Our Kamaraj College History is presented to you in deep humility, but with the sense of satisfaction that accompanies a hard task sincerely accomplished. We belong to a nation which is wedded to the ideals of renunciation and service. It may not be out of place to point out how Shri. K.KAMARAJ, undoubtedly one of the greatest leaders of our times, stood up to the above ideal. It is therefore, indeed a good fortune that the College has been named after that great son.
The founding fathers of Kamaraj College came forward to build a temple of learning, as a fittest tribute, to the self-sacrificing activities and noble services rendered to the progress of the country, especially for the cause of education by the great patriot Shri. K.KAMARAJ. The founders took steps to fulfill the wishes of the great leader, to impart education, particularly College Education to the poor and downtrodden pupils of the locality and also the surrounding districts.
The red-letter day in the History of the College is 6th June 1965, on which the Vadathisai Hindu Nadarkal Mahamai Dharma Karapettai Paribalana Sangam belonging to the Nadars from the North (Vadathisai) celebrated its 46th anniversary. On that day a resolution was passed, under the Presidentship of Philanthropist Shri. S. Vellaichami Nadar, of Virudhunagar to start a college. This idea was welcomed with great enthusiasm by Shri. A.M.M.S. Ganesan Nadar and Family and on the spot they donated One Lakh Rupee. Their family is still rendering laudable services to the growth and development of the college.
Paribalana Sangam means Association. The Vadathisai Hindu Nadarkal Mahamai Dharma Karapettai Paribalana Sangam came into vogue to maintain a common fund for the benefit of the society against any oppression. The decision of V.H.N.D.K.P.S to start the Arts and Science College was approved by the Thoothukudi Nadar Mahamai Annual Conference held at Thoothukudi on 16th June 1965. The Tuticorin Educational Society was formed to implement the decision of the Mahamai, under the Leadership of Shri. K.S.P.S. Natarajan Nadar, Salt Merchant, Shri. P.S.T.S. Thiravia Rathina Nadar, Proprietor Shipping Agency, Shri. V.N.P.R. Iyyasamy Nadar, Business Magnet, Shri. S.K.S. Rajamoney Nadar, Salt Merchant, Shri. K. Annamalai, Lawyer and Shri. V.V.D. Dhanabalan, Proprietor, V.V.D Oil Mills.
The mission and goal of starting a college is to provide higher education facilities to young men with rich potentialities and hidden talents who are moving from pillar to post to fulfill their aspiration of higher education. Application for affiliation was submitted to the Madurai University on October 1965. Shri. A.M.M.S. Ganesan Nadar the architect of the college, who contributed a lot to the growth of the college, ever since its inception played a pivotal role, became the Patron of the College. Shri. V.V.D. Dhanabalan, became the First Secretary of the College. Shri. V.M. Krishnamoorthy was appointed as the First Principal.
The affiliation order was received on 13th June 1966 by a telegram and the admission started on 18th June 1966 and regular classes commenced from 29th July 1966 with then Chief Minister Shri. M. Bhakthavatchalam, inaugurating the College with Four Sections of P.U.C. The College was temporarily housed in the new block of Karapettai Nadar Boys Higher Secondary School, South Cotton Road, Thoothukudi. In June 1967, Shri. S. Selvaraj took up the Principalship. In 1968 the College became a degree College with the introduction of B.A. Economics and B.Sc. Mathematics.
The land, proposed to construct the college, belonged to the Salt Department of the Govt. of India. The college committee appealed to the Govt. of India to lease the land for the construction of a College. Accordingly 49.54 Acres of land was granted on lease for 99 years by the Salt Department. Then Honorable Chief Minister, M. Karunanithi laid the foundation stone for the main building under the Presidentship of Shri. T.P. Meenakshi Sundaram the Vice-Chancellor of Madurai University, on 14th April 1969. The newly constructed college building was opened by Shri A.M.M.S. Ganesan Nadar, the Patron of the College.
Land marks in the History of the College
It may not be possible to list out the innumerable events that had taken place in the College in the last quarter of a century in this brief hand out. However, we would like to mention the names of a few eminent sons of India, whom the College had the privilege to welcome.
On 30.09.1966, the Greatest Leader, and popularly known as the King Maker, Karmaveerar Bharat Ratna Shri. K. KAMARAJ visited our College. It is a remarkable day in the history of the college. He visited our college for the second time in the year 1972.
The other few eminent sons of India whom the college had the privilege to welcome are Shri. T.P. Meenakshi Sundaram, Vice-Chancellor of M.K.University, Dr. V.C. Kulandai Samy, Vice-Chancellor, M.K.University, Shri. V.T. Titus, Former Director of Collegiate Education, Shri. Kumari Anandan, Member of Parliament, Shri. G.K. Moopanar, Member of Parliament, Shri. R. Dhanuskodi Aditan, Central Minister, Dr. Sivanthi Aditanar, President, Indian Olympic Association, Shri. A.C. Muthiah Chettiar, Pro-Chancellor, Annamalai University, Dr. M. Varadharajan, Vice-Chancellor, M.K. University, Shri. S.V. Chitti Babu, Vice-Chancellor, M.K. University, Shri. Maragatham Chandrasekar, President, All India Congress Committee and all the Vice-Chancellors of M.K.U. and M.S.U. Central Minister Shri. R. Venkatraman visited our college on 14th June 1976 who later on became the President of India in 1986.
1990: MoU with Indria Gandhi National Open University for IGNO study centre.
2000: MoU with HMH Annamalai University for Computer Programmes.
19th April 2002: Our Manonmaniam Sundaranar University Vice Chancellor Shri. K. Chokkalingam unveiled the statue of Bharat Ratna, Shri, K. Kamaraj.
2003: MoU with Manonmaniam Sundaranar University for the conduct of Distance Education course.
14th May 2003: Two New buildings namely the women’s Hostel and the Students rest room were constructed with UGC contributions and opened to the students.
2004: NAAC PEER team visited our college and accredited with B+ grade.
2005: MoU with Tamil Nadu Open University for Distance Education.
2006: Dr. P. Cynthia Pandian, Vice-Chancellor of M.S.U visited our college.
2008: Five new buildings namely Research Centre, TES meeting hall, Zoology research centre, Kamarajar Kalvi Arangam and Green House Building were constructed.
2011: Tied up with ICT Academy.
2011: Our Alimni Dr. Antony Jeevarajan, Johnson Space Centre (NASA) visited our college.
2016: NAAC PEER team visited our college and accredited with ’B’ Grade.
2016: UGC Autonomous Visit.
2017: New Golden Jubilee Building Open.
2017: MSU Permanent affiliation Visit.
Many charitable institutions have come forward with offers of properties towards the endowment of the College. We take this opportunity to thank the members of the various Mahamaigal, Department of Education and University Grants Commission for all the help they so readily gave us and still continue to give support to us. Our greatest strength lies in the good backing and support we get from our well-wishers. Our friends are always prepared to donate large sums for any good cause and we are fortunate to have quite a number of members of such friends.
We will be failing in our duty if we do not mention on this occasion the matchless service rendered to the growth of this College by the family members of Shri. A.M.M.S.G. Kathiresan B.E., our patron and Shri. G. Vetrivel B.E., are still rendering laudable service to the growth of this College.