Sri N. Ramaswami Ayyar was a renowned lawyer and a social reformer in Tiruchirappalli. In the late twenties and thirties, his contributions to the District Flood Relief Committee (1925), Discharged Prisoners Aid Society, and Indian Red Cross society earned him the titles Rao Sahib (1932) and Rao Bahadur (1938). Sri Ramaswami Ayyar was inspired by Maharishi Karve, the founder of the first women's University in India. He also wanted to contribute to the much neglected field of women's education. With the goal to provide modern education in the background of Indian tradition and culture, he started Savitri vidyasala Hindu Girls' High School in 1938. Financial resources and public support were hard to come by. In 1951 he started the Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College to provide university education for the students who passed out of Savitri vidyasala. Started with 11 students the founder built up the physical facilities with a futuristic vision to accommodate 4000 girls in any one year. The Government of India recognized his services in the field of women's education by conferring on him the title Padmashri in 1962 to be followed by Padmabhushan in 1971.

Founder Receiving Padmashri Award Founder Receiving Padmabushan Award