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The idea to form the Gram Niyojan Kendra (G.N.K.) was conceived in 1976 by a group comprised of Late Shri Radhakrishna, Late Shri L.C. Jain, Late Shri Satish Chandra, ICS, Former Chief Secretary, Late Shri Prem Bhai, Prof. K.K. Mukherjee and Dr.(Mrs.) Sutapa Mukherjee.

It was borne out of the realization of the gap in knowledge and skills around program planning and management amongst the organizations engaged in rural development in the mid 70’s.

The Kendra has passed through three distinct stages of development, namely: the period of initial formation (1976-1982) the period of growth (1982-2000) and the period of consolidation (2000- onwards). The first phase was marked by efforts in establishing the Kendra in absence of any definite programme and support system. The Kendra was not known at that time but its members were known individually. This was a period when the Kendra had no specific programmes and source of resources except some small support for formulating plans of development action and organising a few training programmes on adhoc basis mainly from individuals.were expended and diversified and consequently there was growth in its resource situation. The period saw the introduction of training programme for voluntary organisations and of the groups: initiation of the action programme for women and children in rural and urban slums; organisation of relief programme to deal with the problems of which was later expanded to action programme for better environment. It was also the period when it started taking research projects on issues, like prostitution which subsequently opened up areas of intervention with farm of area.

The third phase started with efforts in consolidating the programme of action as well as in establishing the support system from 2000. The Kendra’s programme came to be confined to five fold activities, which include: (i) the training of voluntary organisation workers, (ii) action programme of development of women and children, (iii) united action for better environment, (iv) area development programme for control / prevention of prostitution and (v) research, publication and seminars.