SRUTI began its journey in 1983 with the purpose of supporting individuals at the grassroots who had a burning desire and passion to contribute to social change and work amidst the deprived and exploited sections of society. Its vision was to invest in the idealism, energy and commitment of these young development workers and assist them in the initial stage of their work.
A philosophy that emerged from the Ashoka Foundation, SRUTI was inspired by the idea of investing in the hope, enthusiasm and ideas of individuals dedicated to achieving a more equitable and democratic society. By providing support at the crucial early phase of their journey, SRUTI hoped to help strengthen their roots and eventually move forward to help other similar individuals who needed this timely sustenance.
With this thought SRUTI began its journey. While the Ashoka Foundation supported social entrepreneurs through a fellowship Programme, there was no such initiative for individual activists at the grassroots. The government only funded registered organisations that also had to furnish financial records for a minimum of three years.