Chitlapakkam is a residential locality in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is well known for adjoining ecosystems. Chitlapakkam is a fast-developing neighbourhood, located about 7 km south from the Chennai International Airport, its area is 2.95 km2 and density is 8,581 inh./km2. The neighbourhood is served by Tambaram Sanatorium railway station, 2 km from the locality. Proximity to major suburbs, such as Pallavaram, Selaiyur, Tambaram Sanatorium, Tambaram aids in the development of the township. Along with the basic theme of peaceful middle/upper middle class kinship the main attraction near the area is the famed Kumaran Kundram temple of Lord Muruga atop the hill, it is a 15-minute walk from Chitlapakkam. Chitlapakkam lake has water all throughout the year. Chitlappakkam and Sithalapakkam are confused, as both are suburbs of Tambaram. Chitlappakkam is the more well-established suburb. Chitlapakkam is a fast-developing part of the city, many people from Other places have relocated there because of its green environment, water availability, proximity to OMR and to MEPZ and GST Road.
With advent of mini buses connecting Chitlapakkam to Chrompet and to Tambaram and Tambaram Sanatorium railway stations and due to introduction of share autos connectivity and access has improved. There is a government bus No 52 D which operates 2 services from the chitlapakkam pond to Parrys Corner at 11 am and at 4 pm daily. Mini bus No S3 connects Chitlapakkam to Chrompet while bus No S8 connects it to Tambaram; the Chitlapakkam lake, coordinates 12°56'2"N 80°8'10"E, measuring 50 acre is the chief water body in the neighbourhood. Earlier, Chilapakkam was a main agricultural area. Pachamalai hill used to serve as a source for the Chitlapakkam lake; this lake water was used for irrigation before urbanization. Because of the presence of lake, the water table level is higher compared with many other areas in Chennai; the level of water table in this area is 2.50–8 m, the level of TDS is 400–900 ppm. According to a report submitted to the Kancheepuram district administration, improvement work on the lake would require an estimated ₹ 4.5 million for the improvement of the lake.
The public has funded ₹ 1.5 million and the state government is funding ₹ 3 million. On 10 February 2013, work to build a 750-m pathway around the lake, at the cost of ₹ 4.5 million, commenced. It is proposed that the lake will be used for boating and a garden will be maintained around. Over the years several attempts were made to encroach the Chitlapakkam Lake. Encroachments on the east by religious buildings, Government buildings on the northern side, residential homes at the west and south has reduced the actual size of the lake by many folds. Attempts by local welfare associations and watchdog movements had contributed to slowing down the pace of encroachments. Litigations pending in Madras High Court could recover some more extent of the lost lake. Recent attempts by resident welfare associations and organizations such as Chitlapakkam Rising, has helped mandate the local panchayat to take initiatives to move the garbage dumpyard, occupying 3+ acres of lake area. In 2018, several protests organized by local organizations raised the significance of protecting the lake among authorities.
As of 2001 India census, Chitlapakkam had a population of 25,292. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Chitlapakkam has an average literacy rate of 84%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. 9% of the population is under 6 years of age. Chitlapakkam Town Set to Upgrade as Chennai Tambaram Corporation soon. A proposal was made to TN Government to make Tambaram as Chennai Tambaram Corporation zone. Tambaram corporation will encompass two municipalities, four town panchayats in Perungalathur, Peerkankaranai and Chitlapakkam, seven village panchayats including Mudichur, Vengaivasal, Agaramthen. A proposal for creating three independent municipal corporations Tambaram, Avadi under the consideration of the government, official sources privy to the de velopments said. "We have sent the proposal a few weeks ago. It is under consideration of the government," an official with the commissionerate of municipal administration. In 1971, Chitlapakkam was upgraded as a town panchayat; the town hit the headlines in the late 1980s and early 1990s when residents came together to protect the Chitlapakkam Lake.
Fearing that onslaught in different forms would irreparably damage the lake, like-minded citizens joined together and mobilised public support and sensitised the State government to the need for preventing the shrinking of the lake in the form of encroachments. In 2004, when the Department of Municipal Administration and Water Supply classified Chitlapakkam town panchayat as a special village panchayat, along with many other urban local bodies in Tamil Nadu, residents here impressed the elected representatives on the need for seeking municipality status. Though the council passed a resolution to this effect, the State government did not consider it. While industrial activity has been influenced positively due to the Warehousing Corporation of India's godowns the real growth has come about due to a heightened sense of citizen's participation and civic mindedness; this has happened and in a non linear and participative fashion due to the efforts of various patriotic individuals and associations of persons.
