In 1930, the Madras Government alienated 390 acres of former Selaiyur reserve forest to the college, with the consent of the Government of India.  As per the recommendations of the Lindsay Commission on Christian Higher Education, the Missionaries decided to establish Halls rather than hostels, which would function as semi-autonomous units. The Hall system, which was an innovation in India and which is modeled on the hoary institutions of Oxford and Cambridge, has been exceptionally valuable in promoting personal contacts.

The ‘first sod' of Tambaram was cut on 5th January 1932, commencing the construction of the new campus. Incidentally, among the Halls, Selaiyur Hall buildings were the first completed in 1937.  Friday 29th January, 1937 heralded the beginning of the great journey at this good old Selaiyur Hall when a group of students, faculty and old students slept overnight in Selaiyur Hall. From very early days the attempt has been made to foster corporate life. Selaiyur Hall being the chief forerunner among the Halls, has always occupied pivotal position in the annals of the MCC corporate life.

The organization of the students' life within the Halls will require some sort of Democratic machinery, and in the election of the various committees and office bearers for this purpose a valuable training will be obtained in the duties and responsibilities of a citizen in a democratic state. In fact, in all its activities, the miniature fellowship of the Hall should prepare the student to take his place in the greater fellowship of the nation.

The seed of the mighty tree of democracy was planted way back in the year 1937 itself at Selaiyur Hall, which has spread its props and branches so mightily and vastly today, giving a broader perspective for appreciating the true spirit of Democracy.

Hall Song & Chant


Like all the halls on the MCC Campus, Selaiyur Hall has its own hall song and hall chant. The Hall song was written and composed by Rev. G.C. Martin, Selaiyur Hall’s second warden.

Hall Song

If you come to Tambaram and if you want to stay, sir (twice)
Come to good old Selaiyur Hall (thrice)
And be a gentleman, sir.
For we are the boys of Selaiyur Hall (twice)
And if you want the best of all
Come to Selaiyur, sir.

Selaiyur has a remedy for every kind of evil (twice)
Food, fun and friendship (thrice)
But study is the devil, sir
For we are the boys of Selaiyur Hall (twice)
And if you want the best of all
Come to Selaiyur, sir.

If you are looking everywhere for someone to injure, sir (twice)
Try a game of basketball (thrice)
Where broken bones are sure sir
For we are the boys of Selaiyur Hall (twice)
And if you want the best of all
Come to Selaiyur, sir.

If you meet a frightful bore whose talk you cannot endure, sir (twice)
Send him off to Heber hall !
Send him off to Thomas' hall !
Send him anywhere at all
But not to Selaiyur sir
For we are the boys of Selaiyur Hall (twice)
And if you want the best of all
Come to Selaiyur, sir.

The person lives in Tambaram from youth till he is mellow (twice)
Lives as he ought to live (thrice)
And leaves a jolly good fellow
For we are the boys of Selaiyur Hall (twice)
And if you want the best of all
Come to Selaiyur, sir.
For we are the boys of Selaiyur Hall (twice)
And if you want the best of all
Come to Selaiyur, sir.

Hall Chant

The Hall chant was composed by the late Prof. G.K. Mathew. A hard-core Selaiyurian till the very end, Prof. Mathew has the unique distinction of having served as the General Secretary of the Hall during his student days, and as the Warden thirty years on. He passed away in March 2011, just months before the official publication of his book, 'The Wind and the Rain'. 

Every recital of the hall chant showcases the vigor and gusto of a Selaiyurian, also highlighting the pride a Selaiyur resident takes in being a member of the hall.

Go Selaiyur, go Selaiyur, go Selaiyur, go
Selaiyur hall is on the move
Heber, Thomas in the loo
If you want to have a ball
Come to good old Selaiyur hall
Whiskey, Ginger, Soda pop
Selaiyur hall is on the top
Ye-ho, Selaiyur Ye-ho Selaiyur (Thrice)

Name of the Hall


There is an interesting story behind the naming of ‘Selaiyur Hall'.  The first hall to be named was Bishop Heber Hall, as it was already functioning with that name in a hostel in Royapettah.  Therefore, Dr. A. G. Hogg, the Principal of the College invited suggestions from students and faculty for naming the other two halls.  

