ABOUT ILP

Organization

India Literacy Project (ILP) was founded in 1990 in the USA by a group of Non-Resident Indians. With its mission to be 'A Catalyst for 100% literacy in India', ILP is a developmental support organization that works in partnership with local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and networks in India to play the role of a catalyst for literacy. ILP's main role is to enable and support the implementing partner (NGO) in its processes of strengthening the community, to identify and address the gaps in the delivery of education services, and to bring about systemic changes through advocacy. 

 ILP is registered as a Non-profit 501(c)3 organization (Tax Id. 36-3779020). Donations to ILP in the USA are tax-deductible under Section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code.

ILP INDIA

Realizing that for improved effectiveness and efficiency, ILP would need to have its own presence in India, ILP decided to set up the ILP India Trust. The ILP India Trust was registered in India in January 2000, to facilitate identification of projects, develop intervention strategies. ILP India has developed a comprehensive on-site participatory evaluation and monitoring process which has helped strengthen, sustain and improved the success rates of programs funds.

The ILP-India initiative was established in January 2000. The India branch is an independent legal body registered as a Public Charitable Trust. It is also registered under the section 12A Indian Income Tax 1961. To enable Indian donors to ILP to claim tax credit in India, ILP is also registered under the section 80G of the Indian Income Tax Act, 1961. The 80G Tax number is: No: DIT (E) BLR/80G(R)/665/AAATI3576P/ITO (E)-1/Vol 2008-09.

The ILP India Trust provided the much needed non-financial support to grass-root NGOs. 

Goals 

The goals of the ILP India Trust are to:

  • Play a consultative role in identifying and reviewing programs of existing and potential partners in India.
  • Build capacity of our partners in furthering the cause of literacy.
  • Cross-pollinate best practices, innovative ideas and methodology in literacy and education between NGOs.
  • Identify and Pilot innovative models
  • Network with Government departments and formal institutions working in the area of literacy, education, women and child development.
  • Promote volunteerism: Build a pool of volunteers who could supplement the skills and resources of grassroots NGOs and field workers.

Leadership

The National Coordinating Committee(NCC) is responsible for all of the organizations activities in the USA and the Board of Trustees(BOT) is responsible for the activities in India. The leadership teams of NCC and BOT jointly develop the strategic framework and roadmap for the organization. You can read about leadership team here.

Our Team

All our programs/projects in India are monitored by a very experienced and passionate team of program managers. Each of our program managers have over two decades of experience in field of education, literacy and social work. You can read about our team here.

Program Management Team

All our programs/projects and activities in India are managed by a team of experienced and passionate program managers. Each of our program managers bring decades of experience in the field of education, literacy and social development. 

A.L. Rangarajan

A.L. Rangarajan is the Program Manager – India (Strategy) at ILP since January 2009. He is involved in performing Pre-Funding Assessments (PFA), Interim and final Evaluations of ILP projects in different regions of India on behalf of ILP. He heads the ILP-India operations, advising ILP-India and ILP-US on strategic Program Management aspects.

Suchitra Rao

Suchitra Rao is a Program Manager at ILP working on projects, Knowledge Hub and advocacy. Suchitra Rao is a Post Graduate in Social Work from Chennai and has over 20yrs experience in the social development sector, 13 of which has been specifically as  Consultant with UNICEF and Government of Karnataka, India, on Child Development issues, on Policy and Advocacy matters while also spearheading rural and urban Projects on Girl Child Labour and Child Protection.

Victor Tauro

Victor Tauro is the ILP India National Coordinator responsible for managing our projects. Victor has been with ILP since 2005.  He has over 25 years of experience in soical development working for numerous organizations like INODEP Asia, CRY and Akshara Foundation. At ILP he is responsible for planning, evaluation and monitoring of all projects. 

Victor has a Masters degree in Social Work, from Mangalore University.

Ravi Mani

Ravi Mani is the Program Manager – Knowledge Hub at ILP since September 2012. He is involved in enhancing capacity building of knowledge and skills of the ILP’s NGO partners on the latest areas related to children’s development (especially on Education, Child Rights, Child Protection etc). He is also a Trustee of ILP-India Board of Trustees from 2004. Ravi Mani has 25 years of experience in development work.

