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About Ethiraj

"I am one of those who admire the wisdom and generosity of Late Shri. V. L. Ethiraj to which this college owes its existence" - Shri. C. Rajagopalachari

"Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these give only life, those the art of living well" - Aristotle

Ethiraj College for Women, started in 1948 was born out of the dream and vision of Shri. V.L. Ethiraj, an eminent lawyer and renowned philanthropist. It was established with a commitment to provide quality education to women with a strong emphasis on values and tradition and with the singular mission of empowering women.

Shri. V.L. Ethiraj was born on 18th July 1890, in a very respectable and affluent family. His father Thiru. Lakshmana SwamyMudaliar, was a well-known philanthropist of Thottapalayam village, in Vellore District. Shri. V.L. Ethiraj graduated from Presidency College, Chennai. He was tutored by Dr.SarvapalliRadhakrishnan, the first President of the Republic of India. A magnanimous and a wealthy barrister, he took his legal degree from the University of Dublin and on his return to India joined The Madras Bar. Within a short period, he built up a lucrative practice by his efficiency and was the first Indian to be appointed as Crown Prosecutor by the British Government.

He believed in the dictum that educating a man is educating an individual, educating a woman is educating the entire family. True to his belief, he donated his life’s earnings - a mammoth sum of Rs.10 lakhs - and the title deeds of two bungalows for providing quality education for women.


To achieve economic and social equity for women and through them strengthen the Nation to usher in an egalitarian society.

To become a globally recognised Women's University.


To sensitize young women to their rights and place in society through advancement and application of relevant knowledge.


To promote experimental learning through application of knowledge to new challenges.

To build computer competency in youth to align themselves with the world market and become global human resources.

To raise the status of the Institution to the inevitable locus of basic and applied research.

To constitute the backbone of the country's information infrastructure by providing though the vast resources of the library, the conduits of knowledge.

To provide the social capital necessary for establishing a healthy society by imparting values, ethics and confidence in young women.


Situated in the heart of the city of Chennai in 9 acres of campus area, the College stands self-contained with prestigious structures measuring a total plinth area of 3,48,751sq.ft. This admirable infrastructural facility and the sound vision on which the Institution is built, is upheld by the successive Managements, Principals, Faculty and Students and this has gained for the College the five star status from NAAC and the College with Potential for Excellence (CPE) award from the UGC. Thousands of students have passed out of the portals of the College, carrying with them the aura and dignity of the Institution itself. These former students today occupy enviable positions all over the world from diplomatic circles, to law and order, to teaching and caring for the under-privileged. They have also won national awards for their contribution to the nation's cultural and educational legacy. In strengthening the core competencies, the College has been making steady progress. The College has a dedicated team of 283 faculty members who maintain academic excellence and about 6500 students who are the anchor to sustain the vision of the Institution. The College has high standards of academic excellence and a constant zeal for continuous updating and renewal of skills and knowledge.

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change. - Charles Darwin

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