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.
To empower and create opportunities for rural communities to realise their full potential and become contributing members of society.
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.
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.
Where is Manjakkudi?
Manjakkudi, the birthplace of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, is a small hamlet on the Kaveri delta, with an approximate population of 1500. It was like any other village in India. Today, in 2016, all roads lead to Manjakkudi. Almost 5000 girls and boys, from 300 surrounding villages, walk, cycle and run to this village each morning to educate and create a brighter future for themselves.