About Us

Swami Dayananda Educational Trust (SDET) founded by Swami Dayananda Saraswati in 2003, is based in Manjakkudi in Tiruvarur District, Tamil Nadu. Nestled amidst lush paddy fields, Manjakkudi (also the birth place of Swami Dayananda Saraswati) is an integrated community development project. The continuous efforts of Swami Dayananda Educational Trust has transformed this silent village into a vibrant centre of learning, nourishing young minds to explore, experiment and expand their horizon.

Our Vision

To empower and create opportunities for rural communities to realise their full potential and become contributing members of society.

Our Mission

To realise this vision through sustainable and integrated community development initiatives which includes a space for value-based education and cultural validation with a focus on the village of Manjakkudi and its environs.


Son of an agricultural worker and a homemaker, Pragadeshwar hails from Manakalayampattai, a village located 8 kilometers from Manjakkudi. He has completed his schooling at Swami Dayananda Matric Higher Secondary School, Manjakkudi and is now pursuing his graduation in Bank Management from Swami Dayananda College of Arts and Science, Manjakkudi. He dreams of working in a bank after finishing his degree.

• To create a space for value-based education and cultural validation with a focus on the village of Manjakkudi and its environs.
• Towards developing a self reliant and economically independent community
• To empower through education and employment
To cultivate and promote heritage rice and to sensitize farmers on green farming


Initially conceptualized as a project to provide value-based education to the people of Manjakkudi to help them get better economic opportunities, SDET has expanded its work and endeavours. Facilitating and providing sustainable rural development right from the grass-root level to spread the importance of self reliance.


Udayakumar had started working while in school as his family’s economic situation was dire. After school, he bought flowers from the wholesale market and cycled around the village to sell them. Though he has a Masters in Philosophy in commerce, he decided against pursuing a corporate career and stayed back as the economic transformation of the village had already started.

Impact & Achievement

  • Working tirelessly towards improving, empowering through education and employment, facilitating and providing sustainable rural development right from the grass-root level, SDET has had its impact across more than 300 villages covered | 250,000 people through its integrated community initiatives.
  • Promoting higher and quality education, the trust has seen a pass rate of 97% in school and 98% in college with students finding placement in reputed companies like Sundaram Finance Limited, Tata Consultancy Services, ICICI, City Union Bank, Wipro  and CAMS through campus placement.
  • Providing employment to more than 300 families in Manjakkudi thereby creating an economic microcosm.
  • Reviving more than 40 varieties of Artisanal Heritage Rice through organic farming on the lush green fields of Manjakkudi as part of its sustainable developmental endeavours and awareness creation towards green farming.
  • Inspiring beneficiaries to lead their community development programs or act as catalysts to inspire social and economic revolution as change makers and contributors.

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Our Projects

Swami Dayananda College of Arts &…


Swami Dayananda Matric Higher Secondary School

Semmangudi Higher Secondary School, Sembangudi

Swami Dayananda Study Centre, Manjakkudi

Swami Dayananda Study Centre, Manjakkudi

Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kodavasal


Meditation Centre, Manjakkudi

Swami Dayananda Vedapatashala, Manjakkudi