Madurai Kamaraj University, (originally known as Madurai University) was named after the historical city of Madurai. Madurai Kamaraj University, established in 1966, has 18 Schools comprising 73 Departments. The University has 109 affiliated Colleges (9 Autonomous) including other approved institutions and 7 evening colleges. It has centers which promote research potential of teachers and students. The university conducts regular courses through affiliated colleges, Distance Education Programs, Post graduate and research programs, and extension activities through NSS and other agencies.
The University Science Instrumentation Center, Madurai Kamaraj University was established in the year 1978 with the financial assistance from UGC to provide various centralized instrumentation facilities for academic, research and industrial community. In addition to various instrumentation services, the Center offers teaching, training and research programs in instrumentation. The Center provides the following facilities for the academic and research activities: Analytical services with sophisticated analytical instruments, design, fabrication, repair and service of electronic instruments, and training in development of instruments.
In 1971, the Institute of Correspondence Course and Continuing Education was started in the University. This center has Information centers functioning at 28 places in Tamil Nadu. Besides printed course materials, contact classes at selected centers are arranged on Saturdays and Sundays in Tamil Nadu. Practical Training is imparted at Professional Institutions for Computer Courses and M.Sc (Physics & Chemistry) courses.
The regular colleges follow Semester Pattern and the Distance Education follows Non-semester pattern. In the University Departments Choice Based Credit System is followed by which a student is free to choose subjects of his/ her choice.