Ponnaiyah Ramajayam Institutions, made a foray into the academic domain, with the establishment of Sri Ram Institute of Computer Science and Technology in 1985. Over time, various institutions of higher learning such as an Arts and Science College, College of Engineering and Technology, College of Education, Research Institution, Polytechnic College, added feathers to the PRIST crown.

Today, PRIST commands a massive student base, spread across a whole array of campuses such as Trichy, Kumbakonam, Puducherry, Chennai, Madurai etc. The academic reach extends right from school education up to the level of the Ph.D Doctoral programmes in a rich array of disciplines such as Medicine, Engineering, Arts & Science, Education, Pharmacy, Management, Technology etc

The munificent founder of Ponnaiyah Ramajayam Institute of Science and Technology (PRIST), Prof. P. Murugesan, began his service to higher education in this predominantly agricultural area by starting Ram Institute of Computer Science and Technology in the year 1985. At that time, his very purpose of starting that institute was to introduce Computer Education for the first time in Thanjavur District. In 1988, the Institute got affiliation from Bharathidasan University to offer Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Computer Applications.

Prompted by the encouragement and support extended by parents, students and public, he established Ponnaiyah Ramajayam College affiliated to Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, in the year 1994, in memory of his father Sri Ponnaiyah and his mother Smt. Ramajayathammal. Within a very short span of time, the college earned goodwill, fame and reputation from all its stakeholders for its quality teaching and discipline.

Vision
To create a reservoir of human resources towards making a happier and healthier society.
To make learning endeavors a lifelong process and thereby allow the benefits to percolate down to enhance the quality of life of all members of the society and allow it to grow to be a more human and considerate knowledge society.

Mission
To educate and train the future leaders of various professions and to inculcate in them skills and abilities for life long learning and growth.
To conduct research and create new knowledge as an integral part our education programme and its continued renewal for the enhancement of the quality of the profession.
To create and sustain an educational environment to provide an ambience not only for materialistic search but also for spiritual quest.