Milestones

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1835

Chaplains of the Church of Scotland in Madras, Rev. George James Laurie and Rev. Matthew Bowie start a School (St. Andrew's), on the corner of Randalls Road in Egmore. Soon they request Church of Scotland to send a missionary to run it.

1837

The General Assembly's school opened by Rev. John Anderson in a rented house on the east side of Armenian Street, with the Headmaster and 59 boys from St. Andrew's School forming the core. The stated objective was to "convey as great an amount of truth as possible through the channel of a good education especially of Bible truth."

1838

The School moved to Errabauloo Chetty Street with an enrolment of 270 pupils.1839 The first branch School opened in Conjeevaram (Today it is Anderson School), and two others added in Nellore and Chingleput (St. Columba School) the following year.

1841

Anderson starts the periodical The Native Herald.

1841

The first branch school for Girls started under the care of the Braidwoods in Royapooram (the Northwick School).1841 A branch school for the benefit of Mahommedans opened in Triplicane.

1843

The split in the Church of Scotland resulted in the school coming under the management of the Free Church of Scotland and come to known as the "Central Institution".

1845

Miss. Margaret Locher, a Swiss lady arrives in Madras to promote female education, becomes an agent of Free Church; marries Rev. John Anderson in 1847.

1847

School moves to the Esplanade (A sailors home purchased at 25,000 rupees).

1855

Rev. John Anderson dies on 25 March in Madras and buried in the Old London Mission Cemetery, Thana Street. , Puruswalkam.

1859

Anderson Church was constructed, and Rev. P. Rajagopaul, the first convert of Anderson becomes the first Minister of the Church (Presently this is the only building of the Institution still remaining in Parrys corner opposite High Court buildings).

1862

Rev. J. Braidwood documents the 25 years of history of the Institution through his book,  True Yoke Fellows in the Mission Field: The Life and Labours of Rev. John Anderson and Rev. Robert Johnston, published in London.

1862

Rev. William Miller arrives in Madras to take over the depleting school. He was 24 years old.1864 First college class was formed, studying for the First Examination in Arts (FA) of the University.

1865

Junior B.A. Class was formed, thereby making the Institution a First Grade College.

1877

The "Central Institution" becomes the Madras Christian College with the support of some mission bodies in Madras. Madras Debating Society, the oldest student society, takes permanent shape. The Literary Society also founded the same year.

1882

A hostel first of its kind in south India started by Dr. William Miller for the Vaishnavite Brahmins; Soon other hostels built: for Indian Christians (1888); for non-Brahmins (1895); for non-Brahmins from rural areas (1902); for the Vaisya (Chetty) communty (1902), Rungiah Chetty Hostel (1911) and a non-sectarain Cosmopolitan hostel (1919).1882 The College Prayer Union founded; the College Cricket Club organized.

1883

The first issue of the Christian College Magazine published featuring scholarly articles contributed by Professors, past and present students, and learned public in South India.

1883

Physical training classes held after obtaining grounds.

1883

College buildings expanded stretching to the other end of the Road during 1883-1987.1887 Madras Christian College incorporated as a non-profit limited company under the Indian Companies Act of 1882.

1887

Philosophy Association and the History Students Union founded.1888 The office of the Bursar created and Rev Cooper becomes the first one (part time).

1888

Dravida Bhashabivirthi Sangam and Andhra Bhashabhiranjini Sanghamu founded.

1891

First Annual College Day held. The College Day Association formed by graduates. MCC Calendar first published and released on the first College Day.

1893

Miller becomes the member of the Madras Legislative Council in 1893, and again in 1895, 1899 and 1902.

1896

Miller becomes the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland, the highest honour accorded in the Church.

1901

William Miller appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Madras, and a Bronze statue erected in his honor (presently found in the MCC HSS premises in Chetput).

1904

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan does his B.A. and M.A. courses in the Department of Mental and Moral Sciences during 1904-1908.

1907

Miller finally departs from India due to ill health.1908The College Brotherhood Society formed.

1909

William Skinner who was Acting Principal for two years becomes the Principal.

1902

College Athletics Association formed.

1911

During 1911-1913 the College introduced new Honours Courses: History and English (1911), Zoology (1912), Mathematics and Philosophy (1913).

1916

Mahatma Gandhi visits the College and chairs a joint debate session organized by the MCC associated societies.

1916

James Bangaru Raju becomes the first Indian Professor in the Department of Philosophy followed by Dr. D. W. Devanesen (father of Chandran Devanesen) in Zoology.

