About Sundarayya Vignana Kendram

"Sundarayya Vignana Kendram" was commissioned in 1985, in memory of late Shri Putchalapalli Sundarayya, a renowned freedom fighter and the doyen of Left movement in India. The primary objective is the conservation of cultural heritage of Indian civilization. It had its humble beginning with the setting up of Research Library and extended its activities by becoming the hub for cultural activities. The infrastructure paves the way for seminars, art galleries, large scale events, social support structures like a book house and a generic medicine center etc.

SVK today functions from two locations – from Baghlingampally, where it was originally started and from Gachibowli, to cater to the expanding needs of the city and the younger generations.The SVK boasts of a multilingual functional library, with more than four lakh books in Telugu, Urdu and English. These books consist of rare collections, some of them belonging to Sundarayya himself and many other eminent literary and communist leaders. It also consists of some rare manuscripts in Urdu language. Along with undertaking the task of carefully preserving these valuable treasures, we are in the process of modernizing the library by digitizing the books in order to make them available online.

The library is also supplemented by reading rooms with almost all the dailies and magazines made available to the students and general public.

Apart from running the library and reading rooms, today SVK has expanded its activities by running a clinic to cater to the health concerns of the public, it also operates a generic medical shop and a diagnostic lab. The SVK is running a chain a generic medical shops throughout the state of Telangana. Periodic dental and medical camps are also conducted under the auspices of the SVK. Through these activities the aim is to ensure that quality healthcare is provided at affordable prices, much less than the usual rates prevalent in the market.SVK also hosts a software training center, Neo Cursor, where training is provided to youth at nominal costs.

There is also a film training school run from the SVK Gachibowli campus, in order to train youth in the different crafts of film making with a low fee structure. An animation and multimedia training center too is run from this campus.

Apart from these activities, as a contribution to the wholistic development of youth, we are facilitating the running of a swimming pool, trekking center and a sports complex where coaching is given for football and hockey from our campus. These days when sports coaching has become a costly affair, SVK is committed to ensure that no one is denied of sporting facilities because of their economic conditions.

In these days of rampant commercialization, where exhibiting art has become impossible for artists without economic means, SVK opens its facilities for talented and emerging artists to exhibit their art without unduly bothering about the costs.There are auditoriums, meeting halls, and other spaces to enable people to come together, discuss and exchange their ideas. Many mass organizations, social forces and political parties regularly utilize these facilities.

These pursuits of SVK offer spaces for artists and social activists, in sharp contrast in this world of unbridled commercialization. The aim of the SVK through all these activities is to nurture scientific, rational and democratic spirit among the youth of the country and attract them to the ideals of social service and egalitarianism.