Stella Maris College, Chennai

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Maris Stella College
Stella Maris College logo.png
Established 1947
Type Autonomous
Principal Dr. Sr. Jasintha Quadras
Students 3000
Location Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
13°2′49″N 80°15′13″E / 13.04694°N 80.25361°E / 13.04694; 80.25361Coordinates: 13°2′49″N 80°15′13″E / 13.04694°N 80.25361°E / 13.04694; 80.25361
Campus Urban
Affiliations University of Madras

Stella Maris College is a Catholic institution of higher education for women in Chennai, India. It is an autonomous college affiliated to the University of Madras and is partly residential. The college, which is under the direction of the Society of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, is a minority institution that provides university education in a Christian atmosphere for deserving students, especially those belonging to the Catholic community.


Beginning in a small one-storey building on August 15, 1947, with an enrolment of 32 students, the college has at present over 3000 students housed in large buildings on the campus of "The Cloisters", Cathedral Road, Chennai. The address it's situated on is 17, Cathedral Road, Chennai - 600 086, India.

The college became autonomous in 1987 and has 13 undergraduate and 10 postgraduate programmes. Research programmes such as M.Phil. and Ph.D. and also postgraduate diploma courses are part of the academic curriculum.

With the introduction of the credit based system since 1997-98 the college is offering many new academic programmes encouraging interdisciplinary associations.

Exterior of St Francis Hall, Stella Marys


The college is under the management of the Institute of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. It was founded on August 15, 1947 with an enrolment of 32 students in the intermediate class. Stella Maris was granted permanent recognition in 1951. The college has the unique credit of starting the Bachelor's degree in Western Music and History of Fine Arts as well as the Master's degree in Social Work of the University of Madras. The college has also the distinction of being the first to introduce the M.A. degree course in Indian Music, and the first women's college in Madras to offer M.A. English, Economics and Fine Arts. In 1960 the college moved from Santhome to a more spacious campus, "The Cloisters," on Cathedral Road, Chennai. The following few decades saw tremendous growth and development in the college with several firsts and distinctions. The college was one of the few chosen to start the pilot project of the National Service Scheme in 1968. A spacious library was erected on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of the college in 1972 and occupies a place of pride on the campus as well as in Chennai.

From 1978 onwards there was a shift in the admission policy keeping in mind the thrust of the college towards social justice. Conscious of the growing need for academic freedom, the college launched into autonomy in 1987 and the 1990s saw the college offering several new job-oriented courses as well as additional sections for the departments of B.Com. and Mathematics classes. On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee, the St. Clare's Centre, a four-story building which houses the administrative offices, an audio-visual room, computer laboratories and several classrooms was erected. With ten years of experiential learning processes behind it, the college has restructured its system of education by introducing a credit-based system in 1997.


  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Commerce
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • History & Tourism
  • History of Fine Arts, Drawing and Painting
  • International Studies
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Religion and Value Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Zoology
  • BSE


As of 2014, the college has undertaken about twelve environmental initiatives including light-emitting diode cluster lights, solar-powered streetlights, source segregation, vermi-composting and waste water recycling plant. In January 2014, the college opted for green energy with the installation of a 50-kilo watt roof-top solar power plant on its campus. The plant, installed by Omega Natural Polarity Private Limited at a cost of INR 5 million, has 200 solar panels and would cater to six percent of the total power requirement on the campus, powering lights and fans in the college.[1]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Stella Maris goes green with solar power plant". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). 26 January 2014. Retrieved 27 Mar 2014. 
  2. ^ Haniffa, Aziz (23 Oct 2009). "Attorney Sheela Murthy wins top awards". India Abroad. pp. A42, A49. 
  3. ^ Chowdury, Sunita Y (2010). "Poised on the edge". The Hindu. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  4. ^ "Rama Ravi - Uncompromising Traditionalist". Chennai Online. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Art is where the heart is". The Hindu. September 18, 2009. 

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