About the College

Periyar Government Arts College with its rural background is situated on the shore of Bay Bengal at Devanampattinam village, 200 km south of Chennai on the East Coast Road. The College has been named after “Thanthai Periyar” E.V. Ramasamy, the Great rationalist and social reformer.
Periyar Government Arts College was started in 1964 at Cuddalore. Initially 360 students were admitted in four different branches in the Pre-University course. In its inception, the college functioned in the District Board Buildings. Then the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Madras Thiru M. Bakthavasalam inaugurated the college on 06.09.1964. In 1965, the college was upgraded to First Grade College.

B.Com. course was started in 1973. B.Sc. Chemistry and Physics were started in 1979. B.Sc. Botany and B.A History were introduced in 1980. B.Sc. Zoology was started in 1983. The college introduced M.Com degree course in 1986. B.Sc. Industrial Chemistry was introduced during the academic year 1996-97 with the financial assistance of U.G.C. B.Sc. Computer Science and M.Sc. Mathematics courses were also started in the same year.

In 2005, Periyar Government Arts College, for the first time, went for NAAC accreditation and was accredited with C++. As per the NAAC peer team suggestion, new PG courses in Tamil, English, History, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology and Computer Science and UG courses in Microbiology and Political Science have been introduced thereafter.

All the departments are equipped with LCD Projector and OHP. Besides, seven Departments have provided with smart boards - the facility enhanced the quality of teaching and Learning. Based on the growing demands and needs of the students, M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Tamil and Commerce have been introduced.

On 3 March, 2015, in the process of NAAC Re-accreditation, Periyar Government Arts College has secured ‘B’ Grade status with 2.43 CGPA. In September 2015, aiming of achieving academic accolades, the Periyar Government Arts College has started 23 new courses: B.Sc. Visual Communication, M.A. Public Administration, Master of Social Work (MSW), Part-Time and Full-Time M.Phil. courses in Commerce, Economics, Computer Science, Zoology, Physics and Microbiology, Part-Time and Full-Time Ph.D. courses in History, Physics, Zoology and Microbiology.


Emerge as a leading higher educational institution in the rural status to widen the range of knowledge and understanding of the social, economic and political systems in order to create a critical awareness about the environment and social justice


* To evolve best practices of teaching and research in order to mould student’s potentials towards excellence in higher education
* Strive towards character building of the students and thus becoming the best citizens of the nation
* Extending educational service benefitting both the students and the society through extracurricular activities and outreach extension activities.


To promote secularism, national integration, education in rural youth.

Principal's Message

I am able to witness a qualitative change in the contour and contents of higher educational inputs and outputs of Periyar Arts College, Cuddalore. There is both horizontal and vertical growth in our college. In the field of research, our growth is astonishing because the result of research has benefited our society at large. Read More..

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