Department of Higher Education
Department of Collegiate Education
Government of Tamilnadu, Chennai
The Directorate of Collegiate Education
was carved out of the erstwhile Directorate of Public Instruction in
the year 1965 with a view to administer exclusively the Collegiate
Tamil Nadu enjoys the privilege of being one of the most developed
states in the Country in the field of Higher Education.
27 Universities are functioning in Tamilnadu and of these 12
Universities are getting their Block Grants from the Government of
Tamilnadu through the Directorate of Collegiate Education.
Presently 1543 colleges are functioning under the administrative
control of the Directorate of Collegiate Education as detailed
||Arts and Science
||Schools of Social
||Colleges of Education
In the Head office, the Director is assisted by two Joint
Directors of Collegiate Education viz., Joint Director of Collegiate
Education (Finance) who is in charge of the works relating to the
Aided colleges in the State and the Joint Director of Collegiate
Education (Planning & Development) who is in charge of the works
relating to the Government Constituent Colleges in the State.
The Financial Adviser and the Chief Accounts Officer and the Senior
Accounts Officer in the Directorate assists the Director in the
Budgetary control and other financial related matters.
A Legal cell headed by a Law Officer is also functioning in the
Directorate which deals with the court cases relating to the
8 Regional Offices located at Chennai, Vellore, Coimbatore, Trichy,
Madurai, Tirunelveli, Dharmapuri and Thanajur are functioning under
the administrative control of the Directorate of Collegiate
Education Each Regional office is headed by a Joint Director of
Each Regional office is headed by a Joint Director of Collegiate
The Regional offices attend to the works relating to the Aided
colleges in the respective regions like release of monthly salary
grant, approval of appointments, auditing of accounts etc.
The Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations
(MDGs,2002) considers knowledge as the prime mover of development in
the new Millennium. Hence acquisition of quality and excellence is
the Goal set for the Higher Education Institutions.
Develop the curriculum to offer diversity and flexibility to
Redesign/Restructure curriculum relevant to the Regional and
Collect feed back from students, alumni, faculty, community and
Organise training programmes in effectiveness in teaching learning
Autonomy to Colleges
Total autonomy to be given to colleges as per UGC
Constituting a Research cell to encourage, co-ordinate and promote
Encouraging teachers to engage themselves in Research activities
with field application
Encouraging faculty to do consultancy services to industry,
Government and other organizations.
IT enabled services
Providing IT linkages in the institutions as well as other
Providing training to all members.
Developing Computer aided learning packages in various subjects
for usage in class rooms.
Accreditation from National Bodies
the process of Assessment and Accreditation
As on date 578 Colleges in Tamil Nadu have been assessed and
accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. The
Directorate is taking effective steps to expedite this process. A
State Level Workshop for the Principals of Non accredited Colleges
was organized by the Quality Assurance Cell of this Directorate.
Improvement Programmes for the Teachers working in Constituent Colleges
The Directorate is conducting Quality
Improvement Programmes for enhancing teacher motivation, upgradation
of their skills and exposure to the latest trends in Education.
of Autonomy to colleges
Granting of Autonomy to colleges has
been proved to be successful and effective in Tamil Nadu. As on date
20 Government Colleges and 60 Government Aided Colleges and 7 Self
Financing Colleges have been granted Autonomous status in Tamil Nadu.
coaching to SC/ST and MBC students
Special coaching by way of remedial
classes, outside class hours and also on weekends is given to SC/ST/
MBC students who are weak in English, Maths and Science subjects.
Computer Training to Visually Handicapped students
As envisaged by the Hon’ble Chief
Minister of Tamil Nadu, free computer training is being given to
Visually Handicapped Students. A centre for this purpose has been
established at Presidency College, Chennai and 10 visually
handicapped students are given training every year at free of cost.
As envisaged by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, a “Digital
Reading Library” is set up for the Visually Handicapped Students of
Presidency College, Chennai.
Computer Literacy Programme is being
implemented in all the 60 Government Constituent Arts and Science
Colleges so as to make all the students studying in the Constituent
Colleges, Computer Literates. From the academic year 2005-2006, the
programme has been made optional.
coaching exclusively for women students for appearing in IAS / IPS
So as to enable women students to
appear in the I.A.S./I.P.S. examinations, two centres one at Queen
Mary’s College, Chennai and the other at Arulmigu Meenakshi
Government Arts College for Women, Madurai have been established by
the Government to give free coaching to women students. In each
centre, 60 women students are given free coaching for appearing in
IAS/IPS Examinations. During the current financial year, the
Government have provided a sum of Rs. 10.00 lakhs for implementing
EDUCATION TO POOR GIRL STUDENTS (PERIYAR EVR NAGAMMAI SCHEME)
Periyar EVR Nagammai Free Education
scheme to women students has been implemented from 1989-90. Under
this scheme, women students irrespective of their caste, creed and
community and whose parental annual income does not exceed
Rs.24000/- are exempted from payment of tuition fees in
FOR TAMIL MEDIUM STUDENTS
The Government was sanctioning Rs.180/-
per year to each student who studied in Tamil Medium classes in
Government and Government Aided Colleges from the academic year
1971-72. This stipend is granted to all the students who study in
Tamil Medium classes irrespective of community and parental income.
The Government have raised the amount of Rs.180/- to Rs.400/- as
stipend to each student studying in Tamil Medium classes in order to
encourage the students studying in Tamil Medium classes and also to
attract them more to join in Tamil Medium Classes.
The Following Scholarships are being
awarded by the Directorate of Collegiate Education.
I. Scholarships to cadets belonging to Tamil Nadu in Rastriya Indian
Military Academy, Dehra Dun.
II.Scheme of payment of stipend to full time Ph.D. research scholars
in Govt. and aided colleges.
III. Deceased Government Servants Scholarship.
IV. Waiver of Tuition fees –UG and P.G
V. E.V.R Nagammai Scholarship.