GRAVIS at present
Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS) or Center of People’s Science for Rural Development was founded in 1983 by a group of Gandhian development activists in the Thar Desert of India. The organisation was formed in order to organise rural development activities in the remote parts of Thar Desert. The organisation has great faith in working on issues related to human development, equality and rural empowerment with active participation of communities of the region where in functions. In the beginning, it started its work in a cluster of 20 villages of Jodhpur district in Rajasthan. At present, GRAVIS works in more than 1700 villages of 10 districts of the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India, and in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh States covering a population of about 1.6 million people. .