Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women – Deemed University, situated in the heart of Coimbatore city, is an institution exclusively for women offering education in an atmosphere reverberating with the ideals of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Saradamanai Devi, Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi. The institution fondly known as Saradalaya is well known for upholding spiritual and educational values and translates its vision into quality teaching, innovative research and appropriate application of knowledge through extension, outreach and consultancy efforts.
Dr.T.S.Avinashilingam Chair has been set up in this institute to enhance focuson theefforts taken towards Empowerment of Women with specific spearheaded ventures in Inclusive Education through research and training. Dr.T.S.Avinashilingam, fondly called as Ayya Avargal, lived a life dedicated to the cause of education, national development and empowerment of women and disadvantaged sections of society. The ideals of Ayya avargal is the guiding mantra behind the multiple undertakings of the institution in knowledge, research, training and extension activities.As a freedom fighter, educationist, social worker, philanthropist and the former Minister of Education of the composite Madras State, Ayya Avl. has left an indelible imprint through his immense contribution towards education that has enabled many to reach multiple milestones of success in their lives.
Therefore setting up of Dr. T.S.Avinashilingam CHAIR in this institute in his memory is a befitting tribute to this illustrious visionary, the guiding light of all our endeavours. In this regard, a sum of Rs.15,00,000/- has been sanctioned to undertake higher studies, research and to conduct outreach programmes in the disciplines specific to the empowerment of women and inclusive education. The CHAIR initiates essential measures to translate the educational ideals of Dr.T.S.Avinashilingam Ayya Avargal into practical realisation for social transformation. The objectives of the Chair are accomplished by organising academic forums such as seminars, workshops, lectures and similar activities. The members in the Chair convene meetings every quarter to plan and implement programmes for women emancipation and inclusive society.