M.V.Muthiah Government Arts College for Women at Dindigul is one of the largest Government Institutions for women in TamilNadu. The College was established in June 1966 with a mission to empower rural women through higher education. Forty acres of land was donated by Thiru. M.V.Muthiah Pillai the then founder of Angu Vilas Groups for the construction of the college. The college was named “M.V.Muthiah Government Arts College for Women” to honour the donator’s lion’s share in providing land and building construction. Since its inception in 1966, the Institution enjoys a commendable social accreditation and every year we receive thousands of applications for getting admission into each course. As the institution strictly adheres to the mission of “Purity, Unity and Ability“, Parents prefer to admit their wards in our college rather than other colleges in the district. In 1972 and in 1974 the then Chief Minister of TamilNadu Dr.M.Karunanidhi laid the foundation stone for hostel buildings. From 1975 onwards the college started functioning in the new campus. National Service Scheme and the Corporation of Population Education Programme were started in 1975 to render great service to the society. Under the Twenty Points, a Co-operative store for staff and students and a common canteen work successfully in the campus. Within a short span of fourteen years the college spread its roots strongly and added one more feather to its cap by attaining Grade I Status. As the college maintains a good discipline, many families in the villages nearby are able to give higher education to their girls breaking all orthodox social taboos.
Alumni association of the college is one of the largest bodies among the alumni associations of various colleges in South TamilNadu. It works as a beacon light to its successors in the Alma mater. The college has a good hostel facility for students. The college is affiliated to Mother Teresa Women’s University, the only women’s University in Tamil Nadu and the students are evaluated by semester exams. Project is introduced for P.G Students in their final semester.
The College which was started in 1966, is a multi-disciplinary institution offering diverse courses. Tamil and English as medium of instruction, various Arts and Science degree Courses are offered by this college. The college has thirteen under graduate courses ,eleven post graduate courses and 6 M.Phil. The departments of Tamil, English, Computer Science and Geography, Mathematics have emerged as research departments.
The college has 63 permanent staff members including the Principal and 75 Guest lecturers in both I & II shifts. The college provides higher education to 2690 students in the current academic year. The college has a well equipped library. 46804 books are available in the general library and the individual departments have 17409 books in their libraries for the maximum utility of students. Allotments have been given by the government for the construction of new buildings. The Principal and staff members take the institution in the path of excellence successfully. Thousands of rural and downtrodden students enjoy the facilities provided by the college to a fuller extent.