Our History


Swami Vivekananda considered education the panacea for all social evils. According to Swamiji what was wanted then in India in the early 20th century ‘was not a man, but a woman – a real lioness – to work for the Indian, women specially’. His dream for the lioness was over when Sister Subbulakshmi, fulfilled the vision of Swami Vivekananda in the field of women’s education. She sowed the seeds of Sri Ramakrishna Mission Sarada Vidyalaya, which has now grown into a huge banyan tree which sheltered and has been sheltering countless girls and women.

In early 1938, Rao Bahadur C.Ramanujachariar suggested bringing Sarada Vidyalaya under Ramakrishna Mission for its growth and development. Considering her age and the seriousness of the mission on hand Sister R.S. Subbu Lakshmi wanted to hand over the schools to Ramakrishna Mission and the members of the Sri Sarada Ladies Union agreed to that. On 02.05.1938, Akshaya Thrithiya Day, Sarada Vidyalaya was handed over to Ramakrishna Mission. Smt Swami Saswathanandaji Maharaj, the then president of Ramakrishan Math became the president of the Managing Committee of the school. Sri. Ramanujachariar became the correspondent, Maharishi Vasudevachariar became the treasurer and the supervisor. Sister Subbulakshmi became the Secretary and with 10 members the Managing Committee of Sarada Vidyalaya was established.

Under the RamaKrishna Mission with its motto of selfless service in the worship of the Divine, Sarada Vidyalaya blossomed into a vast educational complex in Thyagaraya Nagar, Chennai. Today it boasts of two Higher Secondary Girls Schools, a Middle School and a Primary School all State-Aided. Directly managed and financed by the Mission is a Matriculation Higher Secondary School. In addition there is a Girls Hostel for the students of Sarada Vidyalaya and a Working Women’s Hostel.

Sarada Vidyalaya schools are perpetually blessed by THE HOLY TRINITY and have marched through the Silver, Golden, Diamond Jubilees gloriously and have entered into the prestigious PLATINUM JUBILEE in 2013. One of the foremost educational institutions of South Chennai, Sarada Vidyalaya is planning to celebrate its historic Platinum Jubilee the first great event of the school in 21st century in a befitting grand manner.

1938    Sarada Vidyalaya was handed over to Ramakrishna Mission.

1940    Sri RKM SV Girls' Hr. Sec. School was born with Forms I to IV and 150 students in thatched sheds.