St.Arul Anandar(Our Patron)

St.John de Britto

St.John de Britto, Patron of the college is one of the many Jesuit Missionaries who came to India and worked for the Madurai Mission. Born in Lisbon in 1647 in a wealthy and aristocratic family and brought up in a rich and royal atmosphere, he became a Jesuit and volunteered to go to India in September 1673. Brilliant and young Britto was offered a professorial chair at a college in Goa but he preferred to come to Madurai and work in the interior villages. Between 1675 and 1687 he dressed himself as an Indian sannyasi (Pandaraswamy) and visited many places as Arulanandarsamy, eating only vegetarian food on plantain leaf, and squatting on the floor for study and teaching. He entered the kingdom of the Maravas, the present Ramnad and Sivaganga districts and began his work among them. Great opposition, resistance and persecution were his rewards, which he faced with a gentle smile. He had the courage to condemn the wrong doings of both the mighty and the lowly. The conversion of Prince Thadiya Thevar incensed his enemies to persecute him and he was beheaded at Oriyur on February 4, 1693. His very name ?Arul Anandar? means one who is filled with the grace and joy of Lord which he manifested by his service to humanity and perseverance in suffering.

Introducing AAC

Arul Anandar College (Autonomous), a Minority Catholic Co-Educational Institution, affiliated to the Madurai Kamaraj University, is one among the nine colleges, run by the Madurai Province of the Society of Jesus.

As a minority institution Arul Anandar College caters primarily to the formation of Christian students. However, it keeps its portals open to all students without discrimination of caste and creed.

The other Jesuit colleges in Tamil Nadu are:

  • In Tiruchirapalli: St Joseph’s College (Autonomous)
  • In Palayamkottai: St Xavier’s College (Autonomous), St Xavier’s College of Education (Autonomous)
  • In Chennai: Loyola College (Autonomous), Loyola College of Education, Loyola ICAM College of Engineering & Technology (LICET)
  • In Vettavalam: Loyola College
  • In Mettala, Salem: Loyola College.

These nine higher educational institutions under the chairmanship of the Provincial of the Jesuit Madurai Province follow a common policy for admissions, appointments and administration.)

OUR FOUNDER

St.Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, was born in Spain in 1491 in a noble family. While undergoing treatment for an injury sustained in the battle at Pamplona, he read the Gospel and the Lives of Saints. He turned over a new leaf and after completion of his studies in Philosophy and Theology, he was ordained a priest in 1537. With a band of seven well-educated friends, he laid the foundation for the Society of Jesus in 1540. `The Spiritual Exercises´ and `The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus´ are his legacy to the Jesuits and the world at large. The former helps to reflect on God, Self, and the relevance of the mission of Jesus Christ to the world inviting every one to be woman and man for others and the latter contains the rules and regulations for the governance of the Society of Jesus.

OUR PATRON ARUL ANANDAR

St.John de Britto, Patron of the college is one of the many Jesuit missionaries who came to India and worked for the Madurai Mission. Born in Lisbon in 1647 in a wealthy and aristocratic family and brought up in a rich and royal atmosphere, he became a Jesuit and volunteered to go to India in September 1673. Brilliant and young Britto was offered a professional chair at a college in Goa but he preferred to come to Madurai and work in the interior villages. Between 1675 and 1687 he dressed himself as an Indian sannyasi (Pandaraswamy) and visited many places as Arulanandarsamy, eating only vegetarian food on plantain leaf, and squatting on the floor for study and teaching. He entered the kingdom of the Maravas, the present Ramnad and Sivaganga districts and began his work among them. Great opposition, resistance and persecution were his rewards, which he faced with a gentle smile. He had the courage to condemn the wrong doings of both the mighty and the lowly. The conversion of Prince Thadiya Thevar incensed his enemies to persecute him and he was beheaded at Oriyur on February 4, 1693. His very name `Arul Anandar´ means one who is filled with the grace and joy of Lord which he manifested by his service to humanity and perseverance in suffering.

