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dated October 22, 1953: Seva Sadan Jubilee

Editorial Excerpts: The Madras Seva Sadan, founded by Sir M. and Lady Venkatasubba Rao, has completed 25 years serving women and children. It has been supported by enlightened public opinion. The Sadan has grown to form a Women's Home of Service started in 1923 by the Women's Indian Association. By 1940, the original strength of 10 inmates had grown to 280 girls in the High School, and 137 in the Industrial School attached. Further expansion occurred later. A branch has been started in Tambaram. A sick-room cottage was added to the main premises in 1952. This year, a nursery section has been started for children of 3 to 5 years. A secretarial course instituted in the Fourth Form should help in fitting out young women for careers in offices. Training in Seva Sadan stresses on the dignity of manual labour. Women are trained to be good housewives, and those with special aptitude for arts like music and dancing are encouraged to develop their talents. The aim is to remove feelings of frustration, and instill self-reliance. The organisers note that "rapid and far-reaching changes have taken place in India during the last quarter of a century and Seva Sadan has inevitably been affected; but it has kept fast to certain ideals."

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