Sacred Heart Seminary, Poonamallee, Chennai, is a Major Seminary belonging to the Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore. Besides the students of the Archdiocese, it admits also students from other dioceses, especially those of Tamilnadu. A few students from the neighbouring States are also accepted. Since its inception on September 08, 1936, Sacred Heart Seminary was administered by the Salesians of Don Bosco, of the Province of Madras. On March 31, 1998, the Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore took over the administration of the Seminary. The resident staff is drawn from the diocesan and Salesian clergy.
The Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore is the ultimate authority on all matters pertaining to Sacred Heart Seminary.
During the scholastic year 2010-2011, the students number 246 and they hail from 28 various dioceses of Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and France as well as 14 religious congregations of men and women.
The resident seminarians number 175, with 128 in the Theology section and 47 in the Philosophy section. These two sections function as two quasi communities for the sake of better formation for the students.
The Seminary offers a six-year programme of training for the candidates to catholic priesthood consisting of a two-year Philosophy course and a three and half year Theology course, in addition to the spiritual, pastoral and an all-round human formation that a Major Seminary is expected to provide.
During the Philosophy years, the seminary intends also to prepare the candidate for youth apostolate. The student is provided with special courses, leadership seminars and supervised youth ministry to realize this goal.
During the Theology programme, the emphasis is on pastoral preparation of the student for future priestly ministry. The student is expected to acquire critical awareness of the current politico, socio, economic and cultural condition of our society so that he will be well equipped to face the challenges of the contemporary world in the light of faith.