B.A EconomicsVivekananda College Agasteeswaram
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This institution was ushered into existence in July 1965 by the Vivekananda Educational Society, Agasteeswarm as a living memorial to Swami Vivekananda to commemorate the Birth Centenary of the great sage of the east. Nestling amidst sylvan sorroundings, the campus lies in close proximity to the imposing Vivekananda Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari.
The principal objective of this Society is to hold the students belonging to different faiths to grasp the significance of our indigenous culture and ancient heritage through a study of the teachings of Vivekananda there by promoting the cause of national integration by focusing attention on the University of appeal of the Swamiji’s teachings. The ultimate aim is to gradually develop the College in to a residential unitary University bearing the great Swamiji’s name which will in course of time, turn out countless Vivekanandas who will work ceaslessly for international understanding and universal peace.
The history of the beginning of the College is a saga of daring pluck and self confidence displayed by the sponsors, notably its chief architect and promoter, Thiru. S.D. PANDIANADAR, B.A., a retired senior officer of the erstwhile Travancore-Cochin Government. It was to Thiru. Pandianadar that the idea of starting a college in the name of the great patriot saint of India first occurred and when he mooted it among his friends and relations, they hailed it enthusiastically. He then issued appeals to his friends for donation of lands himself offering 1.5 acres of his valuable land, for the purpose. Thiru. G.A. Marthandan, honoured as a patron member of the society came forward to help in a grand way by donating 5.5 acres in that area. Others followed suit and the sponsors were finally able to get a compact area of 30 acres of land for starting the College. The area has now increased to 60 acres.