Shining Stars among Non-Chennai Arts and Science Colleges in Tamil Nadu -7

This is the last article in the series of seven articles. In this article, the most important features of courses offered by one arts and science college from Madurai and another two colleges from Vellore are sought to be discussed in some detail.


This is the last article in the series of articles on the best arts and science colleges of Tamil Nadu. These colleges have been chosen based on opinions obtained from various quarters. Those interviewed were doctors, engineers, chartered accountants and old students. Yes. There are at least fifteen more colleges that do not find a mention in these articles. These colleges will be discussed in other articles.

The specific aim of the series was to highlight how Tamil Nadu has emerged as a big hub of higher education and how even those who took up conventional courses like the undergraduate degree in Physics or Chemistry or Mathematics have gone on to specialize in the same field by acquiring the advanced degrees from the country's best institutions like the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, the NITs and so on+ and then have migrated abroad. Hence, the colleges like the best in class, St.Jospeh's College, Tiruchirapalli and the PSG College of Arts and Science Coimbatore, have made a big difference to the quality of higher education in Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu has a wide variety of courses as detailed in the each of the six articles in this series. The extremely wide variety of courses can enable any parent to take informed opinions to educate their children in any of the good colleges and not restrict their choices to the Chennai colleges alone. This is more particularly important if the aim of the student is to specialize in a particular field right unto the doctorate degree. Most of the colleges are autonomous colleges and conduct their own examinations right on time and maintain high academic standards. This is exactly what makes the colleges unique. Parents from any part of India who would like to educate their children in safe environments may consider literally every college mentioned in the series.

In this article, we will discuss about the salient features of one major college from Madurai and another two form Vellore. The particular focus is on a) What is special about Thiagarajar College, Madurai b) What is special about the Auxillium College, Vellore and c) What is special about DKM College for Women, Vellore.

Readers who are interested in knowing about Madurai may refer to Shining Stars Among non-Chennai Arts and Science Colleges in Tamil nadu -4 and those who would like to know about Vellore may refer to Shioning Stars Among Non-Chennai Arts and Science Colleges -6 that also discussed the most important features of courses offered by the Nirmala College for Women, Coimbatore, the Voorhees College, Vellore and the Sacred Heart College, Tirupattur, respectively.

The fifth article in this series, Shining Stars Among Non-Chennai Arts and Science Colleges in Tamil Nadu -5 had a focus on the salient features of courses offered by the Jamal Mohamed College, Shrimati Indira Gandhi College, for Women, both of which colleges are based at Tiruchirapalli and the St.Xavier's College which is based at Palayamkottai.

What is special about Thiagarajar College, Madurai

This is one college that has industry links in Madurai city. The main reason is that the founders from the promoter family are industrialists. They also run an autonomous Thiagarajar Institute of Management, which is affiliated to the Madurai-Kamaraj University. However, this branded college is outside the purview of this Arts and Science College.

This is another "college of choice" in Madurai. Those interviewed spoke about the high quality of education even in conventional courses. It is an aided, co-educational autonomous college of the Madurai-Kamaraj University. The college runs the B.Sc(Psychology) course and the MA(HRM) course and also has the M.Phil(Management) course on offer under the self-financing facility. The college is well known for placements. In 2018-19 there were 500 plus offers made to students of various disciplines. It has also collaborations with TCS, India's largest software exporter, to run the B.Com course with specializations in Business Process Services. The focus on Personality Development and Soft skills, makes the Thiagarajar College Madurai a really high quality college that seeks to distinguish itself and make a big difference to the careers of its students.

Contact Information:-
The Principal
Thiagarajar College
Post Box No.107
139-140, Kamarajar Salari
Madurai 625009.
Phone:- 0452-2311875, 0452-2311922

b) What is special about the Auxillium College Vellore

This is another well-known college of Vellore town. It was established in the year 1954 and has grown from strength to strength. It is an autonomous college affiliated to the Thiruvalluvar University that is headquartered at Vellore. It is an exclusive college for women.

The main courses of this college that are becoming quite famous for all students is the Master's degree Course in Social Work,and the MBA course. The college also has an impressive record of placements even in conventional courses. It offers the M.Sc( Computer Science) course and this is also said to be of a high standard. The M.Sc(Electronic Media) is also quite a famous course offered by this "college of choice" in Vellore.

The significant others like chartered accountants and teachers who have known this college for decades, are of the opinion that this institution always concentrates on the basics. It fully recognizes the limitations of the relatively backward environment that characterizes Vellore. It is true that Vellore is still a semi-urban town. It has acquired a cosmopolitan outlook in the past few years due to the presence of the magnificent VIT University, the deemed University that has changed the perception of deemed Universities in India. However, the fact that the Auxillium college is making improvements year on year, on the standards of education, does speak for the intent of this college, which is derived from its Vision, "the education of young women especially the poorest to become empowered and efficient leaders of integrity for the society".

Though the self-financed courses of Auxillium College Vellore are as famous as the aided ones the fees is reported to be still less when compared to the Chennai-based colleges. Chennai is just less than three hours by car or train. The job prospects for the students of this college are quite good in the BPO and IT companies of Chennai.

Contact Information:-
Auxillim College
Gandhi Nagar Vellore 632 006
Phone:- 0416 -2241774
Email:- office@auxilliamcollege,

What is special about DKM College for Women Vellore

This is the last college to be discussed in this series. This college is another autonomous college that is now becoming quite famous among the public of Vellore town. Alongside the Voorhees College, that is a co-educational college and the Auxillim College, this college offers a fairly good variety of courses for women students. This college is also affiliated to the Thiruvalluvar University at Vellore. The locals point out the utility of the B.Sc(Information Systems Management) and the MA(Human Resources Management) courses.

Those interviewed opined that this college is doing its best to improve standards year on year in all its conventional courses and the new ones like those mentioned above. There is a placement cell that takes particular interest to ensure that as many women students get the right kind of jobs. The college is also a recognized research center for the doctorate program, offered both full time and part-time, in chemistry, biology and economics. The M.Phil(Management) course offered by this college is also popular among the students.

The fact that the DKM College for Women Vellore is able to sustain the competition for high quality students and also make an impact with the new courses does speak for its intent to stay relevant and contemporary. The locals do talk about the strict discipline of this college. The college emerges as one of the best colleges for education of women in Vellore.

Contact Information:-
The Principal
DKM College for Women (Autonomous)
Affiliated to Thiruvalluvar University
Vellore 632001
Phone:- 0416 -2263600


This is the final article in the series of seven articles on the Shining Stars among the Arts and Science colleges of Tamil Nadu. It is hoped that the information given in each of the articles will help any student or parent from anywhere in India to get valuable information that will enable them to make informed choices on the education of their children. The 21 well-known colleges have been discussed in the seven articles. Most of these colleges have been in existence for decades and have made impressive strides in education. Tamil Nadu is a good destination for arts and science courses. The standards of excellence are not restricted to Chennai alone. There are at least another fifteen more colleges that will match the high standards of the 21 colleges discussed in the seven articles. Their details will be discussed later.

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