1. UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA, CANADA
The University of Ottawa is the world’s largest bilingual (English-French) University and a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. Located at the heart of Canada’s capital, the University advances in social sciences, health, engineering, science and humanities; making it a unique place to learn, grow and excel.
The University functions on a semester system, operating fall/winter and spring/summer sessions. Undergraduate programs comprise the majority of the school’s enrolment, with 35,515 full-time and part-time undergraduate students, compared to 6,741 graduate students in 2018. Excluding Saint Paul, the university conferred 7,449 bachelor’s and professional degrees, 208 doctoral degrees, 1,815 master’s degrees in 2015.
2. GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE ACADEMICS, SPAIN
Global Knowledge Academics is a knowledge-based organization, located at the Autónoma University of Madrid’s Science Park, in Madrid (Spain). The GKA manages:
3. ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AFGHANISTAN, MINISTRY OF CULTURE, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
The Archaeological Institute of Afghanistan is a government organisation, working under the umbrella of The Ministry of Information and Culture, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. It works to preserve, protect and promote the rich culture and heritage of Afghanistan.
Mr. Noor Agha Noori has been leading the Archaeological Institute of Afghanistan since 2017. He did his M.Phil in Archaeology from Hazara University and is currently a Ph.D scholar.
4. UNIVERSITAS HINDU, INDONESIA
The establishment of the Indonesian Hindu University originated from the desire of the Hindu Religious Assemblies to build or hold the Pangadyayan (Religious Higher Education) dormitory as a place to study Dharma. This desire was found in a decision which came to be known as the ‘Campuhan Campuhan Ubud’ and was sparked at a meeting called Dharmacrama, which took place in Campuhan Ubud, Gianyar Regency, Bali.
UNHI’s Vision: The University’s vision is to become the leading university in Indonesia and the centre for the study and development of the best Indonesian Hindu religion and culture in the region.
5. SWAMI VIVEKANANDA CULTURAL CENTRE, HIGH COMMISSION OF INDIA, COLOMBO, SRI LANKA
Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (formerly Indian Cultural Centre) was established in Colombo in 1998, with the aim of building bridges of cultural exchange and interaction between India & Sri Lanka. The Centre is one of the 24 Indian Cultural Centres established by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to revive and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries. It also seeks to promote India-Sri Lanka cultural co-operation by building on cultural commonalities and creating an awareness of Indian culture in all its facets.
6. ALZAHRA UNIVERSITY, TEHRAN, IRAN
Founded in 1964 as ‘Girls’ College’, Alzahra University is one of the prominent institutions of higher education in Iran dedicated to educating learned and lively women. Over the years of its foundation, the university has tremendously changed and developed and is now offering various degree programs at undergraduate and graduate levels. Since 2013, educational and research services have been provided by the university’s 10 faculties viz. Literature, Theology, Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Social Sciences and Economics, Education and Psychology, Mathematical Sciences, Biology, Engineering, Physics and Chemistry, and Arts. The two research centres of Women Studies and Economic Studies are also focused on doing cutting-edge research and educating researchers of the future.
7. HEAVENLY CULTURE, WORLD PEACE, RESTORATION OF LIGHT, SEOUL, KOREA
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) is an international peace organization, founded in 2013, for global peace and cessation of war. Also, it is a non-governmental organization in Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and associated with the UN Department of Global Communications (DGC) and the Seoul Metropolitan Government. With the mission to achieve global peace through the heavenly culture and restore the world with light, HWPL is carrying out its peace movement around the globe, particularly through advocacy campaigns for an international law based on the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW). It works with its partner, the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG), and its affiliate organization, the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) to host annual events, such as the World Alliance of Religion’ Peace (WARP) Summit and the Peace Walks commemorating the Declaration of World Peace. Moreover, leaders of different countries are cooperating as the HWPL Peace Advisory Council, and experts from all walks of life are active as HWPL Publicity Ambassadors.
8. INTERNATIONAL NATUROPATHY ORGANISATION
International Naturopathy Organisation (INO) was formed in the year 2003, under the able leadership of Shri. Jaiprakash Agarwal, an ardent follower of Naturopathy and a renowned Industrialist.
INO is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and propagation of Naturopathy at the grass root level. It focuses on the overall development of this ancient and miraculous science at the global level and endeavours to bring Naturopathy at par with the other medical sciences.
INO is the country’s largest Naturopathy organisation with its branches in 24 States with over lakhs of active members and sympathizers in India and abroad.
9. WORLD BUDDHIST MISSION, JAPAN
The World Buddhist Mission is dedicated for the development of the Buddhist in the World with its Central Office in the Kobe City of Japan. It has been established under the patronage of The Most Venerable Ravi Medhankar as its Founder and International President. Its mission is to unite the Buddhists of the world under one umbrella and to extend their co-operation for the Buddhists in the field of education, religion, and in the field of management. The World Buddhist Mission aims to fulfill these aims through the various activities that it organizes, such as:-Seminars Workshop, Training Program, and Regional and International Conferences.
