Shrimathi Devkunvar Nanalal Bhatt Vaishnav College for Women was started in 1968 with the generous donation of 10 acres of land by our Late Founder Chairman Shri Nanalal Bhatt and 6 lakhs donated by Cork Industries Charities Trust. The College is named after the Late Founder Chairman’s wife Smt. Devkunvar. This college is the first women’s college in Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu. The present Chairman Smt. Mamta D. Bhatt is a dynamic and energetic leader with innovative ideas and with the potential of executing them precisely. The College Secretary, Shri. C. M. Tolia, is a meticulous planner with a panoramic vista for the development of education especially for first generation women learners. The College has rendered five decades of immaculate service for the betterment of women and society.
The college is affiliated to the University of Madras from 1968 and accredited by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) with A+ Grade and listed in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India (listed as one of the best colleges in India in the band ranking of 101-150 for the past four years). The autonomous status of our college has been earmarked in 2006 and the same is approved by the University of Madras and the University Grants Commission (UGC is a statutory Organization of the Government of India by an Act of Parliament in 1956, for the coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of teaching, examination and research in university education). Our college has current student strength of 6925 with 30% in aided stream and 70% in Self-support stream with 325 faculty members. We offer 10 UG programs in Aided stream, 21 UG, 17 PG and 4 M.Phil programs in the self-support stream. Some of the pioneering courses offered by the college are B.Com in Professional Accounting, Banking and Insurance Management, B.Sc Computer Science with cognitive Science (in collaboration with TCS) , B.Voc Travel and Tourism, M.A Journalism and Communication, M.Sc. Biostatistics, M.Sc Home Science-Food Science Nutrition and Dietetics. All the programmes offered at our college are accredited by the University of Madras.
The Department of English, History, Statistics, Physics, PBPB, Computer Science and Commerce are recognized as Research Departments. The Department of Economics, Tamil and Mathematics offer part time Ph.D program. Our college gives importance to research; our college management provides seed money to staff and students to conduct research in various fields. More than 50 funded research projects (of both UGC and management funds) have been conducted with societal output research findings. Every year, there are more than 100 quality research papers published in various national and international journals of repute that are indexed in UGC care list /Web of Science/Scopus.
Sparkles – a research explorer is an initiative by our college in 2021 to encourage students of all levels to write research papers with the guidance of staff members. It is published half yearly with ISBN. Our College takes pride in publishing a Multi-Disciplinary Half-Yearly Journal -International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research in Arts, Science and Commerce (IJMRASC) and International Journal of Trans disciplinary Research and Development (SIJTRD) with ISSN. The Journals encourage Innovative Research, Review of the existing research, Comparative research of different approaches for a problem and its interpretation, problem solving research, community based and social relevant research.
The College has witnessed a multi-directional impressive growth in diversified areas that provide opportunities to the women students to explore and deepen their academic interest and extension activities effectively.