Pondicherry University

Pondicherry University (French: Université de Pondichéry) is a central university in Puducherry, India. Founded in 1985 by the Government of India, the university is a collegiate university with jurisdiction spread over the Union Territories of Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Pondicherry University
Université de Pondichéry
Seal of Pondicherry University
MottoFrench: Vers la Lumière
Motto in English
From Darkness, towards the Light!
Established1985 (1985)
ChancellorVenkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India
Vice-ChancellorGurmeet Singh[1]
Location, ,
12°00′57″N 79°51′31″E

It has 50,000 students in its 90 affiliated colleges[3] including 10,000 students in the distance education mode. The current strength of students studying on-campus stands at 6,500.[4] It has introduced innovations like the Choice-based Credit System and on-line admission for postgraduate studies.[5][6]

Function and role

Teaching and research are its primary functions as in other Central Universities. It has affiliated colleges located in Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahé, Yanam and the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The Pondicherry University Act, 1985, under the central government.... Pondicherry University reached the pinnacle of its growth during the XI plan when Prof J A K Tareen was the Vice Chancellor. It became India's fastest growing central university with 300% all round growth in Students, Faculty, Infrastructure, Teaching programmes, Research projects, and students seeking admissions. The Faculty are from 22 states and students from 30 states and union territories. Some of the Socially relevant achievements of XI plan are rent free hostels to girls, Free education and free hostels to all physically challenged, free transport to students,100% disabled friendly buildings and special library for visually challenged. In 2012 Prof Tareen received from president of India, the best Institution award for PU.


Pondicherry University is located in a campus spread over 780 acres (320 ha), facing the Bay of Bengal on the East Coast Road. It is accessible from Chennai (168 km) and Bengaluru.

Silver Jubilee Celebrations

The valedictory of the silver jubilee celebrations of Pondicherry University was held on 18 October 2010. Dr C Rangarajan, Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, delivered the keynote address. Lt Governor of Puducherry, Iqbal Singh, who was the Chief Rector of the University, was present at the function. Professor J A K Tareen,Vice Chancellor presided over the function. Souvenirs (coffee mug and desktop calendars) for students and faculties were given out and a brochure was released to mark the event. Prof J A K Tareen, Vice chancellor was the architect of the Coffee Table Book and other souvenirs. The Silver Jubilee Campus on 110 acre extended land is yet another marvel created by Prof J A K Tareen providing over a million square feet of extra space for Social Sciences, Humanities, Media, and Languages, who were for 20 years squeezed in pigeon holes in one building.


The university library, named after Ananda Ranga Pillai, was established on September 1986 with one deputy librarian and two assistant librarians. It was moved to the present locale as an independent building in July 1990. The Library is renowned for its disabled friendly modern infrastructure (80,000 sq. ft), fully air-conditioned, WIFI enabled, services for the Visually Challenged among the proactive services with RFID technology and 24/7 remote access to a collection of 4.97 lakhs, of which print is 2.22 and 2.7 lakhs of e-resources (e-books, e-journals, e-databases, e-theses, Academic Online Videos, Video Talks etc.)[7]

Community Radio Station

The "Puduvai Vaani" is a Community Radio Station established by Pondicherry University with the support of UGC, New Delhi. It works under FM 107.8 MHz a frequency which is currently extended to a catchments area of 20 km radius from the University campus. The test transmission in our Puduvai Vaani – Community Radio Station was started on 23 August 2008. This was yet another initiative by Prof J A K Tareen. It was inaugurated by Shri V Narayanasamy, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Planning & Parliamentary Affairs on 27 December 2008 in the presence of Shri P Chidambaram, Hon’ble Union Home Minister. The full-time transmission started on 1 January 2009 onwards. The full-time transmission is going on air from 1 January 2009 onwards.

Puduvai Vaani has been started with an aim to make awareness among the people to improve their nature of life style. Puduvai Vaani is the public broadcaster to awaken, inform, enlighten educate and entertain all section of the people including the programme on women empowerment, communal harmony, health and education. It also brings out the hidden talents of the students in and around the University campus. CRS also includes its service on the practical session for the students of Department of Electronic Media and Mass Communication. Furthermore, students from other departments are encouraged to participate and create radio programmes for the community.

