Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself said John Dewey. Truly life without education is like trying to live a life without oxygen!. The value of education is one's life has increased four fold and the more well educated they are the more they are respected in society.
India as a country has always focused on quality education and with the British having ruled the impact of western education on our system has also played a pivotal role.
Tamil Nadu as a state has always pioneered in the field of education from time immemorial and the state boasts of one of the oldest universities till date.
The state enjoys the privilege of being one of the most developed states in the country in the field of higher education.
Tamil Nadu has the highest number of universities in the country while Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka rank third and fifth, respectively in terms of number of universities in India.
Engineering in India is a highly aspirational field of study and with its growing demand; today Tamil Nadu boats of over 550 engineering colleges.
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 University was organised in the model of London University and is the mother of almost all universities in South India.
Madras University offers bachelors, master and doctorate degrees in Arts and Science courses on its campus as well as through affiliated colleges across the city.
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.
If the Madras University is a giant in the filed of arts and science education, then ANNA University is the King in the field of Technical Education.
At one point the state had four institutions for engineering studies, College of Engineering, Guindy, Madras Institute of Technology, Alagappa College of Technology and School of Architecture and Planning.
Anna University was established on 4th September 1978 as unitary type pf University. It offers higher education in Engineering, Technology and allied sciences relevant to the current and projected needs of the society.
The University was formed by bringing together and integrating two well known technical institutions in the city of Chennai.
In the year 1963, Ramanujan Computing Centre (RCC), first of its kind in the southern region to render service to the academic community to the entire region.
There after during the regime of the late chief minister Dr M G Ramachandran the trend of private universities began.
Bharat University, which was the first private Engineering college to be set up with the approval of Dr MGR.
Since December 2001 Anna University has become a large, highly renowned affiliated university, having brought into its fold against 426 self-financing engineering colleges, Six Government colleges and three Government-aided engineering colleges located in various parts of Tamil Nadu.