Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College for Women Autonomous, MLACW (now mLAC) is an institution of excellence located strategically in the vicinity of national institutes of repute, such as Indian Institute of Science, Institute of Wood Science & Technology, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Raman Research Institute and Central Power Research Institute. These acclaimed institutions serve as an ideal paradigm for mLAC on academic, scientific and other forefronts. Being located in the heart of Bangalore city, the institution is well connected. The various departments of the institution are spread over three floors with ICT enabled classrooms and labs. All the labs are adequately provided with ergonomically designed furniture and fixtures, equipment, lighting and ventilation, so as to facilitate students and teachers to work with ease. The quadrangle is a hub of students' activities and the airy lounge is the perfect place for students to unwind after a busy day.
The Computer Science and Biotechnology labs are amongst the best in the city and the institution was the first to establish a Business Lab which is visited by many contemporaries for its design and content. A fully equipped gymnasium managed by a trainer and a first aid facility staffed by a qualified nurse are some of the student support services available on campus. An air-conditioned auditorium, an open-air theatre as well as a seminar hall are available for extracurricular and co-curricular activities. The UGC Network Resource Centre, ED Centre, Business Lab, English Language Lab, Bio Informatics Facility, Animal House, Zoology Museum, Ramanujan Math Foss Lab, Counselling Centre, Placement Centre, Psychology Lab, Reprography Centre and Cafeteria are also located inside the campus.
Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College for Women is the brainchild of the combined efforts of its founding fathers- Dr. K.N.V Sastri, a noted historian, and political thinker, Dr. M.N Mahadevan, a renowned doctor, and Sri. T.S Rajam, Chairman of the TVS Group of Companies. These illustrious citizens of Bangalore established the college in 1972, in response to the persistent demands of the residents of North Bangalore for an exclusive women’s college in their neighbourhood.
Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni, after whom the college is named, is well known in history as the regenerator of the Wodeyar dynasty of Mysore. Born in 1742 and married to Krishnaraja Wodeyar II (1734-66), she lived in one of the most turbulent times of South Indian history- during the reigns of Haidar Ali and Tippu Sultan. As the Regent Queen of Mysore from 1799 to 1810, she administered the state on behalf of the minor king Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, under the sovereignty of the English. Her extraordinary crisis-management skills, nation-building capabilities and sterling human qualities have inspired the vision and mission of the institution. By catering to the intellectual, physical, emotional and personal needs of our students, the college has inspired students to uphold the motto “Sheelam Parama Bhushanam”- Character is the highest virtue.
The college logo has three sky facing arrows representing a peer group that is competing and motivating each other to fly higher. It indicates a synergy of strengths working together- resources, processes and vision; stakeholders working together- students, faculty and industry. The three colours- Red signifies energy, strength, power and determination; Yellow stands for freshness, happiness, energy and optimism; Blue symbolizes confidence, intelligence, truth, trust and loyalty. In the spirit of this logo, mLAC is on the path of transforming young girls into confident young women who will contribute to the well-being of the society, nation and world at large.
The college made a humble beginning with just 12 students on its rolls and a government school building as its workspace. The college has grown from strength to strength over the past three decades, and it now addresses over 3,500 students. mLAC has consistently focussed on providing academically sound, practically relevant and value-based education for the all-round development of its students. Its superior facilities, dedicated human resources, and its characteristic dynamism in responding to the ever-changing expectations of students and employers worldwide has given mLAC a distinctive place on the map of higher education in Karnataka. It is now among the top destinations for young women, preparing to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The college is also renowned for its discipline and its efficient handling of students who are on the threshold of adulthood.