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Maharajah Alak Narayana Gajapathi (26th August 1902 - 25th October 1937)

Alak Narayan Gajapathi

Maharajah Alak Narayan Society of Arts and Science [MANSAS] is an Educational Trust founded by Dr. (late) P.V.G Raju, Raja Saheb of Vizianagaram in the hallowed memory of his father Maharajah Alak Narayan Gajapati with a view to confound socio-academic inequalities in the Vizianagaram principality executing a trust deed on 12-11-1958 duly established Maharajah's College and other educational institutions in and around Vizianagaram.

The Trust is a charitable one published under Section 6 a (1) of A.P Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowment Act 30 of 1987 and registration properties were approved by the Assistant Commissioner, Endowment Department Anakapalli in his R.Dis.No.B 4/4025/72,dated 19-5-1973.The object of the Trust is to manage the properties of educational institutions under it and to promote and advance the cause of education in general, besides awarding scholarships to deserving students enabling them to undergo special training in science and industries in and out of India.

The Trust has made an uncompromising contribution to the nation by presenting the stalwarts like Sri V.V. Giri, former President of India, Prof. Swami Gnanananda, a renowned nuclear scientist, Major K.V.Krishna Rao and many more. The Trust presently houses 13 Educational Institutions offering the disciplines of science, humanities education, law, management, pharmacy and engineering leveling from elementary to post graduation.

DR. Vijayarama Vijayarama Gajapathi Raju Manea Sultan Bahadur (1 May 1924 - died 14 November 1995)

Alak Narayan Gajapathi

Dr. P.V.G.Raju, Raja Saheb of Vizianagarm, is a man saving his soul by righteousness, virtuousness and with humanism. He is a prince turned democrat and a democratic prince. He believes in a principle that mere accession to throne may not make one a prince or a ruler but only when one is true to one's conscience in providing the proletariat the spirit to sustain, the power to prosper and the needs to lead a socially comfortable life. He strictly conformed to his principle and it does reflect in his philanthropic works.

Despite his feudal background, he has chosen socialism and unswervingly strained his nerves to realize his cherished dreams or eradicating socio-economical inequalities to build a culturally, socially, economically and academically strong nation. He is such a noble personality that well before the idea of abolition of estates gained the momentum, he pleaded the government to abolish estates even without paying any compensation to the holders and became the first Indian ruler of this kind. As a part of realizing his socialistic ideals, he endowed almost all his properties to the educational trust MANSAS founded in the hallowed memory of his father Maharajah Alak Narayan Gajapathi who incorporated in the place of the traditional motto of Vizianagaram estate - "ever loyal", his own motto of real independence lies in virtual obedience or submission to one's own conscience. He cherished to establish a Tribal University in the vicinity of Vizianagaram besides establishing Medical and Engineering colleges to make it an epicenter of education. Conscious of his heritage 'Noblesse Oblige' he endowed the trust with almost all his properties worth hundreds of crores in the present value.

Besides his philanthropic work, Dr. Raju is deeply and equally interested in the working of "atma" as well as "atman" - as a true disciple to his spiritual mentor, the saint Swami Gnananda and elevated himself to the heights of Rajarishi.


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