Leadership

The National Coordinating Committee(NCC) is responsible for all of the organizations activities in the USA and the Board of Trustees(BOT) is responsible for the activities in India. The leadership teams of NCC and BOT jointly develop the strategic framework and roadmap for the organization.

National Coordinating Committee
(USA) 

National Convenor & Projects Co-ordinator
Subhash Pochareddy
convenor@ilpnet.org
projects@ilpnet.org

Co-Founder 
Venki Venkatesh
408.666.5314
cofounder@ilpnet.org
Operations
Padmaja Sathyamoorthy
650.492.4928
operations@ilpnet.org
National Finance Co-ordinator
Sandeep Shroff 
650.652.9095 
finance@ilpnet.org
Bay Area Chapter Coordinators
Bhargavi Chandrasekharan & Krithika Ananthakrishnan
ilp-ca@ilpnet.org
Finance Coordinator
Uma Venkatesh
finance@ilpnet.org
Grants
Rajkishore Govindu
grants@ilpnet.org
Communications
Usha Thothathri
comms@ilpnet.org
Board Of Trustees
(INDIA) 
Chairperson
Manmohan Jain
chairperson@ilpindia.org
Secretary
Pramod Sridharamurthy
secretary@ilpindia.org
Trustees

  • A.L. Rangarajan (Ex-Officio member)
  • Ravi mani
  • Suchitra Rao
  • Ambavalan Ramachandran
  • Pratima Jagadeesh
  • Sashikumar N
  • H.S Sudhira
  • Charu Puri

History of ILP

The India Literacy Project, (ILP), founded in 1990 in the USA by a group of Non-Resident Indians inspired by Dr. Parameshwar Rao, a scientist trained in the U.S. He returned to India in 1967 to dedicate his life to improving the lives of the rural poor in India.

Dr. Rao's original goal was to improve the life of the villagers in and around the Vishakapatnam district. He soon realized that literacy was a necessary prerequisite if the villagers were to absorb the knowledge he wished to impart to them. This, together with the knowledge of India's then abysmal literacy rate of 36%(1981 census approx.), propelled him to campaign in the U.S. for Indians to actively participate in improving the literacy rate. He campaigned across several cities in the US which led to a group of NRIs coming together and committing to create an organization dedicated to literacy and education (Document signed by founding members). Thus ILP was born.

ILP's first initiative was in the form of a small grant to an adult literacy program of the Bhagavatula Charitable Trust (BCT) in Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. From these humble beginnings, ILP was born. Today ILP is an active organization, with more than hundred volunteers in the U.S and a vibrant organization in India. To date ILP has supported over 100,000 under-privileged children and women in over 12 States. With the help of donors like you and a dedicated team of volunteers in USA and India, ILP is mobilizing funds and raising awareness for education.

Through experience gained at the grassroots level,we have expanded our program to cover education initiatives for "out of school children" and "literacy-cum-income generation programs". We have also included capacity building programs, such as teacher training and dissemination of best practices in our goals. More recently, we have supported projects that strengthen mainstream education provided by the Government.

The ILP-India initiative was established in January 2000 and is registered as a Charitable Trust under the Sections 12A and 80G of the Income Tax in India,and facilitates assessment and evaluation of projects and the overall administration of its operation. ILP-India's unique on-site participatory evaluation and monitoring program, has helped strengthen, sustain and improve the success rates of programs funded.

ILP Constitution

  INDIA LITERACY PROJECT (ILP)(A Non-Profit Organization, Est. 1990)
Registered Address: 303 Polo Lane, Oak brook, IL. 60523

CONSTITUTION OF THE INDIA LITERACY PROJECT

ARTICLE I : NAME

The name of the Corporation shall be INDIA LITERACY PROJECT, herein after may be referred to as the ILP.

ARTICLE II : PRINCIPAL OFFICE

Chapter 2:1 : The place in the State of Illinois where the principal office of the Corporation is to be located is the City of Willowbrook, ( now the Office is in the village of Oak Brook )Du Page County.

Chapter 2:2 : The place of the principal office of this Corporation may be changed from time to time by resolution of the National Coordinating Committee, and such office may be in any county, state or country.

Chapter 2:3 : The Corporation may have such other offices as the National Coordinating committee may determine from time to time.

