Swami Vivekananda Rural Community College, located on the border between Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, is a leader in skills training education. Since 2008, the college has been working to provide job oriented education to the less privileged youth in the local communities. Aside from a high quality technical education, the college also provides training in soft skills, yoga and life coping skills to students in all streams.
Please click on the Menu buttons on top or on the left for a detailed idea of our operating philosophy and how we manage. Here, in the following paragraphs, we tell you about the founding of the college.
How the college came to be is a story in itself:
It was thanks to a fateful meeting between Fr. Xavier Alphonse (Director of the Indian Centre for Research and Development of Community Education – ICRDCE), and G.V. Subrahmanian (GVS), now the Director and Managing Trustee of SVRCC (and at that time a retired bank official with a dream), on a train journey in Oct. 2000 that the idea for the college took shape in the latter’s mind. Dr. Xavier Alphonse spoke enthusiastically about the potential of the community college model to fuel the next wave of development in a stagnant economy and GVS listened and agreed earnestly.
After several years of planning and understanding how social and non-profit organizations work, GVS was ready to launch the community college. In March 2006, he founded the Sadguru Sri Gnanananda Seva Trust, a group of eleven socially sensitive members, unified by a common vision, and Swami Vivekananda Rural Community College (SVRCC) in July 2008.
SVRCC accepted its first batch of students on 14th July 2008. First five years proved challenging, ‘the college’ operated in open and with inadequate facilities and resources. But the demonstration of success of the model proved pivotal. By 2010, the nascent plan for a state of the art facility was executed and realized by 2013. Now the college operates in a three-tier building of 36000 sq.ft floor area and excellent lab facilities provided by various MNCs like Danfoss, Grundfos Pumps India, Schneider Electric India Foundation and Cognizant Foundation for their respective trades.
Today, SVRCC is capable of admitting and training 1000 students for annual and short-term courses. The one-point agenda of every trustee and stakeholder is to see SVRCC start operating at full capacity as soon as possible and reaches the huge population of underprivileged youth in the villages and small towns of our country. These are the people in genuine need of a pathway for their careers and lives.
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