In this context the role of the civic body and its representatives need to be lauded since they do take feedback and try to implement the suggestions. A notable association has been the muthulakshminagar welf
Fort St. George, India
Fort St George is the first English fortress in India, founded in 1644 at the coastal city of Madras, the modern city of Chennai. The construction of the fort provided the impetus for further settlements and trading activity, in what was an uninhabited land. Thus, it is a feasible contention to say; the fort houses the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly and other official buildings. The East India Company, which had entered India around 1600 for trading activities, had begun licensed trading at Surat, its initial bastion. However, to secure its trade lines and commercial interests in the spice trade, it felt the necessity of a port closer to the Malaccan Straits, succeeded in purchasing a piece of coastal land called Chennirayarpattinam or Channapatnam, where the Company began the construction of a harbour and a fort; the fort was completed on 23 April 1644 at a cost of £3,000, coinciding with St George's Day, celebrated in honour of the patron saint of England. The fort, hence christened Fort St George, faced the sea and some fishing villages, it soon became the hub of merchant activity.
It gave birth to a new settlement area called George Town, which grew to envelop the villages and led to the formation of the city of Madras. It helped to establish English influence over the Carnatic and to keep the kings of Arcot and Srirangapatna, as well as the French forces based at Pondichéry, at bay. In 1665, after the EIC received word of the formation of the new French East India Company, the fort was strengthened and enlarged while its garrison was increased. According to the 17th century traveller Thomas Bowrey, Fort St. George was: "without all dispute a beneficiall place to the Honourable English India Company, with all the Residence of theire Honourable Agent and Governour all of their Affaires Upon this Coast and the Coast of Gingalee, the Kingdoms of Orixa and Pattana, the said Governour and his Councell here resideigne, for the Honour of our English Nation keepinge and maintainneinge the place in great Splendour and good Government, Entertaineinge nobly all Foraign Embassadors, provideinge great quantities of Muzlinge Callicoes &c. to be yearly transported to England."
The Fort is a stronghold with 6 metres high walls that withstood a number of assaults in the 18th century. It passed into the possession of the French from 1746 to 1749, but was restored to Great Britain under the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, which ended the War of the Austrian Succession; the Fort now serves as one of the administrative headquarters for the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu state and it still houses a garrison of troops in transit to various locations at South India and the Andamans. The Fort Museum contains many relics of the Raj era, including portraits of many of the Governors of Madras; the fort is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, with the administrative support of Indian Army. St Mary's Church is the oldest Anglican church in India, it was built between 1678 and 1680 on the orders of the Agent of Madras Streynsham Master. The tombstones in its graveyard are the oldest British tombstones in India; this ancient prayer house solemnised the marriages of Robert Clive and Governor Elihu Yale, who became the first benefactor of Yale University in the United States.
The Fort Museum, the only ticketed institution of Archaeological Survey of India in the complex, exhibits many items of the period of English and British rule. This building was completed in 1795 and first housed the office of the Madras Bank; the hall upstairs was the Public Exchange Hall and served as a place for public meetings, lottery draws and occasional entertainment. These relics are reminders of British rule in India; the objects on display in the museum are the weapons, medals and other artefacts from England, Scotland and India dating back to the colonial period. Original letters written by Clive and Cornwallis make fascinating reading. One set of quaint period uniforms is displayed for viewing, as well. However, the piece de resistance is a large statue of Lord Cornwallis; the National Flag of India was designed by Pingali Venkayya and adopted in its present form during the meeting of the Constituent Assembly held on 22 July 1947, a few days before India's independence from the British on 15 August 1947.
