Annamalai University is one of Asia's largest public residential universities located in Annamalai nagar Chidambaram. The directorate of disatnce education (DDE) of Annamalai university offers more than 500 courses which is helpful for those people those who are not able attend the campus but who desires to study.
It was the first institution in India to offer postgraduate degree programmes in Applied Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, Bioinformatics and Law through distance education. The Directorate of Distance Education also offers programmes in Fashion Design, Textile Design, Interior Design, Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Retail Management, Twinning, Health Science, a Commonwealth Youth Programme, Yoga, Music, Fire and Safety, Pharmaceutical and Taxation.
All the programmes of study offered by the Directorate of Distance Education have the approval of the Distance Education Council, New Delhi. The Directorate introduced a B.Ed. Programme through distance education in 2008-09 with the approval of National Council for Teacher Education, New Delhi.
Annamali University offers one of the highest number of scholarships for eligible student.