late Sri M.C. Sivananda Sarma
The story of one man’s dream and unwavering focus in the face of all odds continues to inspire us into the future.
Sri. Sivananda Sarma was born to Sri. Kalamma and Sri. Kapanna in a tiny village in Madarahalli, about 5 KM from T. Narasipura. While agriculture was their way of life, Sri. Sarma found himself immersed in books. Inspired by his quest for knowledge and his astute mother’s encouragement, Sri. Sarma decided to join the Siddaganga Mutt in Tumkur. He pursued his education in Sanskrit and subsequently went on to study at Sri. Chamarajendra Sanskrit College, Bangalore. He later proceeded to Allahabad to complete his ‘Sahitya Visharada’. Historically, Sri. Sarma was placed at the opportune moment, the context of which pointed out his life’s goal; that of providing education to the future citizens of a free India, as envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi, and Sri. Madan Mohan Malaviya. Sri. Sarma travelled widely across India, visiting various educational institutions of eminence like Shantiniketan, and Kangadi Gurukula founded by Swamy Shraddananda. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals, he participated in the freedom struggle and served a jail term. Sri. Sarma’s knowledge, education, experience, vision, ambition, and goals combined to a single fulcrum point on Vijayadashami, Vikrama Samvatsara in 1940 when he established a single-classroom school for six children in Visweshwarapuram, Bangalore. This was the RV Higher Primary School, which in turn fortified the beginnings of ‘Rashtreeya Vidyalaya’. While classes were held on rented premises, including that of Arasoji Rao Charitable Trust, Sri. Sarma was in search of a stable location for the school. He approached the city authorities and was sanctioned a piece of land in December 1943, near Lalbagh West Gate in Bangalore. The 29-year-old Sri. Sarma had set the stage ready for the illustrious growth of RV Educational Institutions. He believed that education is the only tool which would help individuals fulfil their aspirations. The Rashtreeya Sikshana Samithi Trust has forever been committed to this belief, by expanding and providing the necessary infrastructure to the students. Sri. Sarma served as its Founder Secretary till his demise in 1969.