The ISHWAR Society was founded in Kumbakonam by 20 Rotarians and philanthropist on the 15th of September,1994. The society is a non-profit organisation recognised by the Government of Tamil Nadu (Reg.No.36/94) as a Special School for handicapped children. It is also registered with the Rehabilitation Council of India and with the National Trust of the government of India. The founder president of the society is Rtn. G. Chaganlal Jain, a philanthropist, past district governor of the Rotary District 2980 and a patron of the society. Presently there are 28 members as part of the society. A board comprising of 9 members duly elected,administers the society. The formation of this society was important, as there is no such similar organisation in and around 75 miles range of Kumbakonam.

ISHWAR School for mentally retarded children was the first service established in 1994 by the society. It started out with 4 students and 1 teacher. Presently 56 children are being benefited with 8 specially trained teachers and a total of 12 staff members. A member of ISHWAR society is elected as the correspondent of the school. The school was initially started in a rented building and in June 2002 it found its permanent home at chennai salai. H.H. Sankaracharya of Kanchipuram offered 68000 sqft of land from the Mutt at a subsidized price and Athmashanthi Charitable Trust, a local charity, constructed and donated the present school building at an estimated cost of Rs.800,000.  

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