About Us

Our History

Academy of Gandhian studies (AGS),an apex level NGO operating for the past forty years is committed to end injustice, inequality and poverty through ‘Satya, Ahimsa and Dharma’. The Academy of Gandhian Studies is founded in 1976 at the initiative of its Founder Chairman Sri. Prabhakarji, adopted son of Mahatma Gandhi and a close associate of Acharya Vinoba Bhave, along with Sri. K.S. Acharyulu, Sri. Kodati Narayana Rao, Sri. Damodar Pangrekar, Sri. K.S. Radhakrishna and Sri. G. Sivaramamurthy, all of whom had been a part of India’s freedom movement.

The Academy currently provides the needed leadership to a network of organizations spread across the four states Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu and working against the contemporary social issue

The key areas of intervention during the last four decades include:

  • Peace initiatives
  • Programmes for gender equity in six states
  • Environmental awareness campaigns and networking
  • Youth for development
  • Programmes to address the issue of HIV/AIDS
  • Trafficking of children for Labour
  • Trafficking in women and children
  • Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Disaster management and response and
  • Natural resource management.

Our Philosophy

The key words that defined development to us are ‘Antyodaya’ (the awakening of marginalized people), Education (in values and relationships), Grama Swaraj (a community approach of individual in society) and Satyagraha (to dissent and struggle for justice). As the transformation was to take place in this frame work, non-violence automatically becomes the sheet anchor of our struggle.

Our Vision

Contribution to the promotion of a democratic social order where in all the citizens enjoy a sense of social justice and economic well being without any form of discrimination, striving for sustainable development, social harmony and universal peace.

Our Mission

Promotion of interaction between Gandhian thinkers and professional groups so as to explore, analyse and adapt the application of Gandhian tenets in resolving the problems of contemporary society, while promoting harmony and sustainable development. The recent conclave at Tirupati have emphasised this need and planned to build a brigade of Indian Youth who shall work for the upliftment of downtrodden and pathfinders to mitigate contemporary issues.

Our Values

  • Truth
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Sustainable development

Our Board



Formerly Director-Rajaji International Institute of Public Affairs and Administration and Chair Professor at the Administrative staff college of India. Dr.Rao has been

Prof.R. Ramamurthi


Prof.Ramamurthi Rallapalli was Former Vice-Chancellor-SV University. President elect-Indian Science congress-2008 He is an Bio-Environmental Scientist of International repute. Currently he is an

Sri. G.Gopalakrishna Murthy


Development Professional, completed his Master’s in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.   He has over 35 years of

Sri. U. Udaya Sankar


Sri.Uday Shankar was Former Director-AFPRO, New Delhi. He served the poor through AFPRO from 1974 to 2003 in different capacities in different

Prof. Janki Andharia


Professor, School of Disaster Management, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, MUMBAI. Professor Janki Andharia  teaches at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences



Professor & Head, Dept., of Social Work, Sri Padmavati Mahila University, Tirupati. Specialist in Livelihoods, SHG management, Trainings and Research & Evaluation

Venkata Raghuram Adiraju


Secretary, Visaka Jilla Nava Nirmana Samithi-VJNNS PAN Card no. ADOPA3453C E Mail : raghu@vjnns.org

P.Ramesh Sekhar Reddy


Secretary, MAHITA PAN Card no. E Mail : mahitahyd2002@gmail.com

G. Rajesh Samuel


Social Worker PAN Card no. ALHPG7597A E Mail : rajesh.g.samuel@gmail.com

General Body Members of Academy of Gandhian Studies

S.No. Members Current Status
1 Sri.Y.Latchanna Advocate, Yelamanchili
2 Sri.R.Suneel Kumar Executive Secretary, SARDS, Tangutur
3 Sri.T.Badri Narayana Secretary, JAGRITI, Nellore
4 Sri.K.L.Durgesh Prasad Executive Secretary, SRAVANTI, Rajahmundry
5 Sri.B.Ramu Executive Secretary, GSS, Tuni
6 Sri.O.Vidya Sagar Secretary, REEDS, Yelamanchili
7 Sri.A.V.Raghuram Secretary, VJNNS, Narsipatnam
8 Sri.V.Paul Raja Rao Secretary, BIRDS, Nandyal
9 Sri.R.Murali Secretary, MARI, Secunderabad
10 Prof.S.Galab Director, CESS, Secunderabad
11 Prof.K.Satya Lakshmi Director, Yogi Vemana University, Secunderabad

Our Team

S.No. Name of the Employee Designation
1 G.Gopala Krishna Murthy Team Leader
2 K. Nirmala Executive Officer
3 D.Ashok Kumar Field Manager
4 V.Bhagya Lakshmi Education & Child Protection Specialist
5 B.Venkateswara Rao Livelihood Specialist
6 T. Badari Narayana Program Coordinator
7 M.Shiva Karthikeya sarma Program Coordinator
8 T.Narasimha Murthy MIS Officer
9 G.Vaneeswara Reddy Coordinator - Finance & Operations
10 K.Madhu Mathi Accounts Officer
11 P.Muni Babu Administrative Assistant
12 K.Kusuma Finance Officer
13 M.Ramani Accounts Officer
14 K.Vishnu Vardhan Aachari Zonal Coordinator
15 V.Menaka Ward Coordinator
16 K.Radhamma Ward Coordinator
17 C.Kavitha Ward Coordinator
18 Y.Satyanarayana Program associate- Schools and Colleges
19 M.Nagavamsi Program associate- Schools and Colleges
19 Ms.V.Lokeswari Program associate- Schools and Colleges