Department Of Commerce

The Department was established in 1975 to meet the ever- growing demand for the B.Com course from women aspirants. It was started with an initial strength of 50 students and one staff – Ms. Nirmala Prasad, when only 5 colleges in the state of Tamil Nadu were offering the course for women. Since then the department has made significant strides in imparting Commerce education. Six years after its inception, in 1981, the M.Com degree course was introduced. The Department of Commerce (Self-Supporting) was started in June 1981 with an initial strength of 70 students. With the pressing demand for the course, a second batch with strength of 70 students came into force in 1984-85. This acted as a trend - setter for starting other courses in the Self Supporting stream. The Department has a meteoric rise, it being the first among women’s colleges in the city of Chennai to be upgraded to a Research Department with the introduction of the M.Phil course in 1989-90 and the Doctoral Program in 1994-95.

The Department is a pioneer in initiating, student’s association activity-COMET ( Commerce- Ethiraj) which provides a platform for the students to showcase their innate potential and also in the release of a Department journal named Comet which bring out the innumerable talents of the students and in shaping the young minds. The UG and PG programs provide an in depth knowledge in the key areas of accounting, finance, taxation and research. Internship training enables the students to gain practical experience in the corporate sector.

In view of the consistent demand for the course in the new millennium, the Department has introduced a third batch of 70 students in the year 2016-17 in the Self-Supporting stream. The programme in commerce assures professional education of immense value, equipping the students with adequate knowledge in various facets of Commerce to enable them to emerge as business leaders.


To be the leader in commerce education through enhancement of knowledge, skills, ethical and social values.


  • To provide in depth knowledge in commerce oriented subjects.
  • To enhance employability and ensure economic independence.
  • To nurture analytical, creative and independent thinking among students to pursue research.
  • To help students to emerge as dynamic individuals to face the global challenges.


MOU has been signed between Ethiraj College for Women and Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Inc, Wiley India Pvt Ltd., and Miles Publication Pvt Ltd., for the conduct of the IMA’s Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification programme.

The Dept of Commerce coordinates the conduct of the programme at Ethiraj College by Miles Publications Pvt Ltd., who will train the students for the CMA exams based on the study material provided by Wiley India Pvt Ltd.

MOU between Finmark Trainers India pvt Ltd (Finmark), a company registered in India and Ethiraj College for Women is a service agreement to provide content for job oriented courses on Financial Markets and to conduct certification exams of National Stock Exchange (NSE) and National Institute of Securities Market (NISM).

MOU between Ethiraj College of Women and R.R.Academy (P) Ltd is signed for Program 1 (Foundation course for CA/CMS/CS) for students interested in pursuing Professional courses with their graduation program.

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