I extend my hearty welcome to all those who are seeking admission to the various PG and Ph.D programmes, Integrated PG programme, PG Diploma programmes and the inter-disciplinary Post Doctoral Research Programmes of Pondicherry University.
The Pondicherry University, since its inception in 1985, continues to be a leading University situated in the southern part of the country and focused on both quality teaching and innovative research of high standards in a wide range of disciplines. A part from doing research in frontier areas of their field of specializations, the faculty members of the University take special efforts to impart academic training on par with premier academic institutions of the country at UG, PG and Ph.D levels. The faculty of the University are academicians of National and International repute.
The University has been reaccredited with ‘A’ Grade by NAAC with regard to the students’ friendly learning environment, good infrastructure, modern amenities, excellent teaching and the supportive non-teaching fraternity. The University has three campuses. The main campus is located at Puducherry with 800 acres of lush-green Wi-fi enabled area, housing 15 Schools, 37 Departments, 10 Centres and 2 Chairs, offering over 144 PG & Research programmes. Other two smaller campuses are located at Port Blair and Karaikal (about 150 kms. from Puducherry).
The University has a sprawling scenic and serene campus with an inspiring, peaceful and congenial environment. The Campus Life is extremely congenial and entirely selfcontained with a Shopping Complex, Health Centre, Bank, Post Office, Gymnasiums, Sports facilities, etc. The University has 92 affiliated colleges, offering Under Graduate and Post Graduate courses in the Faculty of Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering Technology, Fine Arts, Law, Management and Medicine.
The Pondicherry University is the first University in the country to start a Community College to cater to the needs and demands of the local community to enhance skill development and their employability. The College offers several job oriented courses including para medical courses with hands on training by expert medical team at hospitals. Selected students of Community College have been awarded financial support by U.S. Government to get training at Community Colleges in U.S. for one year. The University has another Community College at Mahe, started in the academic year 2014-15 for the benefit of the local population of that region. The University runs 26 Diploma / Certificate Add-On Courses in the evenings so that regular students and outside members can attend these courses to acquire additional knowledge and skill that would enhance their job prospects.
The University has taken a lead in implementing modern technology based ICT – enabled services and their applications in academic, research and administrative functions of the University. It has been successfully conducting paperless online based entrance examination at different Centres all over the country since the academic year 2014-15. University will continue with this efficient Online mode of entrance examination for the coming academic years as well on par with MHRD / UGC directive. Innovative facilities like Online Video Conferencing (A-View) are being used to facilitate quick interaction with Principals of the affiliated colleges from length and breadth of Puducherry Regions, including even remote Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
The University permits students from abroad to study a semester / two semesters of various courses available in the University on credit transfer basis under Study India.
On the distance education front, the Directorate of Distance Education of the University has initiated a pioneering project of e-mode of learning through tie-up with expert online service providers. This new system provides easy availability of course materials in the form of e-resources transmitted to students by faster, cost effective, online methods. Further, live and interactive discussion between instructor and students would be made possible by Video Conferencing methods as well. The Directorate plans to reach several thousands of students from remote and rural areas of the country through this e-mode of education.
The Centre for Electronic Media established in 2008, had made more than 700 in-house productions with its qualified and experienced staff with the state-of art studios and modern sophisticated broadcasting equipments. The centre has been winning many national level awards, trophies and cash prizes since its inception every year. In February 2015, Pondicherry University signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UGC and Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC) to establish an Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMMRC) to make e-Educational Programmes.
University has the UGC – Human Resource Development Centre previously named as Academic Staff College (ASC). UGC mandated Refresher and Orientation programmes are offered for the benefit of the stake holders. The University also has a Community Radio (Puduvai Vaani) in its headquarters. The University provides excellent sports facilities including Gymnasiums for both men and women. UGC has also sanctioned `.165 crores for Indoor Stadium facilities and Indoor Training facilities to develop infrastructure facilities for Sports & Games in the field of Physical Education. The Placement Cell arranges for Campus Interview for students of the University Campus and for the students of affiliated Colleges also.
The University takes pride in maintaining a pleasant and peaceful academic ambience in the University campus and has zero tolerance for Ragging, Alcohol or Drug usage. Adequate security is provided in all parts of the campus by day-and-night vigil. A 24-hour hospital with fully equipped Ambulance is available on the campus. The University has impressive academic infrastructure with well equipped laboratories. The University Library has a total collection of 3,87,110 of which 2,11,617 in print and 1,75,493 electronic. 24/7 access to all the e-resources (e-books, e-journal and e-databases) which is one of the highest among the Universities in the country is also available through remote access.
The University has 24 hostels (16 for Boys, 7 for Girls and 1 for Foreign Students), state-of-the-art laboratories, Free transport-on-and-off campus and excellent sports facilities. It offers rent-free accommodation to all girl students, provides totally-free education to all the differently-able students. The Wi-fi enabled campus has 100% power back-up to all the Departments and Hostels of the University. With multi-faceted growth on several fronts and academic expansion in terms of new disciplines and projects, the University is moving fast towards its goal of excellence and is the desired destination of youth from all over the country for higher education.
‘Legal services clinic’ is setup in Pondicherry University for the students of the institution and especially for the students hailing from North Eastern States.
I am sure with this excellent environment most suited for higher learning and academic pursuits in all branches. Pondicherry University attracts great number of knowledge seekers as students and experts from the country and abroad, making it one of the topmost academic institutions both at the national and international level.