History of the College

  • 1970: The College was founded as De La Salle College by the late Most Rev. Dr Justin Diraviam, Archbishop of Madurai Diocese with Pre University course and UG Courses in Economics and Philosophy.
  • 1971: BSc Mathematics was introduced.
  • 1972: Renamed as Arul Anandar College, it became a Jesuit institution.
  • 1973: Undergraduate Courses in Rural Development Science
  • 1975: Bharat Ratna and Nobel Laureate St Teresa of Kolkata, founder of the Missionaries of Charity graced the campus
  • 1979: BSc Chemistry was introduced.
  • 1980: BA History was introduced.
  • 1980: MSc RDS was introduced.
  • 1984: MA Economics was introduced.
  • 1986: MA Philosophy was introduced.
  • 1987: AAC becomes an autonomous college.
  • 1987: The Alumni Association was inaugurated.
  • 1988: BSc Physics was introduced 1989: MPhil Economics was introduced.
  • 1995: The Parent-Teacher Association began.
  • 1999: Self-financed Courses in MCA and BCom with Computer Applications were started.
  • 2000: Computer Literacy programme was initiated.
  • 2000: Dept. of RDS becomes a Research Centre.
  • 2001: Dept. of Economics becomes a Research Centre.
  • 2001: The college becomes co-educational.
  • 2001: AAC Accreditated by NAAC with FIVE STARS
  • 2003: BBA and BSc IT & M were introduced.
  • 2003: Choice Based Credit System - UG (Aided) courses
  • 2004: BSc Physical Education was introduced.
  • 2004: BSc Mathematics (SF) was introduced.
  • 2004: Internal Quality Assurance Cell was introduced.
  • 2005: MSc Mathematics (SF) was introduced.
  • 2005: MSc Physics (SF) was introduced.
  • 2005: Career Oriented Courses (COCs) were introduced.
  • 2008: NAAC Reaccreditation - ‘A’ grade - (CGPA of 3.52).
  • 2008: Revised CBCS in all UG and PG courses
  • 2009: Women Studies Centre was established.
  • 2009: ‘Awards of Excellence’ for Staff and Students
  • 2009: Britto Publishing House gets started.
  • 2009: State Level Fr Montaud Hockey Tournaments
  • 2009: State Level Fr Prince Foot-ball Tournaments
  • 2011: BA English Literature was introduced.
  • 2011: BSc Computer Science was introduced.
  • 2012: BSc Food Science & Technology was introduced.
  • 2012: Bridge Course in English for UG first year students
  • 2012: Restructured Choice Based Credit System
  • 2012: Dept of Physics beomes a Research Centre.
  • 2014: NAAC Reaccreditation - ‘A’ grade (CGPA of 3.66)
  • 2016: DST FIST Awarded
  • 2017: BA Tamil is introduced.
  • 2017: MSc Chemistry is introduced.
  • 2018: 9 Additional COC Courses are Introduced

Vision, Mission & Strategy

VISION

  • Integral Development of Rural Students and Empowering them for Social Transformation.

MISSION

  • To provide facilities for academic excellence, training in soft and professional skills and placement.
  • To enable students to become agents of social transformation by imparting skills in research and social analysis.
  • To build AAC into a policy advocacy centre.

STRATEGY

  • Empowering rural students through innovative and socially contextualized education.
  • Promoting stakeholder participation in academic and extension activities.
  • Initiating ICT integrated socially relevant research.
  • Fostering a sense of human rights founded on dignity‚ equity and justice.
  • Facilitating gender equity both on and off the campus.
  • Promoting people friendly policies and programmes through networking.
  • Establishing an organic link between lab and land.

Aims & Objectives

The National Policy on Education (1985) visualises that education should become dynamic as never before. Arul Anandar College (AAC) possesses all the features of the programme as well as strategies to impart the necessary dynamism to rural higher education. Thus the evolution and the development of AAC‚ with its preferential option for the poor‚ the MBC and the dalits‚ centres around the maintenance of proper standards. This objective is achieved by ensuring optimum utilisation of facilities‚ promoting innovation and change, relating education to emerging occupational patterns‚ and offering viability and equalization of educational opportunities for the weaker sections of the society‚ particularly the MBC and the Scheduled Castes‚ who form the majority of the student population of this institution.

It must be pointed out‚ however‚ that the work of AAC as an agent of social change is not merely the change of behaviour and the acceptance of new values for living, so that individuals cease to be unjust‚ but also the transformation of an unjust society. Mere reform of existing structures is inadequate to remove the causes of injustice; hence the change of structures is necessary. Hence the option for the poor is an option for a just, free‚ fraternal and non-exploitative society‚ in which persons and communities find their human fulfilment. There is every reason to believe that the poor and the oppressed as victims of the present exploitative system will be the creators of a new just society. The option for the poor and the dalits in this context is an option to work for the awakening of the poor masses and to join in their struggles for a just social order.

