Ethiraj College for Women

Founded in 1948, the formative years witnessed a strong foundation through introduction of undergraduate courses in Economics, Botany, Chemistry, History, Zoology and English Literature along with the infrastructural facilities, resulting in the construction of the Science Block, Hostel, Open Air Theatre and the Old Library Block. The landmark development of this decade was the auditorium, which to this day remains the pride of the college. The decade of 1968 – 1978 saw the growth of the college with the introduction of Commerce, Mathematics and Physics at the UG level and a number of PG courses and the construction of PG block.

A significant development of the next phase was the introduction of evening college in 1981. The thrust was on Research with introduction of M.Phil and Ph.D. programmes. The addition of the Annexe Campus of 59 grounds augured the new direction in the growth of the College. 1990-2000 saw a steady growth with the introduction of the variety of job oriented self funded UG courses like Corporate Secretaryship, B.Com (Bank Management), BBA (Business Administration), B.Sc. Biochemistry, B.Sc. Microbiology and M.Sc. Plant Biology & Plant Bio-technology and the introduction of post-graduate AICTE approved courses MBA and MCA, which was an important milestone in the growth of the College. The construction of New Science Block and dormitories in the hostel marked the new phase of development.

The beginning of the next decade witnessed the Day College becoming autonomous and the momentous growth of the College in its infrastructure: the N & D block, COE block, New Library, New hostel, Business Studies and Information Technology Block, all adding upto 2,66,000 Sqft. Besides these, the College has a Language Lab, Instrumentation Centre, Online access to the holdings in the Library, Internet Centre and Computer Labs. The College entered the global arena by signing an MOU with British Council for teaching Business English Certificate and First Certificate in English.

The core competency has been strengthened in many ways to suit the changing scenario. Botany was converted into Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology, one section of History into Tourism and Travel Management, two sections of Zoology into Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology. In the self-financing stream, Economics into Business Economics, one section of English to English and Communication Skills. At the PG level a course in Human Rights and Duties Education was introduced during 2002. New courses namely, B.Sc. Clinical Nutrition, M.Sc. Physics, M.Sc. Foods & Nutrition were also introduced from 2005 in the self-finance stream. In 2006 courses namely Visual Communication, M.Sc. Biochemistry & M.Sc. Microbiology were introduced.

In 2007, the department of Corporate Secretaryship and Plant Biology & Plant Bio-technology introduced the M.Phil. programs. The day and evening college together have 26 UG courses, 18 PG courses with departments offering research guidance / supervision for 12 M.Phil and 6 Ph.D programs. It has grown into a glorious edifice with a strength touching almost 6000 students in the regular and self-funded stream.

The alumni meets on 26th January every year which is observed as Old Students Day. Generations of students occupy eminent positions in the society.

The placement cell is the effective liaison between the industrial sector and academia. Every year Career Fair is held followed by recruitment drive, which finds students getting placed in enviable positions.

The Parent Teacher Association, a registered body plays a major role in the maintenance and developmental activities of the college.

The emergence of the College as a leading educational institution of Tamil Nadu was possible owing to the dynamic leadership provided by successive Chairman and Members of the Board of Trustees, galaxy of Principals, dedicated and committed teachers of past and present and able support rendered by the non-teaching and administrative staff.

The high standards of academic excellence and varied activities help in the integrated development of the ethirajians enabling them to face to the future with courage and confidence.

