About SSMI

Empowering women and children to realize their potential - through knowledge, skills, income and social confidence.

Founded in 1964 by Mrs. K. Varalakshmi Rao, SSMI is a secular, independent, non-profit society registered under the Societies Act 1860 (Regd. No S 2499/1964). SSMI is not affiliated to any national or international organization. Registered as the Swami Sivananda Institute of Fine Arts and Crafts, SSMI is managed by a Trust Board and an Executive Committee.

  • Donations made to SSMI are exempt under section 80 (G) of the Income Tax Act.
  • Under Section 6 (1) (c) of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 1976, SSMI is permitted to receive donation and funds in foreign currency.

Causes supported by SSMI


Addressing the problems of deprivation and its correlation with under-performance and deprivation since children form the under-privileged families are deprived of almost everything from nutrition to space.

Filling the empathy gap in between the teacher and the taught in the case of pre-school education of children living in slums.

Women Empowerment & Livelihood

Empowerment of women is the essence of all the activities of SSMI. An important focus areas is generating income for women through production and marketing and not just training. SSMI has launched a brand “SUBHA – a new dawn for women” to provide a marketing outlet to women from the under-privileged families.

A glimpse of the history of SSMI

In order to introduce the Kuchupudi tradition of dance drama in Delhi, the founder of SSMI Ms. Varalakshmi Rao went to Kuchupudi and brought back a teacher. This was in addition to Ms. Lalita Kamashastri teaching Bharat Natyam. Mr. Kak, a crafts teacher, started teaching cane work to under-privileged women living around the residence of Ms. Rao. Thus the seeds for an institute to promote arts and crafts were sown in 9 Janpath, New Delhi. Upon the demise of Swami Shivananda of the Divine Life Society, Rishikesh, Ms. Rao, his disciple, ensured that the seed blooms into a befitting memorial. The Swami Sivananda Memorial Institute of Fine Arts and Crafts (abridged as SSMI) was born in 1964.

SSMI found a permanent residence in a four acre plot located in East Avenue, East Punjabi Bagh New Delhi. A vocational Training Center sprung up with funds from MISEROR B H e V, a German charitable institution. Primary and Secondary school ad well as pre-school buildings came up with donations and various fund raising events.

A training cum production institute affiliated to the Board of technical Education, Govt. of NCT of Delhi. Training and production activities are still on, but in a different format.


Enabling the women from the beneficiary community to deliver supplementary nutrition or mid-day meals.


Providing comprehensive ambulatory care at the door step.

vision & Mission

Our Vision

An inclusive society where women. Youth and children are empowered to realize their potential with dignity

Our Mission

To improve the quality of life of the under-privileged women, youth and children through research, promotion, provision of services and skill development in the fields of education, health, nutrition, environment and livelihood.

List of Executive Committee Members Elected for 2015-18



Brief Details

President Ms. Lekha Srivastava Educationist
Vice President Mr. Ashwani Kumar Former GM(CSR), BHEL
Gen. Secretary Mr. K. Ashok Rao Former DGM, BHEL
Jt. Secretary Ms. Geeta Mathur Educationist
Treasurer Mr. R.S. Dugar Former ED, Rajasthan Spinning & Weaving Mills
Jt. Treasurer Mr. V.K. Tomar Sr. Manager, MTNL, New Delhi
Member Ms, Nina Rao Former Senior Reader, University of Delhi
Member Ms, Renu Malaviya Reader, University of Delhi
Member Mr. Gautam Nath CEO, Strategic Alliance Management and Systems Pvt. Ltd.
Member Ms. Renu Brij Owner, Health Wellness, Delhi
Member Ms. Pratima Goel Counsellor, Materdei School, New Delhi
Member Ms Rashmi Vaidialingam Advocate, Delhi High Court

List of Trust Board Members and Executive Committee members from 10.10.2015



Brief details

Swami Nirliptananda ji
(IAS Retd)
Swami Nirliptananda is, as per the Memorandum of Associations of SSMI, a member of the Trust Board as a representative of the Divine Life Society Rishikesh. Swami Nirliptananda was earlier in the Indian Administrative Service.
Ms. Syeda Hamid Ms Syeda Saiyidain Hameed (born 1943) is an Indian social and women's rights activist, educationist, writer and a former member of the Planning Commission of India.
Ms. Reva Nayyar
(IAS Retd)
Ms. Reva Nayyar, is an IAS officer (Retd.) of 1968 batch from Haryana cadre and holds Post Graduate degree in Political science. Mrs. Nayyar was secretary to the Government of India; Ministry of Woman & Child Development during 2004-06. She is the Chairperson of Bal Sahyog.
Ms. Anshu Vaish
(IAS Retd)
Ms. Anshu Vaish is a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of 1975 batch of Madhya Pradesh cadre and retired as Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
Ms. K Sujatha Rao
(IAS Retd)
Ms K Sujatha Rao, a 1974 batch Andhra Pradesh cadre IAS and retired as the Secretary, Health and Family Planning. Govt. of India. As per the Memorandum of Associations of SSMI, is a member of the Trust Board as a representative of the Founder’s Family.
Swami Padmanabhananda Ji Is General Secretary of the Divine Life Society. As per the Memorandum of Associations of SSMI, a member of the Trust Board as a representative of the Divine Life Society Rishikesh.
Mr. K. Vijay Rao K. Vijay Rao, a well known technocrat (Ex MD of AT&T Lucent, India) and a promoter of Epi Center Technologies. As per the Memorandum of Associations of SSMI, is a member of the Trust Board as a representative of the Founder’s Family.
Mr. Sharad Kumar Shri Sharad Kumar. Is a former Director IMT Ghaziabad a leading Management Institute. Her is writer in Hindi and a film maker.
Dr. Dhiraj Dhingra Ms. Dhiraj Dhingra is a Clinical Psychologist.
Dr. Parul Bhatnagar Asst. Professor Dayalbagh Institute Agra
Mr. R.S.Dugar Mr. R.S, Dugar is a Former, ED Rajasthan Spinning and Weaving Mills; As Treasurer of SSMI, he is an ex-officio member of the Trust Board.
Mr. K., Ashok Rao K Ashok Rao a social and Trade Union Activist. He is the General Secretary, SSMI. per the Memorandum of Associations of SSMI, he is a member of the Trust Board a link between the Trust Board and the Executive Ciommittee.
Ms. Sunita Bhasin Ms. Sunita Bhasin is the Director SSMI and a Ex-Officio member of the Trust Board


Vision for All, Switzerland (VFA)

ESSEL, Social Welfare Foundation

Govt. of NCT of Delhi

MCD (North)