The Madras University was established through a petition on Nov 11, 1839, a board was constituted in 1840 with Mr George Norton as president and in 1854 after a lapse of 14 years, the Government of India formulated a systematic educational policy for India and as a sequel to this on September 5th 1857 by an act of legislative council of India the University was established.
The Madras University boasts of some stalwarts as its alumni. Sir C V Raman who won the Nobel prize for Physics was an alumni of the famous Presidency College. Field Marshal Cariappa, C Rajagopalachari and in recent times Dr A P J Abdul Kalam the former president of the country have all been from the state pf Tamil Nadu and have their education here.
Madras University is the mother of almost all the old Universities of Southern India.
The University has spent nearly 155 years in the field of education and offers Undergraduate, Postgraduate, M.Phil and Ph.d courses through its campus and colleges affiliated to it.
A mathematician par excellence who made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions.
Ramanujan's home state of Tamil Nadu celebrates 22 December as 'State IT Day', memorializing both the man and his achievements, as a native of Tamil Nadu.
On the 125th anniversary of his birth, India declared the birthday of Ramanujan, December 22, as 'National Mathematics Day'.
Sir C V Raman was an alumni of the Madras University. Raman was a brilliant student. In 1907, he joined the Financial Civil Services, as an Assistant Accountant-General Calcutta.
In 1930, C V Raman was the first 'non-white', Asian and Indian to receive the nobel prize in physics for his work on scattering of light and discovery of the Raman effect.
Dr. Radhakrishnan an alumni of the Madras Christian College was the first vice-president of India.
After Independence Dr. Radhakrishnan was requested to chair the University of education commission in 1948.
An India Scientist and administrator he became the 11th President of India. He studied Aerospace Engineering at the Madras Institute of Technology (MIT). He played a pivotal organizational, technical and political rile in India's Pokhran-llnuclear tests in 1998, the first since the original nuclear test by India in 1974.
Subramanian Chandraschekar was an Indian-American astrophysicist who, with william A. Fowler, won the 1983 Nobel Prize for Physics for key discoveries that led to the currently accepted theory on the later evolutionary stages of massive stars.
He studied at Presidency College, Madras from 1925-1930, writing the paper, "The Compton Scattering and the New Statistics", in 1929 upon inspiration from a lecture by Arnold Sommerfeeld.
Rajagopala Chindambaram is an Indian nuclear scientist and metallurgist, currently serving as the principal scientific advisor to the federal Government of India.
He also served as the director of the premium Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and supervised & Technically directed the research on the metallurgical and the physical aspects of the nuclear weapons for the Indian nuclear programme.