Patanjali rahat kosh trust is a non-profit organization operational since 2010 with a vision “We commit ourselves to supporting the underprivileged in our society and support the government to improve governance. Established by the founders of Integra swami ramdev ji, patanjali trust began its activities in Uttrakhand, India.
Patanjali trust exists to make significant contributions to education in a manner consistent with social justice, equity, humane values, and sustainability within the framework of secular and democratic Indian polity. A number of key principles continue to guide the process of the Trust’s evolution. These principles deeply inform our strategy and approach at many levels and are worth articulating here.
Education and Allied Areas as the Domain of Work: Education is a powerful vehicle for social change, and it is the primary focus of our work. We work primarily for India’s large underprivileged and marginalized population. Related domains such as health, nutrition, livelihoods, governance, and ecology also have a critical bearing on education. We work in these areas, addressing their complex inter-related structure. However, we realize that it is not possible for a single organization to work with equal intensity and focus in all these areas, and therefore we calibrate our efforts based on the nature of the specific challenges, our own capabilities and our ability to work with partners, and extended resources.
Scale of Work: We seek systemic change – all our work is aimed at creating large – scale impact either directly or indirectly. Such system – wide change that touches the large underprivileged population of India is possible only by working in close partnership with the government. However, we are also open to work independently as well as with other private institutions, if required.
Knowledge Creation: High – quality research and domain knowledge is essential to driving change through policy and practice. Knowledge creation through a strong focus on research is thus critical.
Integration of Theory and Practice: In a country that lacks a culture of research, building knowledge through research is critical; but this must be deeply rooted in practical ground realities, for applicability. Our “academia” and “practice” teams work together continually and synergistically.
Institutionalized Impact: It takes significant and continuous effort over many decades for any deep – rooted change to happen in a country like India, which is so vast, diverse, and complex. Such longevity of effort can only be achieved through dynamic “institutions.” which strive for excellence, are responsive to their context, and are purposeful. Institutions must be decentralized, autonomous entities that can implement programs that are locally relevant and build deep relationships with proximate communities and collaborate with local government initiatives. The sheer size of India implies that such institutions must necessarily be geographically dispersed.