1919

A Senatus Committee suggested the College consider a new location, thus marking the beginning of the long process of the "removal" to Tambaram.

1921

Rev. Earle Montieth Macphail, Professor of History appointed Principal.

1921

The University Training Corps (precursor) to National Cadet Corps (NSS) started, and MCC formed a large unit.1923Rev. William Meston appointed Principal.

1923

William Miller dies in Edinburgh. He served 45 years as active Principal, and another 16 years as Honorary Principal.

1924

O. Kandaswami Chetty narrates the life and witness of Miller in MCCM, later published by the CLS, Madras.

1930

Rev. Alfred George Hogg appointed Principal.

1930

Madras Government alienates 390 acres of former Selaiyur reserve forest to the College, with the consent of the Government of India.

1931

Lindsay Commission report recommends the establishment of Halls and merger of Bishop Heber College Trichinopoly with MCC at Tambaram.

1934

Mrs. & Dr. Edward Barnes (Chemistry) start living in the Tambaram site in the only completed building (the present Barnes Villa, adjacent to the Sports Fields).

1935

The Maternity and Child Welfare Centre started by Mrs. Barnes (first hospital of its kind in Tambaram), and as its extension Unit the Oxfam School in 1961.

1937

Madras Christian College celebrates its 100 years of existence. New College buildings officially opened at Tambaram on 30 January by Lord Erskine, the Governor. Miller statue donated by Venkatarama Iyer was unveiled in the premises.

1938

The International Missionary Council held its conference in the newly finished Anderson Hall at Tambaram. More than 400 delegates from all over the world participate.1938 Rev. Alexander John Boyd becomes the new Principal.

1939

Women admitted to the college as regular students for the first time. The Rural Service league (RSL) was formed to support development work in villages nearby.

1940

Old Boys' Cricket match instituted.

1950

Women's Hostel in Guindy opened.

1956

Rev. Dr. James Russell Macphail becomes the last of the Scottish Principals of the College.

1956

Intermediate course abolished. The new system included 1 year of Pre-University followed by 3 year degree course.

1962

Double Jubilee celebrated: 125 years of the College, 25 years in Tambaram. Dr. Chandran D. S. Devanesen becomes the first Indian Principal. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan visits the College as the Vice-President of India in March, and again addresses the Alumni Association meeting held in MCC School in September, as the President of India.

1963

Miller Memorial Library celebrates its centenary. Madras Christian College Day Association renamed the MCC Alumni Association. Farm project was launched.

1965

Student Records Office opened to handle the increasing paper work and statistics of students.

1966

Mr. C. A. Abraham retires as Physical Director after 37 years of service. Mr. K. C. David takes over.

1966

Political Science & Public Administration separated from History to become an independent department.

1967

A. L. Mudaliar Athletic Championship was begun. MCC was the first champion. Student Guidance Centre opened.

1968

Women's Hostel moves to Tambaram from Guindy.

1969

Department of Tamil formed separately from Languages.

1970

Department of Statistics separated from Mathematics.

1973

Prof. Bennett Albert appointed Principal.

1978

Dr. M. Abel appointed Principal.

1978

Autonomy was granted, launching the College into a new era of academics.

1980

"Deep Woods" begun as an inter-collegiate cultural festival.

1981

Dr. Mithra G. Augustine becomes the Principal of MCC.

1983

School of Continuing Education started. The new Miller Memorial Library and the new Botany block completed.

1985

Public Administration split from the Politics Department to form a separate PG department. Kibble Computer Centre opened.

1986

Centre for Women's Studies opened.

1987

150th Year Celebrations organized with Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as Guest of Honour, declares open the Miller Memorial Library.

1989

Dr. Francis Soundararaj takes over as Principal. M.A. Social Work started.

1992

Centenary celebration of the Alumni Association.

1994

The first Self Financed Course (Master of Computer Applications) opened. Introduction of vocational Courses in History, Commerce and Zoology. Dr. M. Gladstone takes over as Principal.

1999

Dr. Alexander Mantramurti takes over as Principal. Opening of the Self-financed Evening College Program.

2003

Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) introduced at PG level in Aided Stream stream, and at UG and PG levels in the self-financed stream.

2004

College awarded A+ grade by NAAC. CBCS extended at UG level in day stream.

2005

Dr. V. J. Philip takes over as the Principal.

2006

Office for International Programs created few more class rooms built for the Self-financed stream.

2007

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, President of India visits the College on 23rd February, on the occasion of the 170 year celebrations (2006-07), also delivers the Convocation address.

2007

Institute for Advanced Christian Studies revived and a Diploma Course in Christian Studies started.

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