Mr S Vedantam is International Working President of the Vishva Hindu Parishad. He hails from Kollam. He came to contact with RSS in the year 1949 in Kerala at his young age of 16. After finishing his degree in Commerce, he joined the TVS group as accountant. After serving the TVS at Tirunelveli for more than a decade, he relinquished his job and became the State Organising Secretary of VHP, Tamil Nadu in 1972. After moving to Chennai as State Organising Secretary of VHP, Mr Vedantam started various activities in the field of education, medical and rural development in Tamil Nadu apart from expanding VHP work in a large scale. He was instrumental in organising many Sanyasis & Madathpathi’s conferences in Tamil Nadu to give their voice in unison for the sake of Hindu Dharma. He has organised many Hindu resurgence conferences through which thousands of youths came in to the fold of VHP. Mr Vedantam has to his credit 9 Higher Secondary Schools and 8 Primary Schools in the districts of Chennai, Kanchipuram, Kanyakumari, Niligiris and Tuticorin under the auspices of Vishva Hindu Vidya Kendra. He was responsible for establishing charitable maternity hospitals and clinics for the poor and downtrodden in Cherakulam (Tuticorin), Gummipoondi (near Chennai), Purasawalkam (Chennai) and in Rameswaram (Ramnad District) benefiting 24,000 patients every year in the name of Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission. He had Set up “Grama Kovil Poojarigal Peravai (GKPP)”, an organization for the upliftment of the neglected village Poojaris in Tamil Nadu. With the continuous effort of this organization, pension was first sanctioned by then DMK govt. headed by Dr. M Karunanidhi. Later the pension was enhanced by Dr. J. Jayalalithaa, the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Presently, about 3400 Poojaris receive a pension of Rs.750/- pm from the Govt. of Tamil Nadu. Mr Vedantam also been nominated as the member of Welfare Board for Village Temple Poojaris under the chairmanship of Chief Minister. A Dharmasala in Rameswaram was established in the year 1999 to serve the needs of pilgrims in the name of Goswami Madam. The Dharmasala offers excellent facilities, spirtual atmosphere at a very nominal donation and was classified as “Guest House” by the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India.A Hindu Boys Hostel was started in the year 1985 with assistance from Birlas to cater to the needs of the most backward, scheduled caste / tribe children of the Ramnad District. Spontaneous and continuous relief and rehabilitation were provided to victims of Tsunami and flood, in the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu through Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society which was founded by Mr S Vedantam. About 550 fishermen were beneficiaries of 79 boats distributed to them along with accessories at a cost of about Rs. 2 crore. He has been instrumental in raising the funds within and outside India especially from USA and through EV Foundation, DBM Family Foundation, Bharath Kalyan Prtishtan, VHP America, Hindu Temple association of Kentucky, Malaysia Hindu Sangam and others. With a view to reaching the illiterate and socially backward students in remote / rural / coastal / tribal villages of Tamil Nadu, “Single Teacher Schools Project” ( Ekal Vidyalaya) was started in 2002 in a small way. With his constant efforts various industries and industrial associations such as M/s Saint-Gobain, TVS Group, Shriram Group, GMR Group, Tata Teleservices, CII, FICCI, MMA, and Rotary Club have come forward to support this project. More over other social organisations like MSSRF, Sriram Trust, CIOSA, etc have extended support for this project.