Science/ Applications/ Information Technology with not less than 60% marks.
Library Science Programmes (1 year) BLIS Eligibility: any degree
  • MLIS Eligibility: BLIS/ B.Lib.Sc. 
  • M.Phil. Library and Information Science
P.G Diploma Programmes (1 year)
  •  Computer Application (PGDCA)
  • Business Management
  • Personal Management and Labour Laws
  • Insurance Management
  • Export Management 
  •  NGO Management
  • Sports Management II Post-Graduate Programmes (2 years)
  • Computer Systems and Management
  •  Industrial Water & Waste Water Treatment
  • Digital Instrumentation Eligibility: any degree with Physics as a subject / B.E./ B.Tech
 Diploma Programmes (1 year)
  • Diploma in Accounting and Taxation ligibility: a pass in HSC/ 3 yr diploma Eligibility: a pass in HSC/ 3 yr diploma
  • Advanced Diploma in Project Management
M.Phil. Programmes (1 year)
  • M.Phil. Tamil 
  • M.Phil. Mathematics 
  • M.Phil. Education 
  • M.Phil. History
  • M.Phil. Management 
  • M.Phil. International Business
  • M.Phil. Commerce
  •  M.Phil. Corporate Secretaryship

Open University Stream (OUS) - Under-Graduate Programmes (3 years)
  • Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA)
  • B.Sc. (Mathematics)
  • B.Litt. (Tamil)
  • B.A. (English)
  •  B.A. (History)
  • B.A. (Public Administration)
  • B.Com.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Bachelor of Bank Management
  • Bachelor of Corporate Secretaryship
Age 18 Years Completed as on 1st june 2003 Admission only After Attending Preparatory Course and Passing the Entrance Test.
Post-Graduate Programmes (2 years)
  • M.A. (Tamil)
  • M.A. (English)
  • M.A. (History)
  • M.Com. (Insurance Management) 
Age 21 years completed as on1st June 2003. Admission only afterattending Preparatory courses and passing the
Entrance test.
B.A. (History), B.Com., BBA., M.A.(History), M.Com., M.Com. (Insurance Management), M.Phil. (History) are offered both in English and Tamil Medium.
Other courses are offered in English Medium only Courses against Sl. No. 41 & 42 are offered only at Karaikudi Centre

Application Form and Prospectus can be had from “The Director, Directorate of Distance Education, Alagappa University, Karaikudi – 630003, Tamilnadu” on payment of prescribed fees (For MBA/MCA/M.Sc(I.T)/M.Phil courses Rs 300/- All other courses Rs 100/-) by means of Demand Draft drawn in favour of The Director, Distance Education, Alagappa University payable on any bank at Karaikudi with a re question mentioning the name of the course OR from any University Approved Centers. Admission open on all 7 days. Last date for issue and receipt of filled-in applications: 14-8-03
All enquiries and correspondence (except those relating to the University Examinations) should be addressed to “The Director, Directorate of Distance Education, Alagappa University, Karaikudi – 630003, Tamilnadu” Phone: 91-04565-229230 E-mail: kkd_alagappa@sancharnet.in
For all particulars regarding the examinations-examination application forms, centers, results, marks statement etc., the students are advised to contact: The Controller of Examinations, Alagappa University, Karaikudi-630003, Tamilnadu. Phone: 91-04565-225205, 225206, 225207 Extension:170 E-mail: kkd_alagappa@sancharnet.in

Central Facilities
The University has a well-equipped Central Library, a strong Computer Centre and an Instrumentation Centre to meet the requirements of staff and students of different Departments. Central Library
The Library has a total collection of about 50000 volumes and subscribes to 175 journals both international and national. At a cost of Rs. 12.5 lakhs, the Central Library is being provided with a regular V-SAT facility for Internet Connectivity. This facility would facilitate access to the current and emerging trends in frontier areas of knowledge. 

Computer Centre
A Computer Centre, with 77 Stand Alone Machines and 31 Local Area Network Nodes, is offering a Diploma and P.G. Diploma course in Computer Applications under Distance Education. 

Crystal Research and Instrumentation Centre
A Hi-tech Crystal Research and Instrumentation Centre was established in 1996. 

Centre For Women's Studies
Impressed by the pioneering work done by our Centre for Women's Studies, the UGC has upgraded it as an Advanced Centre under phase II with a grant of Rs. 40 lakhs, Besides undertaking research and out-reach programmes for the upliftment of rural women, the Centre provides free legal aid to hapless women. This Centre serves as a Nodal Resource Agency to co-ordinate and monitor research programmes on women and women related issues. 

Centre For Adult Continuing Education land Extension
The UGC has sanctioned a Centre for the implementation of Adult Continuing Education and Extension programmes.