AIM for Seva

Chatralayam

Maharashtra

Last mile accessibility and high dropout rates often mean that students in rural areas find it hard to avail of 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 104 Chatralayams across 16 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.

MILESTONES:

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

Maharashtra

Number of Chatralayams: 11

 Kolhapur District
20 villages supported 

Ravi Rai Ces AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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  Nagpur District
20 villages supported

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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  Pune District
27 villages supported

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Pune District
20 villages supported

Sadanand AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Pune District
20 villages supported 

Smt. Susheela & Shri. Madhukar Rao AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Pune District
31 villages supported

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Sindhudurga District
20 villages supported

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Sindhudurga District
31 villages supported

Dayasagar AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Sindhudurga District
21 villages supported

Kumari Deepa Devi Singh AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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Wardha District
20 villages supported

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Washim District
20 villages supported

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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

Ravi Rai Ces AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Karveer Taluk, Kolhapur District, Maharashtra

Inauguration: 2009

Co-ordinator: Sri. K.V. Deshpande

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

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Arsha Vidya Nagar, Nagpur District, Maharashtra

Inauguration: 2014

Co-ordinator: Swami Vishnuswaroopananda Saraswati

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

 

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Chikhali, Pune District, Maharashtra

Inauguration: 2014

Co-ordinator: Swami Chitprakashananda Saraswati

Building Donor: Dr. Pramod Deshmukh and Dr. Arun Puranik

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

 

Sadanand AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Pangari Village, Pune District, Maharashtra

Inauguration: 2010

Co-ordinator: Swami Chitprakashananda Saraswati

Land Donor: Sri. Sham and Smt. Satya Arora and Family

Building Donor: Sri. Sham and Smt. Satya Arora and Family;

New Building : Bajaj (Ground Floor) and Atlas Equifin Pvt. Ltd. (First Floor)

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

 

Smt. Susheela & Shri. Madhukar Rao AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Pangari Village, Pune District, Maharashtra

Inauguration: 2010

Co-ordinator: Swami Chitprakashananda Saraswati

Land and Building Donor: Dr. Pramod Deshmukh

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

 

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Shivane Village, Pune District, Maharashtra

Inauguration: 2010

Co-ordinator: Swami Chitprakashananda Saraswati

Land Donor: Gram Panchayat, Shivane, Maval

Building Donor:  Sri. and Sow. Vandana and Jayant Chivate; Sri. and Sow. Lata and Pramod Deshmukh; Sri. and Sow. Rupa and Jagdish Hathwar; Sri. and Sow. Rashi and Kishor Harjai); AIMS USA (Annexure)

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

 

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Amboli Village, Sindhudurga District, Maharashtra

Inauguration: 2014

Co-ordinator: Swami Chitprakashananda Saraswati

Building Donor: Aum Charitable Trust (Managing Trustee – Sri. Kishore Mansukhani)

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

 

Dayasagar AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Sawantwadi Taluk, Sindhudurga District, Maharashtra

Inauguration: 2007

Co-ordinator: Swamini Swatmanishtananda Saraswati

Land and Building Donor: Sri. Subramani Sundaresh and Smt. Radha Subramani, Mumbai

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

 

Kumari Deepa Devi Singh AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

Sawantwadi Taluk, Sindhudurga District, Maharashtra

Inauguration: 2007

Co-ordinator: Swamini Swatmanishtananda Saraswati

Land and Building Donor: Dr. Narendra Singh

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

 

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Dahegaon Village, Wardha District, Maharashtra

Inauguration: 2019

Co-ordinator: Swami Vishnuswaroopananda Saraswati

Land Donor: Sudhatai and Ramrao Nistane

Building Donor: Nistane Family

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

 

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Nagthana Village, Washim District, Maharashtra

Inauguration: 2019

Co-ordinator: Swami Vishnuswaroopananda Saraswati

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