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About BIRD-K

birdk logoBAIF Institute for Rural Development-Karnataka (BIRD-K) is a voluntary organisation involved in Rural Development. It is a society registered under the Karnataka Society Registration Act , 1860. In 1946, Mahatma Gandhi established a nature cure centre (the present Nisargopachar ashram) in Urulikanchan, a small village near Pune. He entrusted the responsibility of working for the up-liftment of the surrounding villages to his trusted disciple Manibhai Desai, the ashram being its centre. During his long association with the rural people, Manibhaiji studied their problems and designed suitable programmes to tackle the complex problems of unemployment, under employment, community health, hygiene, sanitation and other social evils. The rich experience motivated Manibhai to expand the rural development programme beyond Urulikanchan. Consequently, BAIF group of rural development organisations was born. BAIF (Bharatiya Agro-Industuries Foundation), the mother unit was registered on 24th August 1967. The organisation was later renamed as BAIF Development Research Foundation. To ensure administrative efficiency the organisation is decentralised into autonomous units at state levels, which are generally known as associate organisations. BAIF group of organisations today, operates in 16 states in India. It has 12 associate establishments as on date. BAIF Institute for Rural Development -Karnataka is BAIF's unit that is currently implementing development programmes in Karnataka.