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SARDAR VEDARATNAM PILLAI & http://www.gurukulam.org/

Kasthurba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam

Vedaraniam is a village. It is near the sea shore. Salt pans spread far and wide near the sea shore. It is in the south east corner of South India. During the freedom struggle, when Gandhiji defied the ban of taking salt from the sea in Dandi, North India, Vaedaraniam came to light kindled by one of its veterans, a follower of Gandhiji's ideals. He led the people of the village, in the salt satyagraha movement. He is none other than Sardar Vedaratnam Pillai, the founder of this institution.


In the history of freedom struggle he has earned a place and even now, the name of the village is very much identified outside the district and state with his name. After the participation in the salt satyagraha movement, he turned his eyes towards constructive work. He wanted to emancipate women from the shackles of slavery, drudgery, illiteracy and bondage. He dreamt to develop the Institution Kasthurba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam into an organisation for downtrodden women, girls, widows and destitute. This was named after the illustrious woman of our times, Kasthurba Gandhi, the wife of Gandhiji. The institution was started from a scratch but slowly it was built by donations and gifts. A charitable trust came into being with accredited people as its members. They include the great pilanthropist Sri.Pollachi Dr.N.Mahalingam, well known industrialist, philosopher and educationist and home science expert Dr.Rajammal P.Devadoss(since no more), the present Chancellor of Sri Avinashilingam Home Science College of higher learning and deemed University, Coimbatore.

From 1946, till today the institution has grown up with the munificence of philanthropists and well wishers. Now it has a higher secondary school for girls from Standard I to XII, a school of printing to develop the printing skill to rural women. An electronic production unit to enable women to be self reliant and a cottage industry unit for the production of Agarbathi, Indian incense sticks. The institution is run on Sarvodaya lines. This is a living and learning cooperative community. In the Higher Secondary School, there are 1700 girls out of whom 600 share a community life; In the printing school, the strength is 50, where training is given in the various activities connection with printing. There is long felt need for expansion and modernisation in the press. The electronics training cum production unit has 12 women. Here also expansion is necessary. 20 girls are in the Agarbathi unit (perfume sticks)

Leaves and flowers Appakutti, the heir of Sardar, succeeded him after his demise and served the same cause as his father. Utilising the platform launched by his father the son advanced further and expanded the operations. Appakutti, remarkable in his own right, diversified and modernised the setup. He upgraded the standards by switching to state board syllabus from the Basic Education Plan.On 25th March 1989, the government of India honoured him with the reputable ‘Padma Shri’ award for his selfless service. The Lions Clubs International honoured him with the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellow [MJF].

He was also offered an honorary title by the Ramakrishna Vidyalaya in Chennai. The torch is now being carried by the grandson of Sardar, his namesake A. Vedaratnam Jr., who has now taken the institution to greater heights.

In the long march towards achieving the goals of the originator Sardar Vedaratnam Pillai, the following luminaries have associated themselves with the institution during various periods

bulletSri.V.Rajagopalachariar Governor General of India
bulletSri Acharya Vinobhabhave the lt. of mahatma gandhi, who has started bhoodhan movement(getting lands donated for the poor landless tillers from landlords
bulletSri R.Venkatraman Former President of India
bulletSri K.Kamaraj Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
bulletSri Swami Satchidanandha Yogaville, VA USA
bulletSri Narayana Uchigaki, America Vedanta Society Palo Cedro, CA USA & Nippon Vedanta Society, OSAKA, Japan
bulletBharat Ratna Thiru.C.Subramaniam
bulletSri Dyuman (Chunni) Bhai MG Trustee Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Our esteemed Trust Members

Dr.N.Mahalingam Chairman Sakthi Groups, Madras.
Dr.Rajammal P.Devadoss (since no more) Chancellor Sri Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women (Deemed University), Coimbatore

Shri.V.Vedaiyan, M.A., Former MLA, Kallikkudi

Sri.J.Chakravarthy Mudaliar Managing Partner Swasthik Tobacco Factory Vedaraniam

Sri A.S.Ganesan Gandhian Social Worker and Paddy & Rice Merchant Alathambadi.

Sri S.Srinivasan Pillai Land Lord, Educationist Kathirpulam

Tmt V.Vedambal Achi S.K.M.S.Salt Merchants Vedaraniam

Tmt.A.Pushpavalli W/o Padmashri V.Appakutti Vedaraniam

Tmt.K.Akilandavalli Achi LandLord, Educationist Kathipulam P.O.

