Sri Avinashilingam Home Science College for Women was established by the great patriot and educationist Dr.T.S.Avinashilingam under the auspices of the Avinashilingam Education Trust in 1957 with 45 students.
The growth of the Institution has been carefully nurtured to its current heights by the world renowned educationist and nutritionist Chancellor Dr. Rajammal P. Devadas until she passed away in 2002. It was one of the eight colleges on which autonomy was conferred by the University of Madras in June 1978 and the first of the women's colleges to get this distinction. Autonomy gave the College scope for academic freedom for innovations in teaching and research.
The Government of India declared Sri Avinashilingam Home Science College for Women ,and Sri Avinashilingam College of Education as a Deemed University under Section 3 of the UGC Act in June 1988. The college has been renamed as Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women. The focus on the holistic development of students is carefully being channelized under the inspirational guidance of Thiru.T.K.Shanmuganandam, Chancellor and Hon. Col. Dr. Saroja Prabhakaran, Vice Chancellor of the University. The institute follows the educational ideals of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Saradamani Devi, Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi and upholds a life of purity, discipline and service. A temple dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna commands the campus. Daily prayer and worship are an integral part of campus life. All the students and staff are expected to participate in the common assembly prayers.
The institute functions under seven Faculties, namely, Home Science, Science, Humanities, Education, Business Administration, Engineering and Community Education and Entrepreneurship Development, each faculty functioning under its respective Dean.
The pattern of education has been fully semesterised. The academic year is divided into two semesters, each semester having a minimum of 100 working days. The semester pattern offers to each student, individual attention of the teacher and facilitates the student's all round development. It calls for active participation of the students in the learning process.