10. MINISTRY OF CULTURE, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
The Ministry of Culture is the Indian government ministry that aims to preserve, promote, and disseminate all forms of art and culture. The Ministry achieves these aims by conducting various activities like Maintenance and conservation of heritage, historic sites, and ancient monuments, administration of libraries, promotion of literary, visual, and performing arts, observation of centenaries and anniversaries of important national personalities and events, promotion of institutions and organizations of Buddhist and Tibetan studies, promotion of institutional and individual non-official initiatives in the fields of art and culture and entering into cultural agreements with foreign countries. The functional spectrum of the Department ranges from creating cultural awareness from the grass-root level to the international cultural exchange level. Some other offices that are attached to the ministry are the Archaeological Survey of India, Central Secretariat Library and National Archives of India. The current Minister of Culture is Shri. Prahlad Singh Patel.
11. DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM, GOVERNMENT OF MAHARASHTRA
Department of Tourism (DoT) is one of the flagship bodies of Maharashtra Tourism. The DoT is entrusted with destination development, marketing and promotion, and regulatory support in the State of Maharashtra. The current Director of the Department of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, is IAS Dilip Gawade. While Shri. Aaditya Thackeray is the Minister of Tourism, Smt. Aaditi Tatkare is the Minister of State for Tourism in the Government of Maharashtra.
12. INDIAN COUNCIL OF HISTORICAL RESEARCH, NEW DELHI
Indian Council of Historical Research is an autonomous organization which was established under Societies Registration Act (Act XXI of 1860) in 1972. The objectives of the Indian Council of Historical Research (hereafter referred to as the ‘Council’) as laid down in the Memorandum of Association are as follows:
In pursuance of these objectives (a) the Council provides fellowships and financial assistance to the young teachers in colleges, universities and registered research organizations, as well as to senior scholars who might need financial support, (b) brings historians together by providing financial assistance for holding symposia, seminars, workshops, etc. for exchanging views related to history, (c) provides publication subsidy to the seminars, congress proceedings and journals so that these publications may reach to researchers and scholars, (d) publishes a biannual Journal – the Indian Historical Review, and another journal i.e. Itihas in Hindi, (e) maintains a large and expanding Library-cum-Documentation Centre exclusively for researchers and scholars, (f) maintains two regional centres namely ICHR North-East Regional Centre (Guwahati) and ICHR Southern Regional Centre (Bangalore), which provide assistance to researchers / scholars, (g) and takes such other measures as the Council considers appropriate in order to implement the stated objectives of the Indian Council of Historical Research.
13. ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF INDIA (A.S.I.)
The Archaeological Survey of India (A.S.I.), under the Ministry of Culture, is the premier organization for archaeological research and protection of the cultural heritage of the nation. Maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance is the prime concern of the A.S.I. Besides this, it regulates all archaeological activities in the country as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958. It also regulates the Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972. Some of the activities that the A.S.I. undertakes are as follows:- Conducting archaeological explorations and excavations, Maintenance, conservation, and preservation of protected monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance, Chemical preservation of monuments and antiquarian remains, Architectural survey of monuments, Epigraphical and numismatic studies, Setting up and re-organization of Site Museums, Training in Archaeology, Bringing out archaeological publications, Archaeological expeditions outside India, Horticulture operation in and around ancient monuments and sites, Implementation and regulation of The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958. The current Director-General of the A.S.I. is IAS officer V. Vidyavathi.
14. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NATUROPATHY, MINISTRY OF AYUSH, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
National Institute of Naturopathy (NIN) is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and came into existence on 22nd December 1986. This institute has a “Governing Body” headed by the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare as its President. National Institute of Naturopathy (NIN) is located in a historical building called “Bapu Bhavan” which is situated at Tadiwala Road, Pune. “Bapu Bhavan” is named after Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, who stayed here for 156 days and made this institution his home, whenever he was in Pune from the year 1934. Formerly, this place was known as “Nature Cure Clinic and Sanatorium” which was run by late Dr. Dinshaw K. Mehta. The All India Nature Cure Foundation Trust was established in this Centre by Dr. Dinshaw K. Mehta. Mahatma Gandhi became its lifelong Chairman. Gandhiji conducted his Naturopathy experiments and organised National and International activities while staying here. The present complex was handed over to the Government of India on 17th March 1975 by Dr. Dinshaw K. Mehta for starting the National Institute of Naturopathy.
