About Madras Christian College (MCC), Chennai

Chennai (Tamil Nadu)   Estd : 1865 Approved by : UGC, NAAC Type : Private

About Madras Christian College

Madras Christian College (MCC) began its life as a School founded in 1837 by Rev. John Anderson, a missionary from Scotland. The School became a College in 1865 during Dr William Miller’s dynamic stewardship of the institution. In 1937, a hundred years after founding, the College gave up its growingly strident and congested city centre establishment in Georgetown for a sprawling 365 acres spread in suburban Tambaram. It was in this felicitous campus that Dr A.J. Boyd and his team of professors evolved a new pattern of learning and living, which made ‘Tambaram’ a byword for a unique brand of education.

The college was one among the first institutions in the country to be granted Autonomy in 1978. Autonomy has helped to bring academic pursuits closer to the life of the student, teacher and the neighbourhood. Introduction of new courses, curricular innovations and examination reforms have made education here more significant and contemporary. Inducement to sustained industry, emphasis on work with a practical orientation, and methods of learning through oral and written presentations have enhanced competence and committment resulting in a more exhilarating study ethos and atmosphere.

A significant milestone in the 26th year of autonomy (2003-2004) was the ushering in of the restructured curriculum at the Postgraduate level of the Aided Stream and the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels of the Self-Financed Stream (SFS) under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). The CBCS was introduced at the Undergraduate level of Aided Stream from the academic year 2004-2005. This facility strengthens the academic potential of the students as it provides flexibility in the choice of courses within the framework of the disciplines of study offered by the Departments. The introduction of the CBCS ensures compatibility with the academic norms practiced in similar institutions of excellence in India and abroad.

In 2012, the College was reaccredited with a grade A by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). This has been made possible due to the College’s achievement in the area of academic research and consultancy offered by the faculty, International programmes, service-learning, student governance, sports, cultural activities and partnerships. Currently, College enrolment is a mix of over 3500 men and 2500 women students including nearly 150 research scholars from different parts of India and from 18 countries abroad. The College has a highly distinguished faculty. Innovative academic programmes are designed and offered by the Departments. Madras Christian College has consistently been ranked among the top Arts and Science Colleges in the country.  

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has awarded the College with Potential for Excellence (CPE) status for the period 2014 – 2019.  

The college has plethora of co-curricular activities, organized and run by students. It includes cultural festivals and competitions in public speaking and debating, quiz and creative writing, painting and sculpturing, dramatics and theatre and other games of mental and verbal skills which contribute to the wholesome development of the student. The College is endowed with fine play fields and sports facilities. In athletics and other sports activities the College continues to keep old traditions of winning and sportspersonship alive. The salubrious sylvan campus comprising scrub and open field is a bird watcher’s paradise and a delight to walk, jog or merely indulge in flights of fantasy.

Awards & Rankings

August 24, 2010 goes into the history of our College as one of the red-lettered days. It was on this day that the college received “The Best College Award” along with a citation and a cheque for Rs. One lakh by the Govenment of Tamil Nadu.

Madras Christian College Vision and Mission

Mission :

The Madras Christian College with the inspiration of the love of God, offers to people of all communities education of the whole person which is congruous with God's revelation in Christ of the true nature of humanity, and is appropriate to the needs of India and the world.

Director Message

Principle Message :

Madras Christian College with its rich heritage, inimitable culture and adorable founding principles viz., academic excellence, spiritual vitality and social relevance, has been serving humanity since 1837.

The College was one among the first few institutions in the Country to be granted Autonomy in 1978, and in 2016 rose to the level of “College with Potential for Excellence” by the University Grants Commission. God’s providence has enabled the College with innumerable growth and development in the recent past, which places the College as one of the top most institutions in India in Higher Education, and much sought after by overseas universities and colleges for academic cooperation.

Students of MCC (both past and present) have brought laurels in almost all walks of life, thus realizing the vision of the founding fathers. While the College witnessed new strides in diverse areas of academics, administration and amenities in 2016, it also experienced a severe loss of a substantial number of old trees due to Vardah Cyclone on 12th December 2016. Such an experience is not new to the campus, as similar challenges have been faced in 1966 and 1994.

May the season of advent, and the dawn of 2017 bring not only the joy and peace of the birth of the Saviour of the world, but also new phases of progression in the New Year, and with this hope we shall remain.

R.W. Alexander Jesudasan
Principal & Secretary

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Contact Details of Madras Christian College, Chennai

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    +91-044-22390675 / 22396772
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    Madras Christian College, Tambaram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India PIN 600 059