M.S.N. Charities

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M.S.N. Charities is a charitable organisation established at East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, India, in 1915, from the will of Malladi Satyalingam Naicker, who died on 29 January 1915.[1]

About the will[edit]

The Bronze statue of founder of MSN Charities Sri Malladi Satyalingam Naicker

In 1912, Malladi Satyalingam Naicker had a will registered in the District Court at Rangoon. He bequeathed 800,000 of rupees in cash for the following charities:

  • For the maintenance of schools and temples
  • For imparting higher and technical education for poor students
  • For the feeding of the poor.

According his will, a board of Trustees was constituted with Dewan Bhahadur D. Seshagiri rao Panthulu as Chief Trustee, his adopted son Subrahmanyam Naicker, Pinapothu Govindarajulu and Kovvuri Adeyyareddi as the other Trustees.

Probate was granted by the Chief Court of Lower Burma on 1 March 1915 and the 800,000 of rupees mentioned in the will were handed over to the trustees in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, about 4 March 1915.

A choultry was opened in a rented building on 19 October 1915, for feeding the poor. An extensive site of about 40 acres (16 ha) was acquired by the Government for the Charities and handed over to the trustees on 24 August 1916. The present choultry building was completed and opened on 29 August 1918.

The school building was completed and opened on 4 October 1919.

In the terms of the will, five lakhs of rupees should be permanently invested on agricultural lands, two lakhs deposited in other securities, and the remaining one lakh spent on the construction of a school building with large playgrounds and up-to-date gymnasium, a choultry adjacent to the school, and a temple at Chollangi village.

The seven lakhs of rupees invested were to provide interest and income to maintain the school, the choultry, the temple, and the fund for higher education.

At Chollangi village, a bathing ghat, temples of Shiva, Rama and Anjaneya, a building for the Archakas, and a rest house for the pilgrims were subsequently constructed.

Institutions[edit]

As per the will of Sri Malladi Satyalingam Naicker, the following institutions are being maintained:

  • Sri Malladi Satyalingam Naicker Charities established in 1915 for free boarding of poor people, poor students including veda students at present free feeding is being provided 275 poor students twice daily, those who are studying in Medical, Engineering, Law, Post graduate, Graduate polytechnic, Industrial Training Institutions, High School’s Elementary School and Veda Patasala in Kakinada town for which Rs, 8,00,000/- is being spent by the Charities.
  • Sri M.S. Naicker Elementary School was established in 1919.
  • High School was established in 1946.
  • Rs. 50,000/- was deposited and three Buildings were constructed by Charities funds for establishment of Andhra Polytechnic in 1946.
  • Veda Pathasala was established in 1954.
  • Junior College was established in 1969.
  • Degree College was established in 1971.
  • An extent of 4,000 acres (16 km2) worth rupees 100 million situated at Achampeta Junction adjacent to KakinadaPithapuram road belongs to Donors land was donated to Andhra University for establishment of Postgraduate center in 1986. It was named as Malladi Satyalingam Naicker A.U. Post Graduate Center.
  • Sri Bala Tripura Sundari, Sreematha Sangameswara Swamy, Sri Seetharama Swamy and Anjaneya Swamy Temples were constructed at Chollangi Village with an extent of 14,000 acres (57 km2) in 1920 and Nitya Deepa Dhoopa Naivedyam are being performed.

Since inception of this charities, nearly 125,000 (one Lakh twenty five thousand) students have studied in these educational Institutions from Class I to Post Graduate, and Andhra Polytechnic, Kakinada.

Notable students funded[edit]

  • Yellapragada Subba Rao, a great scientist who was given scholarship funds from Sri Malladi Satyalingam Naickers Charities for his foreign education. Subba Rao developed the important anti-cancer drug methotrexate, still in widespread clinical use today, and the drug Diethylcarbamazine (hetrazan) which was used by WHO against filariasis. Under Subba Rao, Benjamin Duggar made his discovery of the world's first tetracycline antibiotic, aureomycin, in 1945.

Persons who visited M.S.N.Charities[edit]

The following prominent persons visited Sri M.S.N. Charities[citation needed]:

A brief history of Malladi Satyalingam Naicker[edit]

Malladi Satyalingam Naicker belongs to the Agnikulakshatriya Community.[2] He was born at Coringa, a small village near Kakinada about 1843.[1] Coringa had at one time commanded an over-seas trade and was a prosperous place.

Satyalingam's ancestors were in foreign trade and rich. This prosperous foreign business came to an end during Satyalingam's father's tenure. His ships were wrecked at sea, and the family was reduced to poverty.

Karri Narayana Swamy, his maternal uncle, who owned some ships and was doing foreign business took him and his widowed mother under his care. Instead of learning lessons, Satyalingam spent his time playing with other truants in the village. Satyalingam came to know that one of his uncle's ships were being fitted to set sail to Mullein (Moulmein) in Burma. He requested his uncle to let him be a mate in the ship. The sympathetic uncle entrusted him to the care of the captain (Nakhoda) and thus Satyalingam's life changed from India to Burma. When the ship had reached the port at Moulmein, a major port in Burma at that time, the boy Satyalingam gave them a slip one night and disappeared from the ship. The captain and his men searched for the boy for a month, but in vain. The helpless widow, the boy's mother, died of a broken heart.

Satyalingam's integrity in business dealings soon won for him the respect and confidence of European business magnates in Rangoon. He undertook the business of supplying labour to the mill on a contract basis. In two years, he amassed more than one lakh rupees. He used to lend up to Rs. 50,000 to the mill itself.

He purchased two steam launches and employed a number of clerks to assist him in his business.

Satyalingam, the good–for-nothing lad of Coringa became the master of Lakhs and returned to Coringa, married at the instance of his relatives and went back to Rangoon again. But some years later his wife died. He adopted a son known as Sri Subrahmanyam Naicker.

Satyalingam Naicker died in Rangoon on 29 January 1915 when he was about 75 years old.

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