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“Social responsibility of business is not optional, but obligatory” – Our founders created TCT in 1970 with this intention and a vision to support the communities they worked in.

Thirumalai Charity Trust completed 50 years of service in 2020. 

In the early years, TCT supported health and education projects sponsored by reputed institutions in Mumbai and Chennai. TCT began its service in Tamil Nadu in 1983, with a medical centre at Thiruvalam, Vellore (then the North Arcot District). In 1988, based on this experience, the trust started a community based health and development project with women volunteers from the local area and community based management of all programmes. The charter expanded to suit the context and needs of the community, and its programmes made significant contributions to improve rural conditions.

Major Milestones

1983
First medical dispensary
First medical dispensiry
1988
Volunteer with First Aid kit
1992
Annual community based de-addiction camps
1993
Evening study and recreation centres
1994
Women Self Help Groups
1994
Vedavalli Vidyalaya under the aegis of The Akshaya Vidya Trust
1995
Veterinary care
1996
Programmes for differently-abled persons
1998
Community Health and Development Programme
2005
The Drinking Water Project for the Tsunami affected Nagai
2010
Thirumalai Mission Hospital (TMH) at Ranipet
2014
N.R. Swamy Rehab and Wellness Centre
2015
Thirumalai Mission Health and Research Unit
Research unit
2020
TMH: Extended secondary care

The close involvement with the rural people through the years helped us understand their different needs. With this understanding, and growing root in the area, TCT’s project portfolio grew to include alcoholism Deaddiction, study and recreation centres for school students, self-help groups and microfinance, veterinary care, primary health care, education, etc.

As the programs grew, the geographical reach of our programs also expanded. Starting with one medical centre in one village, TCT now serves over 1,60,000 people in the Ranipet and Vellore districts. As some programmes grew, some shrank, as the community developed and changed. With its deep roots in the community, TCT has been able to ensure that the services it provides are both necessary and not redundant, changing with the times.

With the starting of the Thirumalai Mission Hospital in 2010 and its constant expansion, besides providing quality healthcare out-patient and in-patient services in many departments, we are able to address many major problems in the community with relevant programmes.  
As we look back on our 5 decades, we are confident that we will be able to continue our service to the community by matching their needs with our philosophy of responsible and ethical care.

A Glimpse into the History of Thirumalai Charity Trust

Founder : Mr. S. Santhanam
Mr. S. Santhanam has been in the business of trading and manufacturing chemicals all through his career. He is a former Managing Director of Ultramarine and Pigments Ltd. and Director of Thirumalai Chemicals Ltd. He has been actively involved in various social development projects. He is a committed member of the International Humanist Movement and believes in voluntary action to bring about social change. Being an ardent supporter of neighbourhood promotion, he was responsible for mobilizing the community at Wadala, Mumbai for greening the neighbourhood. He is the President of the Managing Committee of South Indian Welfare Society that manages a High School, N. R. Swamy College of Commerce and Thirumalai College of Science. He is a diploma holder in printing Technology. He is a Founder – Trustee of Thirumalai Charity Trust.
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