Vivekanand Research and
Training Institute

  • Vivekanand Research and Training Institute, one of the most respected non-government organizations (NGO) of India, was established in 1975. Its initial aim was to help the socially and economically challenged people in rural areas of Kutch district in Gujarat (a state of India).

  • In its earlier years, the government recognized voluntary organization primarily focused on the initiation of crossbreeding programs for the local breeds in Kutch. With continuous success in its activities, VRTI started expanding its activities to include other rural development projects.

  • The founding father of Vivekanand Research and Training Institute, Kantisen Shroff, or Kaka (Uncle in Gujarati) as he is affectionately called, is a simple and modest person, Kantisen Shroff believes that one should repay the motherland and its people. And thus, the motto of Excel Industries is profit is a by -product of services rendered to society.

  • Kantisen Shroffs faith has been that by rural development a contribution is made to nation building. His vision, now a reality, is to combine training with managerial and financial support that would improve the life of the people in the rural areas. And with that vision and the blessings of Swami Vyomanandji (the head monk of the Mr. Ramkrishna Mission at the time), he formally launched the Vivekanand Research and Training Institute on 29th May 1978.

  • Since its establishment, the Vivekanand Research and Training Institute has become one of the most respected non –government organizations in India. At present, its activities are not only held in Kutch, but are spreading in Gujarat, and other states as well.

  • The Vivekanand Research and Training Institute has always been there aid people in times of natural disasters. The Institute had worked to rehabilitate people and villages that fell victim to the January 2001 earthquake with many rescue and relief activities.

  • The Vivekanand Research and Training Institute now has activities going on regularly at many villages, instead of few times which was the case initially. VRTI now has a very efficient network around and outside Gujarat. It has started reaching out to many remote places.

  • The success achieved so far and the experience gained in the area of activities has encouraged us to expand our activities in terms of sharing our experience with other institutes and organizations that could replicate the work being successfully carried out here.

  • There are certain areas, which have still remained unexplored in Kutch, which can be included in our future planning. For example the programme of recharging needs to be now extended to a level of individual cultivator who will be directly benefited from this. We are visualizing good response from the farming community for this project.

  • Looking at the magnitude of the problems before us in respect of rural development work, no single institute like VRTI can either claim or cope with that. Our next goal is therefore to have more and more institutions established for similar work.

  • This will be a step in the right direction if we want to solve this problem successfully and without waiting for the government to do it for us.