The first flag flown after the independence is stored in the third floor of the museum. The public are allowed to see or take photographs; the museum is mentioned by Nobel-laureate Orhan Pamuk. The first floor of the building includes the Banqueting Hall, which holds paintings of the Governor of the Fort and other high officials of the Regime; the canons of Tipu Sultan decorate the ramparts of the museum. The 14.5 ft statue stands at the entrance near a stairway in the museum. This statue was created by Charles Bank in England to be brought to India; the pedestal of the statue is carved with a scene depicting Tipu Sultan's emissary handing over Tipu's two sons as hostage in lieu of a ransom he was unable to pay to the British. It takes its name from Richard Wellesley, Governor General of India, brother of the Duke of Wellington; the flag staff at the fort is one of the tallest in the country. Made of teakwood, it is 150 feet high. Namakkal Kavingyar Maaligai is a 10-storeyed building at the campus and is the power centre of state secretariat.
It houses offices of the departments. Between 2012 and 2014, the building was renovated at a cost of ₹ 28 crore, with additional facilities like centralised ai
Triplicane known as Thiruvallikeni, is one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Chennai, India. It is situated on about 0.5 km from Fort St George. The average elevation of the neighbourhood is 14 metres above sea level. Along with Mylapore and the surrounding regions, Triplicane is much older than the city of Chennai itself, with a mention in records as early as the Pallava period. A residential region, it is home to some of the tourist attractions of the city, such as the Marina Beach, Parthasarathy Temple and Triplicane Big Mosque, several commercial establishments. Triplicane is famous for its rich traditional culture, prominent in and around the streets of Parthasarthy Temple; the name Triplicane is the anglicized version of Thiruvallikeni, which derives from Thiru-Alli-Keni, denoting the pond in front of the Parthasarathy temple, amidst a big Tulasi forest. The place is referred as Brindaranyam in Brahmanda Purana, owing to the presence of the tulasi plants in the area, it is referred to as'Brindaranya kshetra' and'Southern Brindavana'.
The early records of the town are rooted to epic rather than history. Thiruvallikeni finds various mentions in Nalayira Divya prabandham in the hymns of Thirumangai Alvar and Thirumazhisai Piran - hymn 2416 in Nanmukan Thiruvanthathi forming part of the divine 4000 divya prabhandam. 8th century poet Thirumangai Alvar described Thiruvallikeni as a densely canopied forest with peacocks and koels, where the sun's rays cannot penetrate. Peyalwar describes Thiruvallikeni as a place having a beach, where white waves bring precious gems like red corals and white pearls to the shore that which lights up the area with beautiful colours; the evidence from stone inscriptions indicates that Parthasarathy temple was built in the 8th century by a Pallava King. The temple was expanded by the Pallavas, Vijayanagara rulers, it has been recorded that a rivulet, ran across Triplicane and Mylapore. The legend has it that the rivulet connected two water bodies: the temple tank of Parthasarathy temple and a sacred well, Mani Kairavani, in the flower garden of Adi Kesava Perumal temple of Mylapore.
It is believed that Peyalvar, one of the 12 alvars, was born on a lily flower in this well and that he sailed through the rivulet to worship Lord Krishna in the Parthasarathy temple. To commemorate this, the idol of Peyalwar in Mylapore is brought, as a procession, to Parthasarathy temple every year in the month of September. Peyalwar temple was built in the 13th century. In the 1600s, Triplicane was a separate village. After about a century, British found Triplicane to be a good area for settlement and a large number of people moved there. In 1668, Triplicane was annexed to the Madras City. In addition, the presence of the Nawab of Arcot increased the economic prosperity of the area, many Muslims settled in Triplicane. From that time, Triplicane grew in importance, second only to George Town. In 1795, the Wallajah Mosque was built. During this period, Chepauk Palace and Amir Mahal were built. In the early 20th century, Triplicane became one of the major residential areas of Madras. In 1841, Ice House was built to store the ice bars imported from America through ships.
Ice bars were imported to provide the English a temporary relief from the blistering heat. This building was renamed Vivekananda house after Swami Vivekananda stayed in the building for a brief while. In the mid-19th century, numerous educational institutions were formed in the area. Hindu Higher Secondary School was started in 1853 and Presidency College in 1864-65. In 1870, the college was moved to its present location on Beach Road. In 1884, Marina Beach prominade was built. In 1896, Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, the oldest sabha in chennai, was founded and operated from the Hindu High School on Big StreetThe building which serves as the Triplicane police station was built around 1891 to guard Madrasapatnam; this building is the City's oldest police station. Triplicane High Road is one of the roads that had a tram line running through it during the British reign. In 1904, Triplicane Urban Co-Operative Society was started; the consumer cooperative society predates the first Cooperative Credit Societies Act of 1904, which ushered in the cooperative movement into India.