Some of the names suggested were; Vandalur Hall, Coromandel Hall, St. Anderson's Hall, Theagaroya Hall, Gurukkul Hall, Santiniketan Hall, New Town Hall, Cosmopolitan Hall, Centenary Hall, St.Thomas's Hall, Selaiyur Hall etc.  Of course the last names were chosen.  Thus, SELAIYUR HALL  reminds us all of the old Selaiyur reserve forest, which gave way for the entire college.

Motto & Emblem


The Selaiyur hall motto, ‘Esse Quam Videri’ comes from latin, and means ‘Sincerity, not sham’, ie.’ To be, rather than to seem’. Year after year, the newly arrived residents are taught the underlying significance of this motto and its meaning which teaches them the real essence of what being a gentleman is all about.

The Hall emblem, known as the ‘Coat of Arms’, consists of a shield, incorporated with an anchor surrounded by a rope. Sculpted into it, above the anchor are 3 images, of a lotus, laurel leaves and a torch, which stand for purity, victory and truth respectively. The hall motto at the base completes the emblem.  The emblem is a perfect representation of all the values Selaiyur hall stands for, and what the residents essentially absorb during their time in the hall.

Hall Cabinet


The Warden of the Hall shall be the President of the Hall.  He shall be the nominal executive. He appoints the conveners of Finance Committee and Appraisal Committee. He determines the detailed rules of the procedure, for the maintenance of discipline, decorum and efficient conduct of the Hall system in general and for the benefits of the Hall residents in particular. He shall conduct the Hall election through the Election Commissioner. The first session of the General Body meeting will be addressed by the President.
The Chairman presides over General Body and his other responsibilities include conducting traditional events such as oath taking, ceremony for the fresher and uphold the traditions of the hall.

General Secretary
The Cabinet is headed by the General Secretary. The Hall cabinet with its General Secretary shall be the real executive. The Selaiyur Hall cabinet is composed of the student secretaries relating to Literary and Debate, Library and Reading, Entertainment, Mess, Indoor and Outdoor games. The General Secretary is an elected student representative.  He is accountable for the rest of the cabinet.  He deals with Hall affairs, Finance and Health.

Literary and Debate Secretary
The L&D section handles the area of all literary and debating activities.  The L&D secretary has a major function of seeing over and organizing the literary activities during "Moonshadow".  In reference to the general body, it is the L&D section who takes down the proceedings of the minutes.

Library and Reading Room Secretary
The L&R section is in charge of taking care of Hall library and of the reading room.  It is the L&R section who handles the subscription in the Hall to various magazines and newspapers.

Entertainment Secretary
Entertainment section is in charge of various entertainment activities such as music, fashion show and dance. The entertainment secretary also plays an important role in the cultural events "Moonshadow" which is hosted by Selaiyur Hall.

Mess Secretary
The mess secretary is in charge of functioning of the mess and he takes up the responsibility of conducting special dinners, the moonlight dinners very importantly the Hall Day dinner.

Outdoor Game Secretary
The importance of outdoor game secretary is highlighted during the Inter Hall sports and Annual athletic meet, where he has to be with sports persons who are competing for the Hall, and to see their needs.  Another such event is during "Galarompics" conducted by Martin Hall.

Indoor Game Secretary
He has to take care of all the indoor games activities such as chess, carom, table tennis etc.  The indoor secretary also has to maintain and upgrade the gym time to time.

Hall Cabinet 2016-17

President: Dr. Johanan Christian Prasana 

Chairman: D.Joel Gnanaraj

General Secretary : Mahath Mangal

Secretary for Debate and Literary Activities: Jovan Joseph

Secretary for Library and Reading Room :Alen Shajan Varughese

Secretary for Entertainment: Gowtham C.R

Secretary for Mess : B.Abishek

Secretary for Outdoor Games: Vishnu .A.K

Secretary for indoor games : Vimal varghese



The following scholarships are available for the deserving residents of Selaiyur Hall.

