The Jaina Free Middle School, Thanjavur is a Tamil medium school started by Shri A. Neminathan Jain, during the year 1921 venturing through the earnings from a grocery business. He started the school in a nearby Jain temple, AdhiBhagavan Jain Temple proceeding with his own effort. During that period all the schools collected fees. But the founder had main aim to teach children’s freely and paid the teachers with his own funds. He also conducted Sanskrit classes for willing students. The school was grown up as full-fledged elementary school. Governments approved and sanction and grant for teacher’s salary. In this circumstances he decided to construct a double floor building for which Shri. Ponnu Samy Jain offered his own land and donated it to the school.
He built a well furnished two story building in the year 1932. On the very following year strengthened and filled with fortified ambition and vigour the building was opened by Mr. Hilton Brown Esq. ICS, Thanjavur collector on the 11th May 1932.
The main aim of the school was to attend the needs of the local community through education. Considering the need for the social concern which included poverty, unemployment and inflation the school decided not to collect any fee from students thus inheriting its name as Jaina Free Elementary School.
SShri A. Neminathan run the school with his sons, Shri. Chandranathan Jain, Shri. Nagarajan Jain, Shri. Padmarajan Jain. After the demise of the Shri A Neminathan, his sons ran the school till year 1978. Later the school management was handed over to Smt. Shrimatibai Padmarajan. During this period for the benefit of the children’s the school was upgraded to middle school by self-finance basis, now the middle school was running for the past 15 years, After the dissolution of Smt. Shrimatibai Padmarajan her son†Shri P. Nemikumar a B.Com graduate has continued to take the in-charge of the school who now hold the position of secretary.
A small body of determind spirit fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history – Mahatma Gandhi