Thanthai Periyar , a laudable mentor and an ardent fighter of social equality, dedicated his entire life to liberate the conventional society from the fetters of superstitious beliefs and class discriminations. His contribution to the cause of the downtrodden and in particular, the womenfolk is something unique in the history of the nation. He insisted that only life-oriented education could enlighten the dark society and it is the effective tool for the emancipation of women.
In order to fortify the vision of Thanthai Periyar, several educational institutions were established by The Self Respect Propaganda Institution headed by the diligent leader Dr.K.Veeramani, the great idealist and the torchbearer of Thanthai Periyar. Periyar Centenary Memorial Matriculation Higher Secondary School was established by him in 1978 as a Kindergarten school for both boys and girls in Tiruchirappalli at Periyar Nagar.