In the year 1965, the Government of Tamilnadu Started Periyar EVR College in Tiruchirappalli, the central part of Tamilnadu, naming it after the grate thinker and social reformer, Periyar E.V.Ramasamy who generously parted with Rs.5 Lakhs and 9.65 acres of land for the exclusive purpose of imparting higher education to the people in and around Tiruchirappalli.
In the annals of the college, the academic year 1998-1999 proved to be significant on two counts. The college become co-educational, providing girl students access to higher education; the college also become autonomous, resulting in a sea change in aims, aspirations and achievements of the institution.