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A Study of the Non-Profit Sector in India

Offered by:

1. School of Ethics, Governance, Culture & Social Systems


NGO related study


45 hours spread over 4 weeks

Eligibility :

Graduates & above of any specialization interested in this topic.

2nd or final year undergraduates of any specialization.

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1800-270-4888 or 75588 96000


This course focuses on the non-profit sector in India. It centres around the three areas that are the foundations of this sector: NGOs, Philanthropy & Voluntary action.


A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) is a private organization that pursues activities to relieve suffering, promote the interests of the poor, protect the environment, provide basic social services or undertake community development (The World Bank).  


Philanthropy has a very long tradition in India. All practicing religions embody the idea of philanthropy and the concept of “daan” works across religions and cultures.

Voluntary action

Volunteers are an important part of the labour requirements of NGOs. Volunteers in the non-profit sector represent 0.8% of the economically active population. This number is even greater than that of the paid labour force in this sector, which represents 0.6 % of the economically active population


Apply at:  On or before 26th February, 2020


+91 70257 36662

Course Structure

Programme Duration

Classes for this programme will be held on Friday, Saturday & Sunday every week between 28th February & 22nd March – 2020.
The timings will be different for every day of the weekend as follows:
Friday – 5.30 pm to 8 pm
Saturday – 5.00 pm to 8 pm
Sunday – 10.30 am to 5 pm (Inclusive of lunch break)

Course Objectives
  • To provide insight into the ideology, organization and management of NGOs.

India has 31 lakh NGOs (Indian Express, Dec.17. 2019). NGOS play major role in accelerating the pace of development in India, and, given their great numbers and their important role in India’s development, they are organizations that are important to study.

  • To provide a study of Volunteers that manage and staff NGOs and provide an invaluable yet free resource.

Given that Volunteers are the lifeblood of NGOs, we study the many faces of Volunteerism in India.

  • To examine where resources come from and the changing trends in philanthropy. 

Multitudes of Indians from every sector of society are mobilizing to reduce poverty and philanthropy is playing an increasingly important role through diverse practices in evolving ways that are worthy of study.

Course Outcomes:

NGOS, Philanthropy and Voluntary action – All 3 concepts will be understood in detail.

  • Study of what helps achieve social change, provide services and help vulnerable populations will be done.

Programme Structure


  • Reading from the planned 3 books of study.
  • Lecture hours.
  • Discussions based on questions assigned from readings for the previous week.
  • Visit to an NGO relevant to topic to understand all aspects of functioning.
  • Special module on IKS based concepts in the NGO segment

Evaluation Pattern

  • Weekly test on previous week’s readings for 1-hour duration.
  • Cumulative grade awarded based on the 3 tests’ scores.
  • Assessment of report of NGO visit




Marks allocation

Class Participation


Test scores (of 3 no.s - 20% for each)


Report of NGO visit


Presentation (1 no.)


Programme Certification

The Certificate for this programme is awarded by the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, a De Novo Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956.
To be eligible for the award of the Certificate students must satisfy the criteria listed below:

  • At the end of the programme the students must have successfully earned the given 3 credits.
  • In addition, students must have met the completion requirements for all the segments of the programme.
  • Students of this programme should have an overall score of 50%

Programme Fee

INR 10,000 for Indian students
USD 200 for International Students


Discount and other points


Those who opt for payment on or before 18/2/2020 can avail a 15% concession in their fee for the Certificate programme.
Limited accommodation can be availed on the 12 days of the programme at the university management’s discretion for a cost.

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