Nazareth Margoschis College at Pillaiyanmanai is a co-educational college of Arts, Science and commerce. It is named after a well known S.P.G. Missionary Rev. Canon Arthur Margoschis. It is situated in rural surroundings and is easily accessible to the youth of the villages in the southern part of Thoothukudi District. The college is under the management of Thoothukudi-Nazareth Diocesan Trust Association, the educational wing of the Thoothukudi-Nazareth Diocese of the Church of South India.
The college was started in 1967 with three sections in the Pre-University Course affiliated to the Madurai Kamaraj University. Regular classes began from 5.7.1967. Prof. S. James Jagaraj as its first principal guided the destiny of the college for 15 years from 1967 to 1982. It was upgraded to first grade status with the introduction of degree courses in Economics and Mathematics in 1970. It became co-educational in 1972 and in the same year History major was introduced at the degree level.
As Pre-University courses were taken away from colleges in 1979, more degree level courses were started immediately in our college. B.Sc. degree course in Zoology was introduced in 1978. The college started B.A. English Literature in 1979 and B.Sc. Chemistry in 1981.
The Second Principal Prof. S. John Gabriel assumed charge as Principal in 1982. He was the Principal of our college from 1982 to 1995. The college chapel was built during his period. B.Com. degree course was introduced in 1982. The college became a Post Graduate Institution from 1987 with the introduction of M.Sc. Mathematics, Advocate Mr. Thangaswamy donated for Maths PG Block.
Since 1990, the college has been affiliated to the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli.
Dr. A.D.K. Jeyaseelan was the third Principal of our college from April 1995. A.D. Koilpillai computer centre was built in 1996 and P.G.D.C.A. was started in the same year under self-supporting system B.Sc. Computer Science was introduced in 1997.
The fourth Principal Dr. J. Joel, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., assumed charge on 19.2.2000. He was the principal of our college from 2000 to 2014. The college experiences stupendous growth under his leadership. M.Sc. Chemistry course was started in the year 2001 under self-supporting system. Under self financed category B.Com. and M.Com. courses were introduced during the academic year 2002-2003. The first major step that was taken by Dr. J. Joel with the active assistance of Prof. Paul Dawson secretary, NMCP was to construct a compound wall enclosing the whole area of the college campus. The first floor of the Bishop Jeyapaul David Ladies' Hostel was constructed in 2004. Four bore wells were newly sunk and energized on the campus with an investment of Rs.2 lakhs.
Mr. D. Duraisamy Nadar Block and Mrs. Rajammal Duraisamy Nadar (Oorvasi soaps, Chennai) M.C.A. Block enabled us to start a few courses with ease. Father of Education Mr. Oorasi D. Selvaraj Computer Research Centre of NMCP helps students to continue a post graduation and research in computer field. Twelve class rooms in the ground floor and an auditorium in the first floor in front in front of the college chapel bearing the name of our Bishop Dr. A.D.J. Jebachandran were built. In the Main Block I Floor class room heat resistant false ceiling is fixed at a cost of Rs.2 lakhs.
Bishop Amma Mrs. VisithralJebachandran Women's hostel with plinth area of 17,000 sq. feet with open air auditorium, indoor basket-ball court (Jesus Redeems Indoor Basket-ball Court) a chapel in first floor named after Bro. D.G.S. Dhinakaran, the prayer warrior and visionary and founder of Jesus calls ministry and spacious, airy ultra-modern rooms, kitchen and toilets are constructed under the UGC XI Plan-special development scheme and the new hostel was dedicated and opened on 18 Feb.2012 by Dr. G. Srinivas Joint Secretary UGC.
We have also provided well protected pure drinking water for all the students and staff through Aquaguard RO Units. For the welfare of the staff and students of NMCP the college functions from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on all working days. Computer courses and Spoken English classes are conducted for the I year students in the afternoon.
From this academic year onwards we have introduced B.A. Tamil Literature, B.A. English Literature and M.Phil. Commerce under self supporting system. Due to the prayers, devotions, zeal and tireless service of the Secretary, the Principal and the Staff members, the college is well poised to embark on a programme of growth and development.
Dr. Arulraj Ponnudurai, Dept. of Commerce assumed as Principal from October2017.