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Alagappa University is located on a sprawling and ideally suited expanse of about 420 acres in the business town of Karaikudi in Sivaganga District in Tamil Nadu.

Karaikudi is 400 Km South of Madras , in the Madras - Rameswaram line and is accessible from Tiruchirappalli and Madurai in about 2hrs. by road/rail.

This seat of higher education has emerged from the galaxy of institutions initially founded by Dr. RM. Alagappa Chettiar.

 Alagappa University was brought into existence by a special Act of the Government of Tamil Nadu in May 1985 with the objective of fostering research, development and dissemination of knowledge in various branches of learning.

Alagappa University, hitherto of unitary type has been converted into an affiliating type, by the Tamil Nadu Universities Act, 2002, with a view to widen the horizon of its academic activities by bringing into its jurisdiction, the Arts and Science colleges in the Districts of Ramanathapuram and Sivagangai. Further, as per this Act, the Government colleges in the above districts have become the constituent colleges of Alagappa University.

As a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), as well as the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), it has rewarding relations with other academic institutions, research laboratories and industrial establishments that promise a spectacular feature.

The University's motto is Excellence in Action" and the University keeps before it the vision of excellence in all spheres of its action.


 (06.04.1909 -


Dr. RM. Alagappa Chettiar was born in Kottaiyur near Karaikudi of Sivagangai District in Tamil Nadu.He was a great philanthropist, eminent educationist, and a multi faceted versatile personality. 

 A post graduate in English Literature, called to the Bar, Middle Temple , England in 1933, Dr. Chettiar took to Business in India , in his own style, spanning textiles to airways. 

Dr. Alagappa Chettiar founded several academic institutions in the course of his "Academic adventure" as Rajaji aptly described. Dr. Chettiar was instrumental for establishing Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, one of the premier Research Organisations under CSIR, at Karaikudi

He donated 300 acres of land and 15 lakhs of Rupees for this purpose. This gesture, earned for him the title of 'Socialistic Capitalist' from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

No single individual has done so much for education and that too in such a varied fashion as Dr. Chettiar. It was this facet of his achievement that made Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Babu Rajendra Prasad, Rajaji and many stalwarts visit him when his health suffered a set back. The list of eminent persons who had visited Alagappa Institutions from time to time reads like a "Who's Who" - Rajaji, Sriprakasa, C. Subramaniam, Sardar K.M. Panicker,   Dr. C.R. Reddy,  Thiru.K.Kamaraj, Dr. Sir C.V. Raman ……  Mrs. Indira Gandhi graced the silver jubilee celebrations of Alagappa College.


M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D., Physics
Industrial Chemistry
M.Sc., MCA., M.Phil., Ph.D., Computer Science &Engineering
MBA., Ph.D., Alagappa Institute ofManagement 
MBM.,M..Phil.,Ph.D Bank Management
M.Com, MIBA.,M.Phil..Ph.D. Commerce/ Int. Business
MCS.,M.Phil.,Ph.D., Corporate Secretaryship
M.A., M.Phil.,Ph.D., Tamil
M.P.Ed., College of Physical Education
B.Ed.,M.Ed., College of Education
M.Phil.,Ph.D., Department of Education
M.Phil.,Ph.D., MSPT., Department of Physical Education & Health Sciences
MWS*., M.Phil., Ph.D., Women's Studies
M.Sc.,  Dept. of Oceanography and Coastal Area Studies 
P.G. Diploma in Gem Technology.
M.Sc., Chemistry., P.G. Diploma in Yoga.
M.Sc., Physics., P.G. Diploma in MaterialProtection and Corrosion Science.
  P.G. Diploma in SportsPhysiotherapy.
M.Phil., M.P.Ed in Physical Education.

* The degree offered is Master of Women Studies and Computer Applications. DEGREES OFFERED THROUGH DIRECTORATE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION The Directorate offers unique and job oriented Programmes in various disciplines.Currently about 21,000 students are on the rolls.

Under-Graduate Postgraduate(3 years

Bachelor of Commerce H.Sc/10+2
Bachelor of Bank Management --Do--
Bachelor of Corporate Secretary ship --Do--
Bachelor of Computer Applications --Do--
Bachelor of Library & information Science (One year) --Do--
Post-Graduate Programmes (2years) Eligibility
Master of Corporate Secretaryship Any Degree
Master of Bank Management --Do--
Master of Investment Management --Do--
Master of Marketing Management --Do--
Master of Women's Studies 
(Men also eligible)
M.A.Child Care & Education  --Do--
M.A. Personnel Management & Industrial Relations --Do--
M.A. Mass Communication & Journalisam  --Do--
M.Com Accountancy/commerce
M.Sc.(Industrial Mathematics) B.Sc Maths
M.Ed (One year) B.Ed Degree
M.L.I.S   B.L.I.S
Diploma Programmes (2years) Eligibility
Computer Application(DCA) H.S.C/10+2
Sales Management --do--
Labour Laws (One Year) --do--
P.G.Diplioma programmes  (One Year) Eligibility
Computer Applications 
(PGDCA -18 months)
Any Degree
Computer SystemsandManagement --Do--
CapitalMarket&InvestmentAnalysis        --Do--
Personnel Management & Labour Laws --Do--
FinanceandControl --Do--
BusinessManagement --Do--
Sports Management --Do--
Insurance Management --Do--
Temple Arts (Tamil Medium) Tamil as subject
Industrial Water and waste water Treatment B.Sc[Che]
Digital instrumentation B.Sc[Phy]
M.Phil Education M.Ed
M.Phil Corporate Secretaryship M.B.M/M.Com/M.C.S
M.Phil Management M.B.M/M.Com/M.C.S/M.B.A
M.Phil Library and Information Science M.L.I.S
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