Stella Maris College, a Catholic minority institution was founded on August 15, 1947. The college started in a small one-storey building in Santhome, Mylapore with 32 students and moved to its present campus “The Cloisters” on Cathedral Road in 1960. Stella Maris College became autonomous in the year 1987. It is affiliated to the Madras University and run by the Society of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. The mission of the college is to empower young women to face the challenges of life with courage and commitment, to be builders of a humane and a just society, to promote a learning community in which all, especially those from less-privileged backgrounds, feel part of the collaborative high quality educational process.
Undergraduate courses B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) History and Tourism Sociology Economics English Fine Arts B.Sc (Bachelor of Science) Mathematics, Physics Chemistry Zoology B.Com (Bachelor of Commerce) Commerce Corporate Secretaryship B.C.A. (Bachelor of Computer Applications) B.V.A. (Bachelor of Visual Arts) B.S.W. (Bachelor of Social Work) Postgraduate courses M.Sc (Master of Science) Biotechnology Bioinformatcis Chemistry Mathematics Information Technology M.A. (Master of Arts) Economics English International Studies Public Relations Fine Arts MSW (Master of Social Work) Diploma courses Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology - DMIT Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science Research programs M.Phil - Social Work M.Phil and Ph.D (Arts) –Economics, English, Fine Arts M.Phil and Ph.D (Science) - Mathematics
The college was one of the few chosen to start the pilot project of the National Service Scheme in 1968. It became autonomous in 1987 and from the 1990s the college started offering new job-oriented courses and additional sections for the departments of B.Com and Mathematics. It restructured its system of education by introducing a credit-based system in 1997.
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