With the aim towards excellence in educationm research and invention, the Periyar University was established on 17th September 1997. It is named after the Great Social Reformer E.V. Ramasamy. Caterinf to four districts namely Salem, Namakkal, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri, the University has played a paramount role in bringing multi-faceted development for the country. The University currently has 28 departments and 101 affiliated colleges and imparts higher education through three modes, viz., through its Departments of Study and Research, the affiliated Colleges and Periyar Institute of Distance Education (PRIDE).The University has tie-ups with several academic, research institutes and Universities across the world and keeps itself updated with the latest in higher education and research.