READS was started as society in the year 1994-95, organisation was registered under Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960, Income tax and FCR Act .The organisation started function with all the seven members came from the rural area with the firsthand experience of the problems faced by the poor and asset-less without much subsistence to sustain their living was the basic inspiration to start the organization.

Together, they believe that it is possible to work towards the empowerment of poor through building their own grass-root organizations and facilitating mutual support system and linkages with the mainstream public service systems. The organization has successfully completed 19 years of social service since its inception under the active leadership of Thippeshappa secretary/ Executive Director The chief functionary of the organization has had the experience of working at the grass root level with the various World Bank projects. The management and the staff are well qualified, committed, dedicated, responsible and locally based with work.The organization is also having support of expertise in various fields of social sector and we avail the services of the experts as and when we required. The recognitions by various departments are the indication of the sincere and hard work of the organization.

Meet our board Members!

Rural Education and Action Development Society (READS) Governing Council members List 2014-15

Sl.No Name and Address Officer Held In The Association Qualification Experience
1. B. Siddaramaiah S/o Basappa #23 , 23/11,
JSS Layout,Mysore-11,
President MSC He is a Retired Professor and presently working as a consultant in Education and environment filled in Mysore
2. SiddarajNaik S/o BheemaNaik #29, Vajrahally,
BaiyannaPalya,Kanakapura Main Road Thalagattapura Post,Bangalore-52
Vice President MA,Bed 20 years in development field presently working as a social welfare officer in Sri. Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology Bangalore-52
3. C.Thippeshappa
Sree Venkateshwara Nilaya, Yarritata colony Ist cross,
Gandhi Nagara Market, Bellary-583102,
Secretary MSW 25 years in development work, 4 years coordinator in center for Non Formal and Continuing Education, 2yrs as Taluk level Coordinator and Training facilitator in REDS-Tukur, 5yrs as programme officer in Indo-Dutch project Management Society, 4yrs as a BDO of women development of corporation,Chitradurga,Presently working as Executive Director of READS
4. AnanthaS.Panth S/o Subbarao No.47,
BrundavanaAppartment, KRSRoad,
Yadavagiri(P) Mysore-20
Memeber Phd 25 Years Consultant in development Fields presently working in research and study in development field at Mysore
5. C.Basavaraj S/o Chokkalingappa Behind PWD Office
Hosadurga -577527 Chitradurga Dist
Member BA, LLB 20 years as Advocate, and notary, 2 yrs as president human rights forum in Hosadurga
6. K.M.Rajeswary D/o K.Mahanthappa Siruguppa Road,
Kurugodu-583116 Bellary Taluk and Dist
Member BA 15 Yrs Rural Development field worked in various in SHGs, Presently worked accountant in READS
7. K.Seetamahalakshmi W/o Srinivas, Kurugodu,
Bellary Taluk & Dist-583106
Member PUC 6 Yrs experience in Skill training and Development Filed


READS has been working for the 19 years development sectors predominantly in the rural areas of North Karnataka. This work experience enable READS to work with the socially disadvantaged and vulnerable communities such as the dalits and tribals with its primary focus on issues of the children and women. With an integrated approach to development, it has been always the efforts of READS to promote the holistic development of the target population. One of the major focuses is on the poor devadasi communities who have been considered to be one of the most backward one. Currently the organization works on community development in rural area with dalit community. READS has considerable amount of experience in children’s education, health, socio-economic development, women empowerment, and Panchayat raj.

READS has qualified, dedicated, experienced and committed staff to implement and undertake development programmes for the poor and marginalized communities in rural as well urban areas. Currently READS implements two major issue based projects in Bellary district of northern Karnataka. One for the Devadasi and dalit community implemented in 40 villages; the other is being implemented in 60 villages in Sandur and Hospet Taluk of Bellary district. Altogether 12 staff are associated with the former project and 30 staff (13 full time and 17 part-times) are associated to implement the latter.

READS is a Member in the

Campaign Against Child Labor – Karnataka
Anti-Child marriage Campaign - north Karnataka Region