The Foundation was established on 14 October, 1966 to continue the work of Dr. C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar, to serve the interests of the community at large and to promote Indian culture through research and development. The Foundation is situated in the Grove, the ancestral home of Dr. C.P., with field offices at Kanchipuram and Damal. The Foundation's philosophy is that innovative and specialised education, training and awareness-raising within the Indian cultural ethos can, alone, bring about change. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the social, economic and cultural life-styles of diverse populations.