Institute Details
Established in: 
Affiliated to: 
University of Madras
Kind of courses: 
Post Graduation
Available Courses: 
How to reach
Ethiraj College for WomenChennai 600008 Tamilnadu India
Other Details
Student Activity clubs: 
Student Counsellor Adolescence is where the individual learns more about her and takes important decisions about her studies, her future occupation and relationships. Aristotle said that knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom. The college counsellor helps students through the final years of their adolescence to understand themselves and gain this wisdom. Those who approach the counselor are guided to accept their qualities and come to grips with their shortcomings. They can confide in the counselor with no fear of being judged or misunderstood. The counselor helps them explore new possibilities that can enhance understanding and growth. The counsellor’s room is open for a friendly chat every working day. Government Scholarships Aided - Government Scholarships S.No Name of the scholarship Eligibility 1 SC/ST Post Matric Below Rs.1,00,000/- 2 SC/ST Free Education Income Certificate not required 3 SC/ST Christian Income Certificate not required 4 MBC/DNC (PG) Below Rs.1,00,000/- 5 MBC/DNC (UG) Free Education Income Certificate not required 6 BC Ordinary Below Rs.1,00,000/- 7 BC First Graduation Below Rs.1,00,000/- Other scholarships Thiru V.L Ethiraj Scholarships from the Estate of the Founder are awarded to the Undergraduate and Postgraduate students and Research scholars on the basis of merit cum means. Self Supporting - Government Scholarships S.No Name of the scholarship Eligibility 1 SC/ST Post Matric Below Rs.1,00,000/- 2 SC/ST Free Education Income Certificate not required 3 SC/ST Christian Income Certificate not required Other scholarships Thiru. V.L. Ethiraj Scholarships from the Estate of the Founder are awarded to the Undergraduate and Postgraduate students on the basis of merit cum means. Healthy Practices * Thiru.V.L.Ethiraj Estate Scholarships from the Trust is given annually on merit cum means basis * Scholarships instituted by well-wishers, former teachers and alumnae of the college * Morning assembly to inculcate ethics and values in students * Alumnae of the college are invited as speakers at the assembly sessions * Formation of Student Union by democratic election process * " Charity Thursday " organized by the Student Union to donate Rice and Pulses to Charity Organizations every week * Mentor system in the ratio of 1:20 * Inter collegiate / Departmental Cultural Competitions * Departmental Associations focusing on curricular and Co- Curricular Activities * Active functioning of youth wing of rotary club (Rotract Club) * Celebration of various festivals by students to promote religious harmony * Recognition of the services of retiring faculty by the management * Free noon meal scheme to the non-teaching staff and the economically poor students * Interest free Loan for Medical and other purposes to the supporting staff * Annual tour for the non-teaching staff * Spot collection for National crisis and Medical emergencies * Active Alumnae Association * Parent-Teacher Association is registered under the Societies Act * Campus Magazine & Department Journals * Annual get together of Management, Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff National Service Scheme (NSS) The College NSS has three units under the University of Madras. 300 volunteers from the undergraduate programmes actively participate in various social service activities. They participate in rallies, seminars, camps, and awareness programmes on Aids, Social evils, Domestic violence, Gender issues, Diabetes, Road safety, Environment etc. Annual activities of the units include a personality development workshop for the volunteers at the beginning of each academic year. On 28 and 29August 2009 the workshop titled "Sikaratthai Nookki" was organized for the volunteers. Dr. Kauslaya Moorthy and Justice M.N. Moorthy endowments sponsoring blood donation camp was conducted on August 3rd 2009. 180 units of blood were donated to the Lions Blood Bank. This is an annual feature, last academic year on 24 March 2009 the response for blood donation was overwhelming and in a day, over 250 units were collected on the college premises. Apart from this, blood donations camps in association with Lions Blood bank are also conducted. As part of the NSS annual activities, Special Camp in rural areas are organized. From 2004 to 2007, Kosapur in Thiruvalluvar district was adopted. The NSS volunteers built a 640 ft compound wall around the Elementary School in the village. That has improved the admissions and reduced dropouts. In 2007-08, Gnayiru village, and in 2008-09, Kanniyampalayam, in Thiruvalluvar district were selected for the Special Camp. During the ten day camp at the village, NSS volunteers brought various services to the residents. Ways of preparing simple handicrafts were taught to children; women were informed about self-help groups and its benefits. The volunteers also conducted a survey on the socio-economic conditions of the residents. An eye camp, a veterinary camp and health awarness programme was organized. The unit helps to build self-confidence and sensitizes its members to the society around them. National Cadet Corps (NCC) The NCC of the Ethiraj College is very popular and has several achievements to its credit and has maintained all records in the academic year. CSUO Chandini Manokaran from Economics Department won the silver medal in the prestigious All India Best Cadet AIBC event in the Republic Day Parade at New Delhi representing the Tamil Nadu Directorate. She marched along the much awed Rajpath, an honour bestowed upon only a select few cadets from the directorates all over India. She also did the MC for the flag Area Contest. CUO B. Sowmya from T.T.M Department, CUO