The first school was established nearly two decades ago in Nellore - referred to as the rice bowl of Andhra Pradesh. The response was so overwhelming that the group expanded rapidly to other major locations in the country. Today, Ravindra Bharathi is one of the largest groups of institutions in south India spread across three states with over 70,000 students. The group offers education following CBSE and State syllabi. Such stupendous response has sowed the seeds of futuristic and global education in Mr. Mani's mind, encouraging him to set Ithaka in Nellore.