Maharani’s Arts College for Women, Mysore [MACWM] owes its existence to the farsightedness of the Maharani Kempananjammanni, the Queen Consort of the then His Excellency Maharaja Chamarajendra Wodeyar X. Initially, it was started as Maharani’s Girls School, Mysore. The vision of providing education for girls was the brainchild of social workers such as Amble Narasimha Iyengar (Bakshi of the Palace), M. Venkata Krishnaiah [a renowned journalist of Mysore] and Narayana-Shastri, it was the benevolence of Maharani Kempananjammanni which helped in the establishment of an educational institution exclusively for girls. Thus, the school was started with primary and middle sections on 16th March 1881 with 28 girl pupils.
In 1891, the school was taken over by the Government of Mysore and upgraded to High School. In 1902, the school was again upgraded to II Grade College with the name Maharani’s College and affiliated to the University of Madras. Till 1919, the institution had the college, high school, middle and primary sections together. In 1920, the Maharani’s College became a full-fledged institution of higher education, affiliated to the University of Mysore.
Building on the solid tradition of academic excellence and an unwavering sense of social responsibility, Maharani’s Arts College for Women has been around for more than one hundred years, catering to the scholastic needs of women. MACW has changed with the world over the last 100+ years, often leading the way with new ideas and discoveries enabling our students develop into assured, well-rounded, eloquent individuals with a capacity for independent critical thought and intellectual clarity. At Maharani’s Arts College for Women we nurture a culture of learning driven by a shared purpose to make this world a better place through education, research, and innovation. The resolute journey we embarked upon in 1917 has been an arduous and tortuous but exciting one, chequered with academic and curricular crisscrossing. With our history spanning more than a century we have blossomed into a remarkable institution where excellence is nurtured and where we strive to provide students with an extraordinary and rewarding learning experience through our bespoke courses, fostering creativity and developing talent.