1. English classes for class 12 students of Avvai Home, with emphasis on effective speaking and communication skills:

  • March 26 – 30th and April 15th -30th, 2014, at the rate of three hours per day.
  • Faculty: Sreela Kaushik; Ranjani, Annapoorni and N Shanti
  • No of participants – 65

2. Foundation Launch Function : Wed the 28th May 2014

Raji Foundation would be formally launched on Wed. 28th May, 2014, and thereafter this date will be celebrated annually as the Foundation Day. The occasion would be used to create some public awareness about our Trust and its programs, as well as help generate inputs for finalizing our work programs in the field of School Education for the Disadvantaged Sections.

The Program

Date and time: Wednesday the 28th May 2014, 9.30 AM  to 3.0PM

Venue: Adyar Shastri Nagar Welfare Association Hall, 18/11, 5th Cross Street, Shastri Nagar, Adyar , Chennai – 600020 . Ph. 044-24460822.


  • 9.30 – 10.30 AM: Formal Launch Function of the Foundation
  • 10.30 – 11.00 AM: Tea Break
  • 11.00 AM – 1.00 PM : Meeting with representatives of Schools for the Disadvantaged Sections.
  • 1.00 – 2.00 PM : Lunch
  • 2.0 – 3.0 PM : Meeting of Trustees and volunteers to consolidate the inputs and formulate plans.

Goal of the Meeting with School Representatives:

This would be a meeting with representatives of the schools/homes for the poor from in and around Chennai, in which we will explain about RSMF background, purpose and goals, and seek from them inputs on the kind of support that they would like us to extend to them. There are broadly two types of engagements RSMF could have with them:

  • Engaging with them in improving their ongoing teaching-learning processes within their schools – through providing additional coaching in the required subjects; extracurricular/ co-curricular/ creative activities; language, communication skills and personality development, etc.

  • Preparing and supporting the children for life beyond the school – opportunities for higher studies, careers, vocations, skills, employment etc that they can pursue after they pass out of the school. We would get the inputs from the school representatives on the kind of specific engagements they would like to have with the Foundation in these two areas. This input would form part of the basis for our future programs in this domain, as well as we will be able to identify institutions and individuals with whom we could be working , beyond our primary engagement with Avvai Home.

Details of the Formal Launch Function and list of speakers

Invocation: Dr. K R Aarya

Welcome & Introduction : Prof. C N Krishnan, Chairman of the Foundation

Address : Prof. Jothi Kumaravel, Principal, Ethiraj College for Women

Talk by: Ms. V Susheela, Secretary & Correspondent, Avvai Home

Chief Guest address by : Ms. D Sabita, IAS, Principal Secretary, T N Govt.


  • Prof. Yasodha Shanmughasundaram
  • Dr. C N Parameswaran
  • Dr. Mukul K Sinha
  • Mr. S Ramakrishnan
  • Mr. A V Balasubramanian
  • Ms. Hema Gopal

Vote of Thanks: Ms. N Shanthi, Managing Trustee of the Foundation

Click here for some photographs taken on the occasion.

3. Taking evening classes at Avvai Home by volunteers

From the first week of July 2014 onwards, we have been conducting English and Mathematics classes for the classes 6,7 and 8 of Avvai Home from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on all working days with the assistance of volunteers from Ethiraj College for Women. The aim of these classes is to develop language and communication skills of the students and to make learning mathematics more effective and interesting. There were 20 volunteers involved in it who taught for two months, July and August, after which another batch of volunteers from Ethiraj College were taking over. The program initially ran throughout the year. At present, classes are being taken for Avvai Home students of classes 11 and 12 from 5.30 to 7.30PM with the help of volunteers with the goal of preparing them for their Board exams as well as giving them career counselling

4. Release of the Tamil Translation of Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy’s Autobiography

Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy (1886 - 1968) was the founder of the Avvai Home and School for Girls, and the Cancer Institute, both located in Adyar, Chennai. Her Autobiography was first published in English in 1964, and its Tamil Translation was carried out by Prof. S. Rajalkshmi during 2012-13. The Tamil version has now been published jointly by Avvai Home and our Foundation, with the support of Cre-A Publishers, and was formally released on the Foundation Day of Avvai Home held on 30th July 2014.
Please Click here for some photos taken on the occasion.
The book is priced at Rs.150/- a copy and can be got from either Avvai Home or our Foundation.

5. Organisation of Library at TVR High Scool, Avvai Home

The Librry at TVR High School was shiftd to the new premisesin Oct. 2015. Our foundation has organised, classified and arranged the library in the new premises.AU-KBC Centre Anna University has computerised the library with KOHA Software and training the librarian on its use.The Foundation is currently helping Avvai Home in running the library.