About Us

About Us

The Swami Dayananda Educational Trust,based in Manjakkudi, Tiruvarur District, has worked tirelessly towards rural development in the region, through various initiatives centred on education.

The Trust is also involved in rural development projects in the areas of organic farming, livelihood sustainability, heritage and cultural preservation, sanitation, health and women empowerment.

The Trust, headed by the true visionary, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, has impacted more than 10,000 families in the area over the 11 years of its existence.

Established in 2003, the Trust inherited the Swami Dayananda College of Arts and Science and Semmangudi Higher Secondary School in Sembangudi from the Swami Dayananda Saraswati Educational Society.

Through its various innovative and impactful projects, the Trust has transformed the region from a land of uninspired living to one of growth and prosperity, with a strong attachment to the tradition and culture of the region.


To bring quality education to the children and youth of Manjakkudi and surrounding villages, by establishing and managing educational institutions with proven pedagogy and qualified teachers in a well developed academic infrastructure on par with urban India.


To serve rural educational needs, encouraging the underprivileged to realize their complete potential and become contributing, responsible members of society.

Manjakkudi  - Where change began

Manjakkudi, a village in Tiruvarur District is the birthplace of Swami Dayananda . Today, as the outcome of SDET’s initiatives, the Swamiji’s hometown is a model village, equipped with one of the finest educational facilities in rural India where a child can start with Kindergarten and emerge with a M.Phil degree.

20 years ago Today
The local communities in Manjakkudi and surrounding villages were from backward and most backward classes. Manjakkudi is the educational hub of the Kudavasal Taluk and a model educational institution  in the Tiruvarur District. Though it has a population of just 2500, everyday over 4800 students arrive from surrounding villages.
The average monthly income of a family was only Rs 300. Children were seen as an extra pair of hands in the fields. The educational facilities at Manjakkudi serve 180 other villages in a 15 km radius. Bus transport is provided to the students for safe and convenient travel to and from the village.
With just one primary school and a high school in the village, conservative parents were reluctant to send their children to nearby district for higher education , especially girls. It is one of the few villages in India where education facilities from kindergarten to a Masters program, including M. Phil, are provided. In fact, the quality of our education and infrastructure is at par with most urban institutions.
A lack of awareness on the importance of education, health, hygiene and nutrition prevailed. The infrastructure of the village and the district has been developed to increase awareness on health, hygiene, nutrition and education among the parents of students. In fact, several families are now relocating to Manjakkudi and its surrounding areas.
No significant employment opportunities within the area. Manjakkudi is now home to WIPRO’s first rural BPO, providing employment to over 300 people.

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