Established in 1985, Pondicherry University is a Central University of India. Over 50 colleges are affiliated to Pondicherry University. The university has 9 schools and over 40 departments offering undergraduate and post graduate courses. The campus of the university is spread over an area of 780 acres. The university is a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities. The jurisdiction of Pondicherry University is over the Union Territories of Pondicherry, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.