Loyola College, ChennaiÂ was established in 1925 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) with the primary objective of providing University Education in a Christian atmosphere for deserving Students, especially those belonging to the Catholic Community. Loyola College became autonomous in 1978. The College, however, continues to be affiliated to the University of Madras and is autonomous, with 18 departments (Arts, Sciences and Commerce) and 9 special Institutes offering more than 111 programs to over 10,000 students. NAAC re-accredited the college in 2006 and awarded A+ status. The aim of the college is to train young men and women of quality to be leaders in all walks of life, with the hope of playing a vital role in bringing about the desired changes for the betterment of the people of the country, more particularly of the dalits and other poorer and marginalized sections of society. UGC conferred the status of "College with potential for Excellence" on Loyola College since 2004 and 2010.