Chidambaram Sightseeing

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    This is a residential university situated on the outskirts of Chidambaram. It was founded by the Raja Sir Annamalai Chettiar. It is a great centre for Tamil learning and Carnatic music for many years.

    Annamalai University is one of Asia's largest public residential universities located in Annamalai Nagar, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India. The university is spread across 1,500 acres (6.1 km2) acres in Chidambaram and offers courses of higher education in science, engineering, humanities, agriculture and arts.

    The university also provides more than 500 courses through distance education. The Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) of Annamalai University offers education to those people who are unable to attend the campus but who desire to study. It is credited with the largest enrollment in India and is well equipped with computers and other infrastructure, separate teaching faculty and administration, study centers, and computer training centers to serve its students. It was the first institution in India to offer postgraduate degree programmes in Applied Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, Bioinformatics and Law through distance education.

    The Centre of Advanced Study (CAS) in Marine Biology is a reputed Marine Institute in India which is actively engaged in teaching, research and extension activities in Marine Sciences. The advantage of the Centre is the ideal location and easy access to different biotopes such as estuary, mangrove, backwaters and coastal waters. Despite being located 12 Km. away from the main campus Annamalai University in a rural setting, the Centre made rapid strides in various facets of Marine Science. This Centre, the brain child of the Eminent Scientist (Late) Prof. R.V. Seshaiya, was established during 1957 as a field laboratory for the Department of Zoology, Annamalai University at Parangipettai. The status of a separate department to this station was conferred by the Annamalai University in 1961. In October 1963, this department was recognized for its outstanding research contribution by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as the Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology and the Commission continues to extend generous assistance till-date.

    The Centre has successfully completed more than 150 research projects and 48 research projects funded by various national and international funding agencies are in operation.
    Recognising the expertise and excellent scientific achievements of the Centre, the United Nations University having its Head Quarters in Tokyo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Annamalai University to conduct Training Workshop on Methodologies for Assessing Biodiversity of Coastal Ecosystems from 2000 from trainees from developing Countries in Asia.
    The Centre is offering diversified Academic Programmes (M.Sc.) such as Marine Biology & Oceanography, Coastal Aquaculture, Marine Biotechnology, Marine Food Technology, Marine Microbiology, Ocean Science & Technology, Marine Pharmacology and Marine Chemistry in the field of Marine Science.