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The Government of Tamil Nadu established the Periyar University at Salem on 17th September 1997 as per the provisions of the Periyar University Act, 1997. The University covers the area comprising the districts of Salem, Namakkal, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri. The University got the 12(B) and 2f status from the University Grants Commission and has been accredited by NAAC with B+ grade in 2007. The University is named after the Great Social Reformer E.V.Ramasamy affectionally called "Thanthai Periyar". The University aims at developing knowledge in various fields to realize the maxim inscribed in the logo "Arival Vilayum Ulagu" (Wisdom Maketh World)."Holistic development of the students" is the primary objective of the esteemed Periyar University. The University is located on the National Highway (NH7) towards Bangalore at about 8 Kms from New Bus Stand, Salem. It is well connected by frequent city bus services linking Salem and other places like, Omalur, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri and Mettur.


Pondicherry University is outstanding among the central universities in India. Teaching and research are its primary functions as in other Central Universities. The Pondicherry University Act, 1985 which has several unique features, established the University.

Some of them are A) to disseminate and advance knowledge by providing instructional and research facilities, B) to make special provisions for studies in French and for integrated courses in humanities and sciences in the educational programmes, and C) 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.

The Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy is an interdisciplinary one providing facilities for intensive training and research in the area of social exclusion and inclusive policy. The centre orients students for advanced research on the processes of social exclusion and possibilities of inclusive policy for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, Women, Linguistic and Religious Minorities, groups stigmatized for health reasons and other marginalized groups. The coursework and research in this interdisciplinary centre incorporates both theory and methodology of anthropology, sociology, social work and economics.

Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy of PU is the partner in the Centre of Modern Indian Studies (CMIS-UC) project.