Pondicherry University is a central university in Pondicherry, India. Founded in 1985 by the Government of India, the university has emerged as India's fastest growing and it is a collegiate university with a jurisdiction spread over the Union Territories of Pondicherry, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
It has 35000 students in its 87 affiliated colleges including 27,000 students in the distance education mode. The current strength of students studying on-campus stands at 6500. It is credited with being a pioneering distance-learning institution in India with innovations like Choice-based Credit System and on-line admission for postgraduate studies.
Pondicherry University is outstanding among the central universities in India. Teaching and research are its primary functions as in other Central Universities. In addition, it has also affiliated colleges located in Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahe, Yanam and the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The Union Territory of Lakshadweep is also expected to have a college affiliated to Pondicherry University in the near future. The Pondicherry University Act, 1985 which has several unique features, established the University. Some of them are:
> to disseminate and advance knowledge by providing instructional and research facilities,
> to make special provisions for studies in French and for integrated courses in humanities and sciences in the educational programmes, and
>to take appropriate measures for promoting inter-disciplinary studies and research.
The vast jurisdiction over three Union Territories gives the University a national character. The residents speak such diverse languages as Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Telugu, English and French.
Official Website : http://www.pondiuni.edu.in