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Coordinates: 12°55′02″N 80°07′18″E 12.9171497, 80.1215744


Madras Christian College

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      • Tambaram, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, India
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      • +91 44 22397731
      • +91 44 22394352 (fax)
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    • Official Website: [1]
  • History & Memorable Moments

In 1835, two Chaplains of the Church of Scotland in Madras, Rev George James Laurie and Rev Matthew Bowie started a School - the St. Andrew's School, on the corner of Randalls Road in Egmore. They requested the Church of Scotland to send a missionary to run it. The General Assembly's school was opened by the Rev. John Anderson in a rented house on the east side of Armenian Street (Georgetown), in the heart of Madras, with the Headmaster and 59 boys from St Andrew's School forming the core. It was named after the supreme governing body of the Church of Scotland, and aimed at attracting high caste pupils. The stated objective was to "convey as great as an amount of truth as possible through the channel of a good education especially of Bible truth". The college grew from a small school to a 375 acre wooded campus through the guidance of William Miller, who started hostels, various academic and cultural associations, which shaped MCC into a premier institution in India. The institution, after 100 years of life in the heart of the city, migrated to the verduous, sprawling Tambaram campus in 1937. The Rev. Dr. A.J. Boyd led the college for 18 long years (1938-56). It is said that Dr. Boyd knew each of his students personally, as illustrated from General K.Sundarji's autobiography where he writes that when he wanted to join the army, discontinuing his studies, Dr. Boyd told him not to as he thought that he will end up as a good doctor than a good soldier. [1]

After Dr. Boyd, Prof Macphail became the Principal, who was succeded by the first Indian Principal, Dr.Chandran Devanesan in 1962. Inbued with Gandhian vision, Dr Devanesen redefined the scope of education by involving the staff and the students in the neighborhood community. This decade (1962-72) affectionately called "The Devanesan Decade". The current principal of the college is Dr.V.J.Philip. [1]

The college was granted autonomy in 1978 and the first batch of Autonomous graduates passed out in 1981. 2006 marks the Silver Jubilee of Autonomy for Madras Christian College. [1]

The 170th year (2006-7) was celebrated in a befitting way with the Hon'ble President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam participating in the concluding function on 23rd February, 2007. As a typical scientist Dr Kalam paid an eloquent tribute to the history of the college observing, "MCC is 170 years old, which means that it has gone around the Sun 170 times" [1]

Notes: 1. See the NAAC web site for the Rating awarded to MCC 2. See India Today Magazine dt 4 June, 2007 3. See Madras Christian College Magazines and MCC Calendar for 1940 4. See The College Calendar for 2007-2008. [1]

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