AIM for Seva



Last mile accessibility and high dropout rates often mean that students in rural areas find it hard to avail opportunities for education. AIM for Seva has helped to address both issues through its network of Chatralayams or student hostels.

The origin of the model lay in Swami Dayananda Saraswati’s conversation with a tribal woman in 1999, when he visited the hills of the Anaikatti range in Tamil Nadu. Swami Dayananda Saraswati was astonished to discover more than 100 tiny hamlets nestled within the mountains. In one of the villages, he enquired of an elderly lady from the Irula tribe, “What help do you need?” The lady, named Papammal, immediately responded “Swami, my children need to walk seven kilometers to school, across the forest which is very unsafe. Why don’t you build a hostel and help them go to school?”

Swami Dayananda Saraswati inferred that the last mile education conundrum in India could be resolved by establishing a hostel network across the country, wherein the hostels would be situated in close proximity to schools. Students could live in this place and attend the nearby school. The hostel environment would be clean and neat and would focus on providing an education plus support. This would include tuition, fortified food, yoga, music and other extracurricular activities. These free student hostels came to be known as Chatralayams.

The first Chatralayam was set up in 2001 in Anaikatti. Today, AIM for Seva has 101 Chatralayams across 15 states in India – and it is through this network that we help to enable access to value-based education to children in rural India.

All our Chatralayams are managed by our sadhu and sadhvi coordinators, who have been disciples of Swami Dayananda Saraswati. The staff employed at our Chatralayams (free student hostels) comprise a warden, cook and a helper. Security personnel and CCTV (close circuited television) provide ample protection and a secure environment for our students.


2001: First Chatralayam for boys instituted in Tamil Nadu

2004: First Chatralayam for girls instituted in Andhra Pradesh

2014:  AIM for Seva’s 100th Chatralayam instituted in Uttar Pradesh


Number of Chatralayam: 1 

 Rohtak District
21 villages supported

Shri Chunilal Vij AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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DVG AIM for Seva Chatralaya for Girls

 Yelahanka, Bengaluru District, Karnataka

Inaugurated: 2023

Coordinator:  Swamini Suddhavidyananda Saraswati

Building Donor: Smt. Shobha & Sri. Eashwar Money  (Ground Floor)

Smt. Jyothi Venkatakrishna and Dr. K. N. Venkatakrishna  (First Floor)

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

Madanpalle village, Makloor taluk, Nizamabad district, Telangana

Inauguration:  2023

Coordinator:  Swami Satyatmananda Saraswati

Land Donor: Smt. Sujata Prasann Deshpande

Building Donor: Dr. Sri Vasudevan, M.D. (USA) (Ground Floor)

Dr. Sudhakar Goud Satoor and family (First Floor)


Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

Padavedu Village, Tiruvannamalai District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2023

Coordinator:  Swamini Suddhavidyananda Saraswati

Land Donor: Aanandam Charitable Trust

Building Donor: Sri. P. Rama Ramalingam and Smt.Vijayaa Ramalingam, Upland, California, USA

Sponsor—Books/Uniforms/Meals/Complete Education and Care

Shri Chunilal Vij AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Bhalout Village, Rohtak District, Haryana

Inauguration: 2009

Co-ordinator: Acharya Nawneet

Land and Building Donor: Sri Baldev Vij

Sponsor - Books / Uniforms / Meals / Complete Education and Care