Pachaiyappa's College

Pachaiyappa's College
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Latin: Pcayappas collegium
Former name
Pachaiyappa's Central Institution
Motto Mens Agitat Molem (Latin)
Motto in English
"Mind Moves Matter"
Type Aided & self-financed
Established 1 January 1842; 179 years ago (1842-01-01)
President Thiru S.Raju, M.A.,M.L. (A.G. & O.T.) Administrator(Interim)
Principal Dr.R.Srijayanthi, M.Com.,M.Phil.,Ph.D.
Location , ,
13°4′23.25″N 80°13′59.05″E / 13.0731250°N 80.2330694°E / 13.0731250; 80.2330694Coordinates: 13°4′23.25″N 80°13′59.05″E / 13.0731250°N 80.2330694°E / 13.0731250; 80.2330694
Campus Urban
Colors Green
Affiliations University of Madras
Mascot Pachaiyappa Mudaliar

Pachaiyappa's College is one of the oldest educational institutions in Chennai, in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. In addition, it is the first sole Indian college in Madras Presidency.


Pachaiyappa's College, Chennai is the offspring of a superlative act of private philanthropy of its progenitor, Pachaiyappa Mudaliar, who had made himself a master financier and merchant prince when he was just 22 years old. Inspired and motivated by the preciousness and large-heartedness of the benevolent founder. This college had its genesis in the famous Will of Pachaiyappa Mudaliar.

The college was established as Pachaiyappa's Central Institution at Popham's Broadway on 1 January 1842, from money given in Pachaiyappa Mudaliar's will. It was the first educational institution in South India, which was not funded by the British. The architecture of the institution is vast monumental, consisting of Indo-Saracenic and the architecture of South India. It gained college status in 1889, and until 1947 only admitted Hindu students.[1]

In addition, Pachaiyappa's College (1842) is the 4th oldest institution in the country,[1] next to Madras Christian College (1837) and Presidency College (1840) as 3 from the top 5 oldest institutions in the country are from South India.


The Pachaiyappa's College Administration is governed by a board of trustees called Pachaiyappa's trust board. The Board oversees the long-term development and plans of the Institution and manages fundraising efforts. The board also control's various other Institutions in the state.

List of colleges under Pachaiyappa's Trust Board


As a remembrance and a devotion, the college awards a prize to the student who stands first among all mathematics students in the name of S.P. Singaravelu Mudaliar, who was a teacher of renowned mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.[2][3]

Academic departments

Undergraduate (U.G.)

SHIFT I: Aided


  • B.A. (History)
  • B.A. (Tamil Lit.)
  • B.A. (English Lit.)
  • B.A. (Economics)
  • B.A. (Philosophy)


  • B.Com. (General)
  • B.Com. (Corporate)


  • BSc (Mathematics)
  • BSc (Physics)
  • BSc (Chemistry)
  • BSc (Plant Biology & Plant Biotechnology)
  • BSc (Advanced Zoology & Biotechnology)

SHIFT II: Self-financed


  • B.Com. (General)
  • BSc (Computer Science)
  • B.Com. (Bank Management)
  • B.Com. (Accounting & Finance)
  • B.B.A.
  • B.C.A

Postgraduate (P.G.)

SHIFT I : Aided


  • M.A. (Tamil Lit.)
  • M.A. (Economics)
  • M.A. (English Lit.)
  • M.A. (History)
  • M.A. (Philosophy)


  • M.Com. (General)

Science and philosophy

  • MSc Mathematics
  • MSc Chemistry
  • MSc Physics
  • MSc Botany
  • MSc Zoology
  • M.Phil. English
  • M.Phil. Mathematics
  • M.Phil. Philosophy
  • M.Phil. History
  • M.Phil. Economics
  • M.Phil. Chemistry
  • M.Phil. Botany
  • M.Phil. Zoology
  • M.Phil. Commerce


  • PhD Tamil
  • PhD English
  • PhD Maths
  • PhD Philosophy
  • PhD History
  • PhD Economics
  • PhD Physics
  • PhD Chemistry
  • PhD Botany
  • PhD Zoology
  • PhD Commerce

Notable alumni

A listing of notable alumni is published by the college.[4] Some of those named are as follows.



IAS and IPS Officers

Literary figures



Postage stamp

On 31 March 2010, the Indian Postal Service released a commemorative postage stamp on Pachaiyappa Mudaliar. The multi colour stamp was designed by India Security Press, Nasik.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Don't fall for fake news, Tamil Nadu CM tells students". The New Indian Express. 5 May 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Kalaskar Educational Service Provider India - Job Offers & Latest Jobs Listings Employment News in India". Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  3. ^ "2011_10_01_archive". Retrieved 25 September 2017.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Pachaiyappa's College Alumni". Pachaiyappa's College. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Vallal Pachaiyappa". 4 January 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2019.