Thassim Beevi Abdul Kader College for Women, affiliated to Alagappa University, Karaikudi, is situated in the industrially backward town of Kilakarai, Ramanathapuram District. The college was founded in 1988 by Alhaj Dr B S Abdur Rahman Sahib sponsored by Seethakathi Trust, Chennai which has established various educational institutions par excellence in Tamil Nadu.
The Trust has been named after one of the greatest selfless benefactors of mankind, Seethakathi who lived in the 17th Century. He was a Merchant Prince and a great philanthropist born in Kilakarai. This college has been named after our founder’s sister Mrs. Thassim Beevi and her husband Janab Abdul Kader. She and her husband died in an accident on 24th January 1977 while returning after attending the school day function at the Crescent Residential School, Chennai. Mrs. Thassim Beevi was a very enthusiastic lady, interested in the higher education for women.
The College was started with a sole aim of imparting higher education to all women of this locale, especially to the women of the minority community whose pitiable educational condition provoked our Founder to establish this college. It has been a boon to women, especially to Muslim community, for whom higher education was unreachable. Now that the college has completed its 30 years of dedicated educational service, many women have now passed through the portals of this institution with flying colours.
The College has been fulfilling the norms and guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the State Government of Tamil Nadu and affiliated to Alagappa University, Karaikudi. The college has been recognized by UGC under 2f and 12(B) Act of 1956 to receive financial assistance from UGC and from other Central Resources.
The College received the Best College Award from theDepartment of Youth Welfare Fora, Madurai Kamaraj University for student services for three academic years (2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03). The College was upgraded with the status of autonomy since 2005-06. The College was Nationally re-accredited with B Grade during 2009-2010 (2.78/4 point scale) and again reassessed for reaccreditation in January, 2012-13 and the same grade was retained by the college. The college has gone for ISO 9001:2008 Certification issued on 11.03.2015 to 09.04.2018
The College which was started with the strength of just 65 students and a total of 11 staff members has grown steadily and at present it has above 2105 students enrolled in various disciplines of Arts and Sciences, both at the under-graduate, post-graduate levels and Research, with 121 members of faculty along with 74 members of non-teaching staff and with 14 technical staff.
Realizing the growth of science and technology in modern times and need of computers in our day-today life, the college offers both undergraduate and postgraduate Programmes in Arts, Humanities and Sciences to meet out the challenging demands of the placement sector. The college is extending its Institutional Social Responsibility (ISR) to neighbourhood villages and to the local community through Community Social Service (CSS) and the Seethakathi NGO under Seethakathi Trust.