Bishop Heber College is a Religious Minority Educational Institution established by the Tiruchirappalli – Thanjavur Diocese of the Church of South India. Its main objective is to cater to the higher educational needs of the members of the Church of South India and other Christians and specially to provide for them an educational atmosphere in keeping with the Christian ideals of the Church. The college however admits students of all faiths and religions and seeks to provide for them the best possible higher education.
Bishop Heber College traces its origin back to a school founded by the German Missionary Christian Frederick Schwartz in 1762. It developed into a College in 1873. Honours Programmes were introduced in 1925. It was closed in 1934 and merged with the Madras Christian College, Tambaram. It was revived in June 1966 in response to the popular and persistent demand for its revival and to meet the growing educational needs of this region. The College is affiliated to Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India. The revived College celebrates its Golden Jubilee.
The Department of Mathematics has been functioning right from the revival of the College in 1966 and is celebrating its Golden Jubilee along with the College. It was recognized as a research centre in 1986 when it started offering M.Phil. Programme. Now it is a full-fledged Department offering Under Graduate and Post Graduate programmes in both Aided and Self-Finance streams apart from research programmes leading to M.Phil and Ph.D degrees. Apart from these conventional programmes, the Department offers Skill oriented Certificate Programmes. There are 32Ph.D. scholars working under 10 research supervisors and 1018 students in different programmes in the Department. The Department offers an integrated model curriculum in both the Under Graduate and Post Graduate Programmes. In the recent past, few students participated in the Students exchange programme with the Appalachian State University, USA. Our students actively participate in Advanced Training Camps in Mathematics, Republic Day parades and Inter- collegiate competitions. Every year, they secure University ranks, clear national and state level eligibility tests for teaching and research.