Dharmamurthi Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan Chettys Hindu College
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The origin of the college is traced back to the LAST WILL and testament of the born-to-serve man, Calavala Cunnan Chetty Garu. He had the divine grace of being the doyen among the Arya Vysya community. The seer was so service minded that his WILL says, “.... the bulk of my properties should be utilised for charities and that my name should be perpetuated not by descendants but by schemes of public benefactions which I am anxious to organise and provide for”. To fructify his vision he established a Hindu Public Charitable Institution ‘Dharmamurthi Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty’s Charities’ and nominated prominent citizens from Arya Vysya community its members.
The great man was of the view that education alone could uplift the downtrodden. He himself had established a Sanskrit College at Triplicane and an Elementary School at Mambalam (T. Nagar). He financially supported a Primary School for girls at Chintadripet, a Girls’ School at Narayana Mudali Street, George Town and another School at Thambu Chetty Street, near Parrys’ Corner. He was also maintaining a Library for the use of the poor students.
Not content with the educational services he was also running Ayurvedic Dispensaries and Free Choultries. He was also a prominent member of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (SPCA)
The Members of the Trust Board are as dedicated as the founder himself and have strongly resolved to continue the founder’s academic services. The result is the three famous schools viz. Dharmamurthi Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty’s Higher Secondary School at Perambur, Dharmamurthi Rao Bahaddur Calavala Cunnan Chetty’s Hindu Higher Secondary School at Trivellore and Seetha Kingston Matriculation Higher Secondary School at Kilpauk and a College - Dharmamurthi Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty’s Hindu College at Pattabiram. The last two institutions were started to commemorate the Birth Centenary of our donor. None of the educational institutions under the Trust Board collects capitation fees.
The Trust, in continuation of the founder’s social services, makes regular monthly contributions to many needy institutions and individuals. Abhaya Nilayam at Mylapore and the Society for the Protection of Children - the Destitute Home at Washermenpet are among the numerous institutions that enjoy the financial assistance of our Trust. A free choultry is being run at Egmore for those who come to Madras for medical treatment. The Trust also voluntarily donated a substantial sum towards the cost of five class rooms to Sri Kanyaka Parameswari Devasthanam and Charities for their Women’s College at Kothwal Market.
Sri Swami Venkatachalam Chetty was the President and Correspondent of all the educational institutions under the Charities between 1921 and 1951. He thought of upgrading the High School into a College. In 1963 the idea was vigorously pursued by Sri. C. Ethiraj, the then Honorary Correspondent of all the educational institutions under the Charities. He successfully realised this vision in 1969. Thiru. D. Rajarathnam, the then M.L.A. of Poonamallee Constituency, helped the Charities acquire suitable land for the college. The Government of Tamil Nadu permitted the Management to enter upon 21.52 acres of land within the Avadi Township Area on the Madras - Tiruvellore State Highway at Pattabiram. Lecture Halls were built within a month at the cost of Rs. 1.5 lakhs. A master plan was prepared for permanent buildings at an estimated cost of Rs. 25 lakhs.
The College started functioning from 3rd July, 1969 with PUC classes in Humanities. In 1970 B.A. History, B.A. Economics and B.Sc., Mathematics courses were introduced. During 1971 - 1974 strenuous efforts were made to acquire more land and to obtain alienation orders from the Government for the entire extent of 39.52 acres. A building grant of Rs. 75,000 was received from the Government of Tamil Nadu due to the initiative of Sri.G.Govindarajan, the then Principal.
Indian Bank helped the Management with financial assistance. Thanks to these financial aids the foundation stone for the new block was laid in September 1973. Sri C. Ethiraj had been a great asset as well as source of strength to the College as the First Honorary Correspondent. He rendered proverbial services to this Institution during his tenure. In fact, his untiring efforts and commitment are the real foundations on which the college is built up. He laid down his office as the Honorary Correspondent of the College in March 1973.
The Management Committee was then re-constituted and re-designed as Educational Sub-Committee. Sri M. Nammalwar Chetty was the Chairman of the Committee. Sri C. Ethiraj, Sri C.Emberumanar Gupta, Dr. T. M. Srinivasan, Sri. P. Venkataswamy, Sri. C. Venkatachalam were the members and the Principal became the ex-officio member of the Committee.
Dr. T.M. Srinivasan was elected the Honorary Correspondent of the College. In the academic year 1975 - 1976 the Sub-Committee secured affiliation to B.Com. Course.
At the World Telugu Conference held in Madras, Sri. J. Vengal Rao, the then Chief-Minister of Andhra Pradesh and Sri M.V. Krishna Rao, the then Minister for Education of Andhra Pradesh, expressed their desire to establish an Institute of Higher Education in Madras to encourage the Telugu Minority group to pursue higher education. Sri C. Emberumanar Gupta, one of our Trustees suggested to Sri J.V. Somayajulu that opening a new Institution would require land and more funds. Instead the Government of Andhra Pradesh might extend their assistance to ‘Dharmamurthi Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty’s Charities’ which was already running a College efficiently. Sri J. Vengal Rao promised that the Government of Andhra Pradesh would offer matching grants for the construction of buildings. The Indian bank offered a loan of Rs. 3,75,000 towards construction of lecture halls. Smt. Narasamma, a local resident, donated 1.17 acres of land to the College.
The construction of building began in 1975. In March the same year the Chief Minister and the Education Minister of Andhra Pradesh visited the college. To the delight of all concerned they announced a grant of 4 lakhs - 2 lakhs from the Government of Andhra Pradesh and 2 lakhs from Tirumala-Thirupathi Devasthanams, Hon’ble Sri J. Vengal Rao laid the foundations stone for the Seethamma Science Block. The stone laying function was presided over by Sri Justice Ram Prasad Rao. The humane grant of the Government of Andhra Pradesh and the T.T. Devasthanams gave us Twelve Lecture Halls.
