Annamalai University is one of the largest unitary, teaching, and residential Universities in Southern Asia comprising of 10 Faculties and 49 departments of study. This University has played a pivotal role in providing access to higher education to thousands of youth cutting across the social spectrum, especially from economically and socially disadvantaged classes. In this respect, this University’s service to the nation is tremendous.
One of the most significant developments is the enactment of the Annamalai University Act, 2013 (Tamil Nadu Act 20 of 2013), which has come into force from September 25, 2013. Annamalai University is accredited with ‘A’ Grade by NAAC in 2014. “The NIRF-2020” by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has ranked the University in the band 101 – 150 in the overall category as well as the University Category. In the Pharmacy Category the ranking is 12th in India. In the Medical Category the ranking is 35th. “The Times Higher Education World University Ranking – 2021” has ranked Annamalai University in 1000+ for Overall category. In the Subject Category Ranking, 2021, the University is ranked 601+ for Clinical & Health Subjects, in the band of 801-1000 for Engineering, 801+ for Life Sciences and 1000+ in the Physical Sciences Subjects. “The QS World University Ranking – 2021” has ranked Annamalai University in the band of 301-350 in Asia Ranking, and 39 in India Ranking. “The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019”, on scientific impact of universities and on universities’ involvement in scientific collaboration & scientific performance, has ranked the University at 23rd based on the number of publications and 7th based on the proportion of publications that, compared with other publications in the same field and in the same year, belong to the top 10% most frequently cited. Among the top 212 ranked institutions for Higher Education in India the “SCI mago Institutional Ranking (2019)” has ranked Annamalai University as 9th in Tamil Nadu and 29th in India.
In the early 1920s Rajah Sir S. R. M. Annamalai Chettiar founded Sri Minakshi College, Sri Minakshi Tamil College and Sri Minakshi Sanskrit College at Chidambaram. In1928, Rajah Sir S. R. M. Annamalai Chettiar agreed with the local Government to handover the above said institution for establishing a University. Thus, on 01.01.1929 Annamalai University was established as per Annamalai University Act 1928 (Tamil Nadu Act 1 of 1929).
The Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FEAT) was established the year 1945, as the second Engineering College of the then composite Madras State. The FEAT celebrated its Golden Jublilee in the Year 1996 and Diamond Jubilee in the year 2005. The FEAT has 11 department of study namely Chemical Engineering, Civil & Structural, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Electrical, Electronics & Instrumentation, Electronics & Communication, Computer Science & Engineering, Information Technology and Pharmacy.
The Department of Chemical Engineering, Annamalai University is a DST-FIST sponsored Department. The Department offers B.E. (Chemical Engineering), M.E. (Chemical Engineering) M.Tech (Industrial Safety Engineering) and Ph.D., (Chemical Engineering) Programs. The department has received research grants to the tune of 2.5 crores from various funding agencies like DST, DBT, UGC, Ministry of Food Processing and Ministry of Environment & Forests.