It runs a super market, self-service department stores, sells automobile fuel and cooking gas, operates more than 200 rations shops for the Public Distribution System. In 1916, Star Theatre was built on Triplicane High Road; this age old theatre has been set for demolition in March 2012. In 1925, Mahatma Gandhi visited Triplicane to address a huge gathering. In 1933, he revisited the neighbourhood. In 1934, the first cricket match was played at the Chepauk Stadium In 1963, Ice house was renamed as Vivekananda House. In 1993, Bharathiyar Illam was converted into a memorial. In October 1997, the first train ran through the Thiruvallikeni MRTS Railway Station; the train was between Chennai Beach and ThirumayilaiOn 26 December 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami hit Triplicane. Triplicane lies on the banks of the Buckingham Canal which bisects the neighbourhood along the north-south direction; the neighbourhood is bordered by Marina Beach on the east on the shore of the Bay of Bengal, Chepauk on the north, Royapettah on the west and northwest, Mylapore on the southwest, Santhome on the south.
The neighbourhood is classified as a tropical dry forest bio-zone. Being a coastal city, Chennai had many sand ridges. During the 16th century, the sea level inundated lands within the settlements; when the sea withdrew and ridges were left behind. One such ridge ran from the mouth of River Coo
Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority
The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority known as the Madras Metropolitan Development Authority, is the nodal planning agency of Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The CMDA administers the Chennai Metropolitan Region, spread over an area of 1,189 km2 and covers the districts of Chennai and Kancheepuram, it was set up for the purposes of planning, co-ordination, supervising and securing the planned development of the Chennai Metropolitan Area. It coordinates the development activities of the municipal corporations and other local authorities; the CMDA was constituted as an ad hoc body in 1972 under the Tamil Nadu Town and Country Planning Act 1971. It was formed as the nodal Town planning authority for the city of Madras and its suburbs and became a statutory body in 1974, it is headed by minister for housing as its chairman. In January 2013, CMDA was recognised as a research centre by the Centre for Research, Anna University; the CMA falls in three Districts of the Tamil Nadu State viz. Chennai District, part of Thiruvallur District, part of Kancheepuram District.
The extent of the Chennai District is 176 sq.km and comprises 55 revenue villages in five Taluks viz. Fort-Tondiarpet Taluk, Perambur-Purasawalkam Taluk, Egmore-Nungambakkam Taluk, Mambalam-Guindy Taluk and Mylapore-Triplicane Taluk. In Thiruvallur District out of total district area of 3427 sq.km, 637 sq.km. in Ambattur, Thiruvallur and Poonamallee taluks fall in CMA. In Kancheepuram Districtout of 4433 sq.km, 376 sq.km in Tambaram and Chengalpattu Taluks fall in the Metropolitan area. New construction in areas under the CMDA needs their approval to start work Some of the notable projects undertaken by the CMDA include: Chennai Mofussil bus terminus, Koyambedu Wholesale vegetable market, Koyambedu Chennai Mass Rapid Transit System Outer Ring Road CMDA Homepage
Chennai Central (Lok Sabha constituency)
The Lok Sabha constituency Chennai Central is one of three constituencies in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It was known as Madras Central, it is one of the smallest constituencies in India. The Voter-verified paper audit trail system with EVMs was used for the first time in this Lok Sabha constituency in 2014 elections. Chennai Central Lok Sabha constituency is composed of the following assembly segments: Park Town Purasawalkam Egmore Anna Nagar Thousand Lights Chepauk Villivakkam Egmore Harbour Chepauk Thousand Lights Anna Nagar Lok Sabha Members Chennai List of Constituencies of the Lok Sabha Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam AIADMK Chennai Central lok sabha constituency election 2019 date and schedule
Besant Nagar is an affluent, residential neighborhood in South Chennai, India. It is located on the coast of the Elliot's Beach along the Bay of Bengal, it is a part of Chennai, inhabited by many famous personalities and affluent citizens. Alongside are many restaurants, cafes and boutiques; the main attraction is the Elliot's Beach, named after Governor of Madras. It forms the end-point of the Marina Beach shore, it has the Annai Velankanni Church and the Ashtalakshmi Temple along the shore and is sometimes nicknamed'Bessie'. In the colonial era it was a exclusive place limited to expatriates. Kalakshetra Academy, the world famous dance school started in 1936 by Rukmini Devi Arundale and her husband George Arundale and their associates at the Theosophical Society is present in this locality; the Arulmigu Mahalakshmi Temple is located on the shores of Besant Nagar Beach. This is the only temple dedicated to Sri Mahalaksahmi, the Consort of Sriman Narayanan, on the east coast in Tamil Nadu. In 1971, the present Velankanni Church was a substation of Adyar.
