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About Us

Friends of Seva Mandir, Inc (FSM) is a 501C3 public charity based in Edison, New Jersey. It is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes, supporting education of rural and tribal children, early child care and development, health, environment conservation, women’s empowerment and building stronger communities in underdeveloped areas of India. We have been registered as a charity since July 27, 2009.

Our activities include making grants to Seva Mandir, a much respected Indian voluntary organization working in South Rajasthan, India. Seva Mandir was founded in 1968 and is currently working in over 600 villages and reaching over 70,000 households. It works to strengthen individual and collective capabilities of people and their communities such that they are able to achieve their own well-being. Please read more about Seva Mandir at

The Executive Board of Friends of Seva Mandir is committed to the Gandhian principles of constructive development and supports various programs at Seva Mandir. To learn more about our grants to Seva Mandir please click here.

FSM Boards

We are honored to have a distinguished Board, both Executive and Advisory. Please click below to learn more about our Board.

Executive Board members of FSM:

Uday Singh Mehta (Chair of the Board) is a professor of political philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has been interested in issues of democratic governance and development, especially in southern Rajasthan, for the past 25 years.

Vishwanath Tirupattur is a Managing Director in fixed income strategy at Morgan Stanley. He began his career after graduating from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) some 25 years ago in the area of cooperative dairy development in Central India and has maintained a keen interest in alternative approaches to development over the years during which his own career spanned both the academia and financial services industry.

Sanjiv Khanna is the Co-founder and CEO of Iris Software, Inc. an IT consulting organization based in New Jersey. He is a Chartered Accountant by education and has spent the early years of his professional career with Tata Unisys Ltd (now a part of TCS). He has been a well wisher and supporter of the work done by Seva Mandir. FSM’s is operationally based out of Iris’s NJ headquarters.

Poonam Abbi is a trained social worker and has been associated with the development sector in India for about 15 years now. This period includes six years of work with Seva Mandir, a grass roots organization, working with rural and tribal village communities. Poonam serves as the Chief Executive of FSM. She is also a Co-Founder of Sustainable Threads, a Fair Trade wholesale company based in NJ.

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