6 Regional Offices located at Chennai, Vellore, Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai and Tirunelveli are functioning under the administrative control of the Directorate of Collegiate Education
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 Education

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 503 colleges are functioning under the administrative control of the Directorate of Collegiate Education as detailed below:

Sl. No Types of colleges Government Constituent Colleges
Aided Self Financing
1 Arts and Science Colleges
2 Physical Education
3 Oriental
4 Schools of Social work
5 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 department

6 Regional Offices located at Chennai, Vellore, Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai and Tirunelveli are functioning under the administrative control of the Directorate of Collegiate Education

Each Regional office is headed by a Joint Director of Collegiate Education

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.


I Imparting Quality Education

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

II Academic Reforms

Develop the curriculum to offer diversity and flexibility to learners

Redesign/Restructure curriculum relevant to the Regional and National needs

Collect feed back from students, alumni, faculty, community and employees

Organise training programmes in effectiveness in teaching learning process

III Autonomy to Colleges

Total autonomy to be given to colleges as per UGC guidelines

IV Research culture

Constituting a Research cell to encourage, co-ordinate and promote research

Encouraging teachers to engage themselves in Research activities with field application

V Consultancy service

Encouraging faculty to do consultancy services to industry, Government and other organizations

VI IT enabled services

Providing IT linkages in the institutions as well as other organizations

Providing training to all members

Developing Computer aided learning packages in various subjects for usage in class rooms

Accreditation from National Bodies

Expediting the process of Assessment and Accreditation

As on date 164 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.

Quality 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.


The State Institute of English has been organizing Orientation Programmes for strengthening the teaching-learning of Part II English at UG level. It has also been organizing Faculty Improvement Programmes for the benefit of lecturers teaching English literature, especially optional papers like Journalism and Mass Communication, Translation Studies and English for Competitive Examinations.

The Government have taken a decision to register the State Institute of English as a society under the Society's Registration Act.

Major achievements made during the past five years

Opening of 3 new University Constituent Colleges

3 new University Constituent Colleges have been started in the following places.

1) Andipatti - Madurai Kamaraj University Constituent
2) Sathankulam – Manonmaniam Sundaranar University
Constituent College
3) Gudalur – Bharathiar University Constituent College

Grant of Autonomy to colleges

Granting of Autonomy to colleges has been proved to be successful and effective in Tamil Nadu. As on date 15 Government Constituent Colleges and 45 Government Aided Colleges and 7 Self Financing Colleges have been granted Autonomous status in Tamil Nadu.

Special 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.

Providing 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

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.

Starting Satellite Education through ‘EDUSAT’

Recently, the ISRO has launched EDUSAT successfully in the orbit to cater exclusively to the needs of the educational institutions. It has been proposed to set up educational satellite in all the Constituent Colleges and a centre for this will be established at the Directorate and 6 sub centres will established in the offices of the Regional Joint Directors of Collegiate Education.


Free coaching exclusively for women students for appearing in IAS / IPS Examination.

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 this 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 undergraduate courses. During 2003-2004 a sum of Rs.65.00 lakhs had been sanctioned and 8463 women students were benefited under this scheme.

During the financial year 2004-05 also, a sum of Rs.65.00 lakhs has been allotted for this scheme.


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.

During the Financial year 2003-04 the Government have allotted Rs. 1,27,25,000/- for sanction of Tamil Medium stipend to the students of Tamil medium classes. This amount has been released to the benefit of 31812 students studying in Tamil Medium classes. A sum of Rs.1,35,00,000 has also been allotted during the year 2004-05 for the above purpose.


The Following Scholarships are being awarded by the Directorate of Collegiate Education.

i. National Merit Scholarships (Government of India)
ii. State Scholarships for the children of school teachers
iii. State Merit Scholarship
iv. Adhoc Merit Grant for S.C & S.T. students
v. State Collegiate Scholarships
vi. Scholarships to Tamil Nadu students pursuing research studies in Jawharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
vii. Scholarships to cadets belonging to Tamil Nadu in Rastriya Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun.
viii. Scholarships to cadets belonging to Tamil Nadu in National Defence Academy, Kadakvasala, Pune.
ix. Educational concessions to the children of Defence Service Personnel
x. Educational concessions to the children of ex-service men
xi. Scholarships to the children of Political sufferers
xii. Grant in aid scheme of scholarship to students from non-Hindi speaking states for post metric studies in Hindi
xiii. Scheme of payment of stipend to full time Ph.D. research scholars in Govt. and aided colleges.

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