In July 2011, Mrs. Sudha Murthy, Head of Infosys Foundation, visited the Isha Vidhya School at Sandhe Goundanpalayam Village near Coimbatore, and interacted with the students. She was quite impressed to see the impact and efficacy of the Isha Vidhya model in imparting English language education to rural children, and she decided that Infosys Foundation should sponsor the construction of Isha Vidhya’s next (the eighth) school.

The eighth Isha Vidhya Matriculation School will be coming up in Samichettipatti Village, 18 km from Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu. The school will primarily draw students from 15 to 20 surrounding villages, whose population consists predominantly of farmers, agricultural workers and families of migrant laborers. The local businessmen in Dharmapuri and Mr. C.K. Venkataraman, COO of Titan Industries, contributed towards purchasing the land for the school.

Work on building the school facilities will begin soon. The Dharmapuri District school will be functional in about a year and will create a huge impact in the area by transforming the lives of its students and their families.