KONGUNADU ARTS AND SCIENCE COLLEGE (AUTONOMOUS)
Institution Affiliated to Bharathiar University
G.N.Mills Post, Coimbatore - 641029, Tamil Nadu, INDIA
COIMBATORE, the fast growing industrial hub of Kongunadu had the need for more colleges during the 70s, and this demand was fulfilled on 12th August 1973, the day on which Kongunadu Arts and Science College came into existence.
16th October 1972 is a memorable day in the history of our College. On that day, the Tudiyalur Cooperative Agricultural Services Limited organized a function to celebrate Saraswathi Pooja. (Late) Thiru. V.K. Lakshmanan, M.Sc., (Ex-MLA), a progressive agriculturist and public worker noted for his selfless service and devotion to work and Dr.M.Aruchami, M.Sc., BT., Ph.D., FAZ., FRES (Lond), the present President of our College Council and Committee participated in the function. During the function, both of them expressed their long cherished desire to start a College which was immediately welcomed and endorsed by (Late) Thiru. T.N. Palanisamy, M.A., IC (Dip) USA, the then President of the Thudiyalur Cooperative Agricultural Service.
The eminent Doctor (Late) N.S. Palaniappan, MBBS., DLO., who had a similar idea to start a college on behalf of Anna Memorial Committee in Coimbatore provided active support to this Mission.
Well educated and eminent personalities like (Late) Thiru.N.Kumaraswamy, (Late) Thiru.K.P.Muthuswamy, M.A., Thiru.V.S.Chinnaswami Gounder, (Late) Thiru.S.R.Rathnaswami Gounder, (Late) Thiru.R.Ramasamy, Texmo Industries, (Late) Thiru.M.Subbiah Gounder, (Late) Thiru. C.S.Ramachandran B.A., (Late) Er.K.M.Elangovan, B.E., and the present active member of the College Council and Committee, Er.R.Somasundaram B.E.,FIE., contributed their might in establishing this higher education institution.
The Thudiyalur Cooperative Agricultural Services Limited was munificent enough to donate about Rs.75,000/- which included the dividend of 16,000 farmers. Other generous donors from the agricultural community and philanthropists of Kongunadu also have made valuable contributions.
Dr.M.Aruchami, one of the founders of the College, the first Principal, former Secretary and the present President, a dedicated educationist with his sharp academic acumen, futuristic vision, the strong, impartial, transparent and able leadership has guided this Institution to its present state of fame and glory. Er.R.Somasundaram B.E.,FIE., a man of strong and clear convictions endowed with keen sense of imagination and dedication is presently serving as a Member in the College Council and the College Committee and is guiding the institution on the right path. Dr. C. A.Vasuki M.Sc., daughter of Dr. M. Aruchami and alumna of this college, a strong achiever has taken over charge as the present Secretary of the College.
The College is ideally located in serene and rural surroundings not far from the city. It is conveniently connected with all parts of the city through frequent town buses plying from various destinations. Started in the year 1973 with a humble beginning, the college has grown magnificently in academic stature with autonomous status having 13 research departments, 15 PG departments and 20 UG departments. The college is imparting higher education to approximately 4000 students, majority of whom hail from socially and economically weaker sections of the society. More than 50% of the students studying in the college are girls and thus the college is playing a pivotal role in women empowerment and social justice.
In the third cycle of re-accreditation, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council has awarded “A” grade with the CGPA of 3.64 out of 4 to the college. The University Grants commission has awarded the prestigious award of College of Excellence during 2016-2017.
The following courses have been introduced from 1973 - 74 onwards:
Year Courses Introduced
|1973 – 74||Pre-University Course|
|1974 - 75||BSc Zoology (Ad. Zool. & Biotech. from 2002 - 03 to 2009-10)|
|1975 - 76||BSc Chemistry|
|1978 - 79||BSc Mathematics, Physics|
|1979 - 80||BSc Botany (Pl. Biol. & Pl. Biotech. from 2001- 02 to 2009-10)|
|1981 - 82||MSc Zoology|
|1982 - 83||MSc Mathematics, MPhil & PhD in Zoology|
|1983 - 84||BA English Literature|
|1984 - 85||MSc Botany|
|1985 - 86||MSc Physics|
|1986 - 87||BSc Biochemistry, MPhil & PhD in Tamil (Part-time),English & Botany|
|1988 - 89||BSc Computer Science|
|1994 - 95||MCA & MSc Chemistry|
|1995 - 96||MSc Biochemistry|
|1996 - 97||BSc Biotechnology|
|1997 - 98||BBM (BBA from 2012-2013)|
|1999 - 00||BCom & BSc Computer Science (Addl. Section)|
|2000 - 01||BCA, MPhil & PhD in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry & MPhil in Computer Science|
|2001 - 02||BCom CA|
|2002 - 03||BBM CA, (BBA CA from 2012 - 2013) MSc Biotechnology|
|2003 - 04||MA English Literature with CA (MA English Literature from 2011-2012), M.Phil & PhD in Biotechnology|
|2004 - 05||BSc Mathematics with CA, (BSc Mathematics from 2012 - 2013) MSc Bioinformatics, MCom|
|2005 - 06||Certificate Courses sponsored by UGC|
|2006 - 07||BSc Costume Design & Fashion Diploma Courses sponsored by UGC|
|2007 - 08||BSc & MSc Computer Technology, BCom CA (Addl. Sec.),BCA (Addl. Sec.), MPhil & PhD Commerce (Part-time)|
|2008 - 09||BSc Information Technology, MCom IT & PGDCA (Post Gradutate Diploma in Computer Applications)|
|2010 - 11||M.Com IB|
|2012 - 13||BA English Literature (Addl. Sec.) MSc Computer Science & BCom (Addl.Sec.)|
|2014 - 15||MPhil & PhD in Tamil & English (Full Time)|
|2014 - 15||PhD in Computer Science|
|2014 - 15||M.Phil & PhD in Library and Information Science|
|2015 - 16||B.Com PA (Main)|
|2016 - 17||B.Com PA (Addl.Sec.)|
|2017 - 18||MPhil & PhD in Physical Education (Part Time) M.Sc Mathematics (Addl.Sec.)|
These courses are conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations laid down by the University Grants Commission, Bharathiyar University and the Government.
This citadel of higher learning is marching ahead triumphantly. We are confident that the ripe seed sown at the right moment by the founders will grow into a big tree with flowers and fruits in the years to come and will serve the student community in the cause of Higher Education.