FOUNDER PRESIDENT

Kulapathi A. P. C. Veerabahu started V. O. Chidambaram College with a missionary zeal of throwing open the portals of Higher Education to all, irrespective of their caste, creed and gender. He firmly believed that education alone can ensure the development of an individual, a society and a nation. He advocated the kind of education which contributes to the holistic development of an individual who in turn will contribute to the material and moral development of the society and the well being of the entire humanity. He wanted that the college should aspire for creating a just and humane society where dignity of human beings is respected, unjust social structures are challenged, the national legacy of diversity, secularism, non-violence and national integration are upheld and where the poor and the marginalized are taken care of.
It was not an easy job to administer the college. Though there were many hurdles our founder successfully surmounted them and developed the college. He started the V. O. Chidambaram college of Education in the year 1955. Usually girls in those days were not allowed for higher education. To prevail that he started A. P. C. Mahalakshmi College for Women in the year 1973.
"On any account Education should not be commercialized" was the mind set of our founder Kulapathy A. P. C. Veerabahu and he achieved it. He rendered his lifetime for all such services and even his last-minute thinking was about the institutions. His last-wish was that the college should continue to sustain his mind set that education should not be commercialized, it has been and will be gratified forever.

YEAR EVENT
   05.05.1915    Born at Thoothukudi
   1935    Graduated from Loyola College, University of Madras.
   1936    Entered into Active Service of the Nation
   1935    Graduated from Loyola College, University of Madras.
   03.02.1941    Married Smty. Mahalakshmi Ammal
   1942    Actively involved in Non Co-operative Movement
   1946    Became the President of Tirunelveli District Congress Committee.
   1947    Started V.O.Chidambaram Educational Society
   1948    Became the President, Indian Chamber of Commerce
   1948-1971    President, Tirunelveli District Central Co-operative Society
   1949    Started Chidambaranagar Co-operative Housing Society and became the   President
   1951    Established V.O.Chidambaram College
   1955    Established V.O.Chidambaram Teacher’s Training College
   1957-1967    Member, Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly
   Represented Srivaikundam Assembly Constituency
   1957    Member, Tamilnadu Planning Commission
   1963    Started Korampallam Industrial Estate
   1965-1974    Chairman, The South India Bank, Tirunelveli.
   1966    Started Tirunelveli District Gramadhan Development Trust
   1966-1969    President, Tirunelveli District Library Committee
   1967    Member, All India Congress Committee
   1971-1973    President, Tamilnadu Congress Committee
   1973    Vice President, Dhakshina Bharath Hindi Prachar Sabha
   1973    Established A.P.C.Mahalaxmi College for Women
   05.05.1975    Mani Vizha
   1976    Thoothukudi Saiva Siddhantha Sabha Annual Meeting , Inaugural address
   1977    Created Endowment with Madurai Kamaraj University
   for Saiva Siddantha Endowment Lectures in Colleges.
   1978    Took over the management of Thiruvalluvar College, Papanasam.
   1981    II Vice President, Dhakshina
   Bharath Hindi Prachar Sabha, Chennai.
   13.08.1982    Attained Heavenly abode.