Queen Mary's College, Chennai
|Established||14 July 1914|
|Founder||Dorothy de la Hey|
|Affiliations||University of Madras|
Queen Mary's College is a government-run college in Chennai, India. Started in 1914, it is the first women’s college in the city and the third oldest women's college in India and second oldest in South India after Sarah Tucker College .The college was a pioneer and played a crucial role in women's education and empowerment. The college is located on junction of Kamarajar Salai and Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai facing the Marina Beach. The college plays a vital role in education and empowerment of girl children from poor economic sections. One of the best women colleges in and around Chennai.
It was founded by Dorothy de la Hey with the support of the Governor of Madras Presidency Lord Pentland in 1914 as Madras College for Women.It was later renamed as Queen Mary's College in 1917.The first three child widows from south India Ammukutty, Lakshmi and Parvathy graduated from this college.Originally the residence of Lt Col Francis Capper in the mid-19th century, the building later housed a hotel before becoming a college in 1914. Known as the Capper House, the building was preserved as a heritage building. The college grow significantly under Dorothy de la Hey with many news building Pentland House ,Stone House and Jeypore House being built and by 1923 Science subjects were also taught here and Physics and Chemistry laboratories were built. In 1928 was the first college in India to offer an two-year intermediate course in Indian music and in 1930 the music department was formally opened. By the time Dorothy de la Hey left in 1936 the college had grown significantly. Capper House was later demolished to construct a new administrative office for the college known as the Kalaignar Maaligai, which was inaugurated in July 2010. After her Miss Myers became the Principal till 1946 ,the first Indian Principal was Nallamuthu Ramamurthi.
- Yashodhara Dasappa, Politician, Padma Bhushan receipt
- Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, Freedom Fighter, Padma Vibhusan receipt
- Janaki Ammal, Scientist
- Lakshmi Sahgal, Freedom fighter
- Charumathi Ramachandran, Musician
- Rukmini Srinivas, Human Geographer and Cookbook author
- Vani Jairam, Musician
- Anuradha Sriram, Musician
- M. Narmadha, Musician
- A. Kanyakumari, Musician
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