AAC‚ managed by the Jesuits of the Jesuit Madurai Province‚ is a minority institution. As such‚ it enjoys all the privileges and rights of the minorities enshrined in the Constitution of India and implemented by the Government of Tamil Nadu. It aims, in particular‚ at raising the standards of education and of living in area that is classified as the most backward area‚ and for this purpose the Department of Rural Development Science has been established. Conscious of the dire poverty of the masses and the prevailing moral and spiritual degeneration and social inequalities that beset our country‚ the management of the college gives important place to moral and spiritual values and desires to inculcate a strong sense of social justice in the students‚ hoping to make the institution‚ both in theory and practice, an agent of social transformation and move towards a just and equitable social order. To further the process of empowerment of women the Jesuit management has also opened the doors of this institution to women students at U.G. level from 2001 onwards and in June 2005 a women's hostel was established.

Thus‚ this institution stands poised for the formation of the whole person‚ religiously oriented‚ morally upright‚ intellectually alert‚ socially conscious and committed and nationally concerned.

Infrastructure

INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Britto Block
  • Inigo Block
  • Diraviam Arangam
  • Arrupe Illam
  • 1987: Science Block
  • 1989: Toulouse Block
  • 1995: Library Building
  • 2007: Xavier Block
  • 2007: Womens Hostel
  • 2009: Mr Michael Raj A Teacher Stadium & Logistics Centre
  • 2010: Arrupe Centenary Block
  • 2012: Gymnasium
  • 2012: Standard-Size Basket Ball Court
  • 2012: Grotto of Our Lady
  • 2012: A model poultry and piggery farm
  • 2012: IOB branch was opened in the campus
  • 2013: Indoor Stadium
  • 2015: CCTV Cameras were installed in the campus
  • 2016: DST FIST Lab
  • 2016: 100 Bedded Sports Hostel
  • 2016: Extension of College Chapel
  • 2016: Extension of College Library

Universal Prayer house

Arrupe Centenary Block

Power Station

Health Centre

Bank

Water Tank

Bio-gas Plant

Wind-Solar

Indoor Stadium

MCA Computer Lab

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UG-Computer Lab

Physics Lab

Chemistry Lab

RDS Lab

RDS Vetex

Student Browsing Centre

Administrative Office(Shift-I)

Administrative Office(Shift-II)

AAC Stationery and Photocopying Centre

AV Hall

Mother Teresa Hall

Kiosk

Car Parking

Arise


Facilities available to the students


  • Hostel & Mess
  • Universal Prayer house
  • Parking areas
  • Library
  • Play Grounds
  • Canteen
  • Laboratories
  • Class 'B' Meteorology / Observatory
  • Poly House
  • Computer Facility
  • Internet
  • Purified Drinking Water
  • English Coaching for weaker students
  • Placement Cell (Campus Interview)
  • Restroom
  • Scholarships
  • Bank
  • Reprographic Facilities
  • Audio visual Laboratory
  • Miranda Language Park
  • VSAT Classes

Facilities available to the staff

  • Library
  • Parking areas
  • Staff Common Rooms
  • Internet
  • Canteen
  • Universal Prayer House
  • Bank
  • Reprographic Facility
  • Video

College Emblem

  • A shield divided diagonally by a bar of gold appears on a maroon background.
  • On the right lower panel a silver star rises and lights up the green hills, the sky being shown in light blue, and on the left upper panel is seen a sheaf of paddy.
  • A golden crest IHS (Iesus Hominem Salvator) with a cross and nails surmounts the shield.
  • A golden palm frond flanks the shield on the left. The motto of the college - Work, Justice and Love - is inscribed in dark blue on a golden scroll.
  • Enshrined Gold, Blue and Maroon stand for the ideals of Work, Justice and Love in the motto. The College professes a philosophy of hard work coupled with a passion for truth and justice in all their aspects and love for all human beings.
  • The sheaf of paddy stands for agricultural plenty which the college aims at by its ideal of rural service. The star stands for a pioneering institution shedding its light on the Nagamalai hills, symbolic of the neighbouring countryside. The Crest (IHS - the name of Jesus) is the emblem of the Society of Jesus, which owns this college. The palm frond stands for the sacrifice of self, made by the patron of the college, St.John de Britto (Arul Anandar) in the cause of Truth and Love.