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About "Institute for Youth and Development" (IYD)

Late Mr. T. Pandia Rajan


The Institute for Youth and Development (IYD) is a secular,    non-profit, voluntary organization established in 1978 by a group of dedicated and longstanding professionals in the field of social work. IYD’s founder trustees are:

  • Rev. Fr. P. Ceyrac S.J., committed to youth work and founder of AICUF

  • Mr. P.T.  Kuriakose, former Director of Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, New Delhi

  • Late Mr. S.R. Prabhu, General Manager (Retd) Canara Bank, who introduced the concept of development in the banking sector

  • Mr. V. C. Joseph, legal advisor and present Director of IYD

  • Late Mr. T. Pandia Rajan, then the senior program officer of Vishwa Yuvak Kendra on deputation with the Department of Education and Youth Services, Government of Karnataka, who was involved in training youth.

IYD is a registered trust (registration number 116 of 78-79, dated 02/06/1978) and it is also registered with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. IYD is recognized as a Consultative Rural Development Voluntary Agency by the Government of Karnataka and it is a member of district- and state-level committees on education, Panchayat Raj and rural development and the state-level committee on voters’ awareness campaign. IYD is currently collaborating with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Government of India, Government of Karnataka and other national and international development organizations.

     IYD is conducting training and seminar programs at local, regional and national level and sustainable rural development activities are taking place in Bangalore Rural, Kolar and Tumkur districts in Karnataka and in Madurai district in Tamil Nadu.

    IYD has been actively involved in institution building and NGO networking at local, state, regional and national level. IYD is one of the founders of the Federation of Voluntary Organizations in Rural Development Karnataka (FEVORD-K). The Institute is actively associated with various NGO networks, namely: 

  • Issue-based networks on Panchayath Raj in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, in association with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation;

  • Karnataka NGOs Network (KARNET), a state-level association of NGOs;

  • Indian Rural Energy Network (IRE Net), a national association of NGOs from 14 states promoting renewable energy technologies in India (The Institute represents in its National Council and also heads the Regional Council for the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh);

  • GRAMNET, the Tamil Nadu NGOs for Panchayath Raj and rural development working in seven southern districts of Tamil Nadu.

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  • The Institute for Youth and Development as  a secular development organization visualizes to work with urban and rural poor - landless, women, youth, dalit, tribal, marginal and small farmers, artisans, etc. - towards sustainable development and to enable them to effectively participate in civil society.
  • IYD visualizes promoting conditions towards a JUST SOCIETY”.

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  • Empowerment of urban and rural poor through self-help and self-reliance and by promoting and working with people to prepare them with development perspectives, new attitudes and democratic values through education, training, productive skills and community-based integrated development programs.
  • To focus on youth as change agent.

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  • To strengthen youth, women and the marginalized poor with qualities and skills that will prepare them for life and enable them to function as catalyst in the process of change and development;

  • To create conditions to bring about a just, participatory and sustainable society;

  • Training and education of farmers on land, water, appropriate cropping, preservation of environment and natural resources;

  • To promote entrepreneurship: cottage, small and micro sectors;

  • To coordinate and cooperate for development with youth organizations, welfare agencies, banks and government departments;

  • To initiate and organize needs-based sustainable rural development projects regarding environment, energy, health, education, agriculture, animal husbandry, sericulture, income generation, etc.;

  • To initiate the process to generate and promote conventional energy sources like biogas and solar energy for meeting sustainable rural energy needs;

  • To improve ground water resources through various watershed development activities for sustainable agriculture;

  • To develop and promote appropriate sustainable institutions for development and maintenance of rural common property resources including village tanks.;

  • To help designing implementation strategies and policy recommendations for development.

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