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NGOs in Kolkata

In simple words, an NGO can be described as an autonomous organization comprising a  group of persons sharing common interests voluntarily joining their hands to serve society, nation and world by  playing an important role in improving the conditions of the vulnerable sections of society in form of registered trust, charitable organization or society. This group works for the welfare of society without any objective of earning profits. The funds for these organizations are generated from their own sources or from government sources in form of government aids. These organizations may appoint different persons and make payment for the services given by them, but these organizations do not distribute its profit among its members. The main objective of the NGO's are UPLIFT OF SOCIETY by improving the conditions of the deprived section. These organizations make people aware about the government policies and join hands with government organizations in spreading awareness about the implementation of government programmes.

Methods of Registration: In India, the following methods of registering NGOs prevail.

A group of persons can get them registered as an NGO in form of  a Trust, Society, Non-Profit Company under section – 25 of the Companies. Non-profit organisations in India:
(a) exist independently of the state
(b) are self-governed by a board of trustees or ‘managing committee’/ governing council, comprising individuals who generally serve in a fiduciary capacity
(c) produce benefits for others, generally outside the membership of the organisation; and
(d) are ‘non-profit-making’, in as much as they are prohibited from distributing a monetary residual to their own members.

Separate rules and regulations are prescribed for all three categories of registering NGOs as trust, society or non-profit company.

NGO as Trust: All the states in India have their own Trust Acts prevailing in their respective states. In absence of Trusts Act, the general principles of the Indian Trusts Act 1882 are applicable. A trust in general can be defined as group of persons who set their own common objectives and principles and have certain number of members who are known as trustees in the board.

NGO as Society: A NGO can be registered as society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The main instrument of any society is the memorandum of association and rules and regulations (no stamp paper required), wherein the aims and objects and mode of management (of the society) should be enshrined.

NGO as non-profit company:  According to section 25(1)(a) and (b) of the Indian Companies Act, 1956, a section-25 company can be established ‘for promoting commerce, art, science, religion, charity or any other useful object’, provided the profits, if any, or other income is applied for promoting only the objects of the company and no dividend is paid to its members.

Legislation: Section-25 companies are registered under section-25 of the Indian Companies Act. 1956.

Given below is the list of some major NGOs active in Kolkata
  • CRY Child Relief & You
    152, Kalikapur, Gitanjali Park, New No. 8, 2nd Street
    Kolkata - 700 099
    Phone: +91-33-3350 0200, 91-33-2416 9507 / 2772
    Fax: +91-033- 2416 3322
    E-mail :

  • Artists Welfare Trust
    46, Circus Avenue, Near Rabindra Sadan, Fly Over
    Kolkata - 700 017
    Phone: +(91)-9830014063, +(91)-(33)-22833176

  • Bhattacharjee Welfare Organisation
    Near.Yobasamaj Club
    Bibirhat, A J C Bose Road
    Kolkata – 700020

  • Seed Welfare Society
    14/1/1a, Beside Chittaranjan Hospital
    Asgar Mistri Lane, Govinda Khatick Road
    Kolkata – 700046
    Phone: 91 33 2329 1973

  • Bhoruka Research Centre For Haemotology & Blood Transfusion
    63, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road,
    Kolkata - 700016
    Phone: +91 33 2265 8092 / 2217 4019
    Fax: +91 33 2249 8341 / 2226 1196
    Email: /

  • Calcutta Samaritans
    48, Ripon Street
    Kolkata - 700 016
    Phone: +91 33 2229 5920/2229 9731
    Fax: +91 33 2217 8097

  • Helpage India
    4, Paramhansa Deb Road, Chetla
    Kolkata - 700027
    Phone: 033-24488078, 09433108093

  • Care India
    12 Haralal Das Street
    Kolkata – 700014
    Phone: 033 22866643 / 4 / 5
    Fax: 033 2226-5049

  • Womens Co-Ordinating Council
    5/1, Red Cross Place
    Kolkata – 700062

  • Missionaries Of Charity
    54/A A.J.C. Bose Road
    Kolkata - 700016
    Phone: 91-33-2249-7115 Or 91-33-2217-2277

  • Kestopur Hope Foundation
    Bd-3, Ashirbad Building, Rabindrapally
    Kestopur, Kolkata- 700101
    Phone-033 25910683

  • Hope Kolkata Foundation
    39, Panditya Place, Kolkata - 700029.
    Phone: +91 33 24742904
    Fax: +91 33 24542007
    Contact Person: Geeta Venkadakrishnan, Director. Mobile: 98302 01145

  • UNICEF Kolkata
    219/2, AJC Bose Road
    Kolkata 700 017
    West Bengal, India
    Phone: +91 033 289-2467, 2289-2477, 2289-2511, 2289-2758 to 2289-2761
    Fax: 033 2289-2510

  • Bikash Bharati Welfare Society
    20/1B Lalbazar Street, Kolkata - 700 001
    Phone: +91-33-2243-1787 / 2861-0362
    Fax : +91-33-2230 7270
    Email :

  • Vikramshila Education Resource Society
    256 B, Prince Anwar Shah Road
    Kolkata – 700045
    Director's room: (033) 2422 9124
    Admin/Accounts: (033) 3292 6084
    Vikramshila's Pitara (Resource Centre): (033) 2422 4855
    Programme and training: (033) 4064 4753
    Project Office: (033) 2417 4182
    Fax: 033-24229176

  • National Inst Of Human Development
    99, Karaya Road
    Kolkata - 700019
    Phone: 033-2474813/2809241

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