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Rural Communes

Based on the foundation of development, Rural Communes, founded in 1974 with the sole purpose of finding the right means to create livelihood for the marginalised rural individuals and empower the society through Sustainable Development.

By involving people in the process of their own development with action oriented tasks a movement begins, the movement of real development. And Rural Communes takes the initiative and the course progression with tangible methods that allow learning and manifests self-reliance.

This very value gave life to the Graduate Volunteer Scheme (GVS).  A programme initiated in 1974 to develop a meaningful and relevant form of education where graduates from all faculties had to live and work in rural Maharashtra for a period of 12 months.

This new type of education and learning process, which brought them out of the classroom, students learnt the realities of the world, problems of the oppressed class and moreover, learnt to face and overcome problems of life. Besides, it developed a sense of self-confidence in them and they also realized the effectiveness of collective efforts of people towards the solution of problems.

Creating leadership through education

The students became not only good organisers but also good leaders and local organisation sprang up. GVS won the “Commonwealth Youth Award” for 1976 for the involvement of youth in Community Development, on the strong recommendation of the Government of India.

After the students completed their period of learning with GVS, they continued to stay on in the villages and working with the people. The people in turn indicated willingness to support the students in kind. Seeing this, GVS staff also extended their support to them personally and on an ad hoc basis.

Since GVS was working under the set-up of the University of Bombay, it was unable to provide support to the students for more than a year. Therefore, it was subsequently decided by the staff and students of GVC to register an independent organization – RURAL COMMUNES (RC). Rural Communes was registered in 1976, both under the Societies

Registration Act - 1860 (No. Bom. 137/1976 G.B.B.S.D.) and the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950 ( No. F - 3978 (Bom.)

Our Team

RC’s Co-ordination staff play a vital role by:
  • Formulating need based programmes and activities.
  • Active staff training
  • Providing information on relevant issues/topics
  • Participating in critical assessments; internal as well as external (of personnel and programmes)
  • Developing appropriate monitoring system
  • Translating progress report and project proposal
  • Managing crisis situation
  • Providing material on current topics and issues
  • Providing assistance in administrative management, coordination, accounting, etc
  • Promoting networking among these agencies on different topics and issues
  • Organising workshops, seminars, etc. to take fortnew ideas and concepts in the development field e.g. concepts like sustainable development, watershed development, etc
  • Formulating project proposals
  • Networking on the concepts like watershed development, environment regeneration, etc.
  • Liasoning and encouraging educational institutions like Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bombay University, SNDT Women’s University to get involved in specific programmes.
  • Networking on specific issues like minimum wage rate, its availability, rehabilitation’s of bonded labour, common grasslands, women’s issues.

