Arulmigu Palaniandavar Arts College, Palani was founded by Arulmigu Dhandayuthapaniswami Thirukoil, Palani in 1963. The birth of this institution marked not only the fulfillment of a long felt need but also a great step forward in the upliftment of the educational status of this part of Dindigul District. Thanks to the remarkable zeal evinced by the Trustees of the Thirukoil and the high moral support extended to them by the then Chief Minister, Thiru. M .Bakthavachalam as well as by outstanding educationists like Dr.A.Lakshmanasamy Mudaliar and Rao Sahib Captain Dr. D.Sivasubramania Mudaliar, the College took shape much faster than expected and within a year it became a full - fledged First Grade College affiliated to Madras University. The College was affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University in 1969, The institution has now come into its own as a First Grade College of mighty proportions. The College offer UG Degree Courses in eleven subjects and Post Graduate courses in ten subjects besides M.Phil and Ph.D. in some disciplines.
The College is housed in the imposing building that stands on the Dindigul Road set against sylvan background and overlooked by the sacred Palani Hills. Standing right at the feet of the God Palaniandavar, this temple of learning has drawn over 1650 votaries opting for various courses of study. Juxtaposed with the main buildings of the college stand the no less imposing hostel buildings.
Arulmigu Palaniandavar College of Indian Culture was merged with the Arulmigu Palaniandavar Arts College in 1981-82 and renamed as Arulmigu Palaniandavar College of Arts & Culture. We are confident that the day is not very far off when the entire terrain in and around Sivagiripatti will be converted into a great centre of learning almost a Shantinketan of the South. We are sure too that the new Managing Body headed by Commissioner, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Deparment, Chennai - 600034, Joint Commissioner / Executive Officer, Arulmigu Dhandayuthapaniswami, Thirukkoil, Palani as Correspondent, Deputy Commissioner, Arulmigu Dhandayuthapaniswami, Thirukkoil, Palani as Secretary while striking many new grounds of progress, will strive to make that dream a reality.
The College is run by Arulmigu Dhandayuthapaniswami Thirukkoil under the guidance of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Deparment, Chennai and is naturally committed to certain ideals and principles which are in tune with the greatest traditions of Indian life and Culture. It believes in and follows a pattern of curricular activities which is inseparably bound up with the pattern of values and traditions symbolized by the great temple of the sacred Palani Hills. The College begins its day's work with prayer in the shape of a melodious hymn in praise of LORD MURUGA broadcast over a net - work of microphone speakers throughout the College premises. We begin our day with hands raised in BAKTHI reminding ourselves of the temple over the Hill and invoking His Blessings on all our humble efforts to serve ourselves and the community. Every staff member, every student, parent and everyone who walks into portals of this institution is therefore, called upon to identify himself with the way of life symbolized by that prayer.
The College was Reaccredited with 'A' Grade by NAAC on February 2016.
The College was affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University in 1969. The institution has now come into its own as a First Grade College of mighty proportions. The College offers UG Degree Courses in eleven subjects and Post graduate courses in ten subjects besides M.Phil., and Ph.D. in some disciplines. The College was Reaccredited in February 2016 with "A" Grade by NAAC.