Just opposite to Anna Square is Madras University, whose ground and buildings are examples
of the Indo-lslamic style of architecture. The 'Senate House' across the University is perhaps
the best example of this style.
This University is the mother of the Universities in Southern
India, occupying a place of pride in the hearts of those who have passed through its portals
in the nearly 150 years of its existence. It is a national centre for advanced research in
plant pathology, mathematical physics, biophysics, and Indian philosophy.
in English and Tamil. Incorporated by an Act of the Legislative Council of India in 1857,
the University of Madras was one of the first three Universities to be established in India.
The University has over the years attained a reputation of its own as a premier University
in the Indian sub-continent.The university was incorporated by the Act(no. XXVII) of 1857
by the Legislative council of India. The function of University limited to affiliation of
examination,began its teaching activity from 1913.
Its alumni comprise some of the outstanding
scientists including Nobel laureates, eminent statesmen, public figures, savants, exponents
in all the fields of thought and arts and intellectuals in the humanities and social sciences.
They occupy positions of importance in many world bodies, public and private organisations,
state and federal governments, both in India and abroad.