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This 106 year old Institution affiliated to the University of Madras was actually started in the middle of the 18th century as a School by the Nawab of Arcot. It was a Madrasa, a school that taught Arabic and Persian. The Madrasa was located at Chepauk, Madras. The estate on which the school then stood was purchased at a cost of Rs. 1 lakh. The last Nawab of Karnatac, Gulam Gauz Khan Bahadur gave a donation of Rs.1000 per month from 1849. In 1855 the school came under Government control. At the All India Education Convention held in Madras in 1901 it was resolved to upgrade this Madrasa into a College. The College was started with the objective of accommodating Muslim students who could not get admitted in other city Colleges. (It still retains something of its old character in opening up collegiate education to those who would have been denied admission in other city colleges, especially the boys) Later in 1937, the first Principal of the Institution preferred to admit 25% non-Muslim students. This system continued till the College acquired its present status in the year 1948 as Government Arts College. Ever since, equal opportunity is extended to students of the entire community irrespective of religious denomination. In the year 1969, due to administrative reasons, the location was shifted to its present place.

The College emblem boasts of preparing the young and the future generations of India for the new era of space exploration and advanced science while respecting the traditional values treasured in the literature of this region. Quite fittingly, this is the only College among the family of Government Colleges in the State of Tamilnadu to lay claim to have taken to the state of the art wireless 802.11 pan campus networking. The College has already launched ICT assisted teaching, e-learning and is ready to take to the XI Five Year Plan objective of e-governance too. In this the College is in advance of the vision of the Country as these facilities were acquired during the last Plan Period itself. At its present location it is well situated to serve the needs of the people settled in the central regions of the Metropolis. Though it is situated in Chennai it largely draws students from the neighboring districts. A distinct character of the Institution is that it caters to the needs of the lower rungs of the society. Economically backward and socially backward sections patronize it mostly. Year after year nearly 70% of the students are from this stratum of society. A majority of the students belong to either scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribe (ST), most backward class (MBC) or backward class (BC) communities. The students within this campus are mostly from poor and downtrodden families who need special understanding and support. Most of them are first generation learners. Among them students belonging to SC/ST communities are more in number. This is reflected in the amount of academic assistance meted out to the students every year. In this situation the faculties adopt different strategies to impart education within the ambit of an omnibus curriculum given by the University of Madras.

In the year 2002 the College submitted itself to assessment of its capacities to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and was assessed at 4 Star. In the year 2004 it acquired the autonomous status. The faculties of this institution revised the syllabi to suit the needs and academic level of it’s taught without compromising on quality or vision of the institution and as of now one batch of undergraduate and post graduate students have taken their degrees under the autonomous system. The success rate is 75%, in other words, 3 out of every four students took their degrees. There is a functional Internal Quality Assurance Cell which constantly monitors the quality of education, both in terms of manner and matter, imparted by the institution. The institution has planned to further enhance its capabilities by seeking a monetary assistance of over Rs.1 crore during the current XI Five Year Plan period for revamping its aging tools of teaching and acquiring new and state of the art tools for preparing the younger, less affordable learners of our society for the demanding and exacting tasks of the globalization era of Indian economy. NSS, NCC & RED CROSS

For the energetic, scope for extra curricular activities is provided by two wings of the NCC: the army wing and the naval wing. There is enough room for all the socially minded in the more than 4 units of the NSS. For the internationally minded there is a Red Cross Society.
These details are retrieved from www.nandanamartscollege.com
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