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Education

Access to education in rural India is fraught with many issues. According to the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), the key factors behind the massive rural-urban divide in terms of provision of educational opportunities include: Lack of schools and limited access, inadequate infrastructure and lack of qualified and motivated teachers.

SDET has addressed the root cause of these issues, and built a network of institutions that have transformed Manjakkudi into an educational hub. There are two higher secondary schools (one Tamil-medium and one English-medium), and a college, which cater to the educational needs of 300 surrounding villages. More than half of the students who come to study in the schools and college at Manjakkudi are first-generation learners, and every effort is made to help them develop their knowledge and talent to the best possible level. Thanks to the provision of school buses, children coming from villages located farther away are brought to and from school in a safe and secure manner – with little interruption to their daily routines or studies.

The fees in our educational institutions are very nominal as they are subsidised by SDET. Scholarships have been instituted for students who come from financially challenged backgrounds. All of SDET’s educational institutions have been staffed with experienced, dedicated teachers who encourage creativity, exploration and curiosity. Both schools and the college are equipped with the latest pedagogical tools, including smart boards, libraries, computer and science laboratories and sports facilities. It is noteworthy that students from other states enroll in the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, as they are convinced of the higher quality of education and learning they get here.

Swami Dayananda Scholar Programme

Instituted and inaugurated in October 2013 by SDET, the Swami Dayananda Scholar Programme aims to provide support and encouragement to undergraduate students to excel in their chosen field of study. To be eligible for the Swami Dayananda Scholar Programme, students have to show academic
excellence (minimum of 80% if they are in the science stream, and minimum of 75% if they are in the arts stream) in each semester. The scholarship given amounts to 50% of the tuition fees, and is distributed every semester based on the performance of the previous two semesters. From 2014 to 2019, 170 students have benefitted from the Swami Dayananda Scholar Programme.

Annual Job Fair

Every year, the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science organises a job fair, which sees the participation of students from the college itself and from (around) 20 colleges in the region. Companies from diverse sectors such as banking and finance, automotive and HR participate in the fair. Several of our students have found jobs in organisations such as Sundaram Finance, Tata Consultancy, City Union Bank, ICICI and other corporate houses through campus placement.

Campus Recruitment

The Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science has been holding Campus Recruitment Drives since 2014-15, and it has been very encouraging to see a steady increase in the number of participating companies and students placed through campus recruitment. In 2014-15, five companies participated (for both UG and PG) in the Campus Recruitment Drive; a total of 245 students took part in the recruitment drive, of whom 79 were successfully placed. Since then, we have come a long way – with over 20 companies participating in the Campus Recruitment Drive and close to 350 students taking part.

Health And WellBeing

One of the key aspects that underline the rural-urban divide in our country is the lack of sufficient healthcare facilities in our villages. To address this lack, SDET has established a Wellness Centre and Ayurveda Clinic, and maintains a 24-hour ambulance service manned by an experienced nurse. These facilities have helped the residents of Manjakkudi and neighbouring villages with channels of help and assistance when in need.

SMT Godavari Khilanani Wellness Centre

The Smt. Godavari Khilanani Wellness Centre was inaugurated in September 2017. Donated by Dr. Prem and Dr. Urmila Khilanani, the focus of the centre is to promote quality life, progressive development and healthy behavioural patterns among the students of Swami Dayananda Matric Higher Secondary School, SwamI Dayananda College of Arts & Science and the villagers living in Manjakkudi.

Sustainable Living

The world today is faced with the pressing need to preserve the available natural resources and put in place a system for sustainable growth and development. Even as we tackle issues such as land degradation, loss of bio-diversity and erosion of natural resources, we run the risk of losing out on traditional methods of agriculture and farming, which have respect for nature at their core, as we race to adopt modern technology.

The Swami Dayananda Educational Trust has created in Manjakkudi a sustainable natural ecosystem wherein each element reinforces and supports the other. Through the Swami Dayananda Farms, we have helped revive traditional agricultural methods and given farmers a regular means of livelihood – added reason to carry on their traditional occupation.