Functions of the Institute:
15. ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION OF INDIA (ELT@I)
ELT@I is the largest network of English Teachers in India (An Associate of IATEFL, UK). The English Language Teachers’ Association of India (ELT@I) was founded on 7th August 1969 by the late Padmashri S. Natarajan, a noted educationist. They bring out the ‘The Journal of English Language Teaching’, a bi-monthly, and it is given free to all the members of the association. Their consultancy services offer Teacher Training Packages and organise bi-monthly meetings on current ELT themes relevant to the Indian context. They host annual conferences and regional conferences on specific areas relevant to the ELT scenario today. Delegates from all over the country as well as the world participate in them, present papers and conduct workshops.
16. CHINMAYA VISHWAVIDYAPEETH, ERNAKULAM, KERALA
Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV) is a Deemed-to-be-University in the ‘de novo’ category, approved by the University Grants Commission. Chinmaya University started in 2016, the centenary year of the inspirational Visionary and Founder of Chinmaya Mission, and renowned Vedantic master and teacher par excellence, Swami Chinmayananda. CVV, with its headquarters at Chinmaya International Foundation (Adi Sankara Nilayam, Ernakulam, Kerala, India), has been established as a torchbearer for the preservation of Indian cultural heritage and its knowledge traditions through higher education. Founded on the principles of Purity, Spirituality, Practicality and Innovation, their core mission is to blend the ancient and time-tested wisdom of India with present day knowledge fields. Striking a careful balance between the old and new, the organization offers common streams of courses with unique electives and supplementary subjects, with an intent to mould the teenagers of today into well-rounded, responsible, value-grounded, young adults that contribute to the nation, and the world at large.
17. DIRECTORATE OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND MUSEUMS, GOVERNMENT OF MAHARASHTRA
Just as the Archaeological Survey of India, the Maharashtra State Directorate of Archaeology and Museums also oversees the protection and conservation of monuments, albeit at the state level. Nearly 300 monuments in Maharashtra, which are not covered by the A.S.I. come under the purview of the Directorate. Currently, Dr. Tejas Garge helms the affairs of the Directorate as its Director. Under his leadership the Directorate has planned to work on a four thronged approach:
18. INSTITUTE OF DISTANCE AND OPEN LEARNING (IDOL), UNIVERSITY OF MUMBAI
The Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) was established by the University of Mumbai in 1971, to provide facilities to those who wish to pursue higher education, but are unable to pursue it full time due to certain unavoidable circumstances. IDOL has been pivotal in helping students to improve their employment prospects and offers the opportunity for academic achievement in the process of lifelong education. Having started with a meagre number of 845 students in the 1970s, the IDOL today enrols about 80 thousand distance learners, thus, contributing to the huge GER in Higher Education in a populous country like India.
The IDOL functions on the thoughts of Sir John Daniel, who said:
Open and Distance Learning was the major educational innovation in the 20th century. The task for the 21st century is to harness the potential of open and distance learning so that human kind can finally achieve its long declared goal of education for all.
19. SAGAR UNIVERSITY, MADHYA PRADESH
Dr. Hari Singh Gour University (Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya), more popularly known as Sagar University, is a Central University in the city of Sagar, the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. The University is dedicated to achieve overall educational, social, economic and cultural upliftment of under-privileged people of rural areas. The University has brought the light of knowledge into millions of homes in the villages and areas around Sagar, thus partly fulfilling the objectives of its establishment. The University is developing in a congenial, peaceful, disciplined and enthusiastic atmosphere. The University’s contribution to the field of research is noteworthy. It has awarded more than 3,000 Ph.Ds., 4 D.Scs., and 37 D.Litt. Degrees since its inception. Several alumni of the University have brought great glory to it by distinguishing themselves in their chosen fields; both, within and outside the country.
20. DEPARTMENT OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ANCIENT HISTORY, THE MAHARAJA SAYAJIRAO UNIVERSITY OF BARODA
Founded in 1950 as a part of the Department of History, the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda obtained an independent status in 1953. The aim of the department is to make the study of Archaeology inter-disciplinary. While focusing for its research in western India, the department has achieved not only a regional, but also an international stature. The department has a distinction of being one of the few in the country to offer Archaeology as a subject at the Under-Graduate level. Foundation and advanced level courses are offered in Archaeology, Ancient History and Anthropology. The department utilizes various mechanisms for the further generation of knowledge, such as field expeditions, practical and the writing of a dissertation, particularly at the Post-Graduate level. Research undertaken by the department has contributed to the development of the discipline of Archaeology in the country.
