Dr. Smt. Rajammal P. Devadas

  • 1998
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Development and Welfare of Women And Children

Born: 15th July, 1919

B.Sc (Home Science); M.Sc (Food and Nutrition); M.A. (Home Science Education); D.Sc. (Home Science-Nutrition)

Was the first Home Science graduate from the Madras University and one of the earliest Indians to receive Ph.D. from USA. Dedicated her entire life to the cause of formal and non-formal education of women.

The trust runs pre-schools and creches in urban and remote rural areas. These provide a safe and conducive environment for children (below five years) of working/sick and ailing women along with nutritious meal in the afternoon.

Established a model school lunch programme as early as in 1963.

Is Advisor to the Tamil Nadu State Government for the state wide Nutritious Noon Meal Programme and a world renowned nutritionist through her pioneering work to integrate and health education in primary school curriculum all over Tamil Nadu.

Established Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Programme to guarantee that all disabled children upto 14 years of age get equal opportunities through the locally available rehabilitational, medical, educational, vocational and social resources.

Chief Editor, Tamil monthly magazine ‘Vignana Chudar’ by the Trust.

Undertook population education programmes related to gender issues such as reproductive health and reproductive rights in the curriculum and population awareness campaigns for students and the community.

Established Avinashilingam Rural Centre at Vivekanandapuram which is a testimony to her involvement in Rural Development Programmes.

Avinashilingam Institute for Home
Science and Higher Education for Women,
Mettupalayam Road,
(Tamil Nadu) - 641 043.
Tel:(O) 0422 – 2440140 / 2435250
Tel:(R) 0422 – 2442150 / 2430464
Gram: "SARADALAYA" Coimbatore

E-mail: evunity@giasmd_1.vsnl.net.in