The origin of the college is traced back to the LAST WILL and TESTAMENT of the
born-to-serve man, Calavala Cunnan Chetty Garu. He had the divine grace of being a doyen in the Arya
Vysya community. The seer was so service minded that his WILL says, ". the bulk of my properties
should be utilized for charities and that my name should be perpetuated not by descendants but by
schemes of public benefactions which I am anxious to organize and provide for". To fructify his
vision, he established a Public Charitable Trust ,Dharmamurthi Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan
Smt. Calavala Seethamma Garu whose willing co-operation and selfless magnanimity made it possible for Dharmamurthi to create the Trust. She was an inspirational life partner to our Founder. The great man was of the view that education alone could uplift the downtrodden. He himself had established several Schools at various places in Chennai. He was also maintaining a library for use by the poor students. Not content with the educational services, he was also running ayurvedic dispensaries and free choultries. He was also a prominent member of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
Dr. Annie Besant has conferred the title 'Dharmamurthi' on Sri Cunnan Chetty
In the words of the great Tamil Poet "Mahakavi Bharathiyar", Sri Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty Garu" stood as a doyen in establishing the "Dharma" during those days and the spirit of equality in other religions should be spread in educational institutions founded by him. He prayed Goddess "Parashakthi" to bestow Her Blessings on him to fulfill this desire. (Reference: Mahakavi Bharathiyar's Book titled "Nambikkai"). The residents of Triplicane honoured this philanthropist by conferring on him the title of "Kodai Vallal". The citation of "Rao Bahadur" was conferred by the British Government for his service to society.
Life and Times of Sri Dharmamurthi Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty Garu
He held many posts in various organizations such as
Last Will and Testament
Our Founder was so service minded that his 'Will' says "that the bulk of my properties should be utilized for Charities and that my name should be perpetuated not by descendants but by schemes of public benefaction which I am anxious to organize and provide for....". He made his final will and testament on 19.7.1920, by which he bequeathed his entire property for the cause of education and other charitable purposes and established a Public Charitable Trust 'Dharmamurthi Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty's Charities' with the willing co-operation and selfless magnanimity of his better half Smt. Calavala seethamma Garu.
Our Founder firmly believed in 'SERVICE TO HUMANITY IS SERVICE TO GOD'
The great Tamil Poet "Mahakavi Bharathiyar" in his book titled Nambikkai talks about the magnanimous attitude of our founder. To quote from the book "Sri Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty Garu stands as a doyen in establishing the 'Dharma' during those days and the spirit of equality in other religions should spread in the educational institutions founded by him. He prayed Goddess "Parasakthi" to bestow Her Blessings on him to fulfill this desire.
Dr. Annie Besant, Mr. Justice T.V. Sheshagiri Aiyar, Mr. S. Kasthuriranga Aiyangar, Mr. C. P. Ramaswami Aiyar, Mr. S. Satyamurthi, Dewan Bahadur D. A .Govindaraghava Aiyer, Rao Bahadur T. Rangachariar, Mohamed Sadulla, Badshah Saheb, C. Venkatarangam Naidu, and many prominent citizens of Madras paid fitting tributes to late Calavala Cunnan Chetty Garu at the Memorial Meeting held on 5thAugust 1920.
Sri Cunnan Chetty was conferred the title "Dharmamurthi" posthumously. The citation "Rao Bahadur" was conferred by the British Government for his service to society. The residents of Triplicane honoured him by conferring the Title of 'Kodai Vallal".
Motto of our Educational Institutions is 'CHARACTER, CULTURE, CITIZENSHIP'
Dharmamurthi Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty's Charities -A concise chronicle
The Mission of Dharmamurthi Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty's Charities is to provide simple life- changing care for the betterment of the poor, disadvantaged and the deprived irrespective of caste, creed or religion, by extending educational support, and by providing medical succor. The Charities engages in multifarious acts to reach out to the society and to fulfill the axiom of the revered founder - Service to Mankind is Service to God.