About Us - Madurai Kamaraj University

Madurai Kamaraj University, established in 1966, has 18 Schools comprising 73 Departments. The Directorate of Distance Education of the University has a student strength of about 1.30 lakhs. The University has 109 affiliated Colleges (9 Autonomous) including other approved institutions and 7 evening colleges. There are centres which promote research potential of teachers. Extension activities are carried out through Department of Youth Welfare, NSS, SC/ST cell and Adult Education programmes. Madurai Kamaraj University, (originally known as Madurai University) was named after the historical city of Madurai, the ancient capital of the Pandyan rulers and the seat of three famous Tamil academies going back to the beginnings of the Christian and even perhaps an earlier Era, was inaugurated on 6th February 1966 at the heart of the city. Its nucleus was the Extension centre of the University of Madras located at Madurai. Two years later, the foundation stone for a new campus was laid by Dr.Zakir Hussain, the then President of India on Madurai - Theni road, 13 kilometers to the west of the city. Since then the campus has grown into a beautiful University township with an extensive area of about 750 acres, appropriately called in Tamil "Palkalainagar". And in 1978, the name of the University was changed to Madurai Kamaraj University to honour one of the most illustrious sons of our country. The two components of the name may signify the pride in the hoary tradition of the Tamils and the present concern to live up to their ideals.


The motto of the University is "To seek truth is knowledge" and this has been taken from Tirukkural. The various items shown in the coat of Arms of the Emblem signify and represent the following :

Pandya Gopuram Represents Madurai as an Ancient City of learning in Tamil Nadu.

Burning Lamp & Open Book Represents knowledge.

Elephant Rocket Represents ancient tradition and modern technology.

Lotus - Represents purity and clarity.

Two fishes - Represents the symbol on the Flag of the Pandya King.


Activities of the University



3.Extension activities


Above activities Regular courses through affiliated colleges Distance Education Programmes and Open University Programmes through Directorate of Distance Education Post graduate and research programmes through the Departments of the University and other approved research centres Extension activities through National Service Scheme, Youth Welfare Department and Department of Adult & Continuing Education

Courses Offered

Under graduate courses

Post graduate courses

Professional courses

Research oriented courses

Job-oriented courses

Certificate, Diploma, Higher Diploma and P. G. Diploma courses

The regular colleges follow Semester Pattern and the Distance Education follows Non-semester pattern. In the University Departments Choice Based Credit System is followed by which a student is free to choose subjects of his/ her choice.

Grievances redressal System for students and public

All enquiries and application forms can be had from the following enquiry counters at the campus.

Reception-cum-Enquiry Counter at the main office

Public Relations Officer ,

Madurai Kamaraj University .

Reception-cum-Enquiry Counter

at the Directorate of Distance Education Director, DDE ,

Madurai Kamaraj University ,

Ph. No. 458421, 459185 . Study Centres/ Information Centres

Madurai, Chennai, Trichy, Theni, Ramnad, Tirunelveli and Nagercoil. There are also Study Centres in other states. Bulletin can be obtained on free of cost from the Director, Directorate of Distance Education.

The services offered by the University :

Teaching Granting affiliation to the various institutions under its jurisdiction ,

Regulating admission Maintaining welfare,

discipline and accommodation of students ,

Grant of recognition to examinations of other Universities/ bodies,

Determining the eligibility criteria of students ,

Conduct of examinations ,

Issue of Certificates and award of Degrees ,

Formulating of new syllabi and periodical restructuring of syllabi for all courses ,


Grant of Scholarships and fellowships ,

Award of Doctoral Degrees ,

Research Projects funded by agencies like UGC, CSIR, DBT, DST ICSSR, MHRD etc. ,

University -Industrial consultancy services ,

Extension activities Conduct of youth Welfare Programs including coaching for Civil Services and Competitive examinations,

Offering of Job-oriented training programs to students and adults,

EMRC (Educational Media Research Centre) : Produce Educational Video Films to be telecast in the Countrywide broadcast of UGC.



contacts Contact Us

    UGC-Networking Resource Centre
    in Biological Sciences
    School of Biological Sciences
    Madurai Kamaraj University
    Madurai - 625021
    Telephone: +91-452-2458210
    E-mail :office@nrcbsmku.org