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Where and how did BAIF originate?
Ans - Mahatma Gandhi visited Urulikanchan, a backward village near Pune, in 1946 to establish a Nature Cure Centre. His trusted disciple Manibhai Desai who was assigned the responsibility of management worked closely with the villagers to tackle their problems. He established the Bharatiya Agro Industries Foundation (BAIF), a non-profit, Public Charitable Trust in 1967 to replicate his experiences in rural development. BAIF has now been renamed as BAIF Development Research Foundation. BAIF is, a Gandhian organisation commited to imparting livelihood opportunities to the rural underprivileged families.


What is our programme coverage in India?
Ans- BAIF currently works in around 50,000 villages in 12 states of India. The detailed state wise programme coverage can be seen at the link below: Programme coverage.


Where do our funds come from?
Ans-BAIF, being a Public Charitable Trust does not possess funds of its own. The various donors of BAIF are:
Government Agencies
International Agencies
Scientific and Academic Organisations
Philanthropic Organisations
Corporates
Our various Patrons and Associates

What CSR activities do we do?
Ans-  BAIF, being an NGO does not have a specialised branch of CSR (Corporate Social responsibility) activities. However, we help other corporate houses such as ITC Ltd., Tata Power, Reliance Industries and Foundations such as Infosys Foundation, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust conduct their CSR activities. To understand the details of our CSR activities you can visit the link below (link to CSR)


Where is BAIF located?
Ans-  BAIF's head Office is located in Pune at 'Dr. Manibhai Desai Nagar, Warje'. The Central Research Station of our Organisation is located at Urulikanchan at a distance of about 35 kms from Pune.

Apart from this, there are various centrally located offices at each State Societies Click below.


Who are the trustees and main office bearers of BAIF?
Ans-  BAIF has many prominent personalities as its trustees. Some names included in our list of trustees are Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, Rajeshree Birla, Sudha Murthy, Mr. B. G. Deshmukh, Mafatlal Group, Prof. Indira Parekh, to name a few. You can visit our entire Trustee profile as well as Our Management at the following link


What is the organisation structure of BAIF ?
Ans-  for mopre information click on Organisation Structure

Is there any major achievement of BAIF recently?
Ans-  BAIF was recently awarded the India NGO Award 2008 by Resource Alliance, United Kingdom, and the Nand and Jeet Khemka Foundation, a Public Charitable Trust, on March 30, 2009 in New Delhi.
This national award was jointly awarded to BAIF and the Sankara Eye Care Institutions in the category of .Large NGOs", after evaluating the performance of leading NGOs spread over diverse agro-climatic regions across the country.
Apart from this, BAIF ahs also been recognized as a Centre for Excellence in Tribal Development by the Government of India.


What are the main program components of BAIF?
Ans- BAIF basically works in 5 core areas namely:
Livestock Development
Watershed Development i.e. Natural Resources Management
Land Based Livelihoods; Agri - Horti - Forestry
Off-farm Livelihoods
Improving Quality of Life

Does BAIF work only with Tribal communities?
Ans-  No. Though some of BAIF's programmes are specially aimed at Tribal communities, a majority of its programmes have a wider focus. We aim to create opportunities of gainful self-employment for the rural families, especially disadvantaged sections, ensuring sustainable livelihood, enriched environment, improved quality of life and good human values. 

Can I take up internship with BAIF ?
Ans- Internships: Over the years, leading Social Science and Management Institutes have deputed their students for internship to BAIF. These interns over a period of internship ranging from 3 months to one year have benefited tremendously from the rich learnings of BAIF and its unique development strategy of "building from below". Interaction with a multidisciplinary team of experts ranging from Scientists in various disciplines to Development Strategists and rural community leaders at the grassroot level have enriched their knowledge while providing them with vast field experience through exposure visits. These students while conducting impact analysis of various development programmes and providing BAIF a critical overview of its programmes, have also got an opportunity to understand the rich culture and enjoy the natural diversities.

Students with a specific objective of taking up studies in Natural Resources, Agriculture, Social Studies and Community Development and with their own financial resources to cover all their expenses are welcome.

To learn more about the fellowship / download the form visit For more details, please click here.

