The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) had its genesis from establishment of an Agricultural School at Saidapet, Madras, Tamil Nadu, as early as 1868 and it was later relocated at Coimbatore.
The University main campus has separate hostels for boys and girls with requisite infra-structural facilities. There are six hostels for boys and four for girls supported by modern kitchen cum dining hall. Additionally, Norman Borlaug International Hostel is available for accommodating International students and professors quarters for visiting fellows and external experts. A refreshment home is also functioning to cater to the food needs of the day-scholars, staff and visitors.
Students who are given admission in the hostel are required to join the mess. The mess offers simple, but full-fledged meals at moderate rates, which may vary from time to time depending on the cost of the meals served.
Safety ensured by multi-level monitoring by teaching staff viz., Residential Tutors, Assistant Wardens and a Warden in the cadre of Professor. Each hostel has its own Residential Tutor, a teaching faculty who administers the hostels.
Hostel residents are expected to observe the rules and regulations prescribed for them as well as all the requirements of the social norms, humanity and hygiene that living together demands. Failure to observe discipline or violation of rules may make a student liable to disciplinary action which may result in the withdrawal of hostel facilities besides other action which the Institute may deem fit to take against him/her.
The Hostel Management Committee, an apex body of the hostel administration with Dean (Agri) as chairman. The administrative and policy matters pertaining to hostels were approved by committee and also take important decisions and guidelines on various issues of the hostels.
The activities of the hostels are being attended by the Warden regularly who is in turn supported by eight Deputy Wardens, Residential Tutors, Hostel Prefects and Stewards. Every one of them has been assigned with specific work for the effective and efficient functioning of hostels.
There is one centralized kitchen cum dining hall for ladies students, two modernized kitchen for gents’ students. In all the hostels both Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian foods are being served. Dividing system is being followed mess run by the students and monitored by the Wardens.
All the messes / dinning halls in the hostels are fully equipped with water purifiers, steam cooking system, steam plate washing systems and invertors for uninterrupted power supply. In addition to the above, FM radio/ music systems and coffee makers have also been provided at dining halls.
The Student’s Cafeteria facility is available for both boys and girls near play ground. All the essential requirements including stationeries are being supplied to the students. The edible items at a low cost are being supplied for the benefit of the students.
Each hostel is provided with a Reading Room, study room and a TV hall with LED TV with DTH facility. Guest room facilities are made available for the visitors / parents of the students. Based on the availability, the guest rooms are being provided to the student participants who are visiting the main campus, trainings seminars, workshops and other university functions etc.
The hostel administration has arranged facilities like photo copying, dry cleaning, saloon for men and parlour for women, cell phone recharge centre, two wheeler/cycle repairing centre and footwear repairing shop on “service rent” basis for the benefit of students.