A commitment to social welfare has always been intrinsic to the VST Group. Group founder V.S. Thiruvengadaswamy Mudaliar was a trailblazer in this aspect as in others, founding or endowing several institutions that continue to provide the weaker sections of society with support in their time of need and assistance in charting out a successful, empowered life path. The title Dharmaprakasha was bestowed on him by the Maharaja of Mysore in acknowledgement of his contribution to society.
This institution was the result of Mr. Mudaliar's desire to further the dual causes of education for girls in India and the creation of an educational environment that would be imbued with Indian cultural values. Named after his wife, the Institution was founded in 1931. Today, it boasts a large, well-appointed campus of around 8 acres and includes Primary & High School, Pre-University College, and Degree College.
Maternal health and care for the newborn was another major concern. The founding of this hospital 1948, named after Mr. Mudaliar's mother, was a major step in providing the economically backward sections of Bangalore with access to good maternity care. The Maternity Home was opened by the then Maharajah of Mysore and is now run by Corporation of the city of Bangalore.
Mr. Mudaliar's successors have continued this tradition of service with a number of initiatives.
The VST Mudaliar Trust offers a Scholarship For Technical & Medical Students. It has benefitted more than 2350 deserving students since its inception in 1963.
In 1960, Mr. V.T. Padmanaban donated 2 acres of land in Lingarajpuram, Bangalore to the Association for People with Disability to facilitate awareness programs, as well as identification and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. Over the years, the Association has grown to the point where it is able to reach out to 10,000 deserving individuals across Karnataka every year. The family has preserved close ties to the Association, with a member of the family continuing to serve on the Association's Trust in each generation.
In 2007, the V.P. Thirumurthy Family Memorial Trust set up a scholarship to aid VST Group employees' girl children with education expenses from Primary education through to 10th standard. 102 students have benefitted from this initiative in the current year.
The VST Group looks forward to expanding on this tradition of service in the years ahead, seeing it as a logical extension of the organizational emphasis on trust.