Aims & Objectives

The objectives of JAS are:-

1. To have an integrated approach to development, promoting enterprise,environment, education and health.

2. To conduct research on various social, political, anthropological, economic and environmental issues in the     Himalayan region.

3. Research and action on issues of food security, loss of livelihood security,displacement, rehabilitation and       out-migration.

4. To raise the issue of migrant labour especially migrant women and their children.

5. To work towards making the right of the young child justifiable.

6. To work to promote and conserve the environment in the Himalayan region and the rest of the country.

7. To conduct research and implementation projects on soil, water and forest management.

8. To work to promote enterprise and make it gender affirmative.

9. To work for all round upliftment of the marginalized and vulnerable

10. To work on development plans with women and children as the target group.

11. To work for the overall development and improved status of the deprived classes including scheduled           castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST), other backward classes (OBCs) and minority groups.

12. To provide relief to the needy, aged, destitute, street children and the physically/mentally handicapped.

13. To work towards the prevention and rehabilitation of alcoholism, drug abuse and prostitution.

14. To use legal advocacy to help the rural people understand and appreciate the law.

15. To adopt villages and help them emerge as models of inclusive and sustainable development.

16. To conduct research on issues of governance, human rights, education and other issues of concern in the        region.

17. To work on issues related to health, fertility, reproductive health, health inequalities, human resources for        health and HIV-AIDS etc.

18. To help women suffering from domestic violence or from sexual harassment.

19. To study and document culture and to conduct workshops and research on folk culture and linguistic        aspects of a region


Sustainable Development

On the physical and material side, society is bounded by the carrying capacity of the varied ecosystems, landscape ecology and the biosphere of the earth. . On the psychological and spiritual side, the threefold functional differentiation of society is contextualized by the caring capacity of individuals. From this perspective five dimensions of sustainable development are visible- the human being, culture, polity, economy and nature. With society, there arrives the six dimensions of sustainable development. The specific objectives of the society in this context are:

1. To promote integrated farming in the fields of marginal and small farmers.This system based on crops,     livestock, agro-forestry, fisheries, etc gives the best returns while promoting conservation and development     of the ecosystem.

2. To promote employment generating, non-polluting eco-development programmes like people’s nurseries,     cultivation of medicinal plants and cottage industries like mushrooms, honey, and silk.

3. Decentralize the decision making process to promote action at sites involving watershed development      committees, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Village forest development societies etc.

4. To work for the conservation and preservation of ecology and environment and achieving a pollution free      clean environment.

5. To undertake relief operation and other connected work in the areas affected by natural calamities like      drought, earthquake, floods, fire etc and to contribute towards restoring normalcy in these areas and also to      receive-procure assistance by way of cash, goods and property (movable and immovable)for the attainment      of above objective.

6. To identify villages as well as slum areas that need particularly to be adopted and to formulate projects and constructive programmes for these and to bring about proper implementation with State/Centre/International aids

7. To prevent displacement taking place at a fast rate as a result of hydro power and industrial projects and to     play a role in the formulation of policies for rehabilitation of the displaced.

Social Justice and Empowerment

1. To encourage disadvantaged groups like Scheduled castes, other backward classes, scheduled tribes, the    disabled, minority groups and women to become self dependent by organizing self-employment training     camps and introducing them to various income generating activities.

2. To provide equal and quality access to opportunities and education for all and specially for the disabled, the    children of disadvantaged groups such as migrant labour from Bihar, Calcutta, Jharkhand, Nepal, Rajasthan    etc. and scheduled castes and other backward classes and to help reduce the drop out rates especially of    female students.

Human Resource Development

The richest achievement of the mind is recognizing the significance of nature. The society looks at human beings as an invaluable resource that needs to sustain the natural environment. The specific objectives in this regard are:

1. To promote meaningful education and to integrate cultural, socio-economic and livelihood related fields with     education.

2. Conducting training and vocational programmes for building capacity in local communities in the fields of      various small enterprises along with provision of training material and aids.

3. Conducting awareness generation programmes and bringing about a change in perceptions and attitudes     towards the Himalayan Environment.

4. Organizing awareness campaigns on gender sensitization, literacy, health and nutrition, various welfare      schemes of the government, social evils and any other need based subject.

5. To generate awareness among people regarding various programmes of centre, state and international      agencies whereby they can get assistance for making proper utilization of available capacity.

6. To create awareness in both rural and urban areas regarding the public distribution system, agriculture,     marketing, banking, and enterprise promoting policies of the government.

7. To educate the rural people about the merits of organic farming and techniques for improving the quality of      agricultural and horticultural produce.


The society aims to alleviate poverty and reduce malnutrition. Health indicators, such as the infant and maternal mortality rate and the declining female to male child sex ratio, need urgent attention. The need to ensure timely access to basic and emergency health care facilities and establishing a referral transport system from the villages to the district and block levels cannot be overemphasized. In addition there is a need to strengthen reproductive health and services as well as to make interventions regarding occupational health and safety. Hence the objectives of the organization are:

1. To conduct studies regarding effective interventions in occupational health and safety in small enterprises.

2. To conduct research on health policies and health services, assessing and documenting causes and cures     for Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, communicable diseases, leprosy, food security and nutrition among others.

3. To conduct research on fertility, reproductive health, health inequalities and human resources for health

4. To promote health awareness, cleanliness and hygiene in society.

5. To work towards documentation, validation and effective integration of traditional health care services.

Documentation and Preservation of Culture and Promotion of Communal Harmony

1. To study, discuss, and analyze the socialization processes and the socio-cultural and political scenarios.

2. To study the impacts of the hold folk culture has on people.

3. To evolve community approaches to crime prevention and law enforcement, including community policing     and greater community involvement

5. To assess the impacts of change- physical, psychological, cultural and in life style.

6. To document plants and trees and animals which have sacred or social implications for the community and      to particularly capture the customs and rites related to them by means of audio visual documentation.

7. To study how development projects such as industry, hydro-power projects and commercialization of     agriculture have affected culture and ecology.