Annamalai University is located in Annamalai Nagar, Chidambaram. It is founded by Annamalai Chettiar in 1929. The University provides distance education (DDE) for various 380 Courses. He has several colleges, and in 1920 he started Sri Meenakshi College in Chidambaram. He donated Madras State Goverment to 20 Lakhs Rs and 1500 acres of Sri Meenakshi College. After him, his son Rajah Muthiah Chettiar, from 1948 - 1984 as Pro Chancellor. At Present, M.A.M Ramaswamy as Pro Chancellor.
The Annamalai University had now 49 Departments, more than 3240 teaching staff, and had an more than that of 1000 area acres including campus, hostels, colleges and playgrounds. They Offers under graduate, post graduate, diploma, certificate, post diploma, engineering, medical, dentistry, agriculture courses. The University started first, Overseas Study Center in Toronto, Canada, Dubai, Sharjah, Muscat, Oman.