Thiagarajar College, founded on 7th July 1949, was formally inaugurated on 12th October 1949 by His
Excellency, the King of Bhavnagar, the then Governor of Madras State. At the inaugural function, the founder, Karumuttu Thiagarajan Chettiar, described this
institution as a "small and humble endeavour in education". The college, now has an impressive history covering 65 epoch-making years.
From its inception, Thiagarajar College has been one of the premier institutions in Madurai. It started with only three undergraduate courses, but now has grown
in stature and offers 19 UG, 13 PG and 9 M.Phil. programmes, in addition to 11 Diploma and 11 Certificate Courses.
The college is a private, aided, co-educational institution affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University. It is meticulously
managed by the Kalaithanthai Karumuttu Thiagarajan Chettiar Memorial Trust. The motto of the college is which means "Wisdom and
love embody the divine”.
The college has come a very long way from the time of its inception, with the significant contribution of the founder, the great philanthropist Karumuttu
Thiagarajan Chettiar, and the committed service and support of the members of his family, the late Dr. Mrs. Radha Thiagarajan (then Emeritus President),
Mr. Karumuttu T. Kannan (President) and Dr. Mrs. Uma Kannan (Secretary and Vice President).
As well as academic excellence and character development, the focus of the college is to prepare students for the challenges of the highly competitive job
market by ensuring that they are employable. It aims at providing quality education, fostering excellence in research and promoting academic inquiry. The
college has been recognized as a Research Centre of Excellence since 1978 and was upgraded as an autonomous institution in 1987. It was first accredited Five
Stars by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 2001 and was re-accredited ‘A’ Grade in 2007 and again
re-accredited ‘A’ Grade in the third cycle by NAAC in January 2013. The college has completed 27 years as an autonomous institution.
The college offers 11 UG, 8 PG, and 4 M.Phil. courses under the aided stream, and 8 UG, 5 PG, 5 M.Phil. 12 Certificate and 11 Diploma Courses in the
self-finance stream. (This includes the career oriented programmes offered by 6 departments.) The 8 departments which have been upgraded as Research Centres
offer Ph.D. programmes.
The curriculum endeavours to integrate the acquisition of knowledge and career skills in the student community. The teaching-learning systems have been further
strengthened by nurturing a creative environment so as to inspire out-of-the-box thinking and innovative solutions. The learning process has been made more
student-friendly through modern teaching aids and ICT facilities, and accentuated with the students’ participation in project work, on-the-job training,
internship, and e-learning. Moreover, in keeping with its aim of imparting a well-rounded education, the college also plays an active role in creating an
awareness of our multidimensional heritage and culture.
Thiagarajar College provides an environment conducive for carrying out research projects, and faculty members are encouraged to submit research proposals for
grants from various funding agencies like the UGC, DST, CSIR, DRDO, MoEF, MHRD, TNSCST, DBT, etc. The college has been a member of the UGC-N-LIST
(National Library and Information Services Infrastructure for Scholarly Content) facility from the year 2010. The faculty and research scholars utilize these
facilities for their research. Our college is a part of the cluster colleges selected by the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry, New Delhi) for sharing of
faculty and technical resources. Interdisciplinary research is another healthy activity on the campus where research guidance and publication take place
between departments of related fields.
The college is associated with organizations like the University of Oslo, Norway, Tokyo University, Serdki, Japan, IICT, Hyderabad, AIRC, Chennai, ICWAI,
Calcutta, and CECRI, Karaikudi, for research, and PARD, Madurai, AKASH, Madurai, Rotary International, USA, and Puliankulam Village for extension activities.
The Department of Economics has been recognized by the Malcom and Elizabeth Adiseshiah Trust, Department of Econometrics, University of Madras for awarding
research grant to Ph.D., scholars. The Department of Chemistry offers consultancy services in FTIR, UV and water analysis, as well as in Molecular Modelling
to the students, teachers, researchers and industries in South India.
All the students are expected to serve the community by enrolling themselves in the Physical Education programme, NCC (Army, Navy), or NSS (for participation
in community service). The cultural programmes of the Fine Arts Club provide an opportunity for the students to hone their skills in the performing arts. The
Training and Placement Cell along with the Career Guidance Cell and the Language Lab focus on personality development and ensure that all the students receive
soft skills training. The Women’s Studies Centre, Rotract Club, Youth Red Cross Society, Nature Club, Girls’ Counselling Cell, Blood Donors Club and First Aid
Cell are the various clubs functioning to ensure the all-round development of our students.
Highlights of the Institution
- The college library is one of the oldest libraries in Madurai and houses a rare and valuable collection of books. The general library and department libraries have a total of 95,145 books on various subjects. The library has a rare collection of ancient books both in Tamil and English. The periodicals section has back-volumes of journals in all disciplines.
A first of its kind, the library has initiated an OPAC system (Online Public Access Catalogue System) which helps the students access any book easily from any rack inside the library. Students can avail themselves of guidance from our staff while searching for books. They can also view their account details from the OPAC system on their own. The new version of the periodicals display makes it easy to view and access journals and magazines.
This premier institution is run entirely as a charitable non-profit institution
- No donation and capitation fees for student admissions
- Purely merit based selection in teaching and non teaching staff appointments
- Traditional and heritage oriented campus culture in a safe environment
- Well qualified and experienced faculty
- Well equipped laboratories
- Modern facilities and an atmosphere conducive to learning