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The Banyan

location: ChennaiTamil Nadu

Donation Option Amount INR Actions
Help us treat our mentally ill residents by sponsoring the part salary of a Psychiatrist Social Worker for a month
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
Provide lunch for all mentally ill residents of The Banyan for a day
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
Support the weekly doctor fee to help us treat mentally ill patients at our Outreach Centre
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
General Fund
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
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The Banyan believes in the rights of the completely marginalised sections of society – to live and to be
The Banyan started in 1993 with dreams, hopes, very little money and a handful of people who believed in the cause. Today, their vision has come true with the support of many benefactors and dedicated volunteers.
Dr. K.V. Kishore Kumar is a psychiatrist by training and has worked at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS) for over thirty years. He has joined The Banyan and The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM) as Director in July 2013. He has extensive experience in community psychiatry, as well as in mental health research, training and policy formulation. Amongst other Government assignments, he has worked as a consultant for the WHO in Somalia and India.
Full time staff :182
Part time staff:0
Contract staff :14
Volunteers: 150
Total Receipts for 2015-2016 is INR 111819973
Total Payments for 2015-2016 is INR 84858089
Activities and reach for the latest full Financial Year
Clients shifted to group home/assisted living: 44
Patients seen at Transit care facility at Mogapair: 394
Mentally ill men at our Chennai facility: 66
Mentally ill people rescued: 80
Mentally ill women treated and rehabilitated: 33
Patients seen at Outpatient Clinic at Kovalam : 552
New Clients (all Rural Clinics): 367
New Clients (all Urban Clinics): 508
Rewards & Recognition
In 2013, The Banyan was awarded the WHO – Swiss Foundation on Health award by the WHO – Swiss Foundation Outstanding achievement in the field of mental health care
In 2016, The Banyan was awarded the Justice J S Verma Award for Women's Empowerment by the Coco Cola Foundation For Women's Empowerment
Self generated ( fees/ subscriptions/ interest/ community contributions/ proceeds