ARTICLE III : ORGANIZATION

Chapter 3:1 : India Literacy Project shall be a not-for-profit organization established and operated exclusively for literacy, educational and charitable purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Chapter 3:2 : No part of the net earnings of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the Corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article III: 3:1 hereof.

Chapter 3:3 : No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in ( including the publishing or distribution of statements any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

Chapter 3:4 : Notwithstanding any other provision of these Articles, the Corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

ARTICLE IV : PURPOSE

The specific and primary purposes and objectives of the India Literacy Project shall be:

Chapter 4:1 : To promote "Literacy As a Movement of People."

Chapter 4:2 : To eradicate functional illiteracy.

Chapter 4:3 : To enhance social awareness through literacy and education.

Chapter 4:4 : To conduct courses, classes, and work-shops and other related activities to further the cause of literacy.

Chapter4:5 : To develop, publish, print or distribute books, journals, periodicals and literature.

Chapter 4:6 : To produce and distribute audio/video cassettes or films to promote literacy and education.

Chapter 4:7 : To provide relief in cash or kind to those affected by riots, floods, fire, epidemics, droughts, and other calamities.

Chapter 4:8 : To provide medical aid to the poor, indigent, senior citizens, and handicapped persons.

Chapter 4:9 : To promote, sponsor and support similar literacy, educational, social and charitable organizations with the same or similar purposes.

Chapter 4.10 : To promote, support, and provide for rural developmental projects across India wherin literacy has been a integrated as component.

ARTICLE V : NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE

Chapter 5:1 : Subject to any other provisions of these Articles, India Literacy Project shall be governed by a National Coordinating Committee hereinafter may be referred to as the NCC.

Chapter 5:2 : The number of coordinators, their qualifications, and the procedure for their selection and removal shall be governed by the Bylaws.

Chapter 5:3 : President of the National Coordinating Committee: The President shall be Bhagavatula Parameswara Rao of The Bhagavatula Charitable Trust, Yellamanchili, India and shall serve as such until his resignation, retirement, or death. The President shall appoint his successor, and in absence of such appointment there shall be no President.

ARTICLE VI : MEMBERS

Chapter 6:1 : All Coordinators shall be members of this organization.

Chapter 6:2 : The classes of members, qualifications and privileges shall be specified in the Bylaws.

ARTICLE VII : LIABILITIES OF NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE AND MEMBERS

No Coordinator of the National Coordinating Committee or Member of this organization shall be personally liable for the debts or liabilities of the organization, except as such Coordinator or Member shall expressly agree in writing.

ARTICLE VIII : AMENDMENTS

These Articles of Constitution may be amended or repealed and new Articles adopted by the National Coordinating Committee by a two-thirds affirmative vote of the Coordinators.

ARTICLE IX : SEAL

(India Literacy Project shall have a common Seal with power to break, change or renew when necessary. Deleted in 1993 NCC Meeting)

ARTICLE X : DISSOLUTION

Upon the dissolution of the Corporation, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the County in which the principal office of the Corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said court shall
determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

ARTICLE XI : ADOPTION

These Articles of Constitution have been duly adopted by National Coordinating Committee of India Literacy Project(ILP), which also at times uses a banner head. " Literacy As Movement of People(LAMP)" and in witness whereof, we have hereunto subscribed our names this fifteenth day of November 1990.

(sd ) V. R. Veluri   (sd) Rani Samyukta Chintam
________________ (Original Submitted on Nov 15, 1990) ________________
NATIONAL CONVENOR   NATIONAL COCONVENOR

ILP - By Laws

BYLAWS OF THE INDIA LITERACY PROJECT

CHAPTER I : NAME

The name of this corporation is India Literacy Project (sometimes may be referred to as ILP).

CHAPTER II : PRINCIPAL OFFICE

The principal office of this corporation for the transaction of business shall be specified from time to time by resolution of the National Coordinating Committee. Such office may be in any State or Country. The corporation may have such other offices as the National Coordinating Committee may determine from time to time.

CHAPTER III : REGIONAL CHAPTERS

Section 3:1 In furtherance of the purposes of India Literacy Project, Regional Chapters may be formed in different regions of North America.

Section 3:2 Each Regional Chapter shall be coordinated by a Regional Coordinator.