Quality Living

Unique features of Pondicherry University 1.100% Wi-Fi enabled campus 2.100% power backup 3.100% network of campus 4.Library with remote access 5.Most sophisticated Laboratories & Instrumentation 6.All buildings with Ramps & Lifts 7.Solar Lights 8.Free State-of-the-Art Day Care Centre & Kindergarten 9.24 hours Hospital & Ambulance facility 10.State-of-the-Art sports facilities 11.Rent free hostels for women students 12.Free education to differently abled students including boarding & lodging [8]

Schools, departments and centres

The entire Academic structure was reorganized during the tenure of Prof J A K Tareen who not only established over 20 new departments,established new school and started over 80 new programs.It was during XI plan when the university broke all records with 300% growth in every sphere including infrastructure, students, faculty, research output and was rated top ten in the country with NAAC accreditation of A grade. Professor Tareen's term is labelled as the Golden era of Pondicherry University.

Subramania Bharathi School of Tamil Language and Literature

  • Tamil Language & Literature

School of Management

  • Department of Management Studies
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Tourism Studies
  • Department of Banking Technology
  • Department of International Business

Karaikal Campus

  • Department of Management
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of computer science

Ramanujan School of Mathematical Sciences

  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Statistics

School of Engineering & Technology

  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Centre for Pollution Control & Environmental Engineering
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Geological Technology

School of Physical, Chemical and Applied Sciences

  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Earth Sciences
  • Department of Applied Psychology

School of Life Sciences

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Ecology & Environmental Sciences
  • Ocean Studies and Marine Biology (Port Blair)
  • Food Science & Technology
  • Centre for Bioinformatics(BIF)
  • Department of Microbiology

School of Humanities

  • English and comparative literature
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Sanskrit
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education & Sports
  • Escande Chair in Asian Christian Studies

School of Social Sciences and International Studies

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Centre for Women's Studies
  • Madanjeet Singh Institute of South Asia Regional Cooperation - Centre for South Asian Studies*
  • Centre for Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy*

These centres were established during XII plan when Prof J A K Tareen was vice chancellor.

School of Education

  • School of Education
  • Centre for Adult and Continuing Education

School of Medical Sciences

School of Media & Communication

  • Library & Information Science
  • Department of Electronic Media and Mass Communication

Madanjeet School of Green Energy Technologies

  • Centre for Nano Science & Technology
  • Centre for Green Energy Technology

Central Instrumentation Facility

The Central Instrumentation Facility (CIF) was established in the university as the University Science Instrumentation Centre (USIC) in 1992 under the UGC Plan Scheme. It housed three facilities – Mechanical Shop, Glass blowing Shop and Electrical Shop, to provide support in the repair and servicing of scientific equipment. Fabrication of components for experimental setups is undertaken.

The USIC has executed design, development and fabrication works ranging from custom designed sample holders/cells to electronic instrumentation and control modules.

In 2005, the centre was reorganised into Central Instrumentation Facility under the School of Physical, Chemical and Applied Sciences and analytical instruments are added to provide analytical service, in addition to the workshop facilities.

Mechanical Shop

The Mechanical workshop is equipped with heavy duty lathe, milling machine, vertical drilling machine, welding units, sheet bending machine, shears in addition to hand tools, accessories and measuring instruments. The department has fabricated sample cells, metallic and non-metallic elements for sample handling/preparation, acrylic column stands, fume hoods, and an acid distillation unit.

Glass Blowing Shop

The Glass Blowing Shop repairs glassware and fabricates customised glassware. It is equipped with burners, lathe, grinding machine, annealing furnace, and tools.

Electronic Shop

The Electronic Shop has laboratory test and measuring instruments, soldering stations, and component testers, to trouble shoot faculty instruments and set them right. Electronic components are maintained in the store for quick replacement.

Assistance is provided to students in wiring and testing the circuits for their experimental or project work. Design and fabrication of instrumentation and control modules are taken up to meet customised requirements.

University halls and accommodation

Hostel facilities are available on the campus for boys and girls. Students from distant places will be given preference on a first-come, first-served basis. The university has a hostel for foreign students that can accommodate more than 30 students. Girls are given rent free accommodation. All physically challenged students get free education including free board and lodge in hostels. The university provides free transport off the campus and within the campus.

Boys hostels

  • C V Raman Research Scholars Hostel
  • Subramania Bharathiar Hostel
  • Bharathidasan Hostel
  • A S C Hostel
  • Ilango Adigal Hostel
  • Tagore Hostel
  • Kamban Hostel
  • Valmiki Hostel
  • Kannadasan Hostel
  • Kalidas Hostel
  • Kabirdas Hostel
  • Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Hostel
  • Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Hostel
  • Aurobindo Hostel

Girls hostels

  • Yamuna Hostel
  • Cauvery Hostel
  • Saraswathy Hostel
  • Ganga Hostel
  • Kalpana Chawla Hostel
  • Madame Curie Research Scholars Hostel
  • Women Studies Hostel
  • New Girls Tower Hostel (active from 2019)

Other hostels

  • Transit Hostel
  • Foreign Student's Hostel

The hostel is used by South Asian, European and many more countries students, taking programmes like PG in South Asian Studies and French, German and others.

