Meenakshi College for Women is an institution built on the principle that academic excellence is as essential as a disciplined lifestyle, and on the commitment to providing quality higher education to the socially and economically disadvantaged sections of society, especially first-generation learners.
The College has been committed to academic excellence since its inception. Every year has witnessed Meenakshi College students winning the top few ranks including the gold medal in the University Examinations in disciplines across the board. Though this clean sweep of the top few ranks in the University of Madras had to inevitably stop on the College becoming Autonomous in 1999, the College has continued to bag the top few ranks including the gold medal in the Shift II programmes that continue to be under the University pattern.
The College accords highest importance to academic excellence and fosters an atmosphere where students are motivated to study and perform well, irrespective of their social / economic / academic background before they joined the College. This academic excellence has been appreciated by parents of students across generations and has continued to attract students from the middle classes to the college. It is also a well known fact in industry circles, which is why the College is the first choice for organizations across the industry spectrum.
The College is the first choice across the social spectrum primarily because of the discipline inculcated in the students in the course of their stay at the College. The fact that students of Meenakshi College are extremely well-disciplined, is a fact acknowledged and appreciated by all the high-profile guests who have visited the College to address the students on various occasions over decades, by parents of students and alumni, and by employers of alumni.
Students of Meenakshi College stand out for their discipline wherever they go, and are, for this reason too, the true ambassadors of the College.
The priority of the institution is to educate the socially and economically disadvantaged sections of society, especially first-generation learners, in an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere. It shapes the young women into skilled, responsible, disciplined and socially conscious citizens with a strong value base.
The College has successfully provided inclusive education through accepting, understanding, and attending to student differences and diversity, which include physical, cognitive, academic, social, and emotional aspects. This is evident in the various support systems the College has developed through mentoring by the Faculty members and peer-supported learning in the form of peer tutoring. There has been absolutely no form of ragging in the College. The freshers are only welcomed warmly and made to feel at ease by the senior students and Faculty members.
Meticulous efforts are taken to get Government and Private scholarships for socially and economically backward students as well as private scholarships.
In essence, at Meenakshi College, Education is not just about preparing for a career but also about fostering self-determination, lifelong learning, social consciousness and empathy.