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.
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 for the inauguration of the building.
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.
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 store 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 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.
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 stored in the library. In another project sponsored by the central government, 150 books were microfilmed and Preserved in SVK.
Rural Social & Economic Survey
To research and analyze the socio-economic conditions of different social and class backgrounds and their problems and exploitation, we surveyed 88 villages (4 unique villages from each district). 12 volunteers under the guidance of 3 supervisors worked for 9 months to complete the survey. Data entry, processing has taken one and a half year more. The differences among the various classes, social communities, and their lifestyles, economic exploitation, and feudalism that is still prevailing were analyzed and published as a booklet. These copies were sent to the districts for discussions and suggestions were received. On the basis of all these suggestions that came out, a book was printed titled " 'Rural Andhra Pradesh - Socio-economic analysis' ".
Project on regional disparities in development
Funded lay 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 background ness. 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 statistics published ley 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 should that out of 23 districts in AP only “districts- 6 in coastal Andhra, 3 In south Telangana including Hyderabad and Rangar Reddy, one in North Telangana districts 3 an in backward state, 5 an in more backward state and the remaining 4 are in most backward state out of which two are in Rayalaseema and one each in South and North 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 “ This parities in development”
Inequalities in Development
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.
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 was established as an inspiration to a large number of activists who come to see the Vignana Kendram from all over the country. Primarily, the bicycle used by Sundarayya to go to parliament and the cloth on the shoulder used by him are the special attractions. In addition, his simple clothes, furniture and the large radio set that is a part of his kit during the days when he led the great Telangana peasant armed struggle,
photo gallery with international, national and state level communist leaders, and pioneers from Andhra are some of the other attractions in the Museum.
Inequalities in the socio-economic development of people 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 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 life of the people with the help of 14 well-trained volunteers. The data were processed, analyzed and conclusions were drawn. it took up 2.5 years to complete this project. There are glaring inequalities among different classes and social groups of people, land distributed highly skewed. Nearly half of the rural households are landless. The income of the highest earning household in 16times now the lowest income earning household. No adequate employment is waged reasonable. Poor farmers are also not better than agricultural workers. So, 40% of the village households are poverty stricken.The findings were published in the form of the book.
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 in 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 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 or exactly these classes namely agricultural workers, tenants and poor peasants. on the other hand, it was that the capitalist land and rich farmers became stronger and their grip on rural life(Economic, Social, Cultural and Political) green much through. The Fundings were published in five books of which one in common for both the states and four each for Telangana and A.P.