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Manonmaniam Sundaranar University

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  • About University
    • Manonmaniam Sundaranar University (MSU), named after the famous Tamil Scholar Professor P.Sundaram Pillai, was established on 7 September, 1990 to cater to the 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 and I constituent College with 65,000 students on rolls. These colleges, amongst 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 this region.

      There are 24 academic departments in the University. Sri Paramakalyani Centre for Environmental Science functioning at Alwakurichi is an illustrious example of University - Industry Collaboration while the centre for Marine Science 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 finanical assistance to this university since 29 March 1994. The University has been accredited by National Assessement and Accreditation Council 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(Full time and Part time). MSU is the first to offer Choice-Based Credit System. The University's National Serice 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 experimented 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 funcationing of the 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 about 160 Learning Centres across the country with a commitment to exted the reach of the higher education carrying forward a pronunciamento "to reach the unreached".

  • Directors Speech
    • In a study conducted by World Bank it has been found that the role of human capital in development is far more important than physical capital. The average ratio of human capital to physical capital is 80:20 in most developed counties, while in developed counties it is 64:36. Even underdeveloped Sub0Saharan African Countries have acheived 50:50. For India, it has been estimated that access to atleast 20% of the relevant age group, between 17 and 23, in Higher Education is necessary to ensure development on a par with the needs of the day. In this context the role Distance Learning System can play needs no elaboration. The pursuit of knowledge is a life-long process and once the elders, unmindful of their age, areconvinced about this the youths will also get motivated to take to higher education in a big way.

      Gone are the days when the students of "External System," Distance Education Mode in Indian context, were considered inferior to students passed out of regular colleges or universities. Out University, committed to the principles of 'expansion, equity and excellence' has taken care that candidates awarded degrees and diplomas under Distance Learning Programme have attained the same academic standard, irrespective of the mode or place of study. In pursuance of this approach we are engaging the same teachers, who are teaching in the University and in its affiliated colleges, to prepare the study material, teach the contact classes and evaluate the answer scripts This apart, Ever since the incumbent Vice-Chancellor Professor R.T.Sabapathy Mohan assumed office, the University has been working closely with many corporates and other agencies such as APTEC, YGen, Everonn, Stratapro to provide quality assurance and soft skill. The academic partnership we have established with institutions that are specializing in Animation, Fashion Designer, Hotel Management and Yoga has helped us introduce certain new value-added courses through distance education mode. Yet we have a long way to go like the University of London that gives the students enrolled with the "External System" equal standing with students at the University's lead colleges.

      I congratulate you on your decision to join Manonmaniam Sundaranar University to pursue your higher education through online mode. Teaching-Learning process is not merely for profit sharing, it is for nation-building as well. Keeping this in mind the Study Centers across the country as well as the Directorate of Distance Education & Education of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University will strive together to cater to your academic needs and see that you come out of your couse with flying colours.

      Wish best wishes,
      K.A.Manikumar, M.A., Ph.D