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Bharathiar University is a postgraduate university in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Named after the Tamil poet Subramania Bharathiar, the university was established in February 1982 and was recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in 1985.

The university is situated in the foothills of Marudamalai and has jurisdiction over the districts of Coimbatore, Erode and the Nilgiris. It has 119 affiliated institutions (80 Arts and Science Colleges, 29 Colleges of Education, 8 Management Institutions, 1 Air Force Administration College and 1 College of Physical Education).
The motto of Bharathiar University is Educate to Elevate.

    Vice Chancellor's Note
Greetings! I am glad to be addressing you from here first as a Vice Chancellor and then, not less important, as a person who has seen this University come into existence and gradually blossom into an Institution of great eminence. In fact, I had the privilege of greeting at the then Madras airport the team which had arrived there with the approval to start this University named after the visionary national poet. It is my privilege and honor to be associated with this university as its Vice Chancellor.
Universities are today at the forefront of nation building and ways must be found to make them play their role in the most telling manner. In this knowledge era, it is imperative to produce intellectual capital and the responsibility lies with us. We need to create the required human resource so that our nation can consolidate on the gains already made.

My first task would be to enlarge the infrastructure so that we will not be lagging behind in facilities to accommodate the future developments. This is of crucial importance as ready availability of such facilities would ensure innovations having the fullest impact. Hence, top priority will be given to creation of infrastructural facilities not only keeping in mind current needs but also future ones as anticipation gives us the advantage of preparedness.

Next, we have the task of fine tuning the administration. Our University has a good system in place but, of course, improvable. Concentrating at the micro level would make us identify scope for improvement which can go a long way in enhancing efficiency by saving time and energy.

As a person with experience both in the University system and Colleges, it is my firm belief that cooperation based on mutual understanding and support would be highly beneficial to them. I shall immediately initiate steps to put in place a healthy, symbiotic relationship between Colleges and the University. For a start, it is planned to allow science students from colleges to utilize the instruments available in the University departments which will be regulated in consultation with the HoDs and the Principals. I assure you that more such steps shall follow and invite you to help promote excellence in all the spheres.

Another task that requires our consistent attention is making the curricula innovative. I am happy to note and appreciate the beginnings made by our University in this regard but to congratulate ourselves is still a long way ahead. It is here that we should succeed in synergizing our energies to make our University's presence felt in the global scene. I have no doubt whatsoever that we have the potential to achieve this. My confidence in the Faculty—Colleges and University—and the Administration is total and the wish foremost in my heart is to see this University hold its head high with all its stakeholders enjoying a sense of pride and belongingness. And I also want all the researchers to know that their projects with potential for utility and relevance shall have the hundred percent support of this Vice Chancellor.

Friends, let us remind ourselves that a University is not just its bricks, mortar, files, computers and equipments. It is a State of Mind—noble, compassionate, inclusive, socially aware, responsible, free-spirited and open—promoting forever excellence in all the aspects of human experience with an undying spirit of enquiry. I call upon you to be generous in your support and cooperation and be partners in the forward march of this young, vibrant, energetic and inspired University to reassert the supremacy of the Indian intellect in the realms of teaching, research and social responsibility. The doors, to my office and my mind, are always open to your feedback and suggestions.

With warm regards,
Dr. C. Swaminathan.
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