The Annamalai University was founded in the year 1929 as a unitary & residential University, by the munificence and single-minded devotion of the far-sighted and noble-hearted philanthropist and patron of letters,the Hon'ble Dr.Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar of Chettinad Kt., LL.D., D.Lit. Since then, during these eighty one years,the Annamalai University has grown into a premier institution of higher learning and research.
The University today is spread over an extensive campus of about one thousand acres and has the Faculties of Arts, Science, Indian Languages, Engineering and Technology, Education, Fine Arts, Agriculture, Medicine, Dentistry and Marine Science and in all, they comprise 49 Departments of Study.
Dr.Rajah Sir M.A.Muthiah Chettiar of Chettinad Kt., B.A., D.Lit., the Second Founder Pro-Chancellor from 1948 to 1984 assiduously nurtured the growth and development of the University and devoted his life to realize the aims of his noble father, Dr.Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar.
Dr. M.A.M Ramaswamy, B.A., D.Lit., D.Sc., the present Founder Pro-Chancellor and the distinguished son of Dr. Rajah Sir Muthiah Chettiar is a philanthropist and patron of sports, who has fulfilled the dreams of his illustrious father by building up the Rajah Muthiah Institute of Health Sciences. Under his dynamic leadership, the University has become one of the front line universities in India.
The University has had the unique good fortune of having a succession of eminent Vice-Chancellors to guide its destiny. The University is all set to grow from strength to strength und