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Stella Maris College - SMC
Stella Maris College, a Catholic minority institution of higher education for women, was founded in 1947. Beginning in a small one-storey building on August 15th of that year with 32 students in Santhome, Mylapore, the College was relocated in 1960 to its present campus “The Cloisters” on Cathedral Road in the heart of the city of Chennai. Today, the College has an enrollment of more than 4,500 students from diverse backgrounds, communities and nations.
The College is an autonomous institution affiliated to the University of Madras and is partly residential. It is under the management of the Society of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, a Catholic religious congregation founded by Blessed Mary of the Passion (Hélène de Chappotin) in Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu in 1877. Guided by her charism, the initiatives of the College arise from a sound philosophy of life based on faith in God and the contemporary reality of a pluralistic Indian society which is challenged by global ideologies and cultures. The College is committed to serving the economically and socially marginalised sections of society. It provides university education in a Christian atmosphere for deserving students, especially those belonging to the Catholic community. Admission is open to all irrespective of caste and creed and their rights of conscience are respected.