Let’s take an approach where communities equally participate in the development that affects their lives

Development that is contextually relevant & culturally appropriate

India is at the cusp of exponential economic growth but severely lacks in many social indicators that put it several paces away from being a developed nation. It continues to have a high proportion of malnourished people, more in certain cases than countries that have a substantially lower GDP, not so high literacy levels, poor conditions of water and sanitation, a large number of unskilled young people and increasing incidences of social unrest across the country.

There is a need to understand and appreciate that mere Income & GDP Growths without significant human and social growth will not result in the kind of gains that the Nation needs and aspires for.

At SVYM, we are reasonably assured that development through equal partnership and invovlement of the communities is contextually relevant and culturally appropriate. This is best done by building the human & social capital of people, with the conviction that this will result in economic consequences that keeps in mind a balanced need to protect the needs of the people and planet.

The more we come out and do good to others,
the more our hearts will be purified.

 Swami Vivekananda

It all started with a handful of young friends responding to the clarion call of Swami Vivekananda.

From a small one room clinic in a tribal hamlet, Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) has evolved over nearly four decades to become a development organisation engaged in building a new civil society in India through its grassroots to policy level action since 1984.

Presently we are serving over 3 million people in Karnataka through 40+ Projects, 7 Institutes and 200+ Partners. SVYM’s areas of focus are Health, Education, Socio-economic Empowerment and Training & Research. The organisation has its headquarters in Mysuru district of Karnataka state in Southern India.

The organisation has received 32 national and international awards so far.

SVYM believes that developing the Human and Social Capital of the communities we serve will result in economic consequences and all of SVYM’s programs are driven by this development paradigm.
Acting as a key promoter-facilitator in the community’s efforts towards self-reliance and empowerment, SVYM is developing local, innovative and cost-effective solutions to sustain community centred progress.
We are aligned with 13 out of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations.

Our development approach has resulted in a positive economic consequence in the lives of tribal, rural, vulnerable and other marginalised communities that is well documented and publicly available in our reports.

SVYM is also rooted to its values of Satya (Truthfulness), Ahimsa (Non Violence), Seva (Service) and Tyaga (Sacrifice), which is reflected in its program design and delivery, transactions with its stakeholders, resource utilisation, disclosures and openness to public scrutiny. Buying in support from the community, working in healthy partnership with the government, world bodies, corporate sector, CSOs and academia has been the hallmark of SVYM’s evolution over nearly 4 decades.

Organisation Overview


Years of Service


Districts of Karnataka

3 Million

 People Being Served


Partner Organisations




Awards So Far

Our Reach

Our Development Narrative

Our Vision

A caring and equitable society,
free of deprivation and strife

Our Mission

To facilitate and develop processes
that improve the quality of life of people

Development Paradigm

Developing Human & Social Capital
to build a resurgent India

Our Core Values






non violence







Our Approach

10 Tenets of SVYM

Building Human & Social Capital

Our closely intertwined development interventions build Human & Social Capital leading to economic consequences

Local, innovative & replicable solutions

Through a bottom up approach, we strive for solutions that are lean, contextually relevant & culturally appropriate

Working with Govt., Corporates, CSOs & Academia

We do it ourselves as well as collaborate with multiple like minded stakeholders

Community Centric Partnership

We act as facilitators & not mere service providers. By being present in the same geographic location, we work closely with our community partners.

Complementing Institution & Community based interventions

Our Institution and Community based interventions complement each other for seamless delivery of service

Grassroot to policy level action

Grassroot action that directs development from the local, regional to national level

Family centric approach

Our interventions engage, involve & strengthen families by looking at family as the fundamental unit of development

Dignity in Development

Ensuring dignity in development by valuing our community partners as equal in development.

Employ local people to encourage ownership

We encourage diversity and inclusion & consciously promote employment of local people. Over 60% of the employees are from rural & tribal communities.

Identify local Role

Models who become agents of change We promote role models from within the community to become the ‘agents of change’ & participate in the development of their community

Our Journey So Far

SVYM Members & Core Team

Dr R Balasubramaniam


Governing Body 2024-25

Dr Sudheer B Bangalore


Dr Dathathri H A

Joint Secretary

Ms Swathi R

Executive Member 

Dr Chadrashekar K N

Vice President

Dr Sridevi Seetharam


Dr S Pushpalatha


Dr Prashanth C R

Executive Member

SVYM Executive Leadership

Mrs Savitha S

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Dennis D Chauhan

Head of Socio-economic Empowerment Program of SVYM 

Mr Praveen Kumar S

Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Head of Education Sector of SVYM

Mr Jayanth K S

Head of North Karnataka Programs 

Dr Kumar G S

Head of Health Sector of SVYM

Awards & Accomplishments

State Award for Best Organisation in Disability Sector


SVYM recognised as the state’s best NGO for our program for the Specially Abled by the Department of Women & Child Development, Empowerment of Differently Abled and Senior Citizens, Govt. of Karnataka in December 2023.

Surya Mitra Award 2021-22 SELCO India


SVYM’s ongoing effort to strengthen the rural health infrastructure has been recognized by SELCO India with its prestigious Surya Mitra Award 2021-22.

DH Healing Hands Centre for Excellence Recognition Award


SVYM’s Vivekananda Memorial Hosp presented with Deccan Harald DH Healing Hands Centre for Excellence Recognition Award for its efforts to reduce the adverse impact of COVID-19 pandemic on rural and tribal communities.

