TIMELINE

  • 1986

    Commencement of the building construction

    The foundation for the building construction was laid in 1986 with an open meeting in which the then Chief minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri NT. RamaRao, General Secretaryof the CPI(M) and former Chief Minister of Kerala E M S.Namboodiripad, Moturi Hanumantha Rao, Lavu Balagangadhara Rao and others participated.

  • 1988

    Inauguration of the Building

    The Then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri N.T. Rama Rao, Chief Minister of West Bengal Jyoti Basu, Polit Bureau members Makineni Basava Punnaiah, LB Gangdhara Rao M. Hanumantha Rao attended the huge public meeting held on the occasion of the inauguration of the building.

  • 1994

    Inauguration of Sundarayya kala nilayam

    Jnanpith award winner Dr. C. Naryana Reddy, famous poet, writer Dr. Arudra, film producer Sri M.S. Reddy, film director 'Victory' Madhusudhana Rao, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Lavu Balagandhar Rao have participated in the inauguration. Vignana Kendram has become a center for the social, political and cultural activities with daily meetings, seminars, and symposia along with a functioning research library and reading room.

  • 1998

    Puchalapalli Sundarayya Statue Inauguration

    Inauguration of Puchalapalli Sundarayya Statue took place on 1st November 1998. It was inaugurated in the presence of Harikishan Singh Surjeet, and N Chandra babu Naidu.

  • 2000

    Flood Damaged Library and It's Restoration

    The floods in Hyderabad also effected the library with almost one lakh books drowned in water for 5 days. To restore these books, Vignana Kendram has adopted the best restoration practices and put all these books in a cold storage at minus 20 degrees Celsius for one and a half-year till the thermal vacuum freeze drier was bought from Canada. It took six months to restore all the books, a feat which was appreciated as the rarest by many international technical magazines. A magazine has published a special volume on this recovery program which has been video-graphed.
    From Kansas City Library, USA one lakh valuable books covering different Subjects have been added to the existing collection, in addition to the books donated by well-known writers, professors, lawyers, and other intellectuals.

    More than rupees-two crores were spent on restoration. Chicago University gave one and a half crore and the rest was raised as -funds by Vignana Kendram.

    Ford Foundation Grant:(2003)
    An ambitious three-year project was undertaken to create a union catalog for South Asia consisting of books published before 1950 in Telugu, Urdu, Tamil. 90,000 dollars were granted by Ford foundation (as a part of its South Asian, union catalog work) with which 20 people were trained to make records for OCLC in Mark format. In two years, the training was completed. During the third year around 50,000 records were completed. this union catalog is now made available online.

  • 2005

    British Library Grant

    British Library granted Rs 27 lakhs in 2005 for the microfilming(more than three lakh pages) of historically significant Telugu books Published before 1929. Micro-filming was made in Germany with the help of Hyderabad based Trinayana company, which undertook digitalization work. The microfilming was Completed by 2008. One copy was given to British Library and the other was kept with us, in the SVK. 200 Telugu books were microfilmed under this program and these copies are kept in the library. In another project sponsored by the central government, 150 books were microfilmed and Preserved in SVK.

  • 2005

    Sundarayya Vignana Kendram Fondation was Laid

    Inauguration of Sundarayya Vignana Kendram took place on 24th-April, 2005. It was inaugurated in the presence of Harikishan Singh Surjeet, Sitaram Yechury, K.Rosaiah,and Arjun Singh .

  • 2008

    Schooling for Imparting awareness

    With the data made available by the Bureau of economic and statistics, we made an analysis of the inequities in the development of different regions and different districts. 20 years of data (1986-2006) of 23 districts have been assessed, basing on five categories, -agriculture, industries, financial infrastructure, social infrastructure, and population.
    Through this survey, we have analysed that the most developed districts are three from Telangana (Hyderabad, Rangareddy, Nizamabad) and seven from Andhra(West and East Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Nellore, Vishaka, Chittoor) and the underdeveloped districts are Mahabubnagar and Adilabad in Telangana, Ananthapur and Kurnool in Rayalaseema (AP). Also industries and social infrastructure are the most neglected sectors.

    Schooling for Imparting awareness:
    Throughout the year, batch after batch, students from different districts come to attend political classes in the hall on the second floor. These schools range from 2-10 days. Required facilities such as kitchen, dining hall and another waiting hall have been built for the convenience of students.
    Sundarayya Museum:
    Sundarayya Museum was established to inspire activists who come to see the Vignana Kendram from all over the country. The main exibhits are the bicycle used by Sundarayya to go to parliament, the "Gongali" used to adorn his shoulder, Photographs of the leaders of the world communist movement and pioneers in progressive telugu literature. Special attraction of the museum is the heavy kit which he used to carry wherever he goes during the great Telangana peasant armed struggle.

  • 2009

    Inequalities in the socio-economic development 2007-2009

    Disparities are there, not only between regions and districts but also among people. After having studied regional disparities, Sundarayya Vignana Kendram thought it fit to take up the task of studying Socioeconomic inequalities among different classes of people also, Accordingly, they selected 88 villages spread over all the 22 rural districts of A.P and collected data pertaining to the economic and social life of the people with the help of 14 well-trained volunteers. The data as processed, analyzed and conclusions were drawn. It took us 2.5 years to complete this project. It was found that there are glaring inequalities among different classes and social groups of people, Land distribution was highly skewed. Nearly half of the rural households are landless. The income of the highest earning household is 16times more than the lowest income earning household. No adequate employment, nor are wages reasonable. Poor farmers are also not better of than agricultural workers. So, 40% of the village households are poverty stricken.The findings were published in the form of the book.
    Project on regional disparities in development
    From late sixties separatist movements were started cropping up. First was the Telangana Movement, then it was separate Andhra Movement, next came Rayalaseema Movement and finally it is Telangana Movement now. Every Region blames the other regions for its backwardness. Added to this farmers suicides went on increasing. In this background, Sundarayya Vignana Kendram has decided to take up the study of regional imbalances. Necessary data was drawn from the statistical, abstracts published by the Directorate of Economics and Statics, A.P. To Complete sectoral indices and comprehensive composite development index, we adopted a method developed by a renowned economist Prof. D.M. Nanjundappa for the purpose of studying regional imbalances in Karnataka. The results showed that out of 23 districts in AP only “6 districts in coastal Andhra, 3 In south Telangana including Hyderabad and Rangar Reddy, one in North Telangana are found to be most developed. and the most backward districts are 2 i.e; kurnool and ananthapur in rayalaseema and adhilabad and mahaboobnagar in telangana. The Project was funded by famous Moulana Abdul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata. The conclusions were published in the form of a book titled “ Disparities in development”.

  • 2013

    Land relations-crisis in agriculture 2013-2014

    After the first rural survey in 2008, Sundarayya Vignana Kendram along with All India agricultural workers union and All India Kisan Sabha jointly took up another survey pertaining to the changing land relations and the crisis in the agriculture. The Speciality of this survey is the participation of hundreds of local leaders from the two above mentioned organizations in data collection, processing, and analysis. Through in place of old feudal land relations more capitalist relations of production have taken place to some extent, the concentration of land continued. As a result, agricultural workers and tenants grew in number. The victims of the present crisis are exactly these classes, namely agricultural workers, tenants and poor peasants. on the other hand, it was found that the capitalist land lords and rich farmers became stronger and their grip on rural life(Economic, Social, Cultural and Political) grew much more stronger through. The Findings were published in five books of which one is common for both the states and two each for Telangana and A.P.