Government Arts College (Autonomous), Salem-636007 is situated in the heart of Salem city which lies in the north west of Tamil Nadu. It caters to the needs of people seeking higher education in Salem and in neighbouring districts. This oldest institution of the State was established in 1857 by Sir Alexander Arbuthnot as an Anglo Vernacular. The institute was elevated to Second Grade College in 1879. For 52 years from 1885 to 1937, this college functioned under the aegis of Salem Municipal Administration. It was one of the two likewise institutes all over India during that time. Re-accredited by NAAC with B++ level, it was accorded Autonomous status from the academic year 2007. At present, this college offers 19 UG and 16 PG courses and also 10 M.Phil and 8 Ph.D research programmes.
The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) is a part of the Institution's system and works towards realisation of the goals of quality enhancement and sustenance. The prime task of the IQAC is to develop a system for conscious, consistent, and catalytic improvement in the overall performance of institutions. For this, during the post-accreditation period, it will channelize all efforts and measures of the institution towards promoting its holistic academic excellence. The work of the IQAC is the first step towards internalization and institutionalization of quality enhancement initiatives. Its success depends upon the sense of belongingness and initiates participation in all the constituents of the institution. It will not be yet another hierarchical structure or a record-keeping exercise in the institution. It will be a facilitative and participative voluntary system/unit/organ of the institution. It has the potential to become a vehicle for ushering in quality enhancement by working out planned interventionist strategies to remove deficiencies and enhance quality like the “Quality Circles” in industries.