7th eNGO Challenge Awards 20-21


SVYM is recognized as a Winner in the category OUTREACH & ENTREPRENEURSHIP +  STARTUPS for creating women entrepreneurs by training tribal women in enterprise building and management

SVYM certified as a Great Place to Work


Selected in the category of Non-Profit & Charity Organisations for the year 2020-21

SAFA ‘Certificate of Merit’ For Best presented Annual Report 2015


South Asian Federation of Accounts (SAFA) Certificate of Merit for Financial Reporting and Transparency

ICAI plaque award for ‘Excellence in Financial Reporting’ 2014-15


Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) awarded SVYM in the category – Excellence in Financial Reporting

Best NGO in India award by Resource Alliance supported by EdelGive Foundation & Rockefeller Foundation


Best NGO in India under the category of large NGO’s for setting & promoting best practices in resource mobilisation accountability & transparency

Certificate of Merit by South Asian Federation of Accounts


Certificate of Merit for Financial Reporting and Transparency from South Asian Federation of Accounts

Nani Palkivala Civil Liberties Award 2014


In the non profit category for organisations. The award also included a prize money of Rs. 2,50,000/-

Best Community Health Practitioner Award - KACH


Awarded by Karnataka Association of Community Health for Best Community Health Practitioner

WHO Award for excellence in Primary Healthcare


Excellence in Primary Healthcare at ICICI Lombard & CNBC TV18 India Healthcare Awards 2012

ICAI Award for 'Excellence in Financial Reporting'


Institute of Chartered Accountant of India(ICAI For Excellence in Financial Reporting

Our Partners in Building a Resurgent India

Together, investing in people and their capacities

Our Partners Say

“ Three things I would emphasise about SVYM. First, it is the economy with which results are achieved and the carefulness with which money is spent. Secondly, it’s highly professional. And thirdly, that it’s a very transparent model. The kind of transparency of working, funding, auditing, accountability is something which should commend itself as an ideal for prototypes of this type in India. SVYM is truly a metaphor for the change which we want to see. ”
Justice M N Venkatachalaiah
Former Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India
Former Chairman, National Human Rights Commission, India

“ Really impressive work at grassroot level. This is one of the benchmark models for inclusive growth and empowerment in tribal communities.”

Naresh Tyagi
Chief Sustainability Officer, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd.

“Really making a difference to India. I’m really impressed by the passionate and committed people in SVYM.”

Sunil Bhaskaran, MD & CEO, Air Asia

“The concept of human and social capital is now very important for me and I firmly believe that building people’s capabilities and providing opportunities is a crucial way to help those in need.”

Ms. Anna
Externship Semester program,Cornell University

The SVYM’s Palliative Care Centre can be called the “Temple of Love and Affection”.  Every patient needs a caring hand to hold in his last days and not just a steel walker to walk. Seeking social, psychological and physical care is the Constitutional Right of every individual.”

Padma Shri Dr. M R Rajagopal

Chairman, Pallium India

“It is indeed a very heartening experience to see
SVYM’s enthusiasm in popularising Science and
bringing the process of Science to the student

Wishing a great success in all your future

Shri Kiran Kumar
Former Chairman
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

In News

SVYM among the first 5 NPOs on Social Stock Exchange

SVYM among the first 5 NPOs on Social Stock Exchange

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SVYM turns 40!

SVYM turns 40!

1st Dec 2023 marked the 40th foundation day of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement. In our 40 year journey, our values, our conviction in the spirit of community partnership and community ...
SVYM appoints the next President & CEO

SVYM appoints the next President & CEO

Dr. Sudheer B Bangalore takes over as the President and Smt Savitha Sulugodu becomes the CEO, starting their tenure from 1st of April 2023. A significant day for all of us at SVYM! Both Dr ...

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Statutory Registrations

Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) is

  • Registered under Sec 12 A of The Indian Income Tax Act 1961, vide No. Trust/718/10A/Vol B II/85 having PAN: AAATS5045F
  • Registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, vide No. 122/84-85, dated 1-12-1984
  • Registered With Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, under FCRA 1976 vide No. 094590102
  • Organisation GST REG – 06 29AAATS5045F1ZG
  • Registered under Service Tax vide No. AAATS5045FSD001
  • Registered under NGO Partnership System (Niti Aayog) Unique Id vide No. KA/2009/0002213

Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) is

  • Registered under Sec 12 A of The Indian Income Tax Act 1961, vide No. Trust/718/10A/Vol B II/85 having PAN: AAATS5045F
  • Registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, vide No. 122/84-85, dated 1-12-1984
  • Registered With Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, under FCRA 1976 vide No. 094590102
  • Organisation GST REG – 06 29AAATS5045F1ZG
  • Registered under Service Tax vide No. AAATS5045FSD001
  • Office of Registrar of Companies, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt of India, CSR00002215


Sl.No Statutory Authority Act and Section
01 Registrar of Societies, Karnataka State Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960
02 Ministry of Home Affairs,Govt.of India U/s 6(1) (a), Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976
03 The Commissioner of Income Tax, Bangalore U/s 12A (a),Income Tax Act, 1961
04 The Commissioner of Income Tax, Mysore Income Tax exemption U/s80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961
05 The Professional Tax Officer, Mysore Karnataka State Professional Tax Act, 1976
06 The Assistant Commissioner of Commercial Tax, Mysore Karnataka Value Added Tax
07 The Commissioner of Provident Fund, Bangalore U/s 1(4) Employee Provident Fund & Miscellaneous Provision Act, 1985
08 Tax Deduction Account Number U/s 203 A of Income-tax Act, 1961
09 Central Board of Excise and Customs Chapter V of the Finance Act, 1994
10 NITI Aayog NGO Partnership System Unique Id vide No. KA/2009/0002213