The M.S. University :

Manonmaniam Sundaranar University (MSU), named after the famous Tamil Scholar Professor P. Sundaram Pillai, was established on 7 September, 1990 to cater to long felt needs of the people of the three southern most districts of Tamil Nadu namely Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Kanyakumari. The University has under its jurisdiction 61 affiliated colleges, 5 Mano Colleges and1Constituent College, with 65,000 students on rolls. These colleges, out of which three are over 100 years old (St. John's College, M.D.T. Hindu College, Sarah Tucker College, the oldest women's college in the state) have contributed decisively to the cause of higher education of the region.

There are 2 academic departments in the University. Sri Paramakalyani Center of Environmental Science functioning at Alwarkurichi is an illustrious example of University-Industry collaboration while the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology at Rajakkamangalam is breaking new ground in Coastal Area Studies. The University Grants Commission, New Delhi, an apex higher education body of the Union Government, has accorded its recognition for awarding financial assistance to M.S.University since 29 March 1994. The University has been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of India with five star status.

The courses offered by the University have been designed keeping in mind the changing times and the emerging needs of the region. The University offers post-graduate, M Phil. and Ph.D. programmes (part time and full time). MSU is the first to offer Choice-Based Credit System. The University's National Service Scheme and Youth Welfare Department provide opportunities for the students to develop their overall personality. The University Library has rich collection of Books and Journals on a wide range of subjects.

The Concept of community colleges, being experimental under the aegis of a special wing, offer diploma courses of one year duration to those interested in entrepreneurial enterprises and the Extension Learning Programme run by this wing also offers Diploma and Certificate courses on skill development.

The University Act authorizes the functioning of Directorate of Distance and Continuing Education outside the University Jurisdiction and the courses offered through this mode are recognized by the Distance Education Council of India. The Directorate has various Learning Centers across the country with a commitment to extend the reach of higher education carrying forward our Pronunciamento "reaching the un-reached."


The University is situated at Abishekapatti, 9 Kms away from Tirunelveli Junction. A judicious blend of functional and aesthetic features distinguishes the campus buildings. The serene landscape and a vast campus of over 550 acres form an ideal setting for the academic community. The University, sensitive to the complex and diverse needs of the times, has evolved many innovative programmes. Research and extension activities are not pursued for its own sake, but are directed towards enriching the social matrix to help build better human beings and better tomorrow.


In pursuit of Excellence
" by providing quality Education especially for the rural and the unreached"
" through innovation in teaching, research and extension activities"
" by promoting human values for social harmony"
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