Government Arts College, Nandanam, Chennai 37, had originated in the middle of the 18th century as a School, called Madrasa, and in 1901, it was upgraded into a College with the objective of accommodating Muslim students, which continued till it acquired its present status in 1948. Ever since, equal opportunity came to be extended to students of all communities, irrespective of religious denomination.
At its present location, it is well situated to serve the needs of the pupils settled in the central regions of the Metropolis. Though it is situated in Chennai, it draws students from the neighboring districts. A distinct character of the Institution is that it caters to the needs of the lower rungs of the society.
The college has both Under-Graduate (U.G.) and Post-Graduate (P.G.) courses in Arts, Science and Commerce. Tamil literature, English literature, History, Economics and the newly introduced Business Administration are the five U.G. courses offered in Arts discipline. Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Plant Biology & Biotechnology, and Zoology are the six U.G. courses in Science discipline. Whereas, in the Commerce stream, B.Com. and Corporate Secretaryship are offered. In the P.G. courses, apart from M.com. and M.Sc., Aquaculture, the College has newly introduced M.Sc. Maths and M.Sc. Computer Science. The Department of Zoology offers research programme.
The Vision of the College is to create a prosperous nation with enlightened and socially responsible citizens. The Mission of the College is to produce disciplined, competent, socially committed, and morally upright intellectuals.
The Goals and Objectives of our College are:
To impart quality higher education, adapting to the changing global environment, and helping self-support among the socially backward, economically poor and downtrodden sections of the society.
To impart value based education so as to inculcate a sense of social responsibility, patriotism and awareness to become dutiful citizens of our nation.
To promote technical skills and knowledge to meet the ever growing challenges and to impart competency to young people.
The college is committed to providing value based, job oriented education to the youth, especially to the socially and economically backward students hailing from rural areas. The goal is to enlighten and empower the youth and mould them into responsible citizens.
All the academic programmes have been designed and periodically updated with the inputs obtained from the internal and external academics, and the experts from the professional bodies/ industries. While formulating the programmes, the academic council and the boards of studies of various departments take into consideration the students’ progression to employment and higher studies, social commitment, environmental awareness and global demands.
Though the college is not accorded a status of research centre, many of the faculty members guide research students, as they have been recognized as external research supervisors. As the college is endowed with facilities for promoting basic research and research culture, various projects from different funding agencies are carried out by our staff. The efficient research by the staff members of our College is reflected from the 184 papers published so far in various refereed journals and by the 255 International and National Conferences attended by them.