SIR C.P. RAMASWAMI AIYAR MEMORIAL NURSERY & PRIMARY SCHOOL
New No.13-A, Mettu Street, Kumbakonam - 612 001.
Phone : 0435 - 2423936
FREE ENGLISH MEDIUM SCHOOL
Recognised by the Tamil Nadu School Education Dept.
"The School shall have served its purpose best, fulfilled its object effectively, if, in addition to the teaching of the three R’s and all the things that go by the scholastic name, the wonderful niceties of life are also inculcated, without which man as a gregarious animal would be written down in history as a failure.
Let the school be the centre, the nucleus, the focus, radiating not distrust, not factions, not a spirit of partnership, but the spirit of oneness and harmony towards conjoint effort and the fulfillment of conjoint purpose and the reaching towards that goal for which all of us are yearning”.
- Dr. C.P.Ramaswami Aiyar
Education marks the beginning of a child’s journey through life and into adulthood. It provides the foundation for a child’s character, moulding future actions and values. It shapes a child’s personality and creates impressions that will last a lifetime. It is only through education that future of the nation and its citizens can be moulded.
With the heavy syllabii of the Indian high school systems, the child has to be prepared before joining a regular school. This necessitates an awareness of basic concepts and general comprehension. The child also needs to develop his fine and large motor co-ordination. And learn to communicate in English. However, the child’s age requires that all knowledge must be introduced subtly through play and with play materials. Play is a major part of the child’s development. Through songs, actions, games and toys, a child can be prepared for the world.
Sir C.P.Ramaswami Aiyar Memorial Nursery & Primary School was established at Kumbakonam to prepare the child for school and managed by the
C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation, Chennai.
In 1941, Sir C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar donated a house property located at T.S. No. 500, Ward No. 3, Door No. 17, Mettu Street in Kumbakonam to Kumbakonam Municipality for educational purposes, to run a primary school. The Kumbakonam Municipality ran the Sir C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Nursery & Primary School till it was closed down in 1999-2000 and the building was kept vacant since then.
In the meantime, the unused property had become a den for many anti-social activities. Residents of the locality and public literally were hoping that something would happen to restore the school and re-start educational activities. Being his native place, our PRO Mr. N. Srinivasan appraised the Kumbakonam Muncipal Council about the run-down state of the school and misuse of the property.
The Council of Management of the C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation passed a resolution requesting the return of the land and building to the C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation, Chennai, for starting a school.
Finally, the Municipal Administration Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu vide their G.O. (2-D) No.5 dated 01-02-2005 agreed to the temporary transfer of possession of the building to the C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation, retaining the ownership with the Municipality for running a school, and the school was reopened on Vijayadashami day in 2005.
The area is about 12,000 sq. ft. of which the school building occupies about 5,000 sq. ft. and the building was in a very bad condition. After taking it over, the Foundation undertook repairs and massive renovation of the building. About Rs.10,00,000/- is spent annually for running the school, including books, furniture, staff salaries, maintenance, etc.
THE SCHOOL IS TOTALLY FREE and the children belong to the poorest levels of society, such as fruit sellers, vegetable sellers, lorry loaders, etc. The school has been recognized by the State Government since June 1, 2006. The school has 6 teachers and nearly 180 students studying from classes LKG to Standard V.
Eminent educationalists and environmentalists of Kumbakonam Town have come together to form the Sir C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Forum of Nationalists and Naturalists for local cultural and educational activities. They carry out several activities for the children of the school.