♦ Rev. Gavin Martin Memorial Scholarship (2 Scholarships)
Instituted by the four children of Rev.Gavin Martin (former Warden, Selaiyur Hall).
Criteria: Economically weaker residents. Good academic records.

Dr. G. J. Phanuel Memorial Scholarship (2 Scholarships)
Instituted by Mrs. Phanuel.
Criteria: Economically weaker christian residents. Good Academic Records.

Prof. Bennett Albert Scholarship Endowment (2 Scholarships)
Criteria: Economically weaker residents. Good academic records.

Kurian Abraham Memorial Scholarship (2 Scholarships)
Instituted by his daughter Ms.Leela A.Ittycheria.
Criteria: Good academic records.

The residents who are applying for the above-mentioned scholarships should not have faced any disciplinary actions either in the college or in the Hall.

Our Assets


  • Kamban Mandram is the hall Tamil association, a platform for tamilians as well as students well-versed in tamil to showcase their talents. The Kamban Mandram has its own cabinet appointed each year and they play an integral part in the College Tamil literary and cultural scene. The current Kamban Mandram Chairman is M. Venkatesan.

  • STEPS is a one-of a-kind initiative held to educate the mess workers.

  • Conceptualized a number of years ago, it finally took shape in 2010 as Selaiyur Hall saw the first get-together of its former residents through the first proper meeting of the Selaiyur Hall Old Boys Association (SHOBA).
  • Conveners and co-conveners are appointed for all sorts of committees in the hall for all outdoor and indoor games. There are also committees appointed for maintenance of the garden, playing music and movies and also for the gym.
  • The outdoor and indoor stages are used regularly to hold hall meetings or for entertainment purposes.
  • An amoeba-shaped pond situated in front of the mess adds a scenic touch to the hall premises.



  • G. C. Somaiah:   Former Comptroller and Audit General of India
  • K. N. Raj:   (1940-1942) Economist
  • K. J. Kurian:   (1942)  IAS Officer
  • Balu Azaganan:   State Cricket Captain
  • T. N. Seshan:   Former Chief Election Commissioner of India
  • K. Ranganathan:   Former Foreign Secretary and Ambassador to Moscow
  • Albert Bell Jesudas:   IFS, Foreign Secretary
  • Suresh Krishna:   Industrialist -TVS
  • P. Victor Christopher:   Chief Operating Officer, Mittal Steel, Bostnia
  • P. D. Dhinakaran:   Justice, High Court, Madras
  • Muthu Karuppan:   IPS
  • Prathap Reddy:   Founder and Director, Appollo Hospitals
  • Abel:   Former Vice Chancellor, Krishna Devarayar University, Andhrapradesh
  • K. M. Mathew:   Managing Director, Malayala Manorama
  • Ramanathan:   Principal of Presidency College
  • Bipin K. Rudhee:   The first secretary of Mauritius to the UN
  • S. S. P. Darwesh:   Vice Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Law University
  • D. Dhavakumar:   General Manager, Indian Airlines (Operations)
  • P. V. Gopal Rao:   Flight Operation Officer, Air India
  • N. V. K. Murthy:   General Manager, SPIC
  • Nirmal Shekar:   Sports Columnist, The Hindu
  • S. Rajendran:   IPS. DIG (CBCID) SIT, Chennai

Hall Life in 1937


Professor George Abraham who did his B.A and M.A in Mathematics (1937-41) belonged to the first batch of Selaiyurians, offers some wonderful insights:

"There were no big trees around.  From Hall entrance one could see the Main Block as well as Thomas".  Dr.Boyd was the warden in the first year (1937) and was succeeded by Prof.Gavin Martin, after he became the Principal in 1938.  Both the Principal and the warden used to come for roll call.  There were a few resident staff as well.  Food was very simple, until the European Mess came after a few years, which mainly catered to the Europeans and Anglo-Indians.  The mess bill used to be 10 to 12 rupees per month and around 30 for European mess.  Prayers and evening music were daily routines.  The Annex was not there initially, but built after few years".



