The Periyar University was founded by the Act 45 of Government of Tamilnadu in 1997. The University is named after a known social reformer popularly named “Thanthai Periyar”. The University thus based had its origin with the three sections (Commerce, Geology and Mathematics) of Postgraduate building center of Madras University functioning at Salem at that time. The University Grants Commissions, New Delhi added the 2f status on 09.10.1998 and 12(B) status on 17.05.2005 to the Periyar University. The university is demonstrated recognized with NAAC.
The assignment of the University is to expand cognition and skill in general and the thrust is especially given to change the cognition achieve the youth of economically, educationally and socially weaker sections. Periyar University, Salem provides a number of curriculums and courses to the students. There are Under Graduate Courses, Post Graduate Courses, M.Phil Courses, Ph.D Courses, Diploma Courses, Certificate Courses, Post Graduate Diploma Courses and M.Phil & Ph.D. Some of the Periyar University,
This aims achieved through the sections of study and research of the University and its associated Colleges. The future of the nation is in the hands of the youth to create this country self-directed and independent and the youth has to be proposed educationally.
The enlightens of knowledge and quality education given to the youth will be helpful to attain this target. In the direction of nation building procedure, this University proposes to uplift the society through education to attain self-reliance. The University is situated on the Bangalore National Highways (NH – 47), 10kms from the Salem city and easily connected by road. The University campus passes to about 100 acres adapting the administrative and department buildings.