Pulicat is a small village adjoining the second largest brackish water lake in India, the Pulicat Lake. There are about 55 villages around the lake involved directly or indirectly on the lake. The Department of Zoology, Madras Christian College, has an ‘off-campus’ laboratory, the Estuarine Biological Laboratory at Pulicat since 1968. There has been a cordial relationship between MCC and the people of Pulicat. Considering the significant number of students who got admitted to MCC, Tambaram for pursuing their studies in various disciplines and a few doing Ph.D. program at MCC, the college decided to establish a community college for them at the Estuarine Biological Laboratory, providing job-oriented courses.
MCC-PCC is to be established to empower the people of Pulicat to be employable in various sectors, in addition, to be trained to have an additional income through a few vocational courses that would mould them to be entrepreneurs.
The courses offered:
With encouragement from the then Principal and financial support from the UGC, the EBLP was founded in 1968. Regular field study tours for Zoology students are conducted to study the Pulicat Lake ecosystem and its biodiversity. Research on them has resulted in nearly twenty Ph.D. theses, publication of three books, and several journal and conference papers.
This field laboratory and its dormitory managed by the Department of Zoology, amidst the scenic beauties of the Pulicat Lake is utilized by all departments of our college for interdisciplinary studies relevant to that locale and its fisherfolk, in collaboration with the Department of Zoology. With the funding from the United Board, a dormitory and other relevant facilities were added in 2009.