21. KAIVALYADHAMA, MUMBAI
Kaivalyadhama was founded by Swami Kuvalayananda at Lonavala in 1924. When his work to investigate the effects of Yoga in a scientific way became well known, there was an increase in the number of people coming to the institute with a desire to learn Yoga for the purpose of health and healing. Many amongst them were from Mumbai. As their number grew, they requested Swami Kuvalayananda to open a branch of the institute in Mumbai itself. In response to these requests, the Mumbai branch of the Kaivalyadhama was started on the 6th January, 1932, in the suburbs of Mumbai. Later on, for the greater convenience of the people, the Health Centre was shifted from the suburb to its present site on Marine Drive. A substantial donation from Sir Chunilal Mehta, made it possible for the Health Centre to have its own building. In the memory of Sir Mehta’s son, it was renamed as Ishwardas Chunilal Yogic Health Centre, Kaivalyadhama and was inaugurated as a full-fledge centre on 30th April, 1932. Today, the activities of Kaivalyadhama, Mumbai are guided by the Board of Trustees and implemented under the guidance of trustees with the Management Team. Apart from Mumbai, Kaivalyadhama is also located in Delhi, Jaipur, Lonavala, Bhopal and Rajkot. Kaivalyadhama has also made its presence felt internationally, in countries such as Japan, China and the U.S.A.
22. ALKESH DINESH MODY INSTITUTE FOR FINANCIAL AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF MUMBAI
Alkesh Dinesh Mody Institute for Financial and Management Studies was co-founded by Shri. Dineshbhai Mody, in memory of his son, Late Shri Alkeshbhai D. Mody. Shri. Alkeshbhai D. Mody was a dynamic stockbroker and a noble soul.
The Institute was established in the year 1994 as a Department of the University of Mumbai for offering management education with a focus on financial services. The Institute was set up in response to the growing need of Indian managers and investors who could handle business and Capital Market operations in rapidly changing business and financial environment.
The institute has been awarded with numerous awards. To name some;
The objective of the institute is to bridge the industry-academia relationship and produce effective managers who could lead organizations with their humble attitude and management knowledge.
23. ST. XAVIER’S INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION, MUMBAI
St. Xavier’s Institute of Education is the oldest non-government aided, Christian minority Teacher-Training College for the course of B.Ed., affiliated to the University of Mumbai and recognised by the National Council for Teacher Education (N.C.T.E.). The College has completed 65 years as a Teacher Training Institute par excellence, with alumni ranging from Principals of various colleges, a Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University and Heads of Education Departments. The college aims at imparting quality Teacher Training Education and all round development. The College stands for academic excellence and the development of skills and strives after character formation based on the love of God and the service of man. It seeks to educate citizens distinguished for their integrated development and sincere commitment to God and country, leading lives that are socially meaningful.
24. ST. ANDREW’S CENTRE FOR PHILOSOPHY AND PERFORMING ARTS, MUMBAI
St. Andrew’s Centre for Philosophy and Performing Arts is where academicians, research scholars, students, culture enthusiasts, artists and community members work in a collaborative environment to create rich, engaged learning and teaching experiences in the field of Art, Literature and Performing Arts. The Centre is first of its kind in Mumbai, with academically rich courses in specialised fields of art and culture open to all. St. Andrew’s Centre for Philosophy and Performing Arts is the brain child of Fr. Magi Murzello and Dr. Omkar Bhatkar. They, at SAPP invite individuals to become members of an intellectually diverse, active learning community for lifelong learning. The courses run by SAPP are usually priced at a lesser cost, as the Centre seeks to bridge the economic gap between the artist and art. SAPP curates lecture series, readings, workshops and performances.
25. CENTRE FOR STUDY OF SOCIETY AND SECULARISM, MUMBAI
The centre visualises to establish peaceful societies, where all individuals respect each others’ religious and cultural views, uphold the dignity of all and ensure social justice and development for the empowerment of the most deprived and marginalized.
The mission of the Centre is to engage with culture and use cultural resources to promote equality, inclusion and peace; to encourage appreciation of diversity; to bring about a change in undemocratic, prejudicial and parochial attitudes; to encourage critical thinking; to critically look at state policies and contribute towards inclusive policies.
26. EIKAM RESONANCE FOUNDATION, MUMBAI
Eikam Resonance Foundation believes in solving 21st-century humanity problems with ancient wisdom. Eikam enables and empowers people to become their own best, brightest, brilliant-est self – at the person/entity/society and civilization level.
27. MATUSHREE GOMATI HOSPITAL, MUMBAI
Matushree Gomati Hospital is a Multi Speciality Clinic in Goregaon West (a suburb in the northern part of Mumbai)
28. STATE BANK OF INDIA
The State Bank of India has been actively involved since 1973 in non-profit activity called Community Services Banking. All their branches and administrative offices throughout the country sponsor and participate in a large number of welfare activities and social causes. Their business is more than banking because they believe in touching the lives of people everywhere in many ways. In view of this approach towards community service, the Borivali West Branch of the SBI collaborated with Kaash Foundation in the ‘Joy of Giving Week’ Initiative on 2nd October 2020.
