On 4th Sep 1978, Anna University was established as the unitary type of university. It was named after the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Late Dr. Annadurai. Combining and absorbing all the engineering colleges of Tamil Nadu, in the year 2001, it became an affiliating university.
The Anna University was formed by joining and brnging together the four renowned technical institutions in Chennai which are – College of Engineering, Alagappa College of Technology, Madras Institute of Technology, and the School of Architecture and Planning. The university is offering higher education in Technology, Engineering, Architecture and Applied Sciences which are relevant to the projected needs of current demand of the society.