35 million people in Tamil Nadu live on around £1 a day

Our History

  • Scad Founded by Dr Cletus Babu working with 5 villages in Cheranmahadevi
  • Formed 35 women’s groups
  • Started working with people suffering with leprosy
  • Started working with the gypsy community
  • The first secondary school in Tirunelveli opened
  • Tree planting began with 200 trees planted
  • First non-formal school for gypsy community opened
  • Nutritional biscuits made for school children to minimize nutritional deficiency and increase learning capacit
  • A school started for the special needs of special children with multiple disabilities – physical/ mental challenges, cerebral palsy & autism – ‘Anbu Illam’
  • KVK (Krishi Vighyan Kendra -Farm Science Centre) ICAR Government of India unit was opened in Vahaikulam, Tuticorin
  • The Industrial Training Institute, the Polytechnic College and the Community College in Cheranmahadevi all opened to diversify educational opportunities
  • Started a higher education college to provide vocational training for rural youth communities
  • Total membership of women self-help group members hits 36,617
  • Started another Industrial Training Centre at Vahaikulam & Engineering college in Cheranmahadevi
  • Good Shepherd school was opened in Tuticorin
  • Relief measures to the Tsunami villages in Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts
  • Dr. Cletus Babu received the award for “Outstanding Social Entrepreneurship” by the Confederation of Indian Industry & Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in recognition of visionary, pragmatic and courageous contributions that significantly improve the state of the world’s people
  • Received the ‘Best Self Help Group’ award from the Tamil Nadu government
  • College of Education started at Cheranmahadevi
  • The teachers’ training institute was opened at Cheranmahadevi.
  • Environmental protection activities were initiated including tree planting, kitchen gardens, ooranie formation and de-silting, rainwater harvesting, biochar initiatives and carbon sequestration.
  • The first wind turbine was erected
  • More than 100 women self-help group members are elected as local village presidents, ward members or councilors
  • Polytechnic college, Tharuvai started
  • The then President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam visited SCAD for the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) Conference and inaugurated a new building of SCAD Group
  • The ortho and prosthetic unit and training centre was opened at Cheranmahadevi
  • A dispensary and community hall was built for those people affected by leprosy
  • Started St. Mother Teresa Engineering College, Vahaikulam SCAD Engineering College, Cheranmahadevi
  • Introduced the first mobile clinic van, a fully furnished vehicle to provide treatment and therapy to the differently abled in the community
  • Celebrated the Silver Jubilee Year, the Governor of Tamil Nadu Dr. Surjit Singh Barnala released the book ‘Empowering the Disadvantaged’
  • Vanakkam India – a Tamil daily newspaper was started
  • Started SCAD World School and SCAD Institute of Technology, Palladam, Coimbatore
  • SCAD Rehabilitation Centre,  Ponnakudi and Special education teachers’ training, Ponnakudi
  • Another milestone on the road to excellence… started SCAD World School, Chengalpattu, Chennai
  • Grand official launch of Dynamic Scientific Research & Technologies (DSRT), for the development of Applied Sciences for academic institutions to participate and derive value from industrial research and for migration of contemporary technologies.
  • SCAD Medical Centre, Tirunelveli