Pandit Sundarlal Sharma  

Pandit Sundarlal Sharma was born on 21st December, 1881 at "Chamshur" small village near Rajim district Raipur. He was among the fore fronts of freedom fighter who stood for social justice, equality and non-violence. In 1921 Mahatma Gandhi came to Raipur the credit for bring him to Chhattisgarh goes to Shri Sundarlal Sharma. In 1929 he started "Canal SatyaGrah" in the village kandel. He rendered important contribution in developing political awareness in Chhattisgarh region. He was deeply influenced by Mahatma Gandhi's programme of alleviating the plight of the untouchables and it remained a lifelong aim of Pandit Sharma.

He got an ashram to establish girls school and for the upliftment of the "Harijans". The motto of Pt. Sharma's life was Do not move away from truth in life or death. The same motto later on became Gandhi ji's famous slogan "Do or Die".

Apart from being in politics, he was also a social reformer and social evils like casteism, untouchability and economic exploitation always haunted him and to overcome these he advised people to follow the path shown by Gandhi Ji.

He died in 1940 leaving behind a legacy of dedicated patriotic fervor and social activism. For his unique contribution to society he is regarded as "Gandhi of Chhattisgarh". As a mark of respect and gratitude to this great son of the soil this Institution has been named after him for the values and dignity of labour that he stood for with Mahatma Gandhi.