Sri Sarada College was started in 1961 as an affiliated college to the University of Madras with two sections of Pre-University class (with eighty students). Later, it has increased in strength to become a First Grade college with twelve under-graduate courses, seven post-graduate courses, nine M.Phil. programmes , seven Ph.D. programmes and two Self - Financing P.G. Courses (M.Sc. Computer Science and M.Com.). Autonomous status was conferred by the University Grants Commission in the year 1988-1989 under the able guidance of Yatiswari Saradapriya Amba. At present, it is the only Autonomous College affiliated to the Periyar University , Salem (from 1-1-1998). The college has been reaccredited with 'B' grade (2.94 on a 4 point scale) by NAAC in 2008
Sri Sarada College is located at Fairlands, Salem - 16. It is 2 km. from the new bus stand and 4 km. from the old bus stand as well as from the Salem railway junction.
The aim of the college is to offer modern and career oriented education in the background of our ancient culture and tradition, based on the ideals of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa , Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda.
Character building is the hallmark of true education which is the manifestation of perfection already in man. Development of right character comes from a congenial divine atmosphere. Both in the college and in the hostel, the day's activities commence with communal prayer. Character building centers round regular counselling classes where a workbook on moral instruction is used for interaction from the students on human relationships and character building qualities. There is a special Grievance Redressal Cell with senior faculty members to provide periodic guidance to students. Even at the highest collegiate level , we believe in the system of a Faculty Advisor for each class who acts as a mentor to the students. All these provide a congenial atmosphere for character building.
Culture depends on internal purity. It comes from wisdom and good association. Students have immense scope in our college to develop this aspect . They have the golden opportunity of being in the 'satsang' or 'good association' through lectures by our President Swamiji and other spiritual leaders which help to lay a good foundation for internal purity.
While character and culture are subjective , curriculum is the instrument to achieve both . Since Sri Sarada College for Women became an autonomous college , the curriculum has been framed with a view to have a happy blend of character and culture. Tamil , Sanskrit and Hindi are offered as first language. Medium of instruction is English. Eight faculties in Science , four in Arts and Language besides Commerce have given a wide network of choice in curriculum.
The Motto of the institution is the harmonious development of Hand, Heart and Head with the focus on the development of character, culture and curriculum.
The educational ideals of this institution are symbolized in the college emblem. The veena stands for the development of the hand for the enrichment of life. The waxing moon suggests the steady expansion of the heart in love of God and of His creation. The blazing sun is expressive of knowledge that reveals things in their true light. The harmonious development of the Hand, the Heart and the Head is what is wanted for a fully educated young generation of women, each of whom will be a Kamadhenu, the milch cow of plenty and plenitude.