The Faculty of Science was set up in October 1974 at Vaddukoddai in the premises taken over from the Undergraduates’ Section of the Jaffna College. The first batch of students numbering 103 was admitted to the Faculty on 25th October 1974 and only a Course in Mathematics and Statistics was provided initially.
The late Professor Kanagasabapathy functioned as the first Dean of the Faculty and the Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. After the appointment of Heads of Departments and a few Assistant Lecturers for some of the other disciplines in Science, courses in physical science and bio science were started in 1975.
Thirty five students were admitted to these courses in the academic year 1975/76. As the facilities available in the small laboratories at Vaddukoddai were grossly inadequate for work beyond the First Year Courses and future development at Vaddukoddai was not possible due to acute shortage of fresh water and space, a decision was taken to put up new Faculty buildings at Thirunelvely where the Faculty of Humanities and the administrative offices were sited.
The Faculty shifted to the Thirunelvely premises in June 1978 soon after the completion of work on the Natural Science Block (Stage I), the foundation for which was laid on 07 May 1975. In 1977, funds were voted for a Physics building and this building came into occupation in September 1980. Funds were also voted for two other buildings in 1979, one for Chemistry and the other for Mathematics and Statistics. The Mathematics and Statistics building was completed in 1985. The Chemistry Block was completed in 1988.
The annual intake of students to the Faculty had increased over the years and it was about 250 in mid-eighties. The Faculty had on its roll over 700 students in mid-eighties. The annual intake started to decline in early nineties and the Faculty is now attracting more students.
- To attain an internationally recognisable level of teaching and research.
- To disseminate science knowledge and popularise science.
- To improve the quality of science education.
- To provide services directed towards the environmental, social and technological needs of the region.
- To be regional research centre in science, developing indigenous scientific methods using local resources
- To improve the economic and social conditions of the local population