29. THE 4TABLES PROJECT, HIMACHAL PRADESH
Founded in 2008 by Mr. Frank Schlichtmann, The 4tables Project is dedicated to experimenting with alternative and meaningful models of contemporary living, art, and hospitality. It is based in a village, Gunehar, near Bir in Himachal, which has become the centre of their activities. This project which started literally as a small café with 4 little tables, has grown to include an art gallery: The Gunehar Art Gallery, a fusion restaurant: The 4tables Cafe, an ecological boutique hotel: The 4Rooms, and a camping site: Camping In The Fields. The 4tables Project also hosts a number of popular and innovative contemporary art events, residencies, and exhibitions such as ShopArt ArtShop and IN THE WOODS.
30. NRITHYODAYA – THE ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS, MUMBAI
Nrithyodaya – The Academy of Performing Arts, Mumbai, is a leading dance and research institution. It was founded in 1976 by Dr. Smt. Jayashree Rajagopalan, one of the foremost disciples of Padma Bhushan Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, the internationally renowned Indian danseuse. The institution imparts training in Bharata Nrithyam, a classical dance style, evolved by Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, bringing together the Marga (traditional) technique of the Natya Sastra and the Desi (regional) form of Bharata Natyam. Since its inception, Nrithyodaya, Mumbai has been doing yeomen service in propagating the rich cultural heritage of our country to the Indian and foreign communities, through dance and dance-drama productions, workshops, seminars, lectures, and lecture-demonstrations. Nrithyodaya’s training has influenced the lives of over 500 students, many of whom are carrying forward this legacy as teachers, both in India & abroad.
In India, life begins with stories and music. Kathik believes in celebration and they are listening and seeing the youth celebrating all our beloved art forms. They love connecting the dots, across many layers of Culture and Timelines. That is what they thought of while stepping their right foot forward to begin narrating! Their concept of relishing several stories from a bygone era with energetic engagement of the youth to make viewers go spellbound has just begun. With this, they are building up strong stewardship and helping Culture and Customs to be more audible and visible through Art and Crafts. Their Tagline is: ‘Stories you See: Experience to Love, Behold to Praise, Follow to Catch, Remember to Inspire, Live Them to Carry…Pass them on and on!!!
32. HEALTH WISDOM
Spearheaded by Prof. Dr. Leo Rebello, Health Wisdom believes in curing illnesses and diseases with Natural Treatments like Homeopathy, Yoga, Acupuncture, Oxygen Therapy, Ayurveda, Hypnotherapy etc.
33. 1. UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME
‘A healthy planet depends on all of us’. With this view in mind, the United Nations Environment Programme was established on 5th June 1972 in Nairobi, Kenya by Maurice Strong, its first director. As the leading global environmental authority, the UN Environment Programme is responsible for setting the global environmental agenda, promoting the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serving as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. Along with a mission to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment, the UN Environment Programme aims to maintain its overarching commitment to sustainability. They categorize their work into seven broad thematic areas: climate change, disasters and conflicts, ecosystem management, environmental governance, chemicals and waste, resource efficiency and environment under review; and the work is made possible by people who voluntarily fund the UNEP. The UNEP, with its regional presence in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Asia and the Pacific, Africa and West Asia, honours its volunteers globally every year and makes attempts to gather people who can work towards sustaining our environment.
34. INSTITUTE OF YOGARTS, HARROW, UNITED KINGDOM
Founded by Ms. Panna Panchal, the Institute of Yogarts in Harrow, United Kingdom seeks to weave yogic philosophy with spiritual knowledge and enhance meditation methods. The Institute also specializes in health tourism and conducts tours which include sightseeing, yoga, Ayurveda and Naturopathy therapies.
35. INAPLNO DANCE AND YOGA CENTRE, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
NAPLNO Dance and Yoga Centre in Prague, Czech Republic is a studio focusing on various types of dance and yoga. This studio provides regular courses, private lessons, seminars and also conducts live performances. Lessons are conducted by lecturers who are professional and enthusiastic about movement and everything related to it.
36. CENTRAL COUNCIL FOR RESEARCH IN YOGA AND NATUROPATHY, MINISTRY OF AYUSH, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
The Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN) was established in 1978 as the apex body for Research and Development in Yoga and Naturopathy. It is recognized under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 as an autonomous institution with the Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) as its President. The CCRYN functions under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India which funds all its activities and efforts towards developing education, research and propagation of indigenous alternative medicine systems in India. Various premier Medical, Yoga and Naturopathy institutions of the country have been carrying out the Council’s research work with the Council’s financial aid. Since its inception, the Council has strived to promote, propagate, educate and train people throughout India and the world about the systems and practices of Yoga and Naturopathy through its publications, workshops and seminars etc.
37. MORARJI DESAI NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF YOGA, MINISTRY OF AYUSH, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
The Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) is an autonomous organization established in 1970 under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India. It is the nodal agency for Planning, Training, Promotion and Coordination of Yoga Education, Training, Therapy and Research in all its aspects. The Vision and Mission of the Institute states: ‘Health, Harmony and Happiness for all through Yoga’. Through the promotion of classical Yoga, the MDNIY aims to inculcate a deeper understanding of Yoga, its philosophy and practices amongst the people. The Institute holds the mandate to promote Yogic philosophy and facilitate training and advanced research on the subject. Since 2016, the MDNIY has been organizing Yoga Mahotsav annually which is a curtain raiser for International Day of Yoga (IDY). It was instituted to sensitize the masses regarding the celebration of IDY.
