By Merian Wright Edelmen.Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.
Amarar Thiru M. A. Krishnaswamy, A.M.I.S.E., M.I.C.E., (U.S.A.) F.I.M.I., a revered educationist par excellence, was born on 17th March 1913 in an agricultural family at Kilavikulam village near Manamadurai, Sivagangai District, Tamilnadu. His parents were Amarar Thiru Malayathevar and Amarar Thirumathi Angammal.
Seeing his brilliance, talent and knowledge, his paternal uncle Amarar Alagarswamy took Shri M. A. Krishnaswamy to Sri Lanka to pursue his education. Shri M. A. Krishnaswamy had a brilliant academic record securing proficiency at both school and college levels. It was but natural that he chose teaching as his noble profession in an endeavour not only to mould young minds, but also add direction to the student community.
His stint as a superintendent of a tea estate in Sri Lanka and subsequent placement as the Assistant Director of a Private Engineering College in Chennai stood testimony to his checkered career graph. In an effort to further the cause of education, Shri M. A. Krishnaswamy started the “College of Engineering Technology” at Nungambakkam in 1960, wherein students successfully completed A.M.I.E, which has a course equivalence to that of B.E (Civil, Mechanical and Electrical) and Automobile Engineering courses, approved by both the state and central governments. Being appointed as one of the Board members of the Institution of Engineers (India) in Kolkatta was another feather on his cap.
His quest for knowledge manifested in the form of membership in M.I.C.E, from the International Corporation of America, A.M.I.S.E membership from the Institute of Science besides membership from the Institute of the Motor Industry. His marriage with his niece Amarar Thrumathi Muniyambal, was a pleasant milestone in his life, and the loving couple were blessed with three daughters and two sons who ardently looked up to their father with adoration as a role model.
His deep passion for the cause of education leads him to start a nursery school in 1963 named Children English School at Nungambakkam, Chennai with 17 children. This later on grew in stature to become a Matriculation Higher Secondary School till date. The ‘ Krishnaswamy Educational Trust (REGD) was the offshoot of his initiatives to enable a chain of schools on a self financing basis to be started.
Thiru. M.A.K. Balakrisshnan, his elder son of Shri. M. A. Krishnaswamy rendered moral support besides lending his brain and brawn to his father in establishing and running the schools at Nugambakkam (1965), Anna nagar (1973), K.K. Nagar(1979), Ashok nagar (1984) & Villivakkam (1986).
A popular quote says that “the most service to others is service to those who are not like yourself” has passionately motivated him to lend a helping hand to many on underprivileged person from his ancestral home town with accommodation, employment opportunities and free education for their family.
Being a keen follower of simplicity enabled him to develop a network of contacts to further the dual causes of education and service, for which the Lion’s Club partnered with him.
After, his sad demise on 04.06.1988, his elder son Shri. M.A.K. Balakrisshnan is ardently following his footsteps as the acting by torch bearer of the Trust, aided by his sons. The Matriculation School at Anna nagar West (1992) and Ayapakkam, Ambattur (2002), speaks volumes for this.
The long drawn dream of Shri M. A. Krishnaswamy to start an Institution to cater to the needs of the young women resulted in the birth of “Shri Krishnaswamy College for Women” on 29.07.2010 by Shri. M.A.K. Balakrisshnan.
“Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness – great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation and great joy.”………