Team composition

Salma Alavi: Director

Tushar H. Patil: Programme Manager for CEL

B.C. Patil: Campus in-charge

Vandana Patil: Field Accountant, CEL

Vaishali Gavandi: MPPC Trust

B.S. Bhoye: Programme in-Charge, Jawhar Mukhada

Lata Pujary: Administrator

Muriel Lopes: Chief Accountant

Savita Tandel: Assistant Accountant

Ms. Archana Karnik: Documentation & Communication

Mr. Suryakant Tambe: Office Assistant

Jermina Devi Tirki: Office Assistant

Our technical Partners

Our funding agencies

Some of the NGOs that RC works very closely by way of Networking and Actual work

NGO Partners –Agricultural Innovation

Organisation for Training and Capacity Building Courses of RC

  • Tuljai Bahudessiya Foundation
  • Centre for Experiential Learning – Rural Communes
  • Yuva Jagruti Bahuddesiya Foundation
  • Utkarsha Kalavishkar Foundation
  • Saum Sanstha
  • Olava Samajik Sanstha
  • (previously known as Chakshu Foundation)
  • Adarsh Bahudessiya Foundation
  • Bhavani Mahila & Balvikas Sanstha
  • Lokkalyan Organization
  • Trivence Shaishanik Sanstha
  • Sudhagad Hitvardhini sabha
  • Shrimati Ramabai Mahila Bachat Gat
  • Amba Khore Vikas Sanstha
  • Pragati Mahila Bachat Gat
  • Bhagyalakshmi  Bachat Gat
  • Om Shree Ganesh Bacht Gat
  • Priyadarshani Mahila Bachat Gat
  • Janvichar Sanstha Jambrung
  • Shri Ganesh Mahila Group Dhulewadi
  • Shri Hanuman mahila Bachat Gat Gorthan
  • Ekta Mahila Mandal Chilthan
  • Luxmi Mahila Bachagat Gorthan
  • Mahaluxmi Mahila gat Donvat
  • Savitribai Phule swayam sahayta Mahila Bachat Gat,Chilthan
  • Ganesh mahila SHG
  • Vaibhav Lakshmi SHG
  • Prerna mahila SHG
  • Shree Dattprasad  Mahila SHG
  • Janani Mahila SHG
  • Zashichi Rani Mahila SHG
  • Akvira Mahila SHG
  • Janai-Manai Mahila SHG
  • Navi Umed Sanstha, Behind SBI, Akhada Ward, At.Pandharkawada, Tal.Kelapur, Dist.Yawatmal
  • Srujan Sanstha, Mandurda, Post box No.1, Tal.Kelapur, Dist.Yawatmal
  • Rural Communes - Jawhar, Husen Manzil, Pachbatti Naka, Tal.Jawhar, Dist.Thane-401 604
  • Savedana Sanstha, Professor Colony, Behind Chitralekha Paper, Karaja (Lad), Dist.Vashim- 444403
  • Dhruv - Baif, Vrundavan Campus, At.Lachhkadi, Post.Gangapur, Tal.Basada, Dist.Navsai - 396 580
  • Chaitanya Sanstha, Pune, Madhuban Apartment, Rajgurunagar, Tal.Khed, Dist.Pune
  • Rural Communes - Medicinal Plant Conservation Centre, Taj Aprt., 97-1/A-8, 2nd floor, Salisbary Park, Near Advestis hospital, Pune
  • Shramik Sahayog Sanstha, At.Jathar Chaul, Vireshwar Colony, Behind Central Bus Stop (Near Pond), Tal.Chiplun, Dist.Ratnagiri
  • Apropriate Rural Technology Institute (ARTI), 2nd Floor, Marin Apt., shop No.13, Dhyarigaon, Pune - 411041
  • Gokhle education society, Arts & Commerce college, Tal.Jawhar, Dist.Thane
  • T.B.K. College, At.Post.Bharne, Tal.Khed, Dist.Ratnagiri
  • Mahatma Phule Arts, Science & Commerce college, Panvel. Dist.Raigad
  • Aas Bahuouddeshiya vikas sanstha, Padalse, Dist.Jalgaon
  • Shri Beleshwar Sewabahvi Sanstha , Parbhani,
  • Jay Malhar Sevabhavi Santha, Girgaon, Tal- Basmath, Dist - Hingoli
  • Adhar Garamvikas Sanstha,Kadgul
  • Samajik Unnati Yuva     Manbdal
  • Astitva Mahila Bahuuddeshiy Santha Sonala, Tal Sangrampur, Dist- Buldhana.
  • Awhan Bahuuddeshiya Samajik Sanshtha
  • Care Touch Social Foundation
  • R.C.Bhivapuri,Local CBO
  • Surjan NGO,Local SHG,MPCC Pune
  • Shree mahadev shahara trust , Local CBOs
  • Bhivpuri,- Local NGO, Janvichar vikas manch sanstha
  • CEL - Bhivpuri Cluster
  • CHETANA  Mahila Vikas, Beleshwar sevabhavi Sanstha
  • Swarajya Prabodhan Sangharsh Samitee
  • Lokadhikar Sanstha