About Founder and Trust
The life of Kandaswami Naidu is a record of meritorious success achieved through right effort, commonsense and perseverence. He was born in 1885 in Kalvoi Village in the erstwhile Chengalpet District to Shri Lakshmiah Naidu and Smt.Kanniamma. He was named after the presiding diety of his place Lord Kandaswami inspite of being a Vaishnavite.
To meet the challenges of life the family had to migrate to Chetpet in Chennai where the father with his son worked in a brick kiln. Kandaswami’s zest for rise and growth enabled him to learn ornamental and relief work in masonry. But the sudden demise of his father shattered Kandaswami. It was very difficult to fight against the difficulties and adverse circumstances but his employment under Thiru Calavala Cunnan Chetty and Ramanuja Iyer helped him to reach a reasonable competency and retain a decent reputation for good workmanship.
Kandaswami’s experience earned under Namperumal Chetty, financial support rendered by his father-in-law, his honest work and self reliance motivated him to found a brick-kiln at Koyambedu and accept small contracts. One such was the excavation of earth for putting up the Pachaiyappa’s Hostel Building at Chetpet.
His efficiency in getting organized labour earned him many assignments and his manufacture of bricks made good profits. Out of his sustained efforts he acquired a large number of properties.
In 1948, due to serious illness, he was compelled to make his last will. It was drafted by his advocates Pais Lobo and Alvares under the suggestion of Thiru K.Venkateswami Naidu, the then Trustee of Pachaiyappa’s Trust . The will was signed on 21st May 1948 just two days before his death, in the presence of Thiru A.K.Muthuswami, Advocate.
Under the will, late Kandaswami Naidu bequeathed and entrusted the residue of his vast estate to the charities of Pachaiyappa’s Trust directing the Board of Trustees to utilize the amount for maintenance and development of the institution. The Board was empowered for making any endowment with official trustee as the executor of the will Dr.A.Venugopal,M.S.,FRCS., then President of the Trust Board of Pachaiyappa’s Charities, resolved on 25th April-1967 to create an endowment by starting two colleges in the name of testator one for Men at Chennai and other for Women at Cuddalore from the academic year 1967-1968.
The College is a unit of Pachaiyappa Charities catering education to thousands of students. Pachaiyappa Mudaliar, the father of charities, was a munificent man of learning and religion. His was a remarkable career of a self made man who, though born and brought up in poverty, rose by his own force of character and genius to be the richest man of his time. He amassed a huge property by dint of unexampled commercial acumen, always regulated by honesty and fairness but finally gave away all his riches for the services of God and humanity.
After his death, the control of the endowments and educational establishments became vested by law in the Board of Review and a body of Hindu Trustees was created to administer the whole of the charities and carryout the benevolent initiation of the testator. At present six colleges, and schools are managed by the charities in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Cuddalore and Chidambaram.
Benevolence springs from the best qualities of mind and heart.' It is a blessing that imparts no less delight to him who gives than to him who receives'.A great act does not perish with the death of the person who perform it.It lives and grows.Of some great men it might almost be said that they have not begun to live until they have died.So was with Thiru. Pachaiyappa Thiru.Condavaru Kandaswami Naidu Garu has received a fresh lease of life.