Pachaiyappa's College

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Pachaiyappa's College
பச்சையப்பன் கல்லூரி
Pachaiyappa's college logo.tif
Latin: Pcayappas collegium
Former name
Pachaiyappa's Central Institution
MottoMens Agitat Molem (Latin)
Motto in English
"Mind Moves Matter"
TypeAided & self-financed
Established1st January 1842
PresidentMr.Justice P.Shanmugam Interim Administrator
PrincipalDr.P.Arulmozhi chelvan
Location, ,
13°4′23.25″N 80°13′59.05″E / 13.0731250°N 80.2330694°E / 13.0731250; 80.2330694Coordinates: 13°4′23.25″N 80°13′59.05″E / 13.0731250°N 80.2330694°E / 13.0731250; 80.2330694
NicknameGreens, Boys Club
AffiliationsUniversity of Madras
MascotPachaiyappa Mudaliar

Pachaiyappa's College is one of the oldest educational institutions in Chennai, in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. In addition, it is the first sole Indian college in Madras Presidency.


Pachaiyappa's College, Chennai is the offspring of a superlative act of private philanthropy of its progenitor, Pachaiyappa Mudaliar, who had made himself a master financier and merchant prince when he was just 22 years old. Inspired and motivated by the preciousness and large-heartedness of the benevolent founder. This College had its genesis in the famous Will of Pachaiyappa Mudaliar.

The college was established as Pachaiyappa's Central Institution at Popham's Broadway on 1 January 1842, from money given in Pachaiyappa Mudaliar's will. It was the first educational institution in South India, which was not funded by the British. The architecture of the institution is vast monumental, consisting of Indo-Saracenic and the architecture of South India. It gained college status in 1889, and until 1947 only admitted Hindu students. In addition, Pachaiyappa's College (1842) is the 4th oldest institution in the country, next to Madras Christian College (1837) and Presidency College (1840) as 3 from the top 5 oldest institutions in the country are from South India.


The Pachaiyappa's College Administration is governed by a board of trustees called Pachaiyappa's trust board. The Board oversees the long-term development and plans of the Institution and manages fundraising efforts. The board also control's various other Institutions in the state.

List of colleges under Pachaiyappa's Trust Board[edit]


As a remembrance and devotion, the college awards prize to the student who stands first among all mathematics students in the name of "Singaravelu Mudaliar" who was teacher to mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.[1][2]

Academic departments[edit]

Undergraduate (U.G.)[edit]

SHIFT I: Aided


  • B.A. (History)
  • B.A. (Tamil Lit.)
  • B.A. (English Lit.)
  • B.A. (Economics)
  • B.A. (Philosophy)


  • B.Com. (General)
  • B.Com. (Corporate)


  • B.Sc. (Mathematics)
  • B.Sc. (Physics)
  • B.Sc. (Chemistry)
  • B.Sc. (Plant Biology & Plant Biotechnology)
  • B.Sc. (Advanced Zoology & Biotechnology)

SHIFT II: Self-financed


  • B.Com. (General)
  • B.Sc. (Computer Science)
  • B.Com. (Bank Management)
  • B.Com. (Accounting & Financee)
  • B.B.A.
  • B.C.A

Postgraduate (P.G.)[edit]

SHIFT I : Aided


  • M.A. (Tamil Lit.)
  • M.A. (Economics)
  • M.A. (English Lit.)
  • M.A. (History)
  • M.A. (Philosophy)


  • M.Com. (General)


  • M.Sc. (Mathematics)
  • M.Sc. (Chemistry)
  • M.Sc. (Physics)
  • M.Sc. (botany)
  • M.Sc. (Zoology)
  • M.Phil English
  • M.Phil. Mathematics
  • M.Phil. Philosophy
  • M.Phil. History
  • M.Phil. Economics
  • M.Phil. Chemistry
  • M.Phil. Botany
  • M.Phil. Zoology
  • M.Phil. Commerce


  • Ph.D. Tamil
  • Ph.D. English
  • Ph.D.Maths
  • Ph.D. Philosophy
  • Ph.D. History
  • Ph.D. Economics
  • Ph.D. Physics
  • Ph.D. Chemistry
  • Ph.D, Botany
  • Ph.D. Zoology
  • Ph.D. Commerce

Notable alumni[edit]

A listing of notable alumni is published by the college.[3] Some of those named are as follows.



IPS officers[edit]

Literary figures[edit]



Pro . Peer Mohamed former principal Sadakathullah Appa College

Postage stamp[edit]

On 31 Mar 2010, the Indian Postal Service released a commemorative postage stamp on Pachaiyappa Mudaliar. The multi colour stamp was designed by India Security Press, Nasik.



  1. ^ "Kalaskar Educational Service Provider India - Job Offers & Latest Jobs Listings Employment News In India". Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  2. ^ "2011_10_01_archive". Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Pachaiyappa's College Alumni". Pachaiyappa's College. Retrieved 20 March 2012.