38. ALL INDIA DE-NOTIFIED AND NOMADIC TRIBES WELFARE SANGH, MADHYA PRADESH
Headquartered in Madhya Pradesh, the All India De-Notified and Nomadic Tribes Welfare Sangh strives to uplift the denotified and nomadic tribes in the country. The Sangh has its influence in different Indian states with core committees formed in each to oversee their initiatives. The Sangh also has a dedicated Women’s Wing which specially focuses on the wellbeing of tribal women.
39. DEPARTMENT OF FOREST, GOVERNMENT OF UTTARAKHAND
As the history of Forestry in India dates back to the 19th century, The Forest Department is one of the oldest departments in the country, with each state government entitled to have its own. The Forest Department of Uttarakhand is responsible for the management of the state’s rich forests and biodiversity. The Department consists of: Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (HoFF and Wildlife), Chief Conservator of Forests, Conservator of Forests, Divisional Forest Officer, Sub-Divisional Forest Officer, Range Officer, Forester and Forest Guard; all of whom are responsible for the general administration and implementation of schemes for the protection of forests and wildlife in their respective territorial entities of Uttarakhand. In order to oversee the management of certain specialized aspects of Forestry, several corporations and associations have been formed under the Forest Department. These include: Uttarakhand Forest Development Corporation, State Biodiversity Board, Uttarakhand Bamboo and Fibre Development Board, Uttarakhand Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board and Integrated Watershed Management Program. The Uttarakhand Forest Department also manages the state’s Six National Parks, Seven Wildlife Sanctuaries and Four Conservation Reserves.
40. CENTRE FOR AROMATIC PLANTS, DEPARTMENT OF HORTICULTURE, GOVERNMENT OF UTTARAKHAND
Uttarakhand is a land of varied soil types and is also characterized by varying agro-climatic conditions, ranging from sub-tropical to alpine. However, due to several physical and socio-economic constraints, traditional agriculture has ceased to flourish. This has resulted in widespread migration of farmers to other places, abundant with employment opportunities. Considering the problems in traditional agriculture and other barriers, the cultivation of aromatic crops seemed to be a feasible solution. Thus, the Government of Uttarakhand established the Centre for Aromatic Plants (CAP) in 2003 at an industrial area in Selaqui, Dehradun. The CAP acts as a business incubator for the development of the aromatic sector in Uttarakhand. It also provides support to marginal farmers by training them, providing them with quality planting materials, conducting surveys, research, and undertaking marketing activities. The CAP conducts research on the sustainable use of aromatic plants, thereby, leading to the betterment of the state’s inhabitants. It also aims and strives to establish Uttarakhand’s identity in aromatic oils on the global front.
41. STATE RESOURCE CENTRE FOR WOMEN, DEHRADUN
The State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW) in Dehradun works under The Department of Women Empowerment and Child Development, Government of Uttarakhand. The workforce at the centre consists of five positions: State Project Coordinator, Gender Specialist, Training Specialist, Research Officer and Assistant (Training and Documentation). The centre strives for women empowerment through some of the following objectives: to function as a technical body for the implementation of women centric schemes at the state level; to develop and implement gender sensitive training and capacity building modules; to enhance the livelihood of women; to regularly review and evaluate existing policies, programmes and legislations pertaining to women and bring suitable recommendations before the state government; and to carry out public service campaigns and workshops to generate awareness about issues faced by women that impede their overall development.
42. DEV SANSKRITI VISHWAVIDYALAYA, HARIDWAR, UTTARAKHAND
Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya was initially founded as ‘Dev Sanskriti Mahavidyalaya’ in 1999 through the efforts of Her Holiness Vandaniya Mata ji. It was recognized by the University Grants Commission, India under the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 in 2002. It has also been duly certified by ISO 9001:2015 and accredited by NAAC. The institute aims to integrate modern and ancient Indian sciences in a practical way that is motivated by the goal of health and happiness for all beings in the world. The vision of Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya is to unite contemporary education with spiritual training to cultivate well-rounded, competent and personally uplifted graduates, who possess a scientifically grounded understanding and experience of spiritual transformation and a powerful drive to use their gifts to promote the greater good of society. The institute carries out innovative scientific research in ancient sciences that is aimed at grassroot application in collaboration with the relevant modern sciences. The primary areas of research undertaken by the institute include Ayurveda and Yagyopathy; Total Psychology; The Science of Vedic Mantras and its Therapeutic Applications; The Philosophy and Science of Yoga, Sadhana, Mantra and Tantra; and The Science of Spirituality.
