Arul Anandar College (Autonomous), a Minority Catholic Co-Educational Institution, affiliated to the Madurai Kamaraj University, is one among the nine colleges, run by the Madurai Province of the Society of Jesus.

The other Jesuit colleges in Tamil Nadu are:

In Tiruchirapalli:
St Joseph's College (Autonomous)
In Palayamkottai:
St Xavier's College (Autonomous)
St Xavier's College of Education (Autonomous)
In Chennai:
Loyola College (Autonomous)
Loyola College of Education
Loyola ICAM College of Engineering & Technology (LICET)
In Vettavalam:
Loyola College
In Mettala, Salem:
Loyola College.

These nine higher educational institutions under the chairmanship of the Provincial of the Jesuit Madurai Province follow a common policy for admissions, appointments and administration.

As a minority institution Arul Anandar College caters primarily to the formation of Christian students. However, it keeps its portals open to all students without discrimination of caste and creed.


St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus was born in Spain in 1491 in a noble family. While undergoing treatment for an injury sustained in the battle at Pamplona,he read the Gospel and the Lives of Saints, that changed his life. Later he studied Philosophy and Theology and was ordained a priest in 1537. With a band of a few well-educated friends, he laid the foundation of the Society of Jesus in 1540.The Spiritual Exercises and The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus are two of his legacy to the Jesuits and the world at large. The former helps to reflect on God, Self, and the relevance of the mission of Jesus Christ to the world inviting every one to become woman and man for others; and, the latter contains the rules and regulations for the governance of the Society of Jesus.


St Arul Anandar (St John de Britto), is the Patron of our college. Born in Lisbon in 1647 in a wealthy and aristocratic family and brought up in a rich and royal atmosphere, he became a Jesuit and volunteered to come to India in September 1673. He is one of the many Jesuit Missionaries who worked in the Madurai Mission, India. Brilliant and young Britto was offered a professorial chair at a college in Goa but he preferred to come to Madurai and work in the interior villages. Between 1675 and 1687 he dressed himself as an Indian sannyasi (Pandaraswamy). He was known as Arulanandarsamy, eating only vegetarian food on plantain leaf, and squatting on the floor for study and teaching. He entered the kingdom of the Maravas, the present Ramanathapuram and Sivagangai districts and began his work there. Great opposition, resistance and persecution were his rewards, which he faced with a gentle smile. He had the courage to condemn the wrong doings of both the mighty and the lowly. The conversion of Prince Thadiya Thevar incensed his enemies to persecute him and he was beheaded at Oriyur on February 4, 1693. His very name ‘Arul Anandar’ means one who is filled with the grace and joy of the Lord which he manifested by his service to humanity and perseverance in suffering. He continues to inspire all through his dedication, devotion and determination, exhibiting grace and joy.


A shield divided diagonally by a bar of gold appears on a maroon background.

On the right lower panel, a silver star rises above and lights up the green hills, the sky being shown in light blue, stands for a pioneering institution shedding its light on the neighbouring countryside.

On the left upper panel, a sheaf of paddy stands for agricultural plenty which the college aims at by its ideal of rural service.

A golden crest IHS with a cross and nails surmounts the shield. The Crest (IHS: the name of Jesus) is the emblem of the Society of Jesus which owns this college.

On the left, a palm frond flanks the shield signifying the sacrifice made by the patron of our college, the Martyr St John de Britto (Arul Anandar) in the cause of Truth and Justice.

Following this motto, AAC strives to bring about social transformation, in the rural neighbourhood through its ideal of loving service flowing from the humanity of Jesus Christ.

At the bottom is found the motto of the college - Work, Justice and Love - inscribed in dark blue on a golden scroll.

The colours Gold, Blue and Maroon stand for the ideals of Work, Justice and Love contained in the motto. Arul Anandar College professes a philosophy of hard work coupled with a passion for justice and love signifying truth especially of the marginalized.

Contact us

Principal: 04549-287208
Secretary : 04549-287052
Minister : 04549-287420
College : 04549-287221
Residence : 04549-287421
Fax : 04549-287208
Hostel : 04549-287067
e-mail : principal@aactni.edu.in
Website : www.aactni.edu.in
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