Currently celebrating its quartoseptcentennial, over the past 184 years Madras Christian College, Chennai has been carefully nurtured into one of south India’s top arts, science and commerce college.
In 1937 the college relocated from George Town to the 365-acre lush green Tambaram campus, a rare scrub jungle. The baton of leadership passed on to Indian hands when Chandran Devanesan, an alumnus of Harvard and Cambridge universities, was appointed the first Indian principal of MCC in 1962. Since then, highly qualified principals and faculty have built on the solid foundation of their predecessors to transform MCC into one of India’s most respected liberal arts, science and commerce colleges.
According to a college spokesperson, “We strive to fulfill the mission of our founding fathers by expanding infrastructure facilities and admitting differently-abled students and youth from socio-economically backward groups. Our unique Hall (hostel) culture, cosmopolitan mix and shared goals and bonds of students and faculty set us apart from other institutions” The college has moved with the times to provide contemporary, industry-attuned education and exposure to students, and has signed collaboration agreements with 30 foreign universities for student and faculty exchange programs, joint research projects and sharing of online resources.
Over 25 companies visit the MCC campus every year to recruit graduates, offering starting pay packets ranging from Rs.80, 000-5, 00,000 per annum.
Sports facilities include the cricket oval, hockey field, three football grounds, a lawn tennis and two basket-ball courts and a 400-metre athletics track. A host of extra-curricular activities and competitions are organised by the College Union Society (CUS). Yet, the pride of MCC is its 365-acre campus, the biodiversity of which students and teachers are actively involved in protecting. The campus boasts 150 bird and 75 butterfly species, small mammals and more than 150 tree varieties.
The college is distinguished by a lake on campus. It is curator’s duty is to maintain the natural resources by ensuring that no damage is done through unauthorized cutting of plants or grasses.. The Miller Memorial Library is another landmark building, built in anticipation of then-prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s visit in 1987. The library has several thousand books and periodicals in every course administered by the college and many others. A section of these books and journals are now being digitized for use by the students. The library has facilities for visually handicapped students to read in Braille
The campus houses a working farm, many outdoor sports fields and a shooting range, besides faculty residences and an international guest house.
Top priority infrastructure projects include a new multipurpose auditorium at a projected cost of Rs.12 crore and construction of an indoor sports stadium. There are plans to introduce an international MBA program in collaboration with leading US and UK universities; start a community college in Tambaram to offer vocational courses; and introduce a Korean language diploma program.
The hall of residences which comprises of five halls forms the crux of the student life here.
This autonomous Christian minority college is affiliated to the University of Madras and boasts of 5,904 students mentored by 300 faculties on its rolls with its 16 departments each in the aided and self-financing streams offering 33 under-graduate and postgraduate courses, and 17 diplomas, vocational and doctoral programs. After MCC was granted academic autonomy in 1978 by the University Grants Commission (UGC), it made rapid strides in research, publication, introduction of new courses, curricular innovation and examination reforms. In 2004, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) bestowed an A+ grade on MCC.
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Business Management
Bachelor of Arts in History, Archaeology & Museology
Bachelor of Science Zoology, Industrial Fish & Fisheries
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Bachelor of Science in Physical Education
Bachelor of Science in Physics
Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology & Plant Biotechnology
Bachelor of Social Work
Bachelor of Commerce in Vocational Program
Master of Science in Applied Microbiology
Master of Science in Chemistry
Master of Social Work
Master of Arts
Master of Commerce
Master of Science
Aided stream programs- BA & MA: history (archeology and museology), political science, economics,philosophy, Tamil, English, Masters in public administration.
B.Sc & M.Sc: mathematics, statistics, physics, chemistry, plant biology & biotechnology, zoology,
zoology. B.Com (advertising, sales promotion)
Fees: Aided stream programs: Rs.9,388-12,305 per annum
Full-fee programs- B.Com, BBA, BCA, B.Sc: mathematics, physics, microbiology, viscom, physical education, geography, tourism and travel.
BA: journalism, social work.
MA: communication, MSW (human resource management), M.Sc: marine studies, chemistry, applied microbiology, M.Com & MCA
Full-fee (self-financed programs): Rs.21,500-81,500 per year
The college has moved with the times to provide contemporary, industry-attuned education and exposure to students, and has signed collaboration agreements with 30 foreign universities for student and faculty exchange programs, joint research projects and sharing of online resources.
Over 25 companies visit the MCC campus every year to recruit graduates, offering starting pay packets ranging from Rs.80,000-5,00,000 per annum.
MCC has been ranked among the top 20 colleges in the EducationWorld India Autonomous Colleges Rankings 2020-21.
The campus houses separate hostel for boys and girls with all modern amenities.