Ethiraj College for Women

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Ethiraj College for Women
Motto To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield
Established 1948
Type Autonomous
Chairman V.M. Muralidharan
Principal Dr. A. Nirmala
Location Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Affiliations University of Madras

Ethiraj College for Women is a degree-granting college for women in Chennai, India. It was founded in 1948 by V. L. Ethiraj, the Founder Chairman of the Ethiraj College Trust. The current Chairman is V.M. Muralidharan.

About the Founder[edit]

V.L. Ethiraj was born on 18 July 1890 , in a very respectable and affluent family. His father Lakshmana Swamy Mudaliar, was a well known philanthropist of Thottapalayam village in Vellore District. V.L. Ethiraj graduated from Presidency College, Chennai. He was tutored by Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the first President of Republic India. A magnanimous and a wealthy barrister, he took his legal degree from University of Dublin and on his return to India joined The Madras Bar. Within a short period he built up a lucrative practice by his efficiency and was the first Indian to be appointed as Crown Prosecutor by the British Government.

He believed in the dictum that educating a man is educating an individual, educating a woman is educating the entire family. True to his belief he donated his life’s earnings - a mammoth sum of Rs.10 lakhs and the title deeds of two bungalows for providing quality education for women.

About the College[edit]

Ethiraj College for Women was established with a commitment to provide quality education to women with strong emphasis on values and tradition and with the singular mission of empowering women.

Situated in the heart of the city of Chennai in 9 acres of campus area, the college stands self contained with prestigious structures measuring to a total plinth area of 3,48,751Sq.ft. The infrastructural facility and the vision which is kept up by the successive managements, principals, faculty and students which has gained for the college the five star status from NAAC and the college with Potential for Excellence award from UGC. Thousands of students have passed out of the portals of the college, carrying with them the aura and dignity of the institution itself. The students are today occupying enviable positions all over the world from diplomatic circles to law and order to teaching and caring for the under privileged. They have also won national awards for their contribution to the nation's cultural and educational legacy. In strengthening the core competencies, the college has been making steady progress. The college has a dedicated team of 283 faculty members who maintain academic excellence and about 6500 students who are the anchor to sustain the vision of the institution. The college has high standards of academic excellence and the zeal for constant updating and renewal.


  • V. L. Ethiraj, Barrister-at-Law [1948-60]
  • V.T. Rangaswami, B.A.B.L. [1960-72]
  • N. Mahalingam, B.Sc., F.I.E. [1972-80]
  • Justice. S. Natarajan, B.A.B.L. [1980-98]
  • Justice. S. Jagadeesan, B.A.B.L. [1998-2008]
  • Dr. A.M. Swaminathan, IAS (Retd.) [2008-13]
  • V.M. Muralidharan, B.E. (Hons.) [2013–present]

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