Queen Mary’s College is best known as a pioneer in the task of empowering women through education. It was started in 1914 by the British Government as Madras College for Women. With a modest intake of 33 women students at the time of inception, it has, over the 108 years of its existence, grown phenomenally from an Intermediate to a tertiary level institution and on to a full- fledged premier institution. Today it caters to over 5000 women students. It is the first government college to go in for accreditation by NAAC and was accredited with ‘4 star status’ in 1999. The college was granted autonomy in 1987. The college has gone in for re-accreditation and currently accredited with ‘A’ Grade.
The scenic and sprawling campus of 17 acres located on the famed Marina and overlooking the magnificent vista of the Bay of Bengal, symbolizes the history of its endeavours to reach new horizons of knowledge. This college has launched women into all spheres of life: its alumni have played decisive roles in governmental and non-governmental organizations, both nationally and internationally and have achieved global recognition.
Queen Mary’s College has been ranked 47 in the NIRF-2022 rankings. The wide cross section of disciplines include humanities (History, Sociology and Languages - English, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Hindi, Sanskrit and French), Applied Sciences like Computer Science, Clinical Nutrition, Home Science, Biochemistry as well as all the major Basic Sciences – Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. The college also offers Under Graduate courses in Geography, Physical Education and Music. Most of the departments on campus are either Post Graduate departments or full time research departments. Queen Mary’s College is blessed with the kind of academic environment where a student can evolve from an enthusiastic undergraduate to a keen research scholar. There are 24 departments offering 23 Under Graduate programs, 18 Post Graduate programs and 13 M. Phil programs in the college, among which 12 departments offer Ph.D programs. Every department has its niche in a sprawling green campus. The college campus provides the perfect ambience for knowledge acquisition and expansion.
Education is the most powerful weapon
which you can use to change the world
The College has played a dominant role in empowering women from disadvantaged sections of society. Tuned to societal needs, the college has as its mission the following aims and objectives:
Doing the commendable, creating the memorable and achieving the historic has proved to be the credo of Queen Mary’s College. The most recent proud moment was on 25th May 2022, when the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Thiru. M.K Stalin visited Queen Mary’s College. The college was selected to host the Youth Skill Development Festival. The event was coordinated by Rural and Panchayat Raj Department and Labour Welfare and Skill Development Department. A festive atmosphere pervaded the college with the stalls set up by women’s Self Help Groups. Tamil Nadu Skill Development Corporation also conducted an overwhelming exercise in dissemination of “skill training” in various sectors through their stalls. The event was not only glorious but an outreach to the student community with regard to skill training as well. The Chief Minister enthused the youth who were present on the occasion and also those watching the live programme through his motivational slogan, “Naan Mudhalvan”. He shared his vision of preparing the youth of the state industry through skill training and boosting the economy of the state by training and education for gainful employment.
Given the policy of equal opportunity and the egalitarian climate of college, education at Queen Mary’s College is the privilege of a lifetime. It is a place where every student feels at home and is encouraged to discover herself. The journey of a life of fulfilment begins here where the young minds are tuned to become socially responsible individuals.