The DAV institutions are the gift of Arya Samaj, a progressive movement founded by Swami Dayanand Saraswati in 1875. Swami Dayanand Saraswati the great path-maker of modern India led a crusade against the superstitious and pernicious practices that prevailed in contemporary India. With a view to bring about a balanced and harmonious development of the future citizens of this country and to infuse in them the ideals of vedic culture and high sense of patriotism, Arya samaj found a school at Lahore in 1886 by the name of DAYANAND ANGLO-VEDIC SCHOOL.
This established the DAV college trust & management society, which later set up a network of such educational institutions all over India and aboard. The DAV movement would not have achieved it’s goal if had not a young brilliant graduate Mahatma Hansraj- the first Principal of the first DAV institutions. Who offered his honorary services as Jeevan Daan, for 25 Yrs. Matchless also is the sacrifice of his brother, Lala Mulkraj. Who fulfilled his pledge of supporting Hansraj’s family all the years. The DAV institutions have rendered a unique services, it not only dispelling, ignorance and illiteracy but also in producing patriots, freedom fighters, social reformers, intellectuals, thinkers, legal luminaries, doctors, and engineers of unparallel merit, integrity, and caliber. Presently, it is the largest non-government educational organisation in the country managing over 700 educational institutions.