The Department of History, Madras Christian College, takes immense pleasure in hosting the 81st Session of the Indian History Congress, held in Tamil Nadu after a gap of 25 years.


Madras Christian College was established in 1837 as General Assembly School by Rev. John Anderson of the Free Church of Scotland. Rev. William Miller’s indefatigable efforts led to the upgrading of the school into a college in 1865. A succession of Scottish missionaries developed the college around the core values of academic excellence, spiritual vitality and social relevance. Dr. Chandran D.S. Devanesen, the Head of the Department of History, became the first Indian Principal of the College in 1962. He was also the Founding Vice Chancellor of the Northeastern Hill University. The College was one of the earliest institutions to be conferred with autonomous status in 1978. Presently the college has 34 academic departments offering courses ranging from the under graduation to research degrees. In addition, there are a number of units involved in extension activities.

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The Department of History is one of oldest in the college. Rev. George Patterson, the first Professor of History joined the college in 1876. The Department of History was founded in 1887. A galaxy of eminent Professors such as Rev. E.M. Macphail, Rev. Frederick William Kellet, Prof. Ferrend Edward Corley, Prof. Ernest John Bingle, Dr. Chandran D.S. Devanesen, Dr. M. Sargurudoss, Dr. M. Abel, Dr. Chiranjeevi J. Nirmal, Dr. S. Krishnaswamy and others who were also institution builders.

The Department has produced distinguished historians such as Sardar K.M. Panikkar, K.A. Nilakanta Sastri, C. Minakshi, K.V. Raman, M.G.S. Narayanan, S. Manickam and K. Nambi Arooran among other. It’s alumni has also excelled in various professions such as academics, civil service, archaeology, politics, business, etc.

The Department offers the following programmes: B.A. History, B.A. History (Vocational): Archaeology and Museology, M.A. History, M.Phil. and Ph.D.

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Dr. R. Venkataramanujam
Local Secretary
Email: ihcmcc81@gmail.com

Dr. K. Ashok
Assistant Professor of History
Email: ashok@mcc.edu.in

Dr. Marilyn Gracey Augustine
Assistant Professor of History
Ph: 9094098384
Email: marilygracey@mcc.edu.in


Indian History Congress (IHC) is the largest and most prestigious professional body of historians in India.  It was founded in 1935 at Poona with the objective of fostering scientific study of the past. It holds its annual sessions every year in the month of December in educational institutions across the country. The platform of IHC is efficiently used to nurture, discuss and deliberate on the latest trends and research in the discipline of history.

The state of Tamil Nadu is hosting the IHC annual session after a gap of 25 years. The last IHC session in Tamil Nadu was held at Chennai in 1996 when Dr. Muthamizh Arignar Kalaignar M.K. Karunanidhi, the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, graced the inaugural function. Tamil Nadu has hosted four IHC annual sessions in 1944, 1945, 1984 and in 1996.

The 81st session of the IHC will be hosted by Madras Christian College, Chennai, between 27th and 29th December 2022. It is expected that about 2500 historians, research scholars and students will attend the session for three days.


  • 3 DaysThe IHC annual session will be held over three days
  • 2500 Delegates It will be the largest conglomeration of Historians, Archaeologist and Research Scholars in India.
  • 6 SectionsThere will be six sections on Ancient, Medieval, Modern, Contemporary, Countries other than India and Archaeology
  • Special Panels Archaeological and Cultural Heritage of Tamil Nadu and Discourse on Dravidian Studies
  • Archaeological Exhibition
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