The Public Petition dated 11-11-1839 initiated the establishment of Madras University. It was in January 1840 with Mr.George Norton as its President, that the University Board was constituted. In 1854 after a lapse of 14 years, the Government of India formulated a systematic educational policy for India and as a sequel to this on 5th September 1857 by an act of legislative council of India the University was established. The University was organised in the model of London University.
Madras University is the mother of almost all the old Universities of southern India. The University area of jurisdiction has been confined to, however, 3 districts of Tamil Nadu in recent years. This is consequent to establishment of various universities in the State and demarcation of the University territories. This University has been growing from strength to strength while widening its teaching and research activities
The Organisation structure of Madras University encompases :
The Academic Council
The Finance Committee
The Board of Studies
His excellency the Governor of Tamil Nadu is the Chancellor of The University
The Vice-Chancellor who is appointed for a term period is the Principal executive officer. The Registrar of the University, who is the Secretary of the Syndicate, is the custodian of all the records and Chief Administrator of the university. Yet another function, the examinations of the University, is managed by Office of the Controller of Examinations.
The University imparts both Under Graduate and Post Graduate Education through the Affiliated Institutions which are spread over the districts of Chennai, Thrivallur and Kancheepuram. Apart from teaching, research activities in Arts, Humanities, Science, Management and Technology are the main portals at the University. A number of institutions affiliated to Madras University Concentrate in research activities where Ph.D., Programme is available in their respective field of specialisation.
The University is also offering teaching and Research programmes in 4 Campuses of Madras University. The 68 University Departments of study and research are spread over in 4 Campuses organised into 18 Schools each of which offer Post Graduate Courses in respective specialisation, part time and full time Ph.D. Programmes, Diploma and Certificate Programmes.
Accessing the need for educating a large number of people in the country, the University offers both under Graduate and Post Graduate education through the Institute of Distance Education of the University of Madras. The Institute is popularly called IDE of Madras University. Some of the courses offered by IDE has no parallel in this country to name a few,
B. Music - Traditional Indian Music
M. Music - Indian Music at Post Graduate level
* M.A. in Vaishnavism and Christian Studies - The courses of religious philosophy
M.C.A. and M.B.A.are well designed professional training courses for aspiring graduates in the respective specialisations.
The University has been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with the five star rating first, and later with an A rating. The UGC has recognised the University as one of the centres for potential for excellence in the country