In Tamil Nadu, there are 2 central universities, 22 state universities, and 28 deemed universities.


State universities

University name Location District Support Specialization Estd.
Alagappa University Karaikudi Sivagangai State Humanities, sciences 1985
Anna University Chennai Chennai State Engineering 1978
Annamalai University Annamalai Nagar Cuddalore State Humanities, sciences, engineering, agriculture 1929
Bharathiar University Coimbatore Coimbatore State Humanities, sciences 1982
Bharathidasan University Trichy Trichy State Humanities, sciences 1982
Madurai Kamaraj University Madurai Madurai State Humanities, sciences 1965
Manonmaniam Sundaranar University Tirunelveli Tirunelveli State Humanities, sciences 1992
Mother Teresa Women’s University Kodaikanal Kodaikanal State Humanities, sciences 1984
Periyar University Salem Salem State Humanities, sciences 1998
Tamil University Thanjavur Thanjavur State Humanities, sciences 1981
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Coimbatore Coimbatore State Agriculture 1971
Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University Chennai Chennai State Law 1998
Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University Chennai Chennai State Medical 1989
Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Fisheries University Nagapattinam Nagapattinam State Fisheries and aquaculture 2012
Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Music and Fine Arts University Chennai Chennai State Music and Arts 2013
Tamil Nadu Horticulture University Coimbatore Coimbatore State Horticultural science 2011
Tamil Nadu Open University Chennai Chennai State   2004
Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University Chennai Chennai State Sports 2005
Tamil Nadu Teachers Education University Chennai Chennai State Education 2008
Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University Chennai Chennai State Veterinary 1990
Thiruvalluvar University Vellore Vellore State Humanities, sciences 2003
University of Madras Chennai Chennai State Humanities, sciences 1857


Deemed to be universities

University name Location District Estd.
AMET University Chennai Chennai 1993
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Coimbatore Coimbatore 1994
Avinashilingam University Coimbatore Coimbatore 1987
Bharat University Chennai Chennai  
B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science and Technology Vandalur Kanchipuram  
Chennai Mathematical Institute Chennai Chennai 1989
Chettinad University Chennai Chennai 2008
Gandhigram Rural Institute Dindigul Dindigul 1956
Hindustan University Chennai Chennai 1985
Kalasalingam University Krishnankoil Virudhunagar  
Karpagam University Coimbatore Coimbatore  
Karunya University Coimbatore Coimbatore  
Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute Chennai Chennai  
Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research Chennai Chennai  
Noorul Islam University Thuckalay Kanyakumari district  
Periyar Maniammai University Thanjavur Thanjavur  
Prist University Thanjavur Thanjavur 1985
Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University – Coimbatore Campus Coimbatore Coimbatore 2005
Sathyabama University Chennai Chennai  
Saveetha University Chennai Chennai 2005
Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA) Thanjavur Thanjavur  
SRM Institute of Science and Technology Chennai Chennai 1986
Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya Kanchipuram district Kanchipuram district 1993
Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute Chennai Chennai  
St. Peter’s Institute of Higher Education and Research Avadi Chennai 2008
Vels University Chennai Chennai  
Vel Tech Dr.RR & Dr.SR Technical University Avadi Chennai 1990
Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation, Deemed University Salem Salem  
VIT University Vellore Vellore 1984


Autonomous institutes

University name Location District Support Specialization Estd.
Bharathidasan Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli Tiruchirappalli Bharathidasan University Management 1984
Central Institute of Brackish Water Aquaculture Chennai Chennai Center Aquaculture 1987
Central Leather Research Institute Chennai Chennai Center Leather research 1948
Central University of Tamil Nadu Tiruvarur Tiruvarur Center Humanities, sciences  
Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology Thanjavur Thanjavur Center Crop research 1967
Indian Institute of Handloom Technology Salem Salem Center Handloom technology 1960
Indian Institute of Information Technology Tiruchirappalli Trichy Trichy Center Engineering 2013
Indian Institute of Information Technology Design & Manufacturing Kancheepuram Chennai Chennai Center Engineering  
Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli Trichy Trichy Center Management 2011
Indian Institute of Technology Madras Chennai Chennai Center Engineering 1959
National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli Trichy Trichy Center Engineering 1964
National Institute of Technology, Puducherry Karaikal Karaikal Center Engineering 2009
National Institute of Fashion Technology Chennai Chennai Center Fashion design  
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International School of Textiles & Management Coimbatore Coimbatore Center Textile processing 2002
Tamil Nadu National Law School Trichy Trichy Center Legal 2014


State and central government joint support institutes

University name Location District Support Specialization Estd.
Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (autonomous) Karaikudi Sivagangai CSIR Electrochemical 1948
Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai Chennai Chennai   Department of Atomic Energy 1962
Indian Maritime University Chennai Chennai   Maritime Studies 2008
Madras Institute of Development Studies (autonomous) Chennai Chennai     1971
Tamil Virtual Academy Chennai Chennai Tamil Nadu Government Tamil language 2001
Stella Maris College Chennai Chennai University of Madras Arts and Sciences 1947


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