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|Latin: Pcayappas collegium|
|Pachaiyappa's Central Institution|
|Motto||Mens Agitat Molem (Latin)|
Motto in English
|"Mind Moves Matter"|
|Type||Aided & self-financed|
|Established||1 January 1842 (1842-01-01)|
|President||Thiru S.Raju, M.A.,M.L. (A.G. & O.T.) Administrator(Interim)|
|Affiliations||University of Madras|
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.
In addition, Pachaiyappa's College (1842) is the 4th oldest institution in the country, 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
- Chellammal Women's College
- C. Kandaswami Naidu College for Men
- Kandasamy Naidu College for Women (KNC), Cuddalore.
- Pachaiyappa's College for Men, Kanchipuram.
- Pachaiyappa's College for Women, Kanchipuram.
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.
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)
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
A listing of notable alumni is published by the college. Some of those named are as follows.
- Kasu Brahmananda Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, 1964–71
- Murasoli Maran, politician
- Prof. K. Anbazhagan, politician
- Navalar Nedunchezhiyan, politician, Interim Chief minister, Minister for 25 years
- E. V. K. Sampath, politician and one of the founders of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
- C. Vijayaraghavachariar, former President of the Indian National Congress
- K. C. Reddy, first Chief Minister of old state of Mysore
- Boddepalli Rajagopala Rao, parliamentarian
- Dr C N Annadurai, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, 1967–69
- Nanjil .K. Manoharan, Finance Minister during MGR's Government and Revenue Minister during M. Kaunanidhi's Government
- E. Pugazhendi, Cuddalore Legislator thrice
- Durai Murugan, Kadpadi, Vellore Legislator and Senior Most Cabinet Minister of TN State in the last 4 decades
- Chengee Ramachandran, Union Minister and Senior Parliamentarian
- Erode Ganesamurthy, Senior Parliamentarian, thrice as Member of Parliament
- Nellikuppam Krishnamoorthi Senior Parliamentarian 1967, and Senior Legislative assembly member in 1962, 1971 and 1980. Public Accounts Committee Chairman in 1980.
IAS and IPS Officers
- P. Natesan, IAS Officer
- DGP R. Sekar, IPS Officer
- C.K. Gandhirajan, IPS Officer
- Dr M C Sarangan, IPS Officer
- Paravastu Chinnayasuri, Telugu poet and professor of Telugu language
- Pammal Sambandha Mudaliar, Tamil playwright
- Mamidipudi Venkatarangayya, history writer
- Vairamuthu, poet
- K. D. Thirunavukkarasu, Tamil scholar and Sahitya Akademi Award winner
- Tapi Dharma Rao, Telugu journalist and Sahitya Akademi Award winner
- R. S. Manohar, drama and Tamil cinema actor
- A. M. Rajah, singer and music director
- D. Imman, music director
- Na. Muthukumar, Tamil Lyricist
- N. Madhava Rao - Former Diwan of Kingdom of Mysore, Member of Drafting Committee, Mysore Civil Service(ICS Officer)
- Robin Singh, former Indian cricketer
- Bharath Reddy, former Indian cricketer
- Dr. S. Yesudhason, former Principal, NMS S. Vellaichamy Nadar College, Madurai
- M.Periayasamy, academist, poet
- Prof. M. Ilanchezhian, -Tamil Scholar and Writer, Professor, Rationalist
- M. B. Nirmal, environmentalist and founder of Exnora International
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