Dr. C. Gounasegaran M.Com.,Ph.D.
The 14th day of July 1967 marked a significant and initial landmark
in the progress of higher education in Karaikal region of the Union territory of Pondicherry when the Modern College
affiliated to the University of Madras was inaugurated by His Excellency Thiru S.L.Silam the then Lieutenant-Governor of
Pondicherry. It is an important mile-stone in as much as it was the culmination of the efforts of the elite and public of
Karaikal as well as the Government of Pondicherry to fulfil a long-felt need of the people in the area to have an institution
to impart higher education to their off-spring.
The college offered instruction in Science and Humanities at the Pre-University level in the beginning.
The intense interest evinced by the Government in the development of the institution made it possible to up-grade
it even during the brief spell of its existence for a year. The B.A/B.Sc. degree courses in the Economics.
Mathematics and Chemistry (major subjects) were started in July 1968. In December 1969 the college was re-named
Arignar Anna Government Arts College at once imparting a new significance and dimension to the ideas for which the college stands,
as well as with a view to commemorate the name of the great leader ‘PERARIGNAR ANNA’.
It has became a full-fledged degree college during the academic year 1970-1971.
In June 1973 additional affiliations in the degree level for B.A. Tamil Literature main was secured.
In June 1978 additional affiliations B.Sc. Physics and B.Sc. Zoology were secured. The Post-Graduate course in
Tamil was introduced in the year 1979. The B.Com course was introduced in the academic year 1980-1981.
M.A. course in Economics in the Academic Year 1981-82 and M.Com course in 1985-86 were introduced.
The B.Com. course in the evening college was started in the year 1985-86.
With effect from the academic year 1986-87 the college is affiliated to the Pondicherry University
M.A. courses in Social Work and Public Administration were introduced from the academic year 1993-94.
The B.Sc. Computer course is introduced from the academic year 1998-99. M.A. (Economics), M.A. (Tamil) and M.Com
courses are re-introduced from the academic yar 1997-98. M.Sc. (Computer Science), M.Sc. (Maths), M.Sc.(Chemistry) courses are introduced in 2017-18.
National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore has visited the college and accredited
with C++ Status in the year 2004. The college was reaccredited with ‘B’ grade in the year 2015.
Permanent affiliation has been obtained for all the U.G. and P.G. Courses except M.A. Tamil, M.P.A., B.Sc. Chemistry and B.Sc. Maths.