History of Our College

The auditorium of the college, one of the fine architectural structures in the campus, was constructed in the year 1969. Since then, it has become a platform to conduct academic and cultural activities.

Silver Jubilee (1976-77)

The present secretary of the college, Shri A. P. C. V. Chockalingam on assuming office proved that he does not lack in vision and commitment to the cause that was so dear to his father. He sensed rightly the emerging trends in higher education and took strenuous efforts in getting affiliation for further Postgraduate courses. During this period post graduate courses in Mathematics, Economics, Commerce, History, Zoology and Botany were started. This had helped many poor students complete their Master degree programme with out great expense and has also provided teaching job for many of our students.

Recognizing the research activities going on in this college, the SPIC has put up a Research Centre namely SPIC Research Centre within the college campus to house all the research activities under one roof in commemoration of the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Southern Petrol Chemical Industries Corporation. A big separate library building was constructed recently and its holdings run to 54,367 volumes and it subscribes to 76 journals and periodicals. At present 1300 students are studying in this college. The college is offering 11 under graduate courses 9 post graduate courses and 3 M. Phil courses. 116 Teachers and 42 Non-teaching staff are working in the college. The college is now affiliated to Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli.

In consonance with the wish of its Founder that the infrastructure of the college should be utilized to its optimum level the V. O. Chidambaram Evening College was started. Graduate and Post graduate courses are conducted in subjects like Commerce, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Banking Management and Computer Science. Three modern Computer Laboratories with centralized air conditioning have been the latest additions to the infrastructure of this college.

The establishment of a study centre of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is yet another attempt made by the Secretary Shri A. P. C. V. Chockalingam to reach the hither to unreached and take education to the doorsteps of the needy.

Our Founder Secretary started this college to open up the portals of higher education to the economically and gender wise discriminated sections hailing from the backward areas of southern districts and this commendable move is being realized over the years. The institution has diversified its interests and has forayed into areas of research and extension activities. The postgraduate departments of Chemistry, Zoology and Geology of V.O.C. College have been recognized by Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tamilnadu as identified Research Centres where scholars pursue their research programmes leading to the award of Ph.D. Degree.