The Publics Petition dated 11-11-1839 initiated the establishment of Madras University. It was in January 1840 with Mr.George Norton as its President, The University Board was constituted. In 1854 after a lapse of 14 years Government of India formulated a systematic educational policy for India and as a sequel to this on 5th September 1857 by an act of legislative council of India the University was established. The University was organized in the Model of London University.
The University has been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with the five star rating first and latter with an A rating. The UGC has recognized the University as one of the centre for potential of excellence in the Country.