Women's Christian College, Chennai

Coordinates: 13°4′8.76″N 80°14′55.36″E / 13.0691000°N 80.2487111°E / 13.0691000; 80.2487111
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Women's Christian College
WCC chennai.jpg
College gate
MottoLighted to Lighten
Established1915; 108 years ago (1915)
PrincipalDr Lilian I Jasper[1]
Academic staff
Location, ,
13°4′8.76″N 80°14′55.36″E / 13.0691000°N 80.2487111°E / 13.0691000; 80.2487111
AffiliationsUniversity of Madras
Women's Christian College, Chennai logo.jpg

Women's Christian College 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.[2][3] At present it is a government-aided minority institution. It has grown to a strength of over 4252 students and 209 members of faculty in the aided and self-financing sections.

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

College name in Tamil at the entrance


Nirmala Sitharaman at the Centenary Celebrations of Women’s Christian College.
  • Eleanor McDougall,
  • Eleanor Rivett, 1938–1947
  • Elizabeth George, 1947–1950
  • Eleanor D. Mason, 1950–1956
  • Renuka Mukerji, 1956–1965
  • Anna T. Zachariah, 1965–1971
  • Renuka Somasekhar, 1971–1981
  • Indrani Michael, 1981–1994
  • Kanmani Christian, 1994–1998
  • Glory Christopher, 1998–2003
  • Rita Jacob Cherian, 2003–2006
  • Ridling Margaret Waller 2006-2017
  • Lilian I Jasper 2017- Present

Sister college[edit]

Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, U.S., has been Women's Christian College's sister college since 1920.[4] Both Mount Holyoke Culturals[5] and Mount Holyoke Hostel (dormitory) at Women's Christian College refer to this.


College rankings
NIRF (Colleges) (2022)[6]72

The college was ranked 72 among colleges in India by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2022[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Womens Christian College ‹ Lighted to Lighten". wcc.edu.in. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  2. ^ "campus/pages/college/wcc_pro". learning.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Home Science Colleges In India, Top Home Science Colleges in India conducting Home Science courses, Regular Colleges or Educational Institutions list Count -". Webindia123.com career. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Women's Christian College papers, 1919-". asteria.fivecolleges.edu. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  5. ^ "learning/campus/pages/college/wcc_res". etinvest.com. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  6. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2022 (Colleges)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 15 July 2022.
  7. ^ "Padmashree Thangam E. Philip". Kerala Tourism, Government of Kerala. 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.

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