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Established in 1966, Madurai Kamaraj University as a State University attained the status of University with Potential for Excellence for ‘Teaching, Research and Outreach’ in 2007. The University is governed by Acts, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations. The University has been accredited with “A++” grade in the 4th cycle (2021) by NAAC. In the 2017 Golden Jubilee Convocation, 809 Ph.D. Scholars were awarded doctoral degrees. In the “SWACHHTA” Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions in the Country, the HRD Ministry awarded Second Rank to the University in the category of Government Institutions on 14th September 2017.

The University is in its untiring journey in search of knowledge creation and dissemination that resulted in recognitions by its faculty members which include 4 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar aw ards, 8 FNAs, 8 FNAScs, 11 FAScs, 2 TWAS, a Senior Spallanzani Fellow and 16 Tamil Nadu Scientist Awards. Fourteen faculty of the University have been elevated as Vice-Chancellors including the present Vice-Chancellor. Several Alumni are IAS/IPS/IRS officers.

The University with 20 Schools comprising 77 Departments offers 44 Post Graduate, 40 M.Phil., 57 Ph.D programmes and 17 diploma/ P.G. diploma/ certificate courses has produced about one crore graduates in the past 50 years. Currently, a total of 4650 UG/PG students and research scholars are on the roll. All the courses in the University follow Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) and there is an inbuilt provision for lateral and vertical mobility. Twelve schools are recognized under UGC with Special Assistance Programmes (SAP) such as CAS, DSA and DRS at various phases. Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi has sanctioned 9 crores in the first phase under PURSE programme that supported seven science Schools. In the second phase, 7.5 crores have been sanctioned for the period 2017-2021. Schools of Biological Sciences (SBS), Biotechnology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics are supported with DST-FIST programme. The funding agencies such as UGC, CSIR, DST, DBT, DAE-BRNS, MoEF, MoES, ICMR, ICSSR, DRDO, ICAR, MHRD etc. fund the research schemes in various departments. Unique Centres such as Centre for Excellence in Genomic Sciences, Networking Resource Centre in Biological Sciences, Centre of Excellence in Innovations in Biotechnology, Unit of Excellence in Cancer Genetics, Centre for Biodiversity & Forest Studies and Regional Solar Energy Testing Centre adds impetus to the research facility of the University. School of Biological Sciences has received 10 crores for the second phase of NRCBS (2017-2022). Currently 160 individual research projects are being carried out with an outlay of 11.22 crores. Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) has sanctioned 20 crores and has released a sum of 10 crores as first installment for improving the infrastructure. Works are in progress to upgrade 82 conventional class rooms as ICT/Wi-fi enabled smart class rooms and to create a centralized 300 seated language and computer lab under RUSA fund. Fitness centres are established in all the 8 hostels.

Vision

The Madurai Kamaraj University is one of most dynamic and vibrant universities in India providing par excellent educational opportunities in higher education for the student community in particular for those coming from the lower socio-economic background. MKU offers innovative postgraduate academic programmes that inculcate personal and professional enrichment leading to the formation of effervescent scholarly community and thus facilitating the production of thoughtful, resourceful, insightful and responsible citizens for the last five decades. Our vision is to make the university as the most preferred institute for young men and women who are aspiring for productive careers. We wish to develop them as young entrepreneurs and future professionals of global standard.

India has 789 Universities, 37204 colleges and 11,443 stand-alone institutions, where 30 million students are enrolled every year with a gross enrolment rate of 21 percent for the age group of 18-23 years. Nevertheless, none of the Indian Universities or Institutes is ranked among the top 200 Universities in the World so far. For the realization of the above vision, University is set to endeavour tirelessly to provide top-class education, quality enhancement and trigger innovation in teaching, research and Societal development by outreach activities.

 Mission

 Our major focus will be on imparting multi-skills to the students such as interpersonal, leadership, language, communication, computer, entrepreneurship and subject skills which would empower them to move forward to be job makers rather than job seekers.
 The University’s foremost aim is to see that its research activities are tuned with current approved thrust areas and to conduct research that have present day social relevance and can contribute to the national development.
 University has a vision to establish conducive research environment, which will enable at least five faculty members to be recognized by one of the national academies in the next five years or so and foresee for at least couple of Nobel laureates for the country.
 The University also aims to see that its research findings get published in high impact factor journals and fruitful patents generating research will be given utmost priority.
 University envisages having more interactions with premier institutions and industries. Funding, leadership, management, quality assurance, accountability, relationships with industry, international collaboration and the way teaching and research is expected as an outcome for the holistic development and to attain financial independence in funding innovative research in basic and applied sciences.
 A world class Science Park consisting a science museum, a botanical garden, pet animals, cute little birds and aquarium is envisaged to have within the University premises for the popularization of science and technology among school children, young people and public, which would contribute to the raising awareness of the importance of research and its results for the development of society and also promotes the scientific literacy among the population from rural community. The park will not only highlight the biotic components but also explain the underlining chemistry behind the survival of these living beings and the concepts of physics involved in the day to day life on earth. To briefly describe, it would be a scientific foray for the young minds to prepare them for the future world.
 MKU’s outreach programmes have been given a facelift by the increased pace and quantum of activities aimed through the empowerment of villages. Under knowledge and technology transfer to villages, the University along with the colleges has adopted 421 villages, from where farmers are going to be given hands on training in production of biopesticides, biofertilizers and vermiculture, which can create regular self income and/or employment opportunities, as it provides never ending market potential.