Student clubs and activities

SPECTRA- Pondicherry University (LGBTQIA support organization)

SPECTRA has been working to increase queer visibility and awareness in the university campus and beyond. It also provides a safe space for LGBTQIA students to share their experiences and discuss issues faced by the community. SPECTRA was founded on 15 August 2014 and has been conducting events ever since. One of the first Campus Pride events in India was organized successfully in 2018 at Pondicherry University by SPECTRA.[9]

Earth Sciences Club of Pondicherry University

The Earth sciences Club was founded on September 2013. It conducts field trips, screen documentaries, organize debates, quizzes, treasure hunts and so on so forth. It is also involved with organising the annual event "Mrittika" in Department of Earth Sciences.


Mrittika is an inter-college event organised by Department of Earth Sciences in association with Earth Sciences Club of Pondicherry University. In March 2015, it was organised for the first time. Events included quiz competition, paper presentation, poster presentation, photography competition, fun games etc.

hashinclude club

hashinclude club, a weekly meet-up club organised by Master of Computer Application students which focus on problem solving skills in programming. The club had its inception in the year 2017. The language of choice is C, the students are free to code in any language of their choice. They host an online competition in HackerEarth in each semester and the winner is awarded with a prize.

PUQS (Pondicherry University Quiz Society)

The students have started the Pondicherry University Quiz Society (PUQS) in June 2012.[10] The Quiz Society will enhance the knowledge of the student community and will help in preparation for competitive exams like UPSC, Bank PO etc. The inauguration of PUQS was held on 1 August 2011 in Pondicherry University/Lecture Hall Seminar-I. The event was inaugurated by Director of Education of the Pondicherry University, Prof M Ramadass.[11] The first quizmaster of the show was Nikhil Kurien Jacob. The tagline of the Quiz Society is "It's all about Quizzing."

Pondicherry University Maths Club

The Pondicherry University Maths Club was inaugurated on in July 2011. The club encourages students to take up research in mathematics. The club activities includes seminars by students and eminent professors, mathematical workshops, quizzes, fun with mathematics, and paradoxes.


Reflections is an annual event hosted by the Department of Physics. To honour Sir C V Raman and his contributions to the scientific world, India celebrates 28 February as the National Science Day.

"Reflections" is the programme celebrated on National Science Day to bring out the talents of young minds. It popularises science through events, competitions and sharing of ideas.


IMPACT is a students technical association in Department of Electronics Engineering. A National level technical symposium is being organized by students of Electronics Engineering under IMPACT association once in every academic year.

List of affiliated colleges


University rankings
General – international
QS (Asia) (2019)[15]301-350
Times (World) (2019)[16]801-1000
Times (Asia) (2018)[17]251-300
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2019)[18]72
NIRF (Universities) (2019)[19]48

Pondicherry University was ranked 801-1000 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2019[16] and 251-300 in Asia.[20] The QS World University Rankings of 2019 ranked it 301-350 in Asia.[15] It was ranked 72 in India overall by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2019[18] and 48 among universities.[19]

See also


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  2. "Stats". Pondiuni.org. Archived from the original on 24 April 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  3. "Pondicherry University -About University". Pondiuni.org. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  4. Kavita Kishore (22 August 2011). "MSc Astrophysics at Pondicherry University". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  5. "Distance Learning and Vocational Instruction: Need, Impact and Challenges" Archived 26 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, ICDE conference paper Nov 2005
  6. The Hindu, 21 August 2006 "Pondicherry University launches online admission for postgraduate courses"
  7. "Ananda Rangapillai Library". Pondicherry University.
  8. "Prospectus 2018-19" (PDF). pondiuni.edu.in. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  9. "Breaking Barriers Within The Campus: First Ever Pride March in Pondicherry University".
  10. "Pondicherry University Quiz Society". Puquizsociety.hpage.com. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  11. M. Ramadass
  12. "Affiliated College of Pondicherry University".
  14. pudhuvaicover.com
  15. "QS Asia University Rankings 2019". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2018.
  16. "Top 1000 World University Rankings 2019". The Times Higher Education. 2018.
  17. "Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings (2018)". The Times Higher Education. 2018. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  18. "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2019.
  19. "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Universities)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2019.
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