Sri Avinashilingam Home Science College for Women was established
by the great patriot and educationist Dr. T.S. Avinashilingam
under the auspices of the Avinashilingam Education Trust in 1957
with 45 students. The growth of the Institution has been carefully
nurtured to its current heights by the world renowned educationist
and nutritionist, former Chancellor of the University Dr. Rajammal
P. Devadas until she passed away in March 2002. It is now the
largest Institution in the country for imparting Home Science
Education at all levels. It was one of the eight colleges on which
autonomy was conferred by the University of Madras in June 1978
and the first of the women's colleges to get this distinction.
Autonomy gave the College scope for academic freedom for
innovations in teaching and research.
The Government of India declared Sri Avinashilingam Home Science
College for Women and Sri Avinashilingam Teacher's College for
Women as a Deemed University under Section 3 of the UGC Act in
June 1988. These Colleges have been renamed as Avinashilingam
Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women and is
marching towards the twenty third year as a University.
Dr. T.S.K. Meenakshisundaram has assumed the Chancellorship on
2.12.2010. He is a follower of the Founder-President Dr. T.S.
Avinashilingam Ayya Avargal.
The University follows the educational ideals of Sri Ramakrishna,
Holy Mother Sri Saradamani Devi, Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma
Gandhi and upholds a life of purity, discipline and service. A
temple dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna commands the campus. Daily
prayer is an integral part of campus life. All the students and
staff are expected to participate in the common prayers.
The University functions under seven Faculties, namely, Home
Science, Science, Humanities, Education, Business Administration,
Engineering and Community Education and Entrepreneurship
Development. Each faculty functions under the headship of a Dean.
pattern of education has been fully semesterised. The academic year
is divided into two semesters, each semester having a minimum of 90
teaching days. The semester pattern offers each student individual
attention of the teacher and facilitates the student's all round
development. It calls for active participation of the students in
the learning process.
Regular attendance is an important feature of the semester pattern.
Evaluation of the students' work is continuous and comprehensive,
with a weightage of 100 per cent for UG and PG for internal
assessment. Examinations for the courses offered in a semester are
conducted in the same semester to make learning more effective and
to reduce the burden on the students.