43. UNIVERSITY OF KASHMIR, SRINAGAR
Founded in 1948 as the University of Jammu and Kashmir, it was bifurcated into two full-fledged Universities: University of Kashmir at Srinagar and University of Jammu at Jammu in 1969. With its main campus at Hazratbal in Srinagar, the University has expanded greatly over the years, establishing Satellite Campuses at Anantnag (South Campus) and Baramulla (North Campus) and three more Satellite Campuses at Kupwara, Kargil and Leh to make higher education more accessible to even the most remote regions of Kashmir Valley. The University has stayed true to its commitment of providing intellectuals from around the world a setting that would enhance their pursuit of scientific, educational, economic and business excellence. Various programmes offered by the University include all the major faculties such as Arts, Business & Management Studies, Education, Law, Applied Sciences & Technology, Biological Sciences, Physical & Material Sciences, Social Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Engineering, Oriental Learning and Music & Fine Arts. Through innovative and imaginative programmes, the University has constantly been devoted towards catering to the needs and demands of the changing times, students and the society. The University was re-accredited as Grade-A+ University by the National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC) of India that reflects the high quality and standard of teaching and research conducted at the University of Kashmir.
44. JIWAJI UNIVERSITY, GWALIOR, MADHYA PRADESH
The Jiwaji University at Gwalior was founded on May 23, 1964. The foundation stone of the University was laid by Late Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the then President of India on 11th December 1964. The University is based in a sprawling campus of over 225 acres of land at Naulakha Parade ground in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh which was donated by the Scindia family. The University was christened after Kailashwasi Shrimant Jiwajirao Scindia as a memorial to his great persona. The motto of the university is embedded in its logo “Vidyaya Prapyate Tejah.” The aim of Jiwaji University is to lead the nation in the fields of research and education in ways that would contribute to the welfare of the society at national as well as global scales. The University has been striving to spread knowledge among students and inculcating in them a mind that is open to new experiences and information for over five decades. Jiwaji University embodies the spirit of excellence in teaching and research and endeavours to add value to the society through economic, social, and environmental development.
45. CENTRE FOR URBAN STUDIES, THE MAHARAJA SAYAJIRAO UNIVERSITY OF BARODA
The Centre for Urban Studies is an autonomous body that was created through an MoU and a project conducted between The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India and University of Leicester, U.K. The project was sponsored by the British Council Knowledge Economy Partnership 2014 scheme. The scope of study undertaken by the Centre ranges from a local to global approach & emerging research methodologies are within global perspectives thereby fostering a sense of multidisciplinarity. It also undertakes research and teaching of the urban past, present and future; study of urban history, global cities, civic identities and historic conservation both – tangible and intangible. The Centre aims to evolve as an enduring strategic initiative to promote academic and professional awareness and scholarship. It is associated with all existing academic departments, centres and institutes at the MSUB. The prominent ones include: Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Commerce, Faculty of Family & Community Sciences, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Social Work, and Faculty of Technology & Engineering. The Centre works within the framework of National Education Policy – 2020. The Centre aims to establish and strengthen the reputation of MSU as one of the primary hubs for urban scholarship in South Asia, seeking grant funding, the cooperation of regional and national agencies, the engagement of policy-makers, and attracting visiting fellows to deliver path-breaking research on urbanization, urban culture, conservation, and the sustainability of the built environment by 2025.
46. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE (AUTONOMOUS), DEVAGIRI, KERALA
Envisioned by the CMI Congregation, St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Devagiri was established in 1956. The College is affiliated to the University of Calicut and has been imparting quality education for the last 64 years. It is one of the most prestigious Arts & Science Colleges in the Malabar region. True to its Motto, “PRO DEO ET PATRIA” (For God and Country), the institution has been working with the commitment of creating a just and humane society; upholding national integration and religious harmony, with special emphasis on the enrichment of the poor and the marginalized. As recognition of its endeavours and achievements in the academic, cultural and social realms, NAAC had accredited the College with A Grade in 2004, and the institution was re-accredited with a CGPA of 3.63 on a four point scale in 2011. The College was recognized as a “College with Potential for Excellence” by the UGC in 2010 and was conferred autonomy in the year 2014. In 2016, the college was re-accredited by NAAC as the first college to be awarded with A++ grade in the country with a CGPA of 3.76 on a four point scale. Maintaining an ideal ambience and striking a delicate balance between curricular and co-curricular activities, this institution has produced more than 200 toppers in University examinations.
