Maharaja Alak Narayana Society of Arts and Science

MANSAS was founded by the Raja sahib of Vizianagaram, A philanthropist par-excellence Hon`ble Dr.P.V.G Raju.
On 12th November,1958.

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mansas since 12th November, 1958.

The enduring legacy of the Vizianagaram family in north coastal Andhra is its commitment to education. In pre-independent India the then Maharajas of Vizianagaram were visionaries with clear, independent thinking. They patronized arts, culture and sports, besides encouraging social reform. Vizianagaram was also known as Vidyanagarm. The Maharajah’s College, The Music College and The Sanskrit College established in the 19th century are testimony to this.

Dr.P.V.G.Raju, the last coronated Maharaja of Vizianagaram, formed MANSAS (Maharaja Alak Narayana Society of Arts and Science) in 1958 by donating vast tracts of land, in memory of his father. Maharaja Alak Narayan Gajapathi Raju was known to be a fine human being with a scientific temperament besides being a passionate aviator. A little known fact of Maharaja Alak Narayan was that, he was a strong Nationalist and was among the earliest Royal families to host Mahatma Gandhi. He even donated a sum of Rs.1.00 lakh in 1933 when he hosted Mahatma Gandhi for his Harijan Fund. He recognized and understood that the only way society and the country could make strides forward was through education.

Though born a Maharaja, Dr.P.V.G.Raju was a socialist. He believed that equal opportunities should be available to one and all and that education was a great leveler. 1948 brought the abolition of the Zamindari, where he voluntarily surrendered his compensation to the more needy ryots. In 1958, with the able guidance of his Guru, Swami Jnanananda, he pursued his dream and commitment to education through MANSAS. Dr.P.V.G.Raju held high political positions both in the Lok Sabha and in the Andhra Pradesh State Cabinet. He was first Minister of Health & Medical Services and later, Minister for Education. He was passionate about sports, being an avid golfer and cricketer and was also the President of the Andhra Cricket Association. He was also the hereditary trustee of the Simhachalam temple besides another 106 key temples across north costal Andhra.

In 1995 MANSAS passed through from Dr.P.V.G.Raju to his eldest son, P.Anand Gajapathi Raju, who also held high political positions in Andhra Pradesh, ably managed the trust till his demise in 2016. Younger son of Dr.P.V.G.Raju Sri P.Ashok Gajapathi Raju, a seven time legislator from Vizianagaram and a Parliamentarian also known for his strong commitment to public service, held the office as Chairman from 22-04-2016 to 03-03-2020. From 4th of March 2020 Ms. Sanchaita Gajapati Raju, Grand Daughter of Dr.P.V.G.Raju and the eldest surviving daughter of late Dr.P.Anand Gajapathi Raju took over as the first female Hereditary Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the MANSAS Trust.

Promoting education has always been the driving force of MANSAS. The Trust runs 13 Educational Institutions from K.G. to P.G. including Engineering, Pharmacy, Law and Management courses. MANSAS has adapted to the change and pace of moving times, yet has kept its core values intact. The Educational Institutions endeavour to foster the spirit of girl child and woman empowerment through education. Alleviating socio economic conditions and providing excellence in education with a sound value system is what it strives for. At MANSAS the past merges into the present to form the future.

Objectives of MANSAS

 To promote and advance the cause of education in general and in particular higher education in Arts, Literature, Science, Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture, Pharmacy, Technology, Industries, Oriental Studies, Music and other fine arts.

 The Trust is 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 Asst. Commissioner, Endowment Dept. Anakapalli in his R.Dis.No.B 4/4025/72, dated 19-5-1973.

Salient Aspects

 Patronages 12 Educational Institutions from K.G. to P.G. including Engineering, Pharmacy, Law and Management Courses first of which started in 1857.

 Caters to educational needs of more than 15000 students.

 Has 1800 employees for providing academic & logistic services.

 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 etc.