Anna University was established on 4thSeptember, 1978 as a unitary type of University. This University was named after Late Dr.C.N.Annadurai, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. It offershigher education in Engineering, Technology, Architecture and Applied Sciences relevant to the current and projected needs of the society. Besides promoting research and disseminating knowledge gained therefrom, it fosters cooperation between the academicand industrial communities. The University was formed by bringing together and integrating four well known technical institutions in the city of Madras
In 2001, Anna University was converted to an affiliating type University by bringing together all the Engineering colleges in the State of Tamil Nadu and was again reconverted to the unitarytypein 2010. In 2012, Anna University wasagainconverted to an affiliating typeof Universityby bringing together all the Engineering Collegesin the State of Tamil Naduunder one umbrella to ensure uniform quality in engineering education.In addition to the above, 4 University Department Campuses (CEG/MIT/ACT/SAP Campuses), presently,Anna University has 13 Constituent Colleges, 3 Regional Campuses at Tirunelveli, Madurai and Coimbatore and 593 Affiliated Colleges (Government, Government Aided and Self-Financing Colleges).