Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College has found a distinct spot in the educational map of south Tamilnadu. It is a unique Alma Mater to a galaxy of eminent men and women shining in various realms of life in India and abroad. Since its inception in 1974, the institution has been a channel of blessing to the under privileged. It was on 22nd November in 1973, a team of dedicated dignitaries belonging to Naidu Community took the initiative of establishing an Educational Institution.
The role-played by Mr.M.Alagarsamy Naidu, President, Tamilnadu Naidu Mahajana Sangam, Mr.K.Rajaram Naidu, member of the Legislative Council of Tamilnadu, Justice R.Rengasamy Naidu, Mr.K.V.Subba Naicker, Managing Director, Sri Ganapathy Mills is commendable. It is through the unstinting efforts and determination of these patrons, Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College blossomed out into a edifice of learning. With Mr.P.Subbiah Naidu as the Secretary, the college took wings and it has weathered many storms to impart higher education to the Telugu people of Madurai District who were economically weak and socially marginalised.
The University granted its formal approval to this college on 20.6.74 on the recommendation of the One Man Commission sent by the University to assess the required infrastructural facilities. The college started functioning from the academic year 1974-1975 at Rama Vilas Mandapam with the blessings of Mr.Rajaram Naidu, the leader of the opposition party in the Legislative Council of Tamilnadu. Initially the college offered Pre-University Course and it had one hundred and forty five students on the roll.
The formal inauguration of the college was on 18.08.1974 with Prof. M.K.Sripathi M.A., as the first Principal, nine members of the Teaching Staff and eleven members of the Non-Teaching Staff. Dr. Kalaingar M.Karunanidhi, the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu was the Chief Guest for the inaugural function. Dr. Navalar R.Nedunchezhian, the Minister for Education and Mr.M.Varadharajan the Vice-Chancellor of Madurai Kamaraj University and Prof. S.V. Chitti Babu, the Director of Collegiate Education offered felicitations on the occasion.
The land that houses the present college campus has been allotted both by the Central and State Governments. Of the total 31.83 acres, 24.52 acres was donated by the Central Government while 7.31 acres was given by the State Government. The Central Government’s noble gesture to the college was based on the strong recommendation of Mr. K. Brahamanandha Reddy, Union Minister for Internal Affairs on his visit to the college on 29.07.1976. Mr. K. Rajaram Naidu, the former Minister, played a pivotal role in getting the allotment of lands to the college.
Mr. G.K. Devarajulu Naidu, an Industrialist from Coimbatore and Mr. K. Kalimuthu, Minister for Local Administration, laid the foundation stone for the college and hostel buildings on 23.10.1977. Our college was upgraded to Degree status from the academic year 1979-1980 in consequence of the abolition of Pre-University course. The college was shifted to Pasumalai on 04.9.1979. Our institution was the first in Madurai city to introduce Men’s College at the Under Graduate level during the academic year 1982-83. Such is the genesis and growth of the institution.