K. Nandhini from Economics Department, Cpt. S. Lakshmi from Maths Department, Cpt. S. Nivetha of Physics Department and Cpt. C. Priyanka of B.B.M Department all were chosen to march along the beach during the Madras Republic Day Celebrations – MRD, 2009. Cpt. C. Priyanka of B.B.M Department attended the TSC Inter Group Competition – 1GC held at Madurai. Also along with Cpt. S. Lakshmi , Cdt. B. Revathi both from Maths Department and Cdt. Manisha Kumari from Advanced Zoology and BioTechnology Department , Cpt. C. Priyanka of B.B.M Department participated in the RDC IGC conducted at Coimbatore, representing Madras Group ‘A’. The directorate banner was won altogether by Madras Group ‘A’. Cpt. Mamta Goswami of B.B.M Department , L/Cpt M. Shobana, L/Cpt. S. Vinodhi and Cpt. S. Logeshwari all from Economics Department attended a 10 day trekking camp at Ooty during the month of May. L/Cpt M. Gurupriya of Psychology Department was chosen as the lone representative from Tamilnadu to attend a month long mountaineering camp at Kulu Manali. There, she was one among the three people to have successfully sealed the height of over 18,000 feet of the friendship Peak. Cdt. A. Bhagya of Economics Department was chosen as the only girl cadet from Tamilnadu representing the state in the Parajumping camp held at Agra. She holds the rare privilege of the highest jump by any girl in India due to her feat of a 3200 feet jump. Cpt. S. Nivetha of Physics Department, Cpt. K. Santhoshi of B.B.M Department , Cpt. Santhi of English Department, Cpt. Mamta Goswami of B.B.M Department Cdt. Mann Vizhi of Economics Department and Cdt. C.S. Sri Devi of Computer Science Department attended a National Integration Camp at Gujarat during the moth of November. Cpt. S. Nivetha won the second place in the solo dance event in the cultural competitions held there. Cdt. B. Revathi of Maths Department was chosen to attend the National Integration camp at Nagaland representing the state of Tamil Nadu. As the years come and go, the laurels and achievements the NCC cadets keep adding to the college never seem to cease. So has been the case in the academic year of 2009-2010, as it will always be. After all,it is not for nothing that they say that NCC is the place you need to be to dare to dream and Ethiraj College NCC at that!. Red Ribbon Club The Red Ribbon Club, a unit of NSS was launched in the Aided Stream. Two programmes on AIDS awareness were organized in the college. Our Volunteers participated in "Kalaingar Life Saving Scheme" launched by the Government of Tamilnadu. A bilingual news paper launched by the South India AIDS Action Programme (SIAAP) and the UNICEF were distributed to all the students of the college. On a regular basis RRC volunteers participated in various activities like visisting AIDS Awareness Exhibition held at Kilpauk Medical College, AIDS Cell Government General Hospital and World Heart Day Program Ethiraj College for Women (Autonomous) has the unique distinction of being the first college in the city to start a second unit of RRC in the evening college. It was started in the year 2006 with the objective of not only creating awareness on HIV/AIDS but also to inculcate social sensitivity and develop social responsibility in the students. The club was inaugurated by Dr. B. Regina Papa, State RRC Co- ordinator, Tamilnadu State AIDS Control Society(TANSACS)in August 2006. World AIDS Day was observed by distribution of HIV/AIDS awareness pamphlets to the public by RRC members at the Spencer’s junction and at the Co-optex junction in Egmore. The students attended the Right Youth Life Convention conducted by TANSACS in March 2007. A rally creating awareness on HIV/AIDS and on the importance of blood donation conducted along the route Ethiraj salai- south koovam road- harris road- marshals road in the month of August 2007. RRC Ethiraj (eve) created history by releasing a blood donors directory which was the first of its kind by a women’s college unit in the state. The Blood donors’ directory was released by Ms. Supriya Sahu, IAS, Project Director, TANSACS, it consists of list of donors in the evening college. World AIDS Day was jointly observed with Standard Chartered Bank. HIV+ children from CHES Ashram and Shelter Home were entertained by RRC members in the college auditorium,. A magic show and a puppet show were also organized. A inter-collegiate painting competition was held on the topic "one world one hope- right to stop AIDS" was also conducted. An interactive session on personal hygiene and reproductive health was conducted by Dr. Amudha Hari ,Gynaecologist , Founder, Mithras foundation. An HIV/AIDS awareness campaign was organized from 24th November to 1st December 2008. The students of RRC staged street plays in the Government schools in and around Egmore and Chetpet. World AIDS Day was observed with HIV+ children from SIP home. A magic show and cultural programme was also organized. Interactive sessions on celebrating life on promoting safe relationships, self The second edition of the Blood Donors Directory was released Dr. Vijayakumar IAS, Project Director, and TANSACS on Aug. 29th 2009. It consists of blood donors of both Aided and Self supporting stream. On Sep. 26th 2009, Dr.Lakshmi Vijayakumar, Founder, Sneha Foundation addressed the students on suicide prevention.A follow up programme for students diagnosed anaemic in the blood donation camp was conducted by Dr. Susheela of Lions Blood Bank. Our Volunteers participated in “Kalaingar Life Saving Scheme” launched by the Government of Tamilnadu. A bilingual news paper launched by the South India AIDS Action Programme (SIAAP) and the UNICEF were distributed to all the students of the college. On a regular basis RRC volunteers participated in various activities like visisting AIDS Awareness Exhibition held at Kilpauk Medical College, AIDS Cell Government General Hospital