The first of its kind in India, the Indian charity institute was established by the late Prashant Bhushan in 2003, with the objective of bringing religious freedom and religious education to the people of the country.
It now has over 500 branches across India, with over 300,000 students enrolled in its institutes across the country, and is recognised by the Indian Government as a national institution.
The institute has also partnered with some of the biggest names in philanthropy, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has given over $1 billion to the institute over the years.
While Bhushon himself is a former head of the foundation, it’s believed that the institute’s founder, B.R. Ambedkar, is also its benefactor.
The charity is also involved in several initiatives to address the issues of gender inequality, poverty, climate change and human rights, with its focus on empowering women in India and promoting the rights of LGBTI people.
The most recent one is the ‘Hindu Family in India’ programme, which aims to promote the traditional Hindu family and the values that it holds dear.
The programme is currently in its second year, and has been welcomed by many.
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