Can I work as a research fellow / fellowship with BAIF?
Ans-  Fellowships: The "Spark" Fellowship Programme has been launched to serve as a unique opportunity for young professionals to explore suitable opportunities to blend education / professional background with socially relevant work.  Potential Fellows will be supported financially for up to one year and will receive an opportunity to work on projects in the areas of
Environment/Biodiversity
Biotechnology
Education.
Field work will be integrated with specially designed learning inputs and support from Domain Experts and Mentors.  The fellowships will thus help to enhance one's knowledge and skills while resulting in experiential learning and contribution to society.

To learn more about the fellowship and download the fellowship form visit: Fellowship

Where are the training and hostel facilities of BAIF located?
Ans- BAIF has training facilities located at 6 centres in Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharachtra. The training and Hostel facilities are made available not only for our in-house trainings but are also provided for external institutes willing to conduct trainings.

The main training centre of BAIF is the MDMTC (Manibhai Desai Management development Training Centre) is centrally located at our main office at Pune.
Vrindavan Campus, Village Lachhakadi, Taluka Vansda, Dist. Navsari - 396580, Gujarat
Amrai Campus, Jawhar-Nashik Road, Taluka Jawhar, District - Thane, Maharashtra
Peint Campus, Taluka Peint, District Nashik, Maharashtra
Gramodaya Training cum Research Centre, BIRD-K, PB No. 3, Sharada Nagar, Tiptur 572 202, Tumkur, Karnataka
Gramchetana, Surshettikoppa, Off Bangalore- Hubli Highway, Taluka Kalaghatagi, Dist. Dharwad, Karnataka

To know more about our training facilities you can contact the following numbers :
Training Facility Booking : mdmtcbooking@baif.org.in
Training coordinator: tngcoordinator@baif.org.in

I am an MBA marketing student, but interested in working in social organization. Do I apply?
Will there be any work for me?
Ans- BAIF is a multi-disciplinary organisation. We have professionals and individuals with expertise in different areas of work as its team of active volunteers in agricultural sciences, Health, Veterinary sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences, Finance, Management and Administration to name a few. So, irrespective of educational background or expertise, we provide equal opportunity to all. All we need is a commitment to working with rural underprivileged families and dedication to a social cause.


 
Can BAIF organize trainings or exposure visits for our organization?
Ans- BAIF is a multi-disciplinary organisation. We have professionals and individuals with expertise in different areas of work as its team of active volunteers in agricultural sciences, Health, Veterinary sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences, Finance, Management and Administration to name a few. So, irrespective of educational background or expertise, we provide equal opportunity to all. All we need is a commitment to working with rural underprivileged families and dedication to a social cause.


 
We are interested in implementing wadi program. How can BAIF help us?
Ans- TheWadi or Agri-horti-forestry programme is quite easy to adopt and BAIF provides detailed consultancy for its implementation. BAIF has a separate web portal dedicated to the wadi programme, its components and consultation in all its stages. Please visit the link below to gather more information on this programme : www.baifwadi.org


 
What resources are available and can be shared by BAIF for development organization?
Are these downloadable?
Ans- BAIF acts as a resource centre for tribal and rural development. Annually BAIF releases various publications such as newsletters, research papers, documents, guides and documentary films for circulation. Some of these resources are available for download while others are for sale at a very nominal price. To find out the list of publications and how to acquire them you can check the publications section of our website or contact us by phone of personally.


 
Which are the best locations to visit in BAIF? For Wadi? For watershed? For livestock
development? For SHG federation related work? For Cooperatives?
Ans- coming soon.


 
Where do I contact for fodder seeds and Agricultural seedlings for plantation? Vrindavan products?
Ans- BAIF's Central Research Station located at Urulikanchan provides seeds of various fodder varieties and seedlings for plantation.

You can contact us at the following address:
Mr. Takawale,
BAIF Central Research Station, Urulikanchan, Pune 412 202,
Phone : 91 - 20-26926248
Fax : 91 - 20-26926347
E-mail : crs@pn2.vsnl.net.in

You can contact BAIF office Pune to enquire about the products of our Producer Company Vasundhara. Or you can visit the following website: www.vrindavan.co.in .You can also send an email to info@vrindavan.co.in


 
How has BAIF contributed to MDG achievements?
Ans- Comming soon.


 
Can BAIF be contacted for collaboration or consultation requests?
Ans- BAIF, is involved in a give and take of knowledge and expertise from and to other organisations and corporate. In those areas where we have an experience and expertise, we offer our help. Also, from time to time we require the assistance from other organisations and subject experts. Anyone interested in working with us as a consultant may approach us.


 

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