The academic year 1976 - 1977 marks the introduction co-education in the college. In the year, 1978 - 1979 the University of Madras granted affiliation to B.A. English Literature. Affiliation to certificate course in Telugu and Hindi under part I for B.A., B.Sc., and B.Com., was also obtained in the same year. In the following academic year 1979 - 1980 affiliation to B.A., Telugu Literature was obtained. Dr. T.M. Srinivasan laid down his office as Honorary Correspondent on 31st March 1981. His tenure gave the college a steady and rapid growth. Sri C.N. Alwar Chetty became the next Honorary Correspondent of the college on 1st April 1981. He secured affiliation to B.A. Corporate Secretaryship. After a satisfactory service to the cause of education, he chose to retire on health grounds in 1990.
Sri M.V. Cunniah Chetty B.Sc., B.Com., became the Secretary of the College on 6th June 1990. He incepted the Evening College in the same campus in the academic year 1995 - 1996 to bring in new courses. The Evening College is under self-financing scheme. However, as per the WILL of our founder it is absolutely service oriented. In the evening college B.Sc., Computer Science was introduced in 1995 - 1996. B.Com., and B.B.A., were introduced in 1996 - 1997. The University of Madras granted affiliation to B.Sc. Mathematics in 1997 - 1998 and to B.C.A. in 1999 - 2000. B.A. Corporate Secretaryship and B.Sc. Electronics Science courses were introduced in the academic year 2000 - 2001. M.Sc. Computer Science, the first Post-Graduate course of the College, was also introduced in the same year. Having served the cause of education for more than a decade he preferred retirement on 31st March 2001. The Seethamma Block was constructed at a cost of Rs. 60,00,000/-. It was declared open by Hon’ble Chief Justice Sri K.G. Balakrishnan, Chennai High Court on 25th March 2000 during Tri-Decennial Celebrations of the college. It houses Computer Lab, Electronics Lab and Evening College classes. Having served the cause of education for more than a decade he preferred retirement on 31st March 2001.
Sri M. Venkatesaperumal, B.A., F.C.A., took charge as the Secretary of the College with effect from 01-04-2001. His immediate achievement was to secure affiliation to B.Sc. Information Systems Management course in the academic year 2001 - 2002. Introduction of M.Sc. Mathematics from the academic year 2003 - 2004 and M.Com. in the academic year 2004 - 2005 are also his achievements. B.Com. 3rd section and Diploma in Computerised Accounting have been introduced during the academic year 2005-2006. Apart from this, the construction of compound wall to the College Campus was a marvelous achievement in his stewardship. He strongly believes in team work that steers the College further towards the realisation of the vision of our noble minded Donor. Under his stewardship, the College hopes to introduce many more courses to mould more number of young minds. The ‘Dharmamurthi Calavala Cunnan Chetty Block’ was constructed at a cost of Rs. 78.30 Lakhs. It was declared open by Sri V.R. Bakthavatsalam, the then president of the Board of Trustees on 8th September 2003. It houses Library, Computer lab and Evening College classes. The 82.5 KVA Generator was installed at a cost of Rs. 6.50 lakhs. It was switched on by Sri. M.V. Cunniah Chetty, office trustee, on the same day.
The Dharmamurthi Cunnan Chetty Block was constructed at a cost of Rs. 78,30,000/-. It was declared open by Sri V.R. Baktavatsalam, the then President of the Board of Trustees on 8th Sep. 2003. It houses Library, Computer Lab, Evening College classes and Staff rooms.
The Cunnan Auditorium was constructed at a cost of Rs.19,32,000/-. It was declared open by Sri Vummudi Sreehari Trustee on 10th April 2005, which accommodates about 1000 persons.
The Cunnan Block Reception Hall additional class rooms and staff rooms were constructed at a cost of Rs.30,83,000/-. It was declared open by Sri M.V. Cunnaiah Chetty, Office Trustee on 10th April 2005.
The Dharmamurthi Cunnan Chetty Decennial Block was constructed at a cost of Rs.24,11,000/-. It was declared open by Sri C. Venkatachalam, Trustee on 10th April 2005. It houses Evening College classes.
The tenure of Sri M.Venjatesaperumal, our respected Secretary, ended on 31st March 2006. Sri M.V. Cunniah Chetty, B.Sc.,B.Com. took over as the secretary of our college for the second term with effect from 01.04.2006. He has been the guiding spirit for the present all round development of our college.
The NAAC Peer Team visited our college on 7th & 8th April 2006 and has accredited our college with B+ Grade. The college aspires to bring in more courses to widen the opportunity of learning for more Young learners. M.Sc. Information Technology was introduced in the Evening College during the academic year 2006-07.
B.Sc. Visual Communication, B.Com. Accounting & Finance and Master of Social Work (MSW) were introduced during the academic year 2007-08.
Sri M.Venkatesaperumal became the Secretary of the College with effect from 01.04.2009.
I B.Com Acc.Fin. & I B.C.A. additional Sections were introduced during the academic year 2009-2010.
The Cunnan Ruby Jubilee Block was constructed at a cost of Rs.3.50 Crores. It was declared open by Dr.G.Thiruvasagam, Vice-chancellor, University of Madras on 17th April 2010 which houses various class rooms, seminar hall, staff rooms, ladies waiting hall, drawing hall, multimedia lab, studios, acoustics, edit room, pre-view theare and extension activities(NCC, NSS & YRC).