The Sundarayya Vignana Kendram was commissioned in the year 1988. It is managed by a registered Non-Profit-Trust. It is maintained by Public Donations, which are exempted from income-tax under Section 80 G of Indian Income Tax Act. While the land was donated by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the existing building was constructed with the contributed by the public in the form of donations.The Trust started construction of a New Library, Culture and Research Centre at Gachibowli, spread over four acres of land which is expected to be opened fully for public use by November 2012.
The old Sundarayya Vignana Kendram at Bagh Lingampally consists of a Public Reading Room, a Research Library, a small Seminar Room with 150 seats, a 450 seat centrally cooled Auditorium and Rooms for Research Scholars. We are on a mission of collecting and preserving the legacy of print culture; revival of local libraries and creation of digital images for printed materials in all South Indian languages.
The new Library, Culture and Research Centre at Gachibowli will house the basic archival collections and reference library along with the Digital book databases. The new Sundarayya Vignana Kendram has a state of the art air-conditioned 250 seats Conference Hall, 60 seats Board Room, Painting Exhibition Gallery, Sodhana – Koratala Memorial Research Center, Nimmagadda SVK Digitalization Center and a Book Restoration section. It has a massive Open Plaza along with an Amphitheatre.
As part of the first phase of the activities, the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram has started a specialized Research Library. It has a rich collection of rare books, journals, newspapers, reports, pamphlets, manuscripts, private papers, etc., in different languages. The collection is particularly rich in Urdu, Telugu and English language material throwing light on the socio-cultural, economic and political histories and popular movements of all types of the 12th through 20th centuries. The entire collection of 250,000 printed books, journals and manuscripts in Telugu, Urdu and English languages are now re-relocated in the new center at Gachibowli. Late Dr. Sanjeeva Dev’s paintings donated by his family will also be re-located from his village to SVK Culture wing at Gachibowli.
Sundarayya Vignana Kendram has been involved in various not-for-profit causes including book restoration. We have undertaken one of its kind restoration projects in the world with the help of the Thermal Vacuum Freeze Dryer to restore more than 1,50,000 flood damaged books and manuscripts. With our experience we can help organizations (both commercial and non-commercial) restore and preserve valuable printed materials and cultural artifacts that are endangered. The SVK has also been awarded grants under the Endangered Program of the British Library, London, for repair, restoration, digitalization and microfilming of pre-1947 Telugu print culture in India. Help us save your books, manuscripts and materials of historic importance. Write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org