Anna University was a university in Tamil Nadu, India, offering higher education in engineering, technology and applied sciences.Between 2007 and 2010 it was split into six universities,namely, Anna University Chennai,Anna University of Technology Chennai, Anna University of Technology Tiruchirappalli, Anna University of Technology Coimbatore, Anna University Tirunelveliand, Anna University of Technology Madurai.
Anna University was formed on September 4, 1978, as a unitary type of university. It integrated four technical institutions in the city of Chennai (previously known as Madras), including the College of Engineering,Guindy,established in 1794, and Madras Institute of Technology, established in 1949,which offered the first engineering degrees in India.Perarignar Anna University of Technology (PAUT) was the name used in 1978. In 1982 the current name of Anna University was adopted, removing the words "Perarignar" and "Technology". In December 2001, it was converted into an affiliating university, with almost all engineering colleges in the state of Tamil Nadu under its fold and also absorbing all the six government engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu as its constituent colleges. In all, it brought together about 250 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu.