Manonmaniam Sundaranar University (MSU) was established in 1990, as per the Act 31 of 1990 by the Government of Tamil Nadu, as a Teaching-cum-affilliating University. The University has been named after the Tamil poet literate/Prof. P. Sundaram Pillai (1855-1897) the renowned writer of late 19th century, who is the author of famous verse drama MANONMANIAM. The University caters to the needs of three southern districts of Tamil Nadu viz. Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Kanyakumari. Dr. M. Karunanidhi, the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 7th September 1990, formally inaugurated the University. Manonmaniam Sundaranar University (MSU) is the youngest of all Universities in India. It is recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC).