Sevalaya, a charitable trust based in Thiruvanmiyur, organised a function at its service centre in Kasuva on October 2 to give away prizes to the winners of the State-wide Gandhi Exam conducted by the trust earlier.

Rajasekar, founder of ‘Uratha Chintanai’ was the chief guest at the function. He gave away the prizes to the winners, who had come from different parts of the State. Several members of Uratha Chintanai also attended the function.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rajasekar appreciated Sevalaya for conducting free open book exams for thousands of students in nearly 100 schools on the ideals of Gandhi, Bharathiyar and Vivekananda. “By writing the exam, young, impressionable minds would surely acquire values and character." He said that all those who follow them can become Mahatmas in their own right. He talked about many such exemplary people in Tamil Nadu and India who were doing their bit to improve the lot of the less privileged without expecting anything in return. Each and every one of us should live a life helping others. Students from schools run by Sevalaya spoke on different topics related to Gandhi and the best among them were awarded prizes by the Uratha Chintanai group. Some of the members of the group also expressed their views on Gandhiji and the ideals he stood for. Sevalaya staff members who are celebrating their birthday this month were given books as gifts.

Earlier, V. Muralidharan, founder and managing trustee, Sevalaya, welcomed the guests. E. Lakshmi Narayanan, trustee, proposed the vote of thanks.