Brief History

A team of rural development professionals from Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS).Ranchi who were highly sensitive to the causes of disparity, exploitation and poverty   envisaged the idea of Jan Utthan Samiti as a development organization in the year 1985. In the initial years of their career, they served different capacities. During the course of involvement they realized that there was a gross disparity between development theory and its practice. What was being called the vision of the community was actually that of the organizations. They also realized that participation in the development process was again of the organization not of the community, activities were organization centered not people/community centered.

This realization lead them towards exploring ways of establishing a just society, free from exploitation and to establish a body which could provide a platform  for experimentation and materialization of innovative thinking by putting people in the core of the development initiatives and enable people to manage, own and control their destiny. As a consequence these professionals spearheaded the task of establishing, Jan Utthan Samiti (JUS) in the year 1986.

Since its inception JUS has a strong belief in people’s participation and democratization. It has always practiced innovative thinking, experimentation and adopting need based strategies and interventions. Over the years JUF with its team of trained and determined professionals, has persistently endeavored to live up to its expectations and prove its potential addressing people’s need as a partner in their struggle. JUS’s management style and overall approach embark of visionary leadership, innovation and participation. In more than past two decades of its existence JUS has matured in terms of organizational capacity to handle and address different issues based on emerging needs of the area and people and has proved its potential.