Section 3:3 Regional Coordinator : The National Convenor may appoint a Regional Coordinator subject to the approval of the National Coordinating Committee.Regional Coordinator shall furnish periodic written reports to the National Coordinating Committee of all relevant information relating to the activities,finances and general operations of the Regional Chapter in such form, frequency, detail, and degree of accuracy as the National Coordinating Committee may specify.

Section 3:4
Obligations of Regional Chapter: Regional Coordinator of each Regional Chapter shall use due diligence to carry out the purposes of India Literacy Project, as set forth in its Articles of Constitution and these Bylaws.

Section 3:5
Termination: The, the National Convenor may terminate any Regional Coordinator subject to the approval of the National Coordinating Committee.

CHAPTER IV : MEMBERS

Section 4:1
Voting members shall consist of the Coordinators of the National Coordinating Committee and such persons as may be specified from time to time in the Articles of Constitution or in the Bylaws. All other classes of members shall be non-voting.

Section 4:2
General Members shall consist of all adherents to the purposes and objectives which the corporation was formed to promote who are approved by the National Coordinating Committee or a committee appointed for that purpose, and who meet the minimum qualifications for membership which are established from time to time by the National Coordinating Committee.

Section 4:3
Other Members : Other classes of members, including honorary, patron, life, associate, or otherwise, may be created from time to time by the National Coordinating Committee, which shall prescribe the rights and privileges pertaining thereto.

CHAPTER V : NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE (NCC)

Section 5:1
The affairs of the corporation shall strictly be governed by its National Coordinating Committee (sometimes referred to as NCC), which shall consist of not more than fifteen and not less than three Coordinators.

Section 5:2
Coordinators other than the President shall continue to serve until their death, resignation, or removal by the President, with or without cause, or until the expiration of the term for which elected or appointed.

Section 5:3
The National Coordinating Committee, shall appoint all the Coordinators from a list submitted by the Executive Committee and designate National Convenor, National Coconvenor, National Public Relations Coordinator and National Finance Coordinator.

Section 5:4
The NCC would diligently strive to distribute the membership of the Executive Committee across several Chapters of the India Literacy Project, and in particular at least shall designate the National Convenor and the Finance Coordinators from different approved Chapters in existence.

Section 5:4
Any vacancies of Coordinators arising out of death, resignation or any other reason shall be filled by the Executive Committee subject to the approval of the NCC.

Section 5:5
Unless sooner terminated, Coordinators other than the President shall serve for a term of two years or as designated by the President.

Section 5:6
Any Coordinator, except the President, may be terminated, with or without cause, by a two-thirds affirmative vote of the National Coordinating Committee.

CHAPTER VI : PRESIDENT

Section 6:1
Bhagavatula Venkata Parameswara Rao of India shall be the President of the National Coordinating Committee, and shall serve as such until his death, resignation, or retirement.

Section 6:2
The president shall appoint his successor, and in absence of such appointment, there shall be no President.

Section 6:3
The President shall preside over the NCC meetings.

CHAPTER VII : NATIONAL CONVENOR

Section 7:1
The National Convenor shall preside over the NCC meetings in the absence of the President.

Section 7:2
He/She shall make appropriate decisions for the maintenance and day to day administration within the policies and directives of the National Coordinating Committee.

CHAPTER VIII : NATIONAL COCONVENOR

Section 8:1
The National Coconvenor shall preside over the NCC meetings in the absence of the President and the National Convenor.

Section 8:2
He/She shall assist the National Convenor in the day to day administration and maintenance.

Section 8:3
He/She shall be the National Projects Coordinator and shall give final approval for all the projects; projects advised to be funded and projects advised to be rejected for funding.

CHAPTER IX : NATIONAL PUBLIC RELATIONS COORDINATOR

Section 9:1
The National Public Relations Coordinator shall be responsible for the maintenance of all records, documents, registers, and other official papers.

Section 9:2
He/she shall prepare agenda in consultation with the President or National Convenor for the meetings and send notices.

Section 9:3
He/she shall prepare necessary progress reports, bulletins etc., and act as a public relations liaison.

Section 9:4
He/she shall be the custodian of the Seal. ( Deleted 1994)

CHAPTER X : NATIONAL FINANCE COORDINATOR

Section 10:1
The National Finance Coordinator shall receive dues, and donations, keep all accounts of receipts and expenses, and funds received.

