History of the College
- Government Arts College for Women (Autonomous), Pudukkottai, was established in the year 1969. The college was started with Pre-University Course and has grown gradually in strength and stature in every sphere of activity. At present 13 Under Graduate Courses, 10 Post Graduate Courses, 6 M.Phil. and 6 Ph.D Courses are being offered by the college. Shift System was introduced in the year 2007 by the State Government Policy of Education with the available infrastructure. Four Under Graduate Courses have been introduced in Shift II. The institution aims to uplift women students from Pudukkottai district and also from nearby districts like Thiruchirappalli, Perambalur and Sivagangai.
- The college was affiliated to the University of Madras till 1982. Since then, the College has been affiliated to Bharathidasan University, Thiruchirappalli. The year 2004 was a milestone in the history of the College during which the College was accredited with B++ by NAAC and Autonomous status was conferred. Autonomy has provided academic freedom to design innovative curricula and modern methods of teaching and evaluation. It provides a new dimension to the institution, a new mindset to the teachers and new hope to the students. The college was re-accredited with B (CGPA 2.85/4) during second cycle of NAAC in 2011 and with B++ (CGPA 2.76/4) during the third cycle of NAAC in 2017.
- Since 2005 Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) has been followed in curriculum. It facilitates students earn extra credits. The Minimum credits is 140 for Under Graduate Courses, 90 for Post Graduate Courses and 24 for M.Phil Courses. Elective and Inter-Disciplinary courses, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies and Value Education are offered in addition. Skill-Based Papers on Yoga Practices and Stress management help students maintain their mental and physical health. Extension activity enhances social responsibility of the students.
- The development of the college in academic, extra–curricular and extension aspects is tremendous. The growing number of University Rank holders and Sports achievers are worth mentioning. The motto being “Self-Reliance and Service”, the institution aspires to inculcate Self reliance among women students and empower them through education by enhancing the qualities of competence, confidence and excellence there by providing Service to the community. The College proudly celebrates its Golden Jubilee Anniversary this year with the vision to promote employability.