Government Arts College, Kumbakonam

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Government Arts College
Kumbakonam College
Kumbakonam college logo.jpg
Established October 19, 1854
Type Government college
Religious affiliation secular
Location Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India
10°58′15″N 79°22′53″E / 10.970819°N 79.381515°E / 10.970819; 79.381515Coordinates: 10°58′15″N 79°22′53″E / 10.970819°N 79.381515°E / 10.970819; 79.381515
The main building of Government Arts College, Kumbakonam

The Government Arts College, previously known as the Government Arts College for Men, is an arts college based in the town of Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the oldest and prestigious educational institutions in the Madras Presidency of British India.[1]


Entrance to Government Arts College

The Government Arts College was established in Kumbakonam as a provincial school on October 19, 1854.[1] It was upgraded to a government college in 1867 through the efforts of educationists William Archer Porter, a Cambridge Wrangler, and T. Gopala Rao.[1][2][3] It was affiliated to the Madras University in 1877.[4] In 1881, it became a full-fledged college and high school courses ceased to be taught.[2]

Post-graduate courses were introduced in 1966. The present college buildings were constructed between 1871 and 1875. The college became autonomous in 1987.


The college was initially established as a men's college and was known as Government Arts College for Men. However, in 1994, the college became a coeducational and was renamed as Government Arts College.


Some of the distinguished alumni of the Government Arts College include V. S. Srinivasa Sastri and Srinivasa Ramanujan.


  1. ^ a b c AlexD. D. Craik (2008). Mr Hopkins' Men: Cambridge Reform and British Mathematics in the 19th Century. Springer. p. 260. ISBN 1-84800-132-0. ISBN 978-1-84800-132-9. 
  2. ^ a b AlexD. D. Craik (2008). Mr Hopkins' Men: Cambridge Reform and British Mathematics in the 19th Century. Springer. p. 261. ISBN 1-84800-132-0. ISBN 978-1-84800-132-9. 
  3. ^ The University of Madras Calendar. University of Madras. 1933. p. 157. 
  4. ^ Imperial Gazetteer of India, pp 21

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