Section 10:2
He/she shall always be one of the co-signers of the checks, and make payments as may be authorized by the National Convenor or his designee, subject to the approval of the NCC.

Section 10:3
He/she shall prepare unaudited annual financial statements and present for review to outside independent Certified Public Accountant.

CHAPTER XI : REMAINING COORDINATORS

The remaining coordinators of the National Coordinating Committee shall undertake duties and responsibilities as deemed appropriate by the NCC from time to time.

CHAPTER XII : POWERS OF NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE

Section 12:1
The National Coordinating Committee shall exercise all corporate powers, directly or under its authority, and control the business and affairs of the corporation, subject to the Articles of Constitution, these Bylaws, and applicable law.

Section 12:2
Without limiting the foregoing general powers, the National Coordinating Committee shall have the following specific powers:
a) To select and remove all other officers, agents, and employees, and prescribe their powers and duties.
b) To conduct, manage, and control the business and affairs of the corporation.
c) To remove any member, other than the President of the National Coordinating Committee.
d) To borrow money and incur indebtedness for the purposes of the corporation, and to execute instruments of indebtedness and hypothetication of assets.

CHAPTER XIII : DUTIES OF NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE

Section 13:1
To perform any and all duties imposed on them collectively or individually by law, by the Articles of Constitution, or by these Bylaws.

Section 13:2
To appoint and remove, employ and discharge, and except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws, prescribe the duties and authority and fix the compensation, if any, of all officers, agents, and employees of the corporation.

Section 13:3
To supervise all officers, agents and employees of the corporation to assure that their duties are performed properly.

Section 13:4
To meet at such times and places as required by these Bylaws.

Section 13:5
To register their addresses with National Public Relations Coordinator, such that notices of meetings mailed or telegraphed to them at such addresses shall be valid notices thereof.

CHAPTER XIV : MEETINGS OF NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE

Section 14:1
Time and Place of Meetings : Meetings of National Coordinating Committee shall be held upon reasonable notice at such time and place as designated from time to time by the President, or in his absence or in the event of his disability, by the National Convenor. The transactions of any meetings, however called, shall be valid if a quorum is present, and all coordinators not present, either before or after the meeting, sign a waiver notice, or on approval of the minutes. A quorum shall consist of the President and two other coordinators. In the absence of the President, a quorum shall consist of a majority of the National Coordinating Committee.

Section 14:2
Action Without Meeting : Any action by the National Coordinating Committee may be taken without a meeting if all members of the NCC individually or collectively consent over a telephone and later endorse by writing thereto.

Section 14:3
Voting : Any action taken by the National Coordinating Committee shall be by majority of those present, each coordinator having one vote. In case of a tie vote, the National Convenor may cast a tie breaking vote.

CHAPTER XV : COMMITTEES

Section 15:1
Executive Committee:
15:1.1 National Convenor, National Coconvenor, National Public Relations Coordinator and the National Finance Coordinator shall constitute the Executive Committee.

15:1.2 National Convenor shall preside over the Executive Committee meetings.

15:1.3 Executive Committee shall carry on the policies, proposals, projects and directives of the NCC.

15:1.4 Executive Committee may appoint Subcommittees as needed and the Chairpersons of such subcommittees shall report to the Executive Committee.

Section 15:2
Other Committees :
15:2.1 National Coordinating Committee may appoint appropriate committees to facilitate functioning of this corporation.

15:2.2 The Chairperson of each committee shall report to the National Convenor and the National Coordinating Committee.

15:2.3 The committees shall implement proposals, policies, and projects approved by the National Coordinating Committee.

15:2.4 Any committee appointed by the National Coordinating Committee shall continue to serve until otherwise directed by the NCC.

CHAPTER XVI : AMENDMENTS

These Bylaws may only be amended or repealed and new Bylaws adopted by the President or by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the NCC.

CHAPTER XVII : CERTIFICATION OF NATIONAL CONVENOR

I, Venkateswara Rao Veluri, hereby certify that the foregoing Bylaws are the current Bylaws of the India Literacy Project duly adopted and in effect in accordance with the provisions of its Articles of Constitution.

Dated: November 15, 1990 (sd) Venkateswara Rao Veluri
(Original filing date ) ______________________
  NATIONAL CONVENOR

Policies

This section outlines the policies developed by ILP.