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Olcott Memorial Higher Secondary School

The School needs your help!

For over 120 years, the Olcott Memorial Higher Secondary School (OMHSS) has been providing a solid education for underprivileged boys and girls in Adyar, a suburb of Chennai in India. 

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Students in the classroom at the Olcott Memorial Higher Secondary School

Colonel Olcott’s pioneering work for educating the poor children from marginalized sections of society is very well known. The concept that through education the underprivileged and disadvantaged can be enabled to stand on their own feet and fight for what is due to them was formulated and given a practical shape by Colonel Olcott much before similar work was started by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr Ambedkar. Several Olcott Panchama Schools were started in and around old Madras. The first one that was started in 1894 by Col. Olcott using his own meagre financial resources continues today and has since been upgraded recently as Olcott Memorial Higher Secondary School. It was started as a free school with 45 students including nine girls. Even today no fees are charged to any of the students who go through a life transforming experience at the school. Theosophists alone rose above caste considerations to be the first lot of volunteer teachers at the school.” (By Chittaranjan Satapathy, Inaugural Address, National Conference on Theosophical Education, 23 & 24 September 2016)

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Students honoring Henry Steel Olcott


SCHOOL - To express your love and affection and to support the education and upliftment of the underprivileged students served by the Olcott Memorial Higher Secondary School you can donate to the Olcott Education Society corpus fund (endowment fund).

  1. From within India, donations can be made by Account payee cheque favoring “Olcott Education Society” and mailed to: T. S. Jambunathan, Hony Treasurer Olcott Education Society c/o The Theosophical Society .Adyar, Chennai 600020


  1. Direct remittance of the donation can be made to the bank, details of which are given below:

Indian Donors

Bank Name

: State Bank of India (SME Branch)

Account Type

: Savings Bank

Account No

: 30161631382

IFSC code

: SBIN0013361

Bank Address

: SME Branch, Adyar,

2nd Floor, No 5, First Cross Street, Kasturba Nagar, Adyar, Chennai - 600 020.

Indian Donations are exempt from income tax under section 80G

Donors from Abroad should donate through their national TOS if they wish to qualify for any charitable tax deductions their country’s tax code may allow. (Or see special instructions for USA donors below.) Make sure you instruct your national TOS that your donation is to be passed on to the Olcott Education Society’s corpus fund.

National TOS Groups please wire funds to:

Bank Name

: Standard Chartered Bank

Account Type

: Savings Bank

Account No

: 42810001523

IFSC code

: SCBL0036080

Bank Address

: No 6, Lattice Bridge Road, Adyar, Chennai - 600 020.

Please follow up your donation with an email to the Treasurer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. specifying the purpose for which the donation is made (OES corpus fund for the benefit of OMHSS). Please include your complete address so that a receipt can be mailed to you.

From within the USA, or donors from other countries who are unconcerned about tax deductions from their countries: For USA donors, donations are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal revenue code.

  1. USA donors can send a check, payable to “TOS” with “Olcott

Education Society” in the memo section, to: TOS, PO Box 1080, Wake Forest, NC 27588


  1. USA or Other donors can click on this website address ; to donate via the TOS-USA by credit card. Choose Olcott Education Society from the drop down menu. Please be aware that donation amounts entered here for payments via credit card are in US$.

The Olcott Education Society also needs volunteer teachers and workers. If you can spare your time, please contact the OES office in The Theosophical Society, Adyar campus.

OES spends about INR 10 million annually for its activities, receives no government grants and depends solely on interest from its corpus fund and donations.

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