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Introduction

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan was founded by Kulapati Dr. K. M. Munshi in the year 1938.The founding members of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan included Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Shri C Rajagopalachari, Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, several distinguished scholars, statesmen and leaders of modern Indian Renaissance.

From a small beginning, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has grown into an internationally reputed intellectual, cultural and educational movement. It has 112 centres of which 7 are overseas and there are 280 constituent institutions. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan tries to promote education through literature, culture, science, human values and inter- faith harmony for all round human development.

Bhavan’s Sri Ramkrishna Vidyalaya, a pioneer institution in the twin cities was founded by Brig (Retd) M.K.Rao with grants from the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the Navy, the Army, a few generous donors and twenty five acres of land donated by State Government.

Bhavan’s Faith

Kulapathi Dr.K.M.Munshi

Let me once more set forth the Bhavan’s faith for the benefit of new students and members. For it is necessary that they should understand it clearly and imbibe its spirit.

The Bhavan stands for the integration of Indian culture.

In a world falling to pieces under the impact of an amoral technological avalanche, it tries to hold fast to the fundamental values for which our culture stands – Rita, Satya, Yagna and Tapas.

FAITH in God Who forms the Cosmic Order

TRUTH which is accord between mind, word and deed; DEDICATION which offers all movements of life as an offering to God

SUBLIMATION which purifies the body and mind and transmutes instincts, passions and emotions into things of beauty.

This, regardless of forms and doctrines, is Dharma, the three-fold aspects of which are SATYAM, SHIVAM, SUNDARAM – Truth, Love and Beauty.

For these values our fore fathers lived and died. So did Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Dayananda, Swami Vivekananda, Gandhiji and Sri Aurobindo, among the moderns.

These values are embedded in our national outlook.

We command the respect of the world because of them.

We can look forward to the future with confidence only because they have the vitality which gives the power to vindicate their validity even in this fear-and-avarice-ridden age of ours.

We,the Bhavan’s family, whether it is the smaller one or the larger one, must make every effort in restoring the awareness of these values in personal and collective life.