By establishing the Swami Dayananda Goshala, we have helped create a platform for breeding of indigenous cows and the sustenance of a thriving dairy industry. Moreover, the crops on the farm are nourished by the products and by-products from the goshala – a far better alternative to chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Dayavanam and Herb Garden are pockets of greenery that help to reverse the effect of our carbon footprint. The Herb Garden, a half-acre space dedicated to rearing plants of medicinal value, is a space where we rear herbs used in home remedies and ayurvedic preparations – an active means of preserving precious knowledge for posterity.

Swami Dayananda Farms

Around 50 acres of land have been developed by SDET for the conservation and cultivation of heritage rice varieties and propagation of organic farming practices. Around seeds of 270 varieties of heritage rice from across 14 states in India, and from Bangladesh and Mynamar have been carefully sourced, conserved and grown in the Swami Dayananda Farms. These include Ajara Ghansal(Maharashtra), Gobinda Bhog (West Bengal), Karuppu Kavuni (Tamil Nadu), Kon Joha (Assam), Mansur (Bihar), Sukhadas (Uttar Pradesh), Laicha (Madhya Pradesh) Samunchini (Chhatisgarh)and Bakul Phool (Orissa).

The seeds are grown through line farming or growbags, and around 10 acres of land has been earmarked exclusively for seed conservation efforts. The entire process – sowing, harvesting, threshing and removal or husk – is done by hand to ensure that the seeds are protected and importantly, don’t get mixed up. A portion of these seeds are shared with farmers, so that they can create an ongoing cycle of sowing and harvesting. This will help keep up the cycle of seed conservation andcontinued propagation of these heritage varieties. The remaining land is used to grow organic rice varieties for retail at our immersion centre in Chennai called Spirit of the Earth. Given that local farmers are growing heritage rice varieties from Tamil Nadu, Swami Dayananda Farms concentrates more on cultivating heritage rice varieties from other states of India.

Community Initiatives

The Swami Dayananda Educational Trust places great value on the maintenance of social structures that foster community interaction and bonding. The Swami Dayananda Community Hall is an easily accessible centre for celebrations and events, and has all necessary amenities provided for. The Trust has also constructed public toilets for common use.

Swami Dayananda Community Hall

Built as a space for villagers to hold their celebrations and meetings, the Swami Dayananda Community Hall with a capacity to accommodate about 250 people, is managed and maintained by SDET and provided to the villagers free of cost. 

Preservation Of Culture

Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati believed that education coupled with cultural validation was key to inculcating self-confidence in the youth of our country. Following his vision, SDET has instituted the Swami Dayananda Vedapatashala and Jnana Pravaha to keep our rich spiritual tradition alive and accessible to those who wish to study and follow it. The Swami Dayananda Vedapatashala helps to sustain and propagate India’s priceless Vedic knowledge and tradition. Jnana Pravaha, a living tribute to Pujya Swamiji’s memory and the continuing tradition of his teachings, is constructed with the aim of providing Seekers with the opportunity to immerse themselves completely in Pujya Swamiji’s teachings and study of Vedanta. These institutions are the cornerstone of our efforts to ensure that tradition is not left behind in our efforts to embrace modernity. The Trust has also taken up the maintenance of an ancient temple that holds great sentimental and spiritual value for the people of Manjakkudi (and neighbouring villages). This has helped revive age-old traditions and create a means of dignified earning for priests who uphold Vedic worship rituals.

JNANA PRAVAHA

Spread across an area of 3,106 sq.ft., Jnana Pravaha was conceived and designed not just as a memorial but a living tribute to Pujya Swamiji’s memory and the continuing tradition of his teachings. The idea was to create a space wherein seekers could get immersed in Pujya Swamiji’s teachings, contemplate and meditate on them in their own time, and use the resources available to further their knowledge. The title ‘Jnana Pravaha’ (‘Perennial Flow of Knowledge’) was arrived at after deliberating upon the true purpose and design of the place. Like the Ganga, which embodies the flow of wisdom through generations, Pujya Swamiji’s words carry the eternal essence of Vedanta – and will continue to touch and enlighten seekers world over for eons to come.