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Women's Christian College, Chennai

Women's Christian College
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College gate
Motto Lighted to Lighten
Established 1915
Type Private
Principal Ridling Margaret Waller
Academic staff
Undergraduates 2646

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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Women's Christian College, or WCC, is an interdenominational women's college on College Road, Nungambakkam, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.


The Women's Christian College was founded in 1915 with 41 students and 7 faculty members, as a result of the joint venture of 12 missionary societies of interdenominational and international nature located in England, in Canada and in U.S.A., with a mission to provide higher education to women of India in liberal arts and sciences. It was affiliated to the University of Madras and was given recognition as an autonomous college in 1982. At present it is a government aided minority institution. It has grown to a strength of over a 2712 students and 141 members of faculty in the aided and self-financing sections.

India's first female political prisoner and freedom fighter Rukmani Lakshmipathy was a student of the first batch.

It has been autonomous since 1982, but is affiliated with the University of Madras [1], [2].

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College name in Tamil at the entrance


  • Ridling Margaret Waller, 2006–present
  • Rita Jacob Cherian, 2003-2006
  • Glory Christopher, 1998-2003
  • Kanmani Christian, 1994-1998
  • Indrani Michael, 1981-1994
  • Renuka Somasekhar, 1971-1981
  • Anna T. Zachariah, 1965-1971
  • Renuka Mukerji, 1956-1965
  • Eleanor D. Mason, 1950-1956
  • Elizabeth George, 1947-1950
  • Eleanor Rivett, 1938-1947
  • Eleanor McDougall, 1915-1938

Sister college

Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, U.S., has been WCC's sister college since 1920 [3]. Both WCC's Mount Holyoke Culturals [4] and Mount Holyoke Hostel (dormitory) refer to this.


WCC received an "A" grade from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of the University Grants Commission in May, 2005 [5].

Notable alumni

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