and World Heart Day Program Youth Red Cross The "Youth Red cross" of Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai is in operation for the past one decade. The volunteers serve with an open mind and work together harmoniously with dedication, love and kindness. As a primary duty the down trodden are taken care of. Other regular activities are * Preparing a sumptuous lunch and handicraft classes for the mentally challenged children * Inviting leading ophthalmologist and conducting eye camps to create awareness on eye donation and eye care among the youth * Helping to regulate the out patients in city hospital * Survey, Skit and model display of breakfast to emphasis the importance of breakfast * Putting up messages relating to health, cleanliness and hygiene on canteen notice boards * Creating nutritional awareness for the general public * Conducting blood and dental camps * Distribution of old clothes
The placement cell is an institutional arrangement in the college whose service is primarily extended to secure full time jobs to the final year students community. The Placement cell provides information regarding higher education in India and abroad, job opportunities available in the market through its notice board, emails and brochures. It also extends its services by offering various trainings to the students on personality development and career development skills, etc. The database of the students are managed by the cell which plays a critical role in getting jobs for the alumni. The Placement Cell of Ethiraj College has been assisting the students in paving a way to their career since 1998.The cell brought various personalities from various major organisations to the campus to talk to young talents on various employment opportunities in its early stages.From 2001,recruitment on the campus have been organised with top top notch companies vying with each other to tap the potential available in the college. We are proud to share that almost all major players like Wipro(BPO and Technologies),CTS(BPO and Technologies),TCS BPO,HCL Technologies,Goldman sachs ,Google etc visit our campus for recruitment every year. Every year the placement cell of Ethiraj College holds a 2 day career fair " BHAVISHYA " during which we call people from the corporate to speak on career opportunities and how to explore industry expectations etc. For the past couple of years, we have been organizing workshops on professional etiquettes for the prefinal years. The cell comprises of Placement Officer, Placement-in-charges (Faculty) and Placement representatives (Students) from each department under its umbrella. It is indeed pleasure for the placement cell to provide placements for Ethiraj College students.
Last Qualification Percentage: 
50 - 60 %
Library The Library’s primary mission is to serve the academic community with high-quality resources, services and act as a gateway to information to meet the needs of the institution’s diverse instructional, research and out reach programmes. The Library housed in a sprawling 32,000 sq.ft.. three storeyed building provides a stunning range of library collections and information services to the teaching, research and service functions of the user community. The Library houses over 91,917 books and 52 print journals and is also sufficiently supported by over 6000 online journals (EBSCO’s ‘Academic Search Elite’ and ‘Business Source Premier’.)The research wing has the doctoral and M.Phil dissertations for ready reference. Question banks and books for civil services examinations, bank entrance, TOEFL, GMAT, GRE, CAT, SAT, NET, SLET etc., are available. The Conference/ Seminar Hall is well equipped with gadgets like the LCD, OHP, Television, and Multimedia System. The automated open-access library functions from 8.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M. It also offers Network Resource sharing (Internet Centre) and Photo copying facilities. Our future initiatives are: * Transformation from collection management to knowledge management * Establishing a digital library * Founding of an archival cell Librarians Aided - Mrs.Premila Taiman,M.A.,M.LIS, Self Finance - Mrs.A.Suguna Bai Manikkam,B.Sc.,M.A.,B.Ed.,M.LIS,M.Phil., Mrs.K.Banumathi,B.Sc.,B.Ed.,M.LIS Events: The best practice of the General Library is Cornucopia- the annual Library fest. This is aimed towards marketing Library services. It brings all the book publishers and dealers on one platform through book exhibition. This enables to cultivate the habit of ‘own a book every year’. To accentuate the need for initiating the culture of reading among students a renowned speaker is invited to address the young community every year. Contact us: O44-42109256
Hostel & accomodation: 
Located in sylvan surroundings, the two block hostel facility is a home away from home for many students. The hostel facility of the college was started in 1948, by our beloved founder, Shri. V.L. Ethiraj. In those years, when women’s education itself was rare, our founder went the extra mile and thought about the security of the women who take to higher education. So he benevolently gave away his house that was situated within the campus premises to be converted to a hostel. Started for 169 students and teachers, the hostel facility of Ethiraj College has now been enhanced to include two individual blocks (one each for PG and UG inmates) situated with in the college premises and can accommodate 370 Indian and Foreign Nationals and NRI’s. In addition to this, the hostels have a gym, reading and recreation rooms, spacious dining halls, and telecommunication facilities. The hostels also house a full time doctor and many corporate hospitals are available in the vicinity for emergency situations. WARDEN : Dr. Mrs. M. Thavamani, Principal DEPUTY WARDEN : Ms. Priya , Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology
Post new comment