Mrs Jeeva Head Mistress (ex-officio)

We associate

Gandhigram Rural University, Gandhi Niketan Ashram T.Kallupatti

Sri Thayumanavar Vidyalayam

Sri Ramakrishnan Mission Vidyalaya Coimbatore

Gandhi Ashram Tiruchengodu

Gandhi Memorial Fund & Museums

Sri Avinashilingam Home Science University, Coimbatore

The Institution has been blessed with many Awards :

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Padma Shree Award 
The then Indian President Mr. R. Venkatraman is found in the middle. To his right is the then Vice President Mr. Shankar Dhayal Sharma, to his left is the then Indian Prime Minister Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, Minister Mr. P.Chidambaram et al. Gurukulam Managing Trustee Mr. V. Appakutti [top extreme left], Police officials Vedprakash Marwah [second from right, top row], Mr. K.P.S.Gill [third from right, middle row] can be seen.


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Dr Ambedkar National Award 
Dr.Ambedkar National Award to Kasthurba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam (KGKG) for the upliftment of weaker sections of the society and social understanding on 14-4-2000. His Excellency Shri K.R.Narayanan, President of India giving the Award to KGKG Managing Trustee Shri.A.Vedaratnam Jr.



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Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Award 
FICCI Award for the year 1998 by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) on 22-2-2000. KGKG Managing Trustee Shri.A.Vedaratnam Jr. receiving the award from Shri Arun Jaitley.


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Rotary India Award 1996 
FOCUS - Education: The Girl Child, ceremony and R.I. President W.Glen Kinross presenting A.Vedaratnam, Managing Trustee, KGKG with the Rotary India Award 1996. Rtn.Raja Saboo, Rtn.Kalyan Banerjee, Rtn.PT Prabhakar, Rtn.A.N.Kaul are also seen.


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G.D.Birla International Award 2000 
G.D.Birla International Award for the year 2000 for Rural Upliftment. Vice President H.E, Krishna Kant is awarding. The then UP Governor H.E. Vishnukant Sastri and Madam Sarala Birla is also in the picture.


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"Guru Tattwa Ratnam" 
'Guru Tattwa Ratnam' title conferred to KGKG Managing Trustee Shri.A.Vedaratnam Jr. by Yogaville Sri Swami Satchidananda Ashram, Virginia. (swamisatchidananda.org )

Yogaville Sri Swami Satchidananda Ashram is the biggest centre in US with two centres in newyork alone and a number of branches worldwide, providing yoga training and also teachers training in yoga. Tamil SuperStar Rajnikanth is a disciple of Yogaville Sri Swami Satchidananda.


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    Postage Stamp
    The Government of India had brought out a postage stamp of the Founder Sardar A.Vedaratnam on his 101st birth anniversaryin recognition of his services as freedom fighter to the nation and to  the weaker sections of the society.

                              Date Of Issue : 25.2.98
                              Denomination : 200
                              Overall Size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms
                              Printing Size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms 
                              Stamps Printed : 0.4 million


A. Vedaratnam, Managing Trustee
Kasthurba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam
(A Charitable Rural Women Welfare Organisation Since 1946)
P.O.Box No.2, Vedaraniam - 614 810, Nagapattinam District, Tamilnadu

Phone: (04369) 250227, 250027, 250011
Email: ravisan49@yahoo.co.in, gurukulamvdm@yahoo.co.in

Founders : Sardar A. Vedaratnam & Padmasri V.AppaKutti MJF

Biography: A. Vedantam Pillai


Mr. A.Vedantam Pillai was born in 1897. Even as a lad his love for swadeshi was intense. He was the General Secretary of the Reception Committee of the Tamilnadu Political Conference held at Vedaranyam. He took great initiative in starting Salt Satyagraha at his month's imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 200. The government confiscated his salt factory. During the campaign he thrice courted imprisonment.


K.L. Kamat/

A. Vedantam Pillai

Since 1925 he is attending all the sessions of Indian National Congress. He has presided over many district and taluq political conferences. He is the Vice President of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee and the Deputy Leader of the Congress Party in the Madras Legislature.

Mr. Pillai is a speaker of note. He dissolves the House into a chorus of laughter or rouses it to heights of passion.

Source: Haripura Congress Souvenir, 1938



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