Tamil Nadu is the seat of Higher Education in India, which offers a number of general as well as professional courses. It also pays attention to the spreading of elementary, secondary and higher education and training of the teachers involved in these programs. There is naturally a demand for teacher educators in this state who can hold the reign of the teacher training institutes located across the region.
The Government of Tamil Nadu enacted Act No.(33) of 2008 to provide for the establishment and incorporation of Teachers Education University in the State of Tamil Nadu for promoting excellence in teachers education. Further the Act came into effect from 1.7.2008 by a Gazette Notification issued in G.O.M.S.256, Higher Education (K2) Department, dated 25.6.2008.
Dr.T.Padmanabhan, Dean, Department of Education, Annamalai University was appointed as the first Vice-Chancellor of this new University. Dr.A.R.Veermani, Professor and Head, Department of Economics and Officiating Registrar, Thiruvalluvar University was appointed as the first Registrar of this University. Dr. M. Jayakumar was appointed as the first Controller of Examinations of this new University.
The various objectives of the University are to provide high quality education, monitor Teacher Education as approved by National Council for Teacher Education at all levels in the State, to develop research facilities in Teacher Education; to find out ways and means to identify innovative courses in Teacher Education; to institute degrees and other academic distinction in Teacher Education approved by NCTE; to confer degrees and other academic distinction on persons who have carried out research in University or in any other centre or institutions recognized by the University under conditions prescribed for Teacher Education; to confer honorary degrees in teacher education in the prescribed manner and under conditions prescribed; to conduct and organize seminars, workshops and symposia in promoting Teacher Education with a view to offering programs in the latest field and to develop the extension activities. The University is very much focused to promote quality in Education and to standardize the system of operation.
The University is in pursuit of excellence in Promoting human values for social harmony and to make colleges of education excel through innovative teaching, research and extension activities.