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The New College was established in 1951 and is affiliated to the University of Madras. Having completed more than six decades of dedicated service to the nation, the college has earned an enviable reputation as a leading institution of higher education in Chennai. It was founded by the Muslim Educational Association of Southern India (MEASI) with the primary aim of providing higher education to the educationally backward section in general and Muslim students in particular. However, its doors are open to deserving students irrespective of community, caste, creed or socio-economic considerations. With a humble beginning of 200 students in the intermediate course, the college has grown to the current combined strength of over 5500 students in the Aided & Self-financed streams.

In the aided stream (Shift I), the college offers12 UG courses, 7 PG courses, 7 M.Phil. and 8 Ph.D. research programmes, while in the self-financing stream (Shift II) offers 9 UG and 6 PG courses spanning Arts, Commerce & Science. The College has achieved several significant milestones. It was selected by UGC in 2004, - to offer Career Oriented Add-on programmes in Clinical Laboratory Technology (Certificate, Diploma & Advanced diploma courses) and Computer Assembly & Servicing, which are running successfully. UGC conferred autonomous status to the College in 2007. The Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) recommended by TANSCHE was introduced in 2008.The college was accredited thrice by the NAAC and currently it holds ‘A’ Grade (3.08/4.00) from 2016.

The college is committed to providing quality and holistic education to its students. All departments periodically revise their curriculum to incorporate recent developments in the subjects. All undergraduate and postgraduate students are trained in Employability Skills taking into account their career opportunities. The college also brings in innovations in the infrastructural facilities, teaching, learning and evaluation.

The College is one of the most preferred educational institutions in Chennai due to its central location, excellent infrastructure, dedicated teaching staff and emphasis on “Teaching beyond the classroom and beyond the curriculum”. The curriculum includes modules on Deeniyath and Moral instructions, Computer skills, Personality enrichment, Soft skills and Environmental studies which help in the integrated/holistic development of the individual

The College has a “remedial coaching scheme” for students who are academically weak, “students counselling programme” with a dedicated class counsellor to mentor and monitor the progress of the students and English language lab to train students in communication skills. It has an active career guidance and placement cell which has facilitated successful placement of students in many reputed concerns