Women's Christian College, Chennai

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

Women's Christian College
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College gate
MottoLighted to Lighten
Established1915; 106 years ago (1915)
PrincipalLilian I Jasper[1]
Academic staff
Location, ,
13°4′8.76″N 80°14′55.36″E / 13.0691000°N 80.2487111°E / 13.0691000; 80.2487111Coordinates: 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


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 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 student of the first batch.

It has been autonomous since 1982, but is affiliated with the University of Madras.[2][3]

College name in Tamil at the entrance


Nirmala Sitharaman, Prof. R. Thandavan the Vice Chancellor, University of Madras and Dr. Ridling Margaret Waller, the Principal 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
  • Lilian I Jasper

Sister collegeEdit

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


College rankings
General – India
NIRF (Colleges) (2019)[6]32

WCC received an "D" grade from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of the University Grants Commission in May 2005.[7] Women's Christian College received an "A+" grade from NAAC in June of this year.

Notable alumniEdit


  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. ^ "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Colleges)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 2019.
  7. ^ "www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/thscrip/print.pl?file=2005052615660400.htm&date=2005/05/26/&prd=th&". hinduonnet.com. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  8. ^ "alumni/alumni_distinguished". wcc.edu.in. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Padmashree Thangam E. Philip". Kerala Tourism, Government of Kerala. 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.

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