( Sponsored by the Ministry of Human Resource Development,
Department of School Education & Literacy, Government of India )

Welcome to Avinashilingam Jan Shikshan Sanathan...
To meet the training needs of the unemployed and other deprived sections in the society, the scheme of Jan Shikshan Sansthans, (JSS) - Institute of Peoples' education is in operation in India since 1967. This is an innovative programme, sponsored by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India which came into being as a result of discussions between the Indian Government and UNESCO. The main objective of Jan Shikshan Sansthan is to enrich the life of illiterates, neo-literates, women, poor, down trodden, SC, ST, Handicapped, slum dwellers, unemployed and semi skilled workers, through education, create awareness to widen knowledge, improve occupational skills through vocational training programmes.

Good intentions, good policies, good decisions must turn into effective actions. The key to building an organization with such a spirit is by organizing the work so that everyone feels essential to a goal they believe in. Avinashilingam Jan Shikshan Sansthan was inaugurated on 2nd October 1984 by Shri.T.S.Avinashilingam in Coimbatore.

As a Gandhian who practiced only what he preached, epitomized the words of Swami Vivekananda fit in for Late Shri T S Avinashilingam that 'They alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.'   He served in the first assembly of Tamilnadu state in the  independent India as Education Minister. He lived for the  ideals of serving the poor and empowering them. He dreamt for an Institution to serve the  downtrodden and the deprived sections in the society, especially the rural mass to acquire gainful jobs by undergoing vocational training. His dream came true by starting Avinashilingam Jan Shikshan Sansthan on 02.10.1984 and guided as its  Chairman till 21.11.1991.


Following the footprints of Shri.T.S.Avinashilingam,  Dr.Rajammal P.Devadas took charge as the Chairperson  of AJSS and served till 17th March 2002. Dr. Rajammal Devadas was an internationally renowned nutritionist and an able administrator who had served in many governmental and international agencies. She was known for   her   keen   enthusiasm  for  girls  education,  Women
empowerment, adult education and Community development. Under her able guidance and the dedicated contribution of the Director and staff, AJSS was awarded the coveted UNESCO-National Literacy Mission award for outstanding contribution in the field of Adult Education in the year 2001.

Dr. K. Kulandaivel, a Gandhian follower, a veteran in the field of Education and administration,
succeeded Dr.Rajammal P.Devadas as Chairman and continued till 28.03.2007. His teaching and administrative experience over 4 decades helped the JSS to march forward as a model JSS in the country.

Sri.T.K.Shanmuganandham, a renowned advocate and known for his philanthropic activities succeeded Dr.K.Kulandaivel as the Chairman of Avinashilingam JSS till 24.11.2010. Being a multifaceted personality, Shri.T.K.Shanmuganandam guided AJSS for extending its operations to every nook and corner of the district.
Awarded the coveted National Literacy Mission
and UNESCO Award


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