Fr P. T. Arulappa, the Parish Priest, St Louis Church, Adyar and a great Missionary started Our Lady of Vailankanni Church under trying conditions; the Archbishop of Madras Mylapore, Most Rev Dr R Arulappa, erected it as a separate Parish in 1973. The imposing 97 feet belfry was declared open by the Chief Minister Dr M Karunanidhi 27 August 1972. On 15 August 1985 a bigger Church was consecrated by Archbishop Most Rev Dr R Arulappa. By the efforts of Rev Fr PJ Lawrence Raj, several extensions and renovations were made to this Shrine. A beautiful community hall, stalls and class room blocks were constructed. In May 2000, nearly 8 grounds were purchased and a beautiful stage was erected and dedicated to Jubilee 2000. In 2001 a small Chapel for the blessed Sacrament was built. In 2002 a grotto depicting the miracles of Our Lady of Good Health was created. In 2003, Mother Mary’s Square and Reconciliation Chapel was constructed. From 2000 to 2003, 3 grounds were purchased in. On 8 September 2005 this Church was decreed as a Shrine of the Archdiocese of Madras ‘ Mylapore by the Most Rev Dr AM Chinnappa SDB, Archbishop of Madras ‘ Mylapore.
Besant Nagar was developed by Tamil Nadu Housing Board in the early 1970s and up to the early 1980s. It was developed in an area of about 4 sq km encompassing the surroundings of Indra Nagar and Shastri Nagar. TNHB developed residential plots, commercial complexes, wide roads, school zones, bus terminus and large parks; the Central Government Staff Quarters, popularly known as C. P. W. D. Quarters, is contributed to the development of the locality; the St. John's English School and Junior College established by G. Rajkumar. Just opposite to the school was the residence of World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand; the Besant Theosophical High School, The School, Olcott Memorial School, Arignar Anna Government High School are some of the other schools in Besant Nagar. Spread over 10 acres of land, The Besant Theosophical High School founded in 1934, is the oldest unit of the Kalakshetra Foundation. Affiliated with the State Board syllabus, the school offers education in Tamil, with option of English medium education from the 6th to 10th standard.
It is a Government offers free education to more than 800 students. A noon meal scheme provides free lunches daily to 300 students. While the school adheres to the requirements of the Tamil Nadu State Board, it has a distinctive atmosphere due to its historical association with Kalakshetra; the school encourages its students to take part in after-school sports, as well as dance and music classes taught by senior students in Kalakshetra's College of Fine Arts. Olcott Memorial High School is named after its founder Colonel Henry Steel Olcott who founded the school in 1894; the Panchama Free School as it was called, it was founded to provide schooling access to the children of the fifth caste who were denied access to the regular schools. Olcott Education Society the education arm of the Theosophical Society continues to run the school with the vision "Social change through the education of the underprivileged"; the free nature of the school with Tamil as medium of instruction ensures that the school caters to the children who come from the socially and economically disadvantaged sections of society in the school’s neighbourhood and to those children whose families have been displaced from Besant Nagar.
