"The only service to be done is to give .....that education by which character is formed strength of mind is increased the intellect is expanded and by which one can stand on one's own leg".So goes the emphatic message of Swami Vivekananda. Inspired by this ideal Swami Chidbavananda, the great saint seer and savant widely known for the power and depth of his spirituality Founded Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam, Thirupparaithurai near Tiruchirapalli. Propagation of spiritual and moral values among the public and the promotion of education especially among women are the objectives to be carried out by the sanyasi members of the Tapovanam.
From the nucleus of the Tapovanam have spread all over Tamil Nadu 14 branches which are dedicated service and spirituality ,as embodied in the lives and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. These branches of Tapovanam manage 40 schools and seven colleges besides a community college.It is of particular to note that the famous gurukulam founded by the great tamil savant and freedom
fighter V.V.S.Iyer at Cheranmahadevi,Tirunelveli Dt. And the holy samadi of Saint Thayumanavar at Ramanathapuram as well as Bhaskara Vijayam,the palace at Rameswaram consecrated by the stay of Swami Vivekananda during his triumphant return from American in1987,have been entrusted to the protective care of the Tapovanam.
Among the seven colleges run by Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam , Sri Sarada College, Tirunelveli, was started in 1986 to cater to the educational needs of the women of the southern districts of Tamil Nadu. It is a self financing college originally affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University.Since the creation of Manonmanium Sundaranar University in Tirunelveli in 1990, the college is affiliated to MANONMANIAM SUNDARANAR UNIVERSITY, ABISHEKAPATTI, TIRUNELVELI. Character-building and cultures inculcation are the basis upon which the superstructure of modern education is raised here. The educational vision and mission of the college are reflected in the motto of the college . "The Harmonious Development of the hand, the heart and the head".