The Chinmaya Education Movement is one of Chinmaya Mission's most valuable contributions to society. From its humble beginnings in 1967 at a nursery school in Kollengode, Kerala (India), the Movement today encompasses over 76 Chinmaya Vidyalayas (schools), 7 Chinmaya colleges, and the Chinmaya International Residential School in India, and the first Chinmaya Vidyalaya outside India's borders, in Trinidad (West Indies).
In almost 40 years of establishment, growth, and expansion, the Chinmaya Mission's academic institutions in India, administered by the CCMT Education Cell (CCMT is Central Chinmaya Mission Trust)
The resounding success of the Chinmaya Education Movement has been primarily due to its unique vision of offering academic education complemented with spiritual knowledge. This has been made possible through the distinctive foundation programme of learning-the Chinmaya Vision Programme (CVP)-which was formulated, developed, and implemented by the CCMT Education Cell on all levels of each Chinmaya educational institution.