The Department of Youth Welfare came into being in the year 1971 at the instance of the then Department of
Education and Youth Welfare, Government of India. This was Established as a nodal Department by Dr. M. Varadharajan, the
Second Vice- Chancellor of the University to design, develop and offer various types of Human Resources Development
Programmes to students primarily in the affiliated Colleges. The Department activities have substantially contributed to youth
empowerment and social wellbeing through thoughtful and meaningful Youth and Community empowerment programmes.
The Department twice received national Championship in National Youth Parliament Competitions among
Universities from the Ministry of Parliamentry Affairs, Government of India. Over the years the Department’s contribution to
dissemination of the values of parliamantry democracy among the youth and public are commendable.
The Department of Youth Welfare has been upgraded as Department of Youth Welfare Studies in 2011 under
the Youth Empowerment Programme of the University by Prof. R. Karpaga Kumaravel, Former Vice-Chancellor. In
Consequence a much sought after a new job oriented P.G Course namely M.A., Administrative Studies has been introduced
under the initiative of Dr. PP. Chellathurai in 2011.
The Department is housed in a three –storied building constructed out of the funds mobilized by Dr.PP.
Chellathurai , in the University main Campus with all facilities required for running th P.G Programme in M.A Administrative
Studies an innovative and job oriented course first of its kind in the country, The Department has a Professor and Head, one
Assistant Professor, Guest and Visiting faculty members including serving IAS, IPS and IRS officers. In addition to teaching
and extension activities, The Department has research programmes leading to Ph.D
Empower the Youth as Nation Builders
To provide Catalytic Leadership, break through knowledge and innovative resources.
The School Consists of the following Department and Centers
- Department of Youth Welfare Studies
- Department of Art History
- Swami Vivekananda Higher Research and Education Centre
- Anna Centenary Civil Service Coaching Academy
Swami Vivekananda Higher Research and Education Centre
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Dr.Puratchi Thalaivi Amma announced in the floor of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly in April 2013 that in Nine State Universities, Swami Vivekananda Research and Education Center would be established at an estimated cost of Rs. 25 lakhs for each University.
Accordingly Swami Vivekananda Research and Education Centre has been established in the Madurai Kamaraj University, The Professor and Head, Department of Youth Welfare Studies, School of Youth Empowerment, is in charge of Swami Vivekananda Research and Education Centre.
Anna Centenary Civil Service Coaching Academy
The Department established a Centre for Coaching for IAS and other competitive exam in 1992 under the dynamic leadership of the then Vice-Chancellor Dr. M.D.K. Kuthalingam, Dr. P.P. Chellathurai, Professor and Head, Department of Youth Welfare who organized the IAS Coaching Centre was nominated as founder Co-ordinator. Since then several students have been empowered to get into Central and State Civil Services. In recognition of its meritorious services, the Government of Tamil Nadu sanctioned Anna Centenary Coaching Centre for Civil Services exams with recurring funds, which is functioning well in the Department.
Milestones of the school
Successful conduct of Youth Festival for over three decades
As an extension of centre for competitive examinations in 1991, Anna centenary civil service coaching academy was established by the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor        Dr.P.P.Chellathurai, over 4 aspirants have cleared prelims with the eminent coaching of the academy in 2017.
Swami Vivekananda Research and Higher Education Centre was established under the able leadership of our Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Dr.P.P.Chellathurai.
Special Daily Coaching Programme for University Students to crack the UPSC/TNPSC/SSC and Banking exams from the year 2017 onwards with the support of        Department of Employment and training, Govt. of Tamilnadu.
Conducted Model Youth Parliament & Youth festivals above two decades
Designed and Developed a PG Diploma in Swami Vivekananda Studies in 2014.
The School has won the First Prize in National Youth Parliament Award two times