The jewel in Selaiyur’s crown undoubtedly is its annual inter-hall festival, MOONSHADOW. A celebration of hall and campus life in MCC, MOONSHADOW sees all the different halls pitting their wits against each other in a variety of events, both literary and cultural, in order to attain the coveted MOONSHADOW shield. 

Begun by the Selaiyur L & D department consisting of the L & D secretary Mr. Shiv Seechurn and other Selaiyurians, Moonshadow was begun under the same name in 1979 and attained 33 years this time around.

September 3rd 2011 saw Selaiyur Hall, one of the three men’s residential halls on the Madras Christian College campus, play host to its annual inter hall festival, Moonshadow.

Tradition dictates that the week before Moonshadow should be dedicated to the Torch ceremony, which involves the passing of a torch between the other 4 halls on the MCC campus ala Olympic style, before finally reaching Selaiyur on the day of the event. This is done so as to promote the spirit of unity, friendship and brotherhood between the Halls, with Moonshadow being the only Hall festival involving literary and cultural events that is conducted on an inter-hall level.

Preparing a compact schedule for the events is an arduous task indeed, as it has to be ensured that none of the events clash with each other despite being held simultaneously. The outdoor stage is reserved for the cultural events, and Moonshadow 2011 saw enthusiastic participation from all the Hall residents, in events such as Mime, Dance and Light music. Egging the participants on were the residents of each hall who made sure that a lively and festive atmosphere was created, essential to creating the perfect energetic ambience with which Moonshadow is generally associated. This was the first year since the inception of Moonshadow that the hosts, Selaiyur, were not participating, citing the need for fair play, and thereby avoiding the chance for controversy to arise and this only encouraged the other Hall participants to put in their best efforts as they knew the judgments would be completely unbiased and based on their performances alone.

Even the L and D events were conducted without a hitch and created a lot of excitement amidst the participants who eagerly contested for every point, and the final battle for the L and D shield witnessed some nerve-wracking intellectual battles indeed.

Eventually, there was only one winner, including both Entertainment and Literary, and that happened to be St. Thomas’s Hall, who with their horde of talented residents laid claim to every event that was conducted for Moonshadow 2011. It was indeed a proud moment for the Thomasians as they walked up onstage to collect the coveted Moonshadow Overall Shield from the Principal, Dr. R. W. Alexander Jesudasan.

It was only two years back that Moonshadow was a three-day event, leaving ample time for each event to be conducted smoothly, and allow MCCians to ready themselves for the rock show, meant exclusively for the third day. However, a very debatable decision from the College saw the duration come down to just one day from last year onwards, making it a very cramped and tight affair, and so the events had to be completed by the afternoon to allow the much awaited rock show to take place. However, to overcome this setback, everything about Moonshadow 2011 had been planned to the hilt. The Selaiyurians, keeping in mind that this was the 30th edition of their beloved Hall festival, wanted to make it a very grand one indeed, and so for this purpose, for the first time, Moonshadow saw a band from Delhi, The Circus, take centrestage.

A jam-packed venue saw the many hundred students being enthralled by a brilliant musical performance as The Circus made Moonshadow its own, and needless to say, the animated youngsters were only too happy to soak in the dynamic singing and guitar work that the band unleashed upon them. Immense hard work, detailed planning and an unmatched entertainment program made sure that Moonshadow 2011 would be remembered for all the right reasons in the coming years.

Hall Day


The Selaiyur Hall Day is the annual climax to every great year that Selaiyur is witness to. Residents are permitted to bring guests to visit their rooms, and a variety of programs are held. A special dinner is also provided.

Each Hall day has a specific theme attached to it, which is painted on the outdoor stage to be viewed by all residents and provide inspiration. The current theme is 'Alta Alatis Patent', meaning, 'The sky is open to those who have wings.'


Contact Us

Madras Christian College

Tambaram, Chennai -600 059,

Tamil Nadu, India

Phone: 044-22390675 / 22396772

Fax: 044-22394352

Email: principal@mcc.edu.in