Government of India founded the Central University of Tamil Nadu, along with eight other Central Universities, through an Act of Parliament in 2009. With eight students in M.A. English Studies, the university started its journey from the Collectorate Annexe at Thiruvarur. In 2017-18, 13 new programmes were introduced taking the total number to 46 programmes. Of them 25 are postgraduate programmes, 6 integrated programmes and 2 undergraduate programmes and 13 research programmes and diploma course in chemical lab technician. It envisions to be a global destination for higher education which is ethically engaged, diverse seeking transformation in knowledge and scholarship.