Pondicherry University is a Central University that conducts teaching and research as its primary function. The jurisdiction of the University is spread over the Union Territories of Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Funded by University Grants Commission (UGC), Pondicherry University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
The primary functions of the University are Teaching and Research. It disseminates knowledge by providing instructional and research facilities. The University has made special provisions for studies in French and for integrated courses in Humanities and Sciences. It also promotes inter-disciplinary studies and research. The University has a galaxy of active and erudite members in different Schools, Departments and Centres. Students pursue their post-graduate and doctoral programmes on the campus. It is a renowned institution of distance education in India. Choice-based Credit System has proved to be quite effective. Online admission is available for postgraduate studies.
Pondicherry University provides limited hostel facility on the campus for boys and girls wherein students from distant places are given preference. It has separate well-furnished hostel for foreign students. It has a Health Centre that functions in association with Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences with limited facilities for the benefit of students and staff. Other facilities include an Auditorium, a canteen, transport, a post office and a branch of Indian Bank with ATM facility. The University hosts a Central Instrumentation Centre to aid teaching and research by Science schools by facilitating state-of-the-art sophisticated equipments, various workshops and support facilities.
The Pondicherry University was established in the year 1985 by the Government of India through an Act of Parliament. The University forayed into the field of distance education in the year 1995-96. The University is academically organized at several levels for efficient functioning, teaching and research.
- Subramania Bharathi School of Tamil Language and Literature
- School of Management
- Ramanujan School of Mathematics and Computer Science
- School of Physical, Chemical and Applied Sciences
- School of Life Sciences
- School of Humanities
- School of Performing Arts
- School of Social Sciences and International Studies
- School of Education