Holy Cross College (Autonomous), Tiruchirappalli is a highly reputed Arts and Science College for women in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is a Catholic Institution established in the year 1923 for the benefit of the young girls of Tiruchirappalli, when higher education for women was considered almost a transgression against the age-old respected customs concerning higher education for girls, it has a unique history with excellence for the Nine and a half decades. Holy Cross College admits students, irrespective of their caste, creed and state. The college administered by the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, Province of Tiruchirappalli, is affiliated to the Bharathidasan University and it is one among the oldest college for women in South India.
It started functioning with 5 students in 1923 as an intermediate course with Ancient History, Indian History, Modern History and Logic. As recognition of its outstanding service for the cause of women’s education by Mother Sophie, a French missionary, it was granted Autonomous status in 1987, the college is empowered to frame its own course of studies and adopt novel methods of teaching and evaluation. The University degrees will be granted to the students passing the examinations conducted by the college.
UGC have awarded ‘College with Potential for Excellence” to Holy Cross College in 2011 and confirmed the same in 2017. The college was accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 1999 with FIVE STARS, re- accredited in 2005 with A- Grade. NAAC’s re-accreditation score in 2012 (Third Cycle) is 3.50 out of 4.00 CGPA. At Present the College offers 23 UG, 17 PG and 8 Diploma courses (Arts, Sciences and Commerce). The college also offers 11 M. Phil. and Ph.D. programs. 125 teaching staff hold doctoral degree out of 274. There are 123 non-teaching staff in service. It was the first affiliated college in the Bharathidasan University, to launch the Choice-Based Credit System in June 2000, to provide flexible choice of subjects to the students. At present keeping in view the globalization of higher education the college has designed a new undergraduate course Curriculum which enables students to choose courses from a combination of disciplines, to suit individual needs with career opportunities.
We Started in 1923, with five girl students, by Mother Sophie, a French missionary, when girls could not even dream of getting educated, Holy Cross College has now grown to an institution with a student strength of about 6000. For nearly nine decades, Holy Cross College has been functioning as an Institution of excellence in student and faculty performance both in academic and co-curricular activities. The Institution also moves on par with the global technological development by updating faculty knowledge and skills as well as infrastructure establishment. Such technological revolution is integrated into curriculum, teaching, evaluation and administration. Though research was not an institutional priority till 1999, after the first accreditation by NAAC, the College realized the need to promote research. This was initiated by the addition of the research focus in its objectives. Subsequently, the College made a leap in research through acquiring funds for research activities. Simultaneously the departments started research programmes and guiding students that led to enormous publications in national and international journals with impact factors. With the existing ambience in research activities in the campus, Holy Cross College will soon become a prominent Research Centre.