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About Pondicherry University

(Last Update :13-08-2020)

Pondicherry University is a Central University established by The Pondicherry University Act, 1985 of the Parliament of India, and located in Puducherry, India. Founded in 1985 by the Government of India, the university has many campus-based programmes as well as affiliated colleges with jurisdiction spread over the Union Territories of Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

We have 50,000 students in our 90 affiliated colleges including 10,000 students in the distance education mode. The current strength of students studying on-campus is 6,500. We have introduced innovations like the Choice Based Credit System CBCS with the freedom to choose subjects from many departments for earning the total required credits for a degree for postgraduate studies.

Function and role

As in other Central Universities, Teaching and Research are our primary functions. We have affiliated colleges located in Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe, Yanam and the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.


Pondicherry University is located in a campus spread over 780 acres (320 ha), facing the Bay of Bengal on the East Coast Road. It is accessible from Chennai (168 km) and Bengaluru.


The university library was established in September 1986, named after Ananda Ranga Pillai a Dubash or Merchant who served under the French East India Company and was known for his diaries documenting the period 1736 to 1761 that portray life in 18th century India. The Library is renowned for its disabled friendly modern infrastructure (80,000 sq. ft), fully air-conditioned, WiFi enabled, services for the Visually Challenged, RFID technology and 24/7 remote access to a collection of 4.97 lakhs (0.497 Million) Books, Periodicals and Journals, of which 2.22 lakhs is in print form and 2.7 lakhs e-resources (e-books, e-journals, e-databases, e-theses, Academic Online Videos, Video Talks etc.)

Quality Living

Pondicherry University offers a good quality campus and learning experience with: a) 100% Wi-Fi enabled campus, b) 100% power backup, c) 100% network of campus Library with remote access, d) Sophisticated Laboratories & Instrumentation, e) Disabled-Friendly buildings, f) Eco-friendly campus roads with Solar Lighting, g) Free State-of-the-Art Day Care Centre & Kindergarten, h) 24 hours Hospital & Ambulance facility, i) State-of-the-Art sports facilities, j) Rent free hostels for women students, k) Free education including accommodation to differently abled students.