AIM for Seva

Chatralayam

Tamil Nadu

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

Tamil Nadu

Number of Chatralayams: 21

  Coimbatore District 
27 villages supported
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Tribal Girls Chatralayam

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  Cuddalore District
 16 villages supported
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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  Dharmapuri District
13 villages supported
Anugraha Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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  Dharmapuri District
17 villages supported
Emirates AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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  Dindigul District
17 villages supported

Dayasagar AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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  Erode District
16 villages supported 

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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  Kancheepuram District
24 villages supported 

S. Viswanathan Memorial AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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  Kanyakumari District
22 villages supported 

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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  Kodavasal
29 villages supported

Swami Dayananda Residential Vedic Chatralayam

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  Perambalur District
25 villages supported

Swami Ranganathananda Memorial AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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  Thanjavur District
10 villages supported

Bragathsundara Kujambal AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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  Theni District
34 villages supported 
Seshachariar AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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  Tirupur District
37 villages supported 
Atmalaya Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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  Tiruvarur District
20 villages supported

Arun-Divya AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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  Tiruvarur District
20 villages supported

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls (Senior)

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  Tiruvarur District
22 villages supported

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls (Junior)

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  Tiruvarur District
25 villages supported

Smt. Sukanya Shankar Memorial AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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  Tiruvannamalai District
20 villages supported
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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  Vellore District
17 villages supported

AIM for Seva Dayatirtha Chatralayam for Girls

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  Vellore District
13 villages supported 

Venkat Shanker AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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  Villuppuram District
25 villages supported
Bhavani Arun AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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Blogs

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

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Tribal Girls Chatralayam

Anaikatti, Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2006

Co-ordinator: Swamini Suddhavidyananda Saraswati

Land and Building Donor: Government

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

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Uchimedu Village, Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2008

Co-ordinator: Swamini Suddhavidyananda Saraswati

Land and Building Donor: Sri. Yadalam Ashwathanarayana and Smt. Y. Prabhavati

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

Anugraha Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Karagur Village, Dharmapuri District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2011

Co-ordinator: Swamini Visvapriyananda Saraswati

Land Donor: Smt. Vimala Ram Mohan Pai and Sri. Ram Mohan Pai

Building Donor: Sri. Ram Kini and Family, Bangalore

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

Emirates AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

Karagur Village, Dharmapuri District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2007

Co-ordinator: Swamini Visvapriyananda Saraswati

Land and Building Donor: Emirates Airline Foundation

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

Dayasagar AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Palani Taluk, Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2009

Co-ordinator: Swami Sivamayananda Saraswati

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

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

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Sathyamangalam Taluk, Erode District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2008

Co-ordinator: Swami Sivamayananda Saraswati

Building Donor: Sri. Ram Sampath and his mother, Smt. Hema Sampath

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

S. Viswanathan Memorial AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Sriperumbudur Village, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2014

Co-ordinator: Swamini Suddhavidyananda Saraswati

Building Donor: Sitaraman Family Foundation (USA) - Sri. Rahm Sitaraman and Smt. Radha Sitaraman

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

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Ganapathipuram (Nagercoil), Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2006

Co-ordinator: Swami Sivamayananda Saraswati

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

Swami Dayananda Residential Vedic Chatralayam

Kodavasal, Tiruvarur District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2005

Sponsor -  Meals / Complete Education and Care

Swami Ranganathananda Memorial AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Thevaiyur (South) Village, Perambalur District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2015

Co-ordinator: Sri. Tada Periasamy

Building Donor: Sri. Karunakar Reddy, USA

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

Bragathsundara Kujambal AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Thiruvidaimarudur Taluk, Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2007

Co-ordinator: Sri. Visvanathan

Land Donor: Sri. Muthukrishnaiyer

Building Donor: Sri. G.S. Raman

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

Seshachariar AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Cumbum, Theni District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2009

Co-ordinator: Swami Sivamayananda Saraswati

Land Donor: TSK Family: Sri. R. Krishna Kumar; Sri. K.P. Achuthan;

Sri. L.K. Vijaya Raman; Sri. LIC Surulivel; Sri. Muniyandi

Building Donor: Melpakkam Narayanan Family; Smt. Lata and Smt. Matangi

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

Atmalaya Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

Kurichikottai Village (Udumalpet), Tirupur District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2012

Co-ordinator: Swamini Gurupriyananda Saraswati

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

Kuppusamy AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Polur, Tiruvannamalai District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2006

Co-ordinator: Swamini Suddhavidyananda Saraswati

Land Donor: Sri. A.S. Nagarajan

Building Donor: S.P.M. Holdings - Sri. K. Ramanathan

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

Arun-Divya AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Sembangudi Village, Tiruvarur District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2009

Co-ordinator: Swamini Swaminathapriya

Building Donor: Sri. Gopal Gopalakrishnan (Old Building);

USA Community (New Building, Ground Floor) and

Sri. Gopal Gopalakrishnan (New Building, First Floor)

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

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls (Senior)

Sembangudi Village, Tiruvarur District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2017

Co-ordinator: Swamini Swaminathapriya

Land and Building Donor: Sri. Nataraja Iyer

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

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls (Junior)

Sembangudi Village, Tiruvarur District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2008

Co-ordinator: Swamini Swaminathapriya

Land and Building Donor: Captain Vasudevan

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

Smt. Sukanya Shankar Memorial AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Thippanampettai, Tiruvarur District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2015

Co-ordinator: Swamini Swaminathapriya

Building Donor: Smt. Sukanya Shankar and Sri. Shankar, Canada

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

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

AIM for Seva Dayatirtha Chatralayam for Girls

Thennampattu Village, Vellore District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2019

Co-ordinator: Swamini Suddhavidyananda Saraswati

Land Donor: Sri. M. Srinivasan and Smt. P. Mahalakshmi

Building Donor: Sri. Umesh C. Chatrath and Family; San Diego Community, USA

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

Venkat Shanker AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Mulvoy Village, Vellore District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2012

Co-ordinator: Swamini Suddhavidyananda Saraswati

Land Donor: Sri. J. Shankar Narayanan and Smt. Geetha Shanker, USA

Building Donor: Sri. J. Shankar Narayanan and Smt. Geetha Shanker, USA

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

Bhavani Arun AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

Chinnasalem, Villuppuram District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2014

Co-ordinator: Swamini Suddhavidyananda Saraswati

Land Donor: Rama Sundara Swamigal

Building Donor: Sri. Gopal Gopalakrishnan Family

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

Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

Salai Village, Villuppuram District, Tamil Nadu

Inauguration: 2012

Co-ordinator: Swamini Suddhavidyananda Saraswati

Land and Building Donor: Aanandam Charitable Trust

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