Our Founder – Mr. M.C. Ramesh

Our Founder, Mr. M.C Ramesh hails from the Mandur village. Born and brought up here, he travelled to Bangalore for his higher studies, pursuing his Masters of Social Work (M.S.W) at Bangalore University. In 1991, during the course of his post graduate degree, he had a discussion with his friends Mr. B.C Patil and Mr. Shivappa about their future plans once their course was completed. During this discussion, Mr. M.C Ramesh strongly felt that they could create a developmental organisation, drawing inspiration from all their exposure visits to various voluntary organisations. According to him, it was their duty to use their knowledge and skills to help the needy, laying particular emphasis on the rural masses of the society.

Interestingly, this idea put forward by Mr. M.C Ramesh was not spontaneous. It had been there in the back of his mind since his high school days, and the discussion with his friends about their future plans seemed like the perfect opportunity to put forth the idea. Thanks to this discussion, “Vidyaranya” came into existence on 29th October 1991 in the village of Mandur, native to Mr. M.C Ramesh.

ORIGIN OF VIDYARANYA

Initially, the team of Vidyaranya felt the need to focus on health and sanitation, and therefore conducted awareness campaigns for the villagers of Mandur. They also carried out a survey to determine the scale of construction of houses for the homeless and based on the results of the survey, the team submitted an elaborate proposal to CAPART, New Delhi. The proposal was a success, as 25 houses got sanctioned and houses were constructed speedily for the neediest of people.

While working on this project, the team found that a huge portion of the children with disabilities did not have access to adequate education or health. They were often treated as a burden and were called unproductive by their parents and their communities. Hence, Vidyaranya’s team took it upon themselves to approach the DSERT, Bangalore for executing the “Integrated Education for Disabled Children” (IEDC). The IEDC is a programme financially supported by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). A proposal was submitted to the Ministry for 32 categories of children with special needs such as Mentally Challenged, Visually Impaired, Hearing Impaired and Orthopedically Handicapped, requesting the assignment of Resource Teachers for all of them.

Currently, the organisation has been targeting the 5 districts of Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Hassan, Chikkaballapur and Ramangar of Karnataka for the execution of various developmental programmes for women, the elderly, differently abled persons, orphans, street children, children from the slums, adolescent girls, farmers etc. on several socio-economic aspects such as education, health, environment and livelihood. It even encourages programmes on culture and welfare. Apart from this, the organisation is also working towards empowering the society in terms of energy, sustainability, community resources, water, agriculture etc.