Pondicherry University is a central university in Puducherry, India. Founded in 1985 by the Government of India, the university is a collegiate university with a jurisdiction spread over the Union Territories of Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
It has 35000 students in its 87 affiliated colleges including 27,000 students in the distance education mode. The current strength of students studying on-campus stands at 6500. It has introduced innovations like the Choice-based Credit System and on-line admission for postgraduate studies. Pondicherry University is ranked as one of the top ten Universities in India based on the survey conducted on 2013.
Teaching and research are its primary functions as in other Central Universities. It has affiliated colleges located in Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahe, 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,free bicycles on campus,free electric cars for commutation on campus,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.
The valedictory of the silver jubilee celebrations of Pondicherry University was held 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 is 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 in September 1986. It serves the students, research scholars, members of the faculty and non-teaching staff. It is open every day (9:30 am to 10:30 pm on weekdays and 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on weekly holidays). The Library annex conceived by prof Tareen has unique facilities,like 24-hour reading hall,Children's Library,Special facility for Visually challenged and a host of new things which no library in the country has. It is yet to be fully functional.
Reprographic and photocopying facilities, e-journals access, Internet access, email service and CD-ROM journal databases are provided. The library has a collection of 1,75000 books and 10000 bound back-volumes of journals. The library subscribes to 24000 E-journals and has digitised over 4000 theses. Over 472 current print journals (foreign journals: 279; Indian journals: 190)