- The Prajnya Trust was established in 2006 as a public charitable trust.
- It was registered under section 12AA of the Income Tax Act 1961 (695/06-07). The Prajnya Trust PAN is AABTT4334M.
- In September 2007, the Trust launched Prajnya Initiatives for Peace, Justice and Security, a centre for public policy research, public education and network-building.
- Donations to Prajnya from 01-04-2008 to 31-03-2011 qualify for deduction under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961 as per I.T. Dept. Notification DIT (E) No. 2(573)2006-07 dated 26-09-2008.
Prajnya Gender Policy
You may read our Gender Policy online.
Keep track of major Prajnya news through the Trust blog, Prajnya Journal.
Prajnya Annual Reports
Prajnya's Annual Reports, including financial reports are available online.
Vision Prajnya champions peace, justice and security using a feminist, human rights-based approach.
Mission Prajnya’s mission centres around three pillars:
- Research, grounded in values of social justice to create accessible, public-domain informational resources.
- Public education, by fostering safe and inclusive spaces that can facilitate change, one conversation at a time.
- Network-building, bringing together local and regional partners for collaboration and cooperative action.
Prajnya’s work is organized into thematic initiatives that provide the basis for all its activities. Each initiative addresses a cluster of issues. Prajnya's three mandates--research, public education and network-building--are carried out across the initiatives which draw on and engage with each other. Presently, our work is structured around two Inititives: (1) Politics, Security and Gender and (2) Education for Peace.
The original vision for Prajnya embraced a host of other concerns. Two Initiatives we would like to work on in the years to come are 'Regions' (the shared problems, the push and pull of relationships and security issues within geographical and political regions, through activities that combine research, collaboration, network and outreach) and 'South Asian Security' (Understanding ‘security’ as safety, survival and well-being, projects under this initiative will centre on (1) producing accessible publications with tangible utility for furthering public debate and (2) network building and dialogue).
1) Politics, Security and Gender Initiative
Originally established to facilitate and carry out the systematic study of women in politics, the security of women and the role of women in creating security and insecurity, over time, this Initiative reflects a more inclusive understanding of gender and the impact of patriarchy on the work and access of all genders to the public sphere of politics and policy.
This Initiative works through two programmes:
2) Education for Peace Initiative
This initiative began with the vision of creating content that would enable parents and teachers to integrate peace values and practices into their daily work with children, but its work began with schools and classrooms. This initiative was home to Prajnya’s pedagogically-oriented projects, using a range of expressive media towards (1) documentation and dissemination; (2) forging new ways of thinking about conflict and peace; (3) teaching and learning of skills conducive to communication, healing, reconciliation and interaction between people with divergent interests; and (4) capacity building for conflict resolution. Today, Prajnya's Education for Peace work reaches out to educators, but also more broadly to the community to inform and build capacity for active citizenship and to create awareness around peace and disarmament matters.
Visit the Education for Peace page.