Nodal Officer : Mrs. R. Jaisri, M.A., (Eng) M.A., M.Phil.,(San) P.G.D.,(Journalism) Associate Professor of English
Government Arts College for Women, Salem-8 is the only Government college for women in the entire Salem District. It is built on a sprawling area of 14.71 acres, at the foothills of Yercaud, a beautiful hill resort of TamilNadu. The college was started as a Government men's college in 1972 and was converted into a Government Women's college in 1979.
UG Degree courses under the faculty of Arts & Science : B.A Tamil Literature and English Literature, B.Sc., Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry with parallel media were introduced at the very beginning. In 1981, B.Com., course was started. In 1985, two blocks of buildings with 4 class rooms in each were built by the Government . The P.W.D built the compound wall and provided drinking water facility. In 1995, two more class rooms were built. In 1997, M.Sc., Mathematics (Applicable Mathematics), B.Sc., (Computer Science) and B.Sc., (Microbiology) were started. In the following year B.A., (History) was started.
In 1999,B.Sc. Chemistry, English medium course was converted into Industrial Chemistry. In the same year two more blocks of 6&9 class rooms respectively were built and a Hostel to accommodate 250 students was built the Government in the college campus.
Considering the students' need M.Com., was started as a Self-Financing course in 2003. In 2006, the same was changed to a regular course by the Government of Tamil Nadu. In 2010, BCA was started and in the same year, M.Sc. Chemistry, M.Sc. Computer Science and M.A. Tamil Literature were started. In 2012, M.A. English Literature, M.A. History, B.Sc. Statistics, B.A. Economics and B.Sc. Botany were started. Research courses (M.Phil and Ph.D) have been started this year in the departments of Tamil, Mathematics, Commerce and History. M.Sc. Physics has been started this year.
Now our college is fully equipped with Language Lab and a fully equipped Lab for the Computer Literacy Programme for non-computer Science students, with full LCD facilities and advanced computers. Despite the absence of a regular librarian, the college has a fully functional general library with nearly 40,000 books and department libraries in all departments. The process of automation is underway. The library also offers Internet facility.The main block is Wi-Fi enabled. The college has been providing higher education to students hailing from Salem and surrounding rural areas for the past 25 years. Currently about 3500 students are studying in the college with a faculty strength of 150.The college is developing along multiple dimensions and many students secure university ranks every year.
Our college has also been encouraging the multi faceted development of the students through various club activities such as Yoga Club, Tree Club, Spell Bee Club, Martial Arts Club, Youth Development Club, HOPE Club ( for differently enabled students) and various other clubs. A herbal farm is being maintained by the Department of Botany, giving the students hands-on training in applying Botany to real life. Soft Skills training is given to the students to enhance their employability skills. The Entrepreneurship Development Programme again offers employability enhancement skills training to the students so that they can have an edge in the competitive job market.
Despite the absence of a regular Physical Directress, our college has been encouraging our students to excel in sports. Our college has good teams in Kho-kho and Kabaddi. Our students have participated /won recognition at the University / State and National levels.
We have active NSS, YRC, RRC and Rotaract units in our college, which help the students take education beyond text books and curriculum. The Parents Teachers Association and the Old Students Association support the college in the functioning of the college. Our college is, to the thousands of girls from Salem city and neighbouring areas, the greatest milestone, crossing which they embark on their journey of education and empowerment.