The School, KFI has been functioning on leased premises of The Theosophical Society since 1979. The school will shift to a new location and continue its valuable educational work with the help and support of parents and well-wishers of the school; the location will be announced. The work of relocation requires financial support. We appeal to all well wishers to participate generously in our effort towards the continuation of this significant educational work; the new residential Krishnamurti school, near Chennai commenced in August, 2010. Arignar Anna Govt Higher Secondary School is an English medium school; the school was founded in the year 1964 and it is affiliated to the State board. The school is a Co-educational school and it has classes from 6 to 12; the School does not have a pre primary section. The Rajaji Bhavan building housing many Central Government offices greets you as you enter Besant Nagar, it houses a Railway Booking counter for the convenience of the residents of the locality as well as f
University of Madras
University of Madras is a public state university in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Established in 1857, it is one of the oldest universities in India; the university was incorporated by an act of the Legislative Council of India. It is a collegiate research university and has six campuses in the city viz. Chepauk, Guindy, Taramani and Chetpet. At present, there are 233 plus courses offered under 87 academic departments grouped under 19 schools, covering diverse areas such as sciences, social sciences, humanities and medicine along with 109 affiliated colleges and 52 approved research institutions, it is one of the top Universities in India. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council has conferred'five star' accreditation to the university and it has been given the status of'University with Potential for Excellence' by the University Grants Commission. University of Madras is the alma mater of two Indian Physics Nobel Laureates, CV Raman and Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, five Presidents of India, including A.
P. J. Abdul Kalam, several notable mathematicians including Srinivasa Ramanujan; the first demand for higher education in Madras Presidency was given in a public address to Lord John Elphinstone, Governor of Madras, signed by 70,000 residents when the Governor in Council was contemplating "some effective and liberal measures for the establishment of an improved system of national education." This public petition, presented by the Advocate General Mr. George Norton on 11 November 1839, pressed the need for an English college in the city of Madras. Pursuant to this, Lord Elphinstone evolved a plan for the establishment of a central collegiate institution or a ‘university.’ This university had twin departments – a high school for the cultivation of English literature, regional language and science, a college for instruction in the higher branches of literature and science. The University Board was constituted in January 1840 with Mr. George Norton as its president; this was the precursor of Chennai.
A systematic educational policy for India was formulated 14 years by Wood's despatch, which pointed out the rationale for "creating a properly articulated system of education from the primary school to the University." The Dispatch recommended the establishment in the universities of Professorships "for the purposes of the delivery of lectures in various branches of learning including vernacular as well as classical languages." As a result, the University of Madras, organized on the model of the University of London, was incorporated on 5 September 1857 by an Act of the Legislative Council of India. The university progressed and expanded through the 19th century to span the whole of South India, giving birth to universities like Mysore University, Osmania University, Andhra University, Annamalai University, Travancore University presently University of Kerala, Sri Venkateswara University, Madurai Kamaraj University, Bharathidasan University, Bharathiar University, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Anna University, Tamil University, Mother Teresa Women's University, Dr. M.
G. R. Medical University and Animal Sciences University, Periyar University and Dr. Ambedkar Law University. In 1912 endowments were made to the university to establish departments of Indian History, Comparative Philology and Indian Economics. In that year the university had 17 departments, 30 teachers, 69 research scholars; the research and teaching functions of the university were encouraged by the Sadler Commission and the gains of the University were consolidated by the enactment of the Madras University Act of 1923. About this time, the territorial ambit of the Madras University encompassed from Berhampur of Odisha in the North East, Trivandrum of Kerala in the South West and Mangalore of Karnataka in the West and Hyderabad of Andhra Pradesh in the North. Between 1926 and 1939, the university published the comprehensive Tamil Lexicon dictionary, the first among the dictionaries published in any Indian language; the description of the Coat of Arms of the university, designed in 1857, is: "Argent on a Mount issuant from the basement a Tiger passant proper, on a Chief Sable, a Pale Or, between two Elephants heads couped of the field, a lotus flower leaved and slipped of the third, together with this motto Doctrina Vim Promovet Insitam".
The coat of arms colours are: the base is light green, the tiger is yellow on a white background, the elephant is grey on a black background, the lotus is a white flower with olive green leaves, on a gold background. The motto scroll is edged red, with black lettering; the English translation of the motto of the University of Madras is: "Learning promotes natural talent." The university is made up of over 20 schools and 85 departments. The twenty schools are: Schools are further divided into departments; the departments are: The university is spread over six campuses, viz. Chepauk, Guindy, Taramani and Maduravoyal; the Chepauk campus of the university houses the VC's secretariat, central library, centenary auditorium and the historic Senate House. The oriental and Indian languages departments are located in the Marina Campus; the Guindy campus incorporates the natural sciences departments while the campus at Taramani houses the school of basic medical sciences. The sports union and the botanical