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 1623 colleges are functioning under the administrative control of the Directorate of Collegiate Education as detailed below:

Sl.No. Types of colleges Government Colleges Constituent Colleges   Total
Aided Self Financing (Unaided)
1 Arts and Science Colleges

102

41

139 605 887
2 Physical Education 0
0
03 08
11
3 Oriental 0
0
04
0 4
4 Schools of Social work 0
0
02
0 2
5 Colleges of Education 7
0
14
698 719
  Total 109
41
162 1311 1623

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. 8 Regional Offices located at Chennai, Vellore, Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Dharmapuri and Thanjavur 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.