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About the College

Vision : Empowering the students of rural status by ensuring the pursuit of excellence in teaching, learning, research activities, invention and innovation. The college strives to build a thriving learning culture with better character and conduct needed to the society and nation. 


  • create a vibrant academic environment and intellectual stimulus.

  • explore the new minds with patronizing ideals and motivate them to accomplish excellence in the chosen field.

  • encourage the students to take-up research and help them to reach broad standards.

  • educate the pupils to overcome poverty and illiteracy in and around the college jurisdiction.

  • develop sportsmanship that makes the pupils better citizens.

  • extend academic activities through extra- curricular and outreach extension activities. enable the vulnerable section of pupils to attain integral formation by instilling confidence and creation employment opportunities.


History of the College

Arignar Anna Government Arts College is situated at the isolated Foothill of Vadachennimalai (North Chenni Hill) a small hill aboded with Lord Bala Thandayuthapani (Metamorphism of the God of Kurinji region, Lord Muruga). The place is bounded on the north by Kattukottai, South by Sadasivapuram, East by Thalaivasal and West by Attur. The nearest approachable bus stop kattukottai is just 9 km from Attur on the Salem-Cuddalore National Highway.

 Topographically, the college is circumfused by Kalvarayan hills and Vasishta river on the north and Kolli-Pachamalai hills and Swetha (Vellar-white river) river on the South. Both the rivers derive their name after the Pandava Arjuna (Swetavahana) and Sage Vasishta respectively. The serenity of its surroundings is revealed by its copsy appearance favors the institution pleasant academic environs. Historical evidences show the antiquity of the area as well. The archaeological discoveries of the nearest places and epigraphical records testify the prehistoric dwellings of the area too. Despite, it will be worthy to mention about the Bana chieftains of Magadaimandalam during the medieval period. Banses established their headquarters at Aragalur very close to Vadachennimalai. Aragalur was in the Arrur Kurran of Jananatha Valanadu, of a subdivision of Magadaimandalam in the medieval Tamil Nadu. The epigraphical records show that the Banas were the feudatories of the imperial Cholas and Pandyas.   

The college was functioning in a temporary building with minimum infrastructure at the beginning. The foundation stone for the construction of new building was laid by K.K.Shaw, the then honble Governor of Tamil Nadu on 12th march 1972. It was opened by K.Rajaram, honble Minister of Backward Welfare on 23rd October, 1973. At present it has sprang up to the extent of 6300 sq.meter of built area in the total area of 50 hectares(128 acers).

The name of the college has been christened after C.N. Annadurai, Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. He is popularly known as Arignar Anna whose dictum is Duty, Dignity and Discipline.

College Logo

The insignia signifies the depth of the Canons and ethics of the college, each symbols in the emblem implicitly elucidating the perception of the institution conspicuously. The first greater part of the crest sketches the temple upon the mountain which is positioned neighbouring to the institution suggesting the synthesis of arts, the ideals of right behaviour and social order, beliefs, values, and the way of life cherished under spirituality. The left portion of the logo comprises the Quill and Ink which is mightier than the sword. It is an instrument or a tool that can be used to bring inspiration to love for independence to an entire nation via diplomacy. The Open Book in the right fragment of the symbol points out the education, knowledge and wisdom. The middle share of the emblem encompasses the brazen oil lamp featuring the eternal flame of knowledge, enlightenment, intelligent and represents higher education. The lowest segment of the crest encloses the image of the flower lotus which signifies purity of heart and mind, untouched by the impurity despite growing in mud, it is supposed to produce clean and beautiful petals. The extremity of the design holds a Verse-396 from the Tamil classic Thirukkural,

                                தொட்டனைத் தூறும் மணற்கேணி மாந்தர்க்குக்
கற்றனைத் தூறும் அறிவு.            Thirukkural

In sandy soil, when deep you delve, you reach the springs below; The more you learn, the freer streams of wisdom flow.

                Water will flow from a well in the sand in proportion to the depth to which it is dug, and knowledge will flow from a man in proportion to his learning.  All the six fragments in the motif luminously portraiting the viewpoint of the institution and to nurture the young minds to attain excellence in education.


The college  is a godsend institution to the youth aspiring for higher education from the rural hamlets in and around Attur.  Most of the students are hailing from socially economically and educating weaker sections of the society. Molding and producing first generation graduates, especially a large number of female graduates are the highlights, which makes this institution to reach its pinnacle.

        The first under graduate program (BA Tamil) was commenced in 1973 and was followed by PUC in Science and History under the affilation of the University of Madras. In order to accommodate maximum number of  students who have completed Higher Secondary Course, the following courses are started as the years followed: B.Sc. Chemistry (1979), B.Sc. Physics (1980), B.Com (1986), B.Sc. Computer Science (1998), B.A English (2003), BBA (2003),  M.Com (2003), M.Sc Computer Science (2003), M.A Tamil (2004) , M.A History (2004), B.Sc. Botany (2012), B.Sc Maths (2012), M.A English (2012), M.Sc Chemistry (2012), M.Sc Physics(2012), M.Sc Mathematics (2017).

Research degree in the Department of Computer Science is started in this college during the year 2012-13. Tamil department was upgraded as a research department with M.Phil. and Ph.D. programs during the academic year 2013-14. Commerce and History departments have also started to offer M.Phil Programs from the year 2017-18.

Though the college was meant for men at the beginning, women students also enrolled in 1975. Since then the college has been transformed into Co-educational institution. It was affiliated to Periyar University Salem-636 011 in the year 1998-99. The college was accredited  with B Grade by NAAC on 28-02-2005 and recognized as a Grade I college by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu on 04-08-2015

The Computer Literacy Program (CLP) was introduced by the Government of Tamil   Nadu in order to help the students  other than Computer Science in the academic year 2000-2001. It was implemented successfully and is functioning effectively. Thus, this institution strives with determination to impart quality education to socially and economically backward students and to elevate to the forefront at national level in the field of higher education

Ethics of the College

  • Real education has to draw out the best from the boys and girls to be educated.
  • If we want to impart education best suited to the needs of the villagers, we should take the college to the villagers.