Dr. (Capt).DVP Raja -The Founder of Madurai Institute of Social Sciences had a visionary idea of setting up an Educational Institution in the Southern part of Tamil Nadu with a view to train young men and women in “Scientific Humanism”. With the assistance &   cooperation of  like-minded dignitaries like Sir P.T. Rajan, Mr. M.B.S. Henry,Managing Director, Madura Coats, Prof. S.Ramanathan, Dr. T.P. Meenakshi Sundaram (Former Vice Chancellor, Madura Kamaraj University), Dr. Aram (Former Vice Chancellor of  Gandhigram Rural University) and others, it was started in a small house at 21, Beasant road, Chokkikulam, Madurai on 2nd October 1969 on the birthday centenary of Gandhiji, the Father of our Nation with enrollment of 4 students. Now the college has more than 1000 students housed in a large building on beautiful campus, Alagarkoil road, Madurai.

It began as a Post GraduateCollege with a view of meeting long felt need of southern districts of Tamil Nadu. Now Madurai Institute of Social Sciences is a multi-faculty college and research Centre, and accredited with B ++ by NAAC in 2007. Achieved Autonomous status in the year 2009.  The college was Re-accredited with ‘A’ Grade by NAAC in the year 2014 and got extension of Autonomy in the year 2016.The college presently offers 4 Post Graduate, 7 Under Graduate,  3 Diploma,  M.Phil and Ph. D programmes. The college offers Diploma in Health Care under the UGC Community college scheme in the year 2014. Changing Educational climate provided the challenges that Dr. (Capt).D.V.P.Raja always met with commitment and dedication. The dynamism of the institution is displayed in all its aspects particularly in the manner in which MISS has involved in response to societal needs and aspirations.

The ever-vibrating mind of founder which centers around the welfare of the society and students, day-in and day-out, conceived an innovative way of fulfilling the vision and mission of the institute. The result is the formation of nineteen centers, a unique brain-child of the founder, to instill the spirit of serviceinto minds of the students. All these centers started in quick succession, in the past have proved an important and indispensable step in helping the students to fully understand the motto of the college  ‘strive to serve.’

In order to upload the value of the precept that is better than preaching. The teaching - learning pro­cess in this institute is extended outside the classroom and college campus the Ground Zero through these centers, where not only our students but also our staff get intellectually sharpened and spiritually fortified. Thus the projection and formation of these centers as a bridge between the class room and community, which in turn yield a rich harvest in the long run.
The Founder  with the visionary thought of extended  services to the rural youth population is  establishing a 100 bedded Sports Hostel in Naickenpatti village, near Alagarkoil  in 10 acres of land.