Welcome to Tata-Dhan Academy!

The development sector, particularly grassroots NGOs, requires development professionals to facilitate the development process. The unorganized poor communities need to be provided with an enabling environment to get them organized for accessing and managing resources for their livelihoods development. Enabling the poor would lead to their entitlement and empowerment. There is a need for long, continuous, and rigorous development processes from committed development professionals to bring the desired changes in the lives of the poor.

With this understanding the Academy has set its vision as “becoming a Centre of Excellence” in professionalizing the development process through its quality education, training, research and consultancy programmes. It aims at grooming development professionals into development missionaries by inculcating development values and ethics in them. The Academy believes that these missionaries can facilitate the flow of young, socially concerned, and dynamic professionals into the sector to promote a value based society among the poor.

"I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away."

- One of the last notes le behind by Gandhi in 1948, expressing his deepest social thought.

Source: Mahatma Gandhi [Last Phase, Vol. II (1958), p.65]

Contact Us

  • tatadhanacademy@dhan.org
  • 04543 - 293405


  • Tata-Dhan Academy,
  • T. Malaipatti, Thenkarai,
  • Mullipallam (PO),
  • Melakkal (Via),
  • Madurai - 625207.