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Beginning in a small one-storey building in Santhome, Mylapore with 32 students, the College moved to its present campus "The Cloisters" on Cathedral Road in 1960. Today the College has an enrollment of 3,800 students from diverse backgrounds, communities and nations.

The College is a Catholic minority institution established and run by the Society of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM), a religious congregation founded by Blessed Mary of the Passion (Helene de Chappotin) in Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu in 1877. The initiatives of the College arise from a sound philosophy of life based on faith in God and the contemporary reality of a pluralistic Indian society that is challenged by global ideologies and cultures.

The College is committed to serving the economically and socially marginalised sections of society and provides university education in a Christian atmosphere for students, especially those belonging to the Catholic community. Admission is open to all, irrespective of caste and creed, and their rights of conscience are respected. In keeping with its mission, the College promotes inclusive practices in the implementation of its academic programmes, taking into account learning differences and the special needs of the differently-abled. In seeking to mould women of character who will be self-reliant and work towards social transformation, the College has established an educational road map that provides a framework for quality education and stimuli for lifetime learning.

A student-centric, participatory teaching-learning-evaluation system assures the students of optimal educational benefits. The College is at the forefront of higher education in India by balancing its commitment to academic excellence with emphasis on all-round development of students. Offering courses in traditional Arts and Science courses and in emerging areas such as International Studies, Information Technology, Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, the curriculum promotes national development, fosters global competencies and facilitates skills training to meet the challenges of a competitive workplace.

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Housed in a two storey building, the College Library is fully automated with a wide collection of the latest books, periodicals and CDs, which is expanded and updated every year. The library, which has an open access system, is committed to using technology in efficient and innovative ways. The Library functions in a networked environment, and maintains three servers and over 60 PCs to support its various operations and services. Electronic sources such as EBSCO host, NList and Questia are made available to all members of the library via the internet and the college intranet. The library also hosts Dspace, a digital repository of research. It contains published articles, conference papers, question papers, theses and other related documents, with full text wherever possible. Faculty and researchers may contribute their own publications for uploading in the Dspace. Question papers and syllabi of all the departments are available on Dspace for ready reference.

The top floor of the building houses the Postgraduate section and the research cubicles which are equipped with computers with the necessary software. The reference materials are located on the mezzanine floor, which also has four computers with headphones to view subject CDs and videos.

The mezzanine floor also houses “Stellarchives”, the college archives, which collects, preserves and maintains the historical evidence of the institution’s heritage. It contains photographs, manuscripts, artifacts and ephemerals, some of which date back to the inception of the college. It also houses rare books, and books and articles authored by faculty and former students of the college.

The air-conditioned Audio-Visual room in the library is used to conduct the one year Certificate Course in Documentation and Multimedia. It is also used for orientation programmes, seminars and programmes on research methodology and training in the use of various databases.

Besides the main library, which houses the bulk of the print collection, there are two departmental libraries - the Fine Arts department library in St. Francis Block and the Commerce department library located in the Nava Nirmana building.

The library working hours are 8.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m. on all weekdays and 8.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m. on Saturdays. The library is closed on Sundays and all Public holidays


There are four hostels for resident students. The residents are one large, happy family, and engage in friendly rivalry in games and sports.


The Indian Overseas Bank has a branch within the campus and offers banking and other related facilities to the College and the students. Its timings:
9.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m. from Monday To Friday
9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. on Saturdays


The DTP Centre provides stationery as well as services such as photocopying, lamination and binding for both faculty and students.


The co-operative store is operated by the students of the Commerce Department under the supervision of their faculty. The store sells stationery and other items to students at reasonable rates.


The College has a canteen, a health food centre, a juice shop and a Maggi kiosk.

Sports and Games

There is nothing like sports to build stamina and character. Stella Maris actively encourages students to participate in sporting activities. The college offers sports and games facilities to every student who desires to develop her potential in sports. Sports and games include major group games, athletics, karate, yoga, etc.



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Stella Maris College is an autonomous institution run by the religious congregation of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. True to its vision and mission, the College offers quality education and maintains consistently high academic standards in the effort to give all students an equal opportunity for learning and development through holistic education which is strongly grounded in values. It is the special mission of the College to reach out to students from socially and economically disadvantaged sections of society, and to prepare them to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. In many ways the College provides a truly unique educational environment for the students who are currently enrolled here.

Since its inception, Stella Maris has been in the forefront in the field of higher education and has constantly endeavoured to make its programmes of study more relevant, innovative and student-centred. In this context, we can proudly say that Stella Maris is the only institution of higher education in the state to offer a professional, four year undergraduate degree programme in Visual Arts.

In addition to core and optional courses, all the academic programmes offered by the college include both interdisciplinary and skill based courses. At the postgraduate level the curriculum includes internships, projects and dissertation, thus enhancing the competence and employability of students.

The College offers students a wide range of opportunities to encourage and foster creativity and leadership skills through various extra and co-curricular programmes, ranging from games to community service and service-learning. Educational parameters are enhanced through partnerships and collaborations with research institutions and other institutions of higher education, which help both faculty and students to expand their knowledge and skills through exposure to national and global perspectives.

At the same time, the College continually strives to increase sensitivity to social and environmental issues. The social awareness and outreach programmes which are an integral part of the curriculum are oriented towards serving the community in a variety of ways by bringing education, as well as entrepreneurial skill-training to youth and women, so that they are equipped with the appropriate knowledge and skills to become self-sufficient. By integrating such experiential learning into the academic programme, students develop a sense of social justice and responsibility and are encouraged to regard service to others as a way of life.

The College has taken up many important ventures and projects over the years, and this year, the focus of all College activities is Food Security, a crucial area of both national and international significance. Over the past years, the college has also embarked on a series of activities such as vermicomposting, grey water recycling, rain water harvesting, garbage segregation, solar-powered lights and heaters, and a reverse osmosis plant, all of which are geared towards establishing a “green and clean” campus, which will, we hope, result in a model of sustainable development, leading to effective intervention in the area of environment protection.

As a Catholic minority institution in a multi-religious society, the College caters to the spiritual needs of all its students and is committed to encouraging an open, liberal outlook among students, and a world view that embraces diversity and difference. Catholic students are supported through courses on Christian perspectives while other students take courses on ethics and values formation.

The steady academic growth of the college since its foundation in 1947, includes the introduction of Autonomy in 1987, and of the Choice Based Credit System in 1997. Always open to innovation and positive change, which is beneficial to both students and society at large, the College has successfully navigated the first 68 years of its existence. Guided by the charisma of our patron St. Francis of Assisi and by the light of Mary, the Star of the Sea, Stella Maris College will always continue to keep in sight its vision and mission of pursuing the quest for value-based academic excellence and integrity, which, we believe, can lead to transformational change in society.



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