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 1553 colleges are functioning under the administrative control of the Directorate of Collegiate Education as detailed below:

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



2 Physical Education 0
3 Oriental 0
0 4
4 Schools of Social work 0
0 2
5 Colleges of Education 7
638 649
  Total 150
1241 1553

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 Thanajur are functioning under the administrative control of the Directorate of Collegiate Education Each Regional office is headed by a Joint Director 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.


I Imparting Quality Education

The Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations (MDGs,2002) considers knowledge as the prime mover of development in the new Millennium. Hence acquisition of quality and excellence is the Goal set for the Higher Education Institutions.

II Academic Reforms

Develop the curriculum to offer diversity and flexibility to learners.

Redesign/Restructure curriculum relevant to the Regional and National needs.

Collect feedback from students, alumni, faculty, community and employees.

Organize training programs ineffectiveness in teaching-learning process.

III Autonomy to Colleges

Total autonomy to be given to colleges as per UGC guidelines

IV Research culture

Constituting a Research cell to encourage, co-ordinate and promote research

Encouraging teachers to engage themselves in Research activities with field application

V Consultancy service

Encouraging faculty to do consultancy services to industry, Government and other organizations.

VI IT enabled services

Providing IT linkages in the institutions as well as other organizations.

Providing training to all members.

Developing Computer aided learning packages in various subjects for usage in class rooms.

Accreditation from National Bodies

Expediting the process of Assessment and Accreditation

As on date 578 Colleges in Tamil Nadu have been assessed and accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. The Directorate is taking effective steps to expedite this process. A State Level Workshop for the Principals of Non accredited Colleges was organized by the Quality Assurance Cell of this Directorate.

Quality Improvement Programmes for the Teachers working in Constituent Colleges

The Directorate is conducting Quality Improvement Programmes for enhancing teacher motivation, up-gradation of their skills and exposure to the latest trends in Education.

Grant of Autonomy to colleges

Granting of Autonomy to colleges has been proved to be successful and effective in Tamil Nadu. As on date 20 Government Colleges and 60 Government Aided Colleges and 7 Self Financing Colleges have been granted Autonomous status in Tamil Nadu.

Special coaching to SC/ST and MBC students

Special coaching by way of remedial classes, outside class hours and also on weekends is given to SC/ST/ MBC students who are weak in English, Maths and Science subjects.

Providing Computer Training to Visually Handicapped students

As envisaged by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, free computer training is being given to Visually Handicapped Students. A centre for this purpose has been established at Presidency College, Chennai and 10 visually handicapped students are given training every year at free of cost. As envisaged by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, a “Digital Reading Library” is set up for the Visually Handicapped Students of Presidency College, Chennai.

Computer Literacy Programme

Computer Literacy Programme is being implemented in all the 60 Government Constituent Arts and Science Colleges so as to make all the students studying in the Constituent Colleges, Computer Literates. From the academic year 2005-2006, the program has been made optional.


Free coaching exclusively for women students for appearing in IAS / IPS Examination.

So as to enable women students to appear in the I.A.S./I.P.S. examinations, two centres one at Queen Mary’s College, Chennai and the other at Arulmigu Meenakshi Government Arts College for Women, Madurai have been established by the Government to give free coaching to women students. In each centre, 60 women students are given free coaching for appearing in IAS/IPS Examinations. During the current financial year, the Government have provided a sum of Rs. 10.00 Lakhs for implementing this scheme.


Periyar EVR Nagammai Free Education scheme to women students has been implemented from 1989-90. Under this scheme, women students irrespective of their caste, creed and community and whose parental annual income does not exceed Rs.24000/- are exempted from payment of tuition fees in undergraduate courses.


The Government was sanctioning Rs.180/- per year to each student who studied in Tamil Medium classes in Government and Government Aided Colleges from the academic year 1971-72. This stipend is granted to all the students who study in Tamil Medium classes irrespective of community and parental income. The Government have raised the amount of Rs.180/- to Rs.400/- as stipend to each student studying in Tamil Medium classes in order to encourage the students studying in Tamil Medium classes and also to attract them more to join in Tamil Medium Classes.  


The Following Scholarships are being awarded by the Directorate of Collegiate Education. I. Scholarships to cadets belonging to Tamil Nadu in Rastriya Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun. II.Scheme of payment of stipend to full time Ph.D. research scholars in Govt. and aided colleges. III. Deceased Government Servants Scholarship. IV. Waiver of Tuition fees –UG and P.G V. E.V.R Nagammai Scholarship.