Sarah Tucker College

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Sarah Tucker College
Motto So Run that ye may obtain the Incorruptible Crown
Established 1895
Students 3300
Location Palayamkottai, Tamil Nadu, India
8°41′55″N 77°44′27″E / 8.698733°N 77.740744°E / 8.698733; 77.740744Coordinates: 8°41′55″N 77°44′27″E / 8.698733°N 77.740744°E / 8.698733; 77.740744
Campus Rural

The Sarah Tucker College is an institution in Palayamkottai, a town in Tirunelveli District in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is the first college for women in south India, owing its origin to Sarah Tucker of England and her friends, who raised money for the founding of a small school for training teachers for elementary schools in Tirunelveli District. After this the Sarah Tucker High School was started, which was raised to a college in 1895. Today it is a postgraduate institution. The college has laboratories, library, computer centre, and auditorium.

The college has five hostels, which accommodate about 600 students.


Sarah Tucker College was established in 1895 by the Christian Missionary Society, as the first college for women in south India. It is named after Sarah Tucker, a physically challenged woman confined to her room in England. She was moved by the reports of the appalling condition of the women in this region due to their illiteracy and stepped in to provide education for them. The institution began with four students.

The college offers eleven undergraduate programmes, six postgraduate programmes, two M.Phil programmes and five Ph. D research programmes in the aided stream, with more than 3,300 students on its rolls. The institution, functioning under the Tirunelveli Diocesan Association (TDTA), is now a first grade college accredited with B++ by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of India. Autonomy was conferred on the college in June 2007.The college is now Reaccredited with 'A' Grade by NAAC.


The motto of the college is "So Run that ye may obtain the Incorruptible Crown".

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