Founder of AIM for Seva

Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati was a profound thinker, philosopher, spiritual teacher and one of the greatest masters of Vedanta. He was born on August 15, 1930, in Manjakkudi, a small village on the banks of River Kaveri in Tiruvarur district, Tamil Nadu.

As a world renowned spiritual teacher, Swami Dayananda Saraswati’s influence on the world stage has been enormous. Posthumously awarded the Padma Bhushan, he was the founder of AIM for Seva, Swami Dayananda Educational Trust, Arsha Vidya Research & Publication Trust and Arsha Vidya Gurukulams in India and USA.

Though deeply rooted in the richness of Indian tradition, Swami Dayananda Saraswati was contemporary in his thinking and approach to the issues of the day. His impeccable logic, brilliant analysis, erudition, precise use of language, and humour made him a renowned and sought after teacher of Advaita Vedanta. His discourses taught the most profound truths in simple language, leaving the audience spellbound.

Swami Dayananda Saraswati did not confine himself just to Vedanta. His benevolence and empathy extended to all civilisations, and all cultural forms that helped bring positive change in the lives of thousands of people. He strove to preserve, nurture and appreciate the diversity of human culture.

One of his founding principles with respect to AIM for Seva was that the youth of our nation should receive value education and cultural validation. Swamiji advocated that education complemented with cultural outlook would bring in self esteem and confidence in an individual. Only someone who is taught to respect the richness of his or her roots could grow to become a self confident individual. It is self confidence and self esteem that impel a person to contribute towards and participate in the prosperity of his or her nation.

The Movement

The All India Movement for Seva (AIM for Seva) is a pan-Indian, non-profit registered charitable trust, founded by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati in 2000. Our founder understood that the challenges of accessibility and affordability were limiting children in rural India from going to school – which he uncovered during a conversation with a tribal woman.

Thus, AIM for Seva’s journey began with the goal of enabling children from impoverished rural and tribal areas to have the same advantages as children of means and, therefore, every opportunity to develop their full potential – and of the nation. The first Chatralayam (free student hostel) was set up in 2001. Today, AIM for Seva is spread across 16 states with 136 projects that include Chatralayams, schools, a college, vocational training centres, residential facility for differently abled adults, healthcare facilities, community development initiatives and sustainable living projects.

AIM for SEVA Global Presence

Aim for Seva USA – www.aimforsevausa.org

Aim for Seva Canada – www.aimforseva.ca

Our Vision, Mission & Philosophy

Vision

To transform society through a network of Seva, of caring, to bridge the urban-rural divide, empowering every person to contribute to the progress of the nation.

Mission

Empowerment through value-based education and reaching out to the children of rural India through a network of Chatralayams (Free Student Hostels) and schools.

Philosophy

The AIM for Seva philosophy of sustainable development is supported by three pillars: Care, Innovate, Educate. Each of our carefully designed projects resonates with one (or more) of these pillars, thus ensuring a structure and form for AIM for Seva to reach the depths of rural India.

Meet Our Board Members

All of our board members are non-salaried, and receive no remuneration in any form. They have undertaken their positions on a purely voluntary basis, with the aim of contributing to society.

Sheela

Sheela Balaji

Chairperson and Managing Trustee
Entrepreneur

As Chairperson and Managing Trustee of AIM for Seva and Swami Dayananda Educational Trust (SDET), Ms. Sheela Balaji has directed her efforts towards grassroots level societal transformation through education.
An ardent student of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, she is committed to carrying forward the vision of Pujya Swamiji. Ms. Balaji has worked to create opportunities for rural communities to learn, find employment and adopt sustainable living practices. She has been instrumental in AIM for Seva’s efforts in setting up 136 projects across India. Ms. Balaji has also helped to successfully revive and cultivate over 130 heritage rice varieties through Spirit of the Earth.

R. Kannan
Treasurer

Ravee Malhotra
Trustee

E.S.Krishnamoorthy
Trustee

Arvind Balaji
Trustee

Priyamvada Balaji
Trustee

Use of Donations

The operating efficiency and intervention model developed and perfected over time, is one of direct delivery of projects at the field level, rather than through the commonly adopted third-party delivery model. Our model ensures that donor funding is most effectively utilised for the stated purpose.

The donor framework is simple and straightforward – donors may sponsor a student (Rs 36,000 a year for one student), many students, or contribute towards building of facilities or infrastructure.

Administrative overheads are kept remarkably low, below 10% of operating costs, which leads to deeper and wider impact – which means that 90% or more of all donations received are channeled directly to work at the grassroots towards tangible results.

Contributions to AIM for Seva are exempt from tax for up to 50% of the contributed amount under Section 80G of the Indian Income Tax Act, 1961.