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"Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or another. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and it will make not only for our own happiness, but that of the world at large."
- Mahatma Gandhi.

When the human race set out on the path of civilization the seed of inequality was inadvertently sown. Over the ages this gap has become a formidable abyss wedging its way through all sections of society. Deeply disturbed by this widening gap, Mr PN Devarajan realised that the need to initiate social consciousness amongst people, would be the key to bridge this gap of inequality. In his quest to understand what was really happening in the social sector, meeting many social workers across the nation and interacting with them became his passion. He realised that many of them mainly women, were unnoticed by the society in spite of the great work rendered by them. Also many of these social workers needed to scale up their work and be more entrepreneurial in their approach in order to reach out across the nation.

Soon after his retirement from the Corporate world, he decided to contribute to the growth of the social sector in India in his small way. After having a lot of discussions with many of his associates, social workers, and a few spiritual leaders, he resolved to start a non-profit organisation that would help resolve a few of his concerns. His discussions with the spiritual leader, Swami Nityanandagiri of Tapovanam in South India, led him to decide on the name of the non-profit - Manava Seva Dharma Samvardhani. This Sanskrit name coined by the Swami means - the Divine Mother who kindles the natural, inborn but hidden inclination in every human being to serve others with love.

Thus, Manava Seva Dharma Samvardhani (MSDS) was registered as a Public Charitable Trust in the year 1999 in Chennai, by Mr P N Devarajan and 4 of his friends. The MSDS Trust has been in existence for the last ten years and has been successfully carrying out various activities that have helped to accelerate social citizenry. The multifarious activities have benefitted many people across the society and across India through its multi pronged approach of recognizing social change agents with the Sadguru Gnanananda Awards, grooming prospective social entrepreneurs to launch new initiatives, providing educational opportunities for the marginalized, and in triggering the social consciousness amongst individuals in society through focused giving.

The MSDS Trust was founded in November 1999 with the following Trustees-
  1. Mr P N Devarajan, Founder Trustee, Board Member, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Former Group President, Reliance Industries, Former Director of the Central Board of Reserve bank of India
  2. Mr C S Pani, Former Executive Director of IDBI, Bangalore
  3. Mr K E Margabandu, Formerly of Accountant General’s office, Chennai
  4. Mr S Thambu, Plastic Technologist, Chennai
  5. Mr J Jayaraman
Mr J Jayaraman in the year 2004 tendered his resignation due to ill health and Mr V Shankar, General Secretary, SIES School, Mumbai was inducted as a trustee.

Later in the year 2007, two women Trustees were inducted into the Board. They are -
  1. Ms Bhuvaneswari Ravi, CSR Consultant, Hyderabad
  2. Ms Latha Suresh, Director, San India, Chennai

In 2012, Shri P.N. Subramanian was inducted as Managing Trustee.

Swami Nityanandagiri has been the chief patron of the Trust since its inception.

The Trust functions from a rented facility at 391/1 Venkatachalapathy Nagar, Alapakkam, Chennai – 116 which is also the office of CSIM, Chennai

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