47. VIVEKANANDA KENDRA, KANYAKUMARI, TAMIL NADU
The Vivekananda Kendra is a social and religious organization that was instituted to commemorate the Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari where Vivekananda had sat and meditated for three days in 1892. The Kendra was founded on 7 January 1972 at Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India by Eknath Ranade. The Kendra has been dedicated towards transforming people’s lives by integrating the teachings and principles of Swami Vivekananda with environmental and social awareness. It constructed a solid waste management and biogas plant in Mahabalipuram and is involved in many other social welfare initiatives such as conducting a training programme for workers of Vivekananda Kendra and service activities for the locals in Nashik; basic training in tailoring and vocational skills for the rural girls and boys in Bangalore; socio-economic project aimed at all round development of tribal women in Assam, etc. For these efforts and more, the Kendra received the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2015. Since its foundation, the Vivekananda Kendra has been relentlessly working for rural development, education, and development of natural resources with ‘Man-Making and Nation Building’ as its twin guiding principles.
48. INTEGRATED CHILD DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (I.C.D.S.)
The Integrated Child Development Services Programme aims at providing services to pre-school children in an integrated manner so as to ensure proper growth and development of children in rural, tribal and slum areas. I.C.D.S. is a centrally sponsored scheme with every state women and child development department obligated to implement the scheme in their respective states. In Maharashtra, the I.C.D.S. is implemented by the Women and Child Development Department, Government of Maharashtra. Currently, the I.C.D.S. has around 533 projects across 88, 272 anganwadis in the state.
49. NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME UNIT, UNIVERSITY OF MUMBAI
The National Service Scheme Program was launched on September 24, 1969, by the then Union Education Minister Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao with the motto: ‘Not me, but you’. This scheme, which comes under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports aims to provide hands-on experience to young students in delivering community service. The community work that the youth volunteers have undertaken hitherto includes relief work during natural calamities, helping patients in hospitals, orphans in orphanages, and the aged in old age homes. Along with this, students have managed to conduct campaigns that spread awareness about mass immunization, the importance of sanitation, and the eradication of social evils. For better administrative purposes, the NSS is divided at the Institution Level, University Level and National Level. The NSS Unit at the University of Mumbai oversees eight zones of the Konkan belt in Maharashtra: Palghar, Thane, Mumbai City, Mumbai Western, Mumbai Central, Navi Mumbai, Raigad and Sindhudurg. The unit has an active participation of more than 400 colleges and 50000 students towards their regular activities and programs.
50. DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, ST. XAVIER’S COLLEGE (AUTONOMOUS), MUMBAI
The Department of History at St. Xavier’s College was set up under the guidance of Fr. Joseph Anthony Willy, who was the institute’s first Principal and Professor of History, in 1869. The Department thus became one of the oldest departments of the institute and has tremendously grown since then. Over the last 152 years, the Department of History has striven hard to go beyond the textbook and incorporate several aspects of real education such as exhibitions, heritage walks, oral documentations and surveys into its curriculum. The department has turned out university toppers and merit rankers almost every year. As academic excellence is lauded, students are always encouraged to participate in various other activities that the department arranges for their benefit.
51. LEGAL AID COMMITTEE, GOVERNMENT LAW COLLEGE, MUMBAI
Government Law College’s Legal Aid Committee, as the name suggests, strives to provide free legal assistance to those who cannot afford it. The Committee has varied and diverse activities to be undertaken which range from providing pro bono legal opinion to needy people, spreading awareness in Mumbai on various current socio-legal issues, teaching juvenile delinquents and writing bail applications for prison inmates. The Committee consists of four avenues: Legal Aid Cell, Legal Awareness Cell, Juvenile Home Visits and Jail Visits.
52. PUBLIC CONCERN FOR GOVERNANCE TRUST, MUMBAI
Public Concern for Governance Trust is a registered trust founded in 2002 by Mr. Julio Ribeiro, Dr. R.K. Anand and Late Mr. B.G. Deshmukh to increase public participation and activism towards creating a more transparent and an efficient government system. In order to sensitize and mentor the youth in ethical values with emphasis on good governance, PCGT started the Youth For Governance Program in 2012. It was this programme that gave rise to PCGT National Youth Parliament. PCGT National Youth Parliament had its maiden edition in 2019.
53. S.S.L.N. GOVERNMENT PENCHVALLEY P.G. COLLEGE, PARASIA, MADHYA PRADESH
The S.S.L.N. Government Penchvalley P.G. College was established in 1965 by Shri. Shri. Laxmi Narayan Trust, Parasia to help create educational opportunities in the local area. Initial classes of the College began in 1965; however, it was taken under the wing of the Madhya Pradesh Government on 17th October 1981, and a new building was constructed in 2008. The College provides various programmes under the faculties of Arts, Science, Commerce and Computer Science along with courses at Postgraduate levels in Arts, Science and Commerce. The College has been affiliated to the Dr. Harisingh Gour University (Sagar University) and later to Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur and Chhindwara University, Chhindwara. The College has set prestigious records at State and National level in sports, apart from its various academic achievements. The College is enlisted for the RUSA Project. The College is committed to lead students in the field of Higher Education by endowing them with knowledge and wisdom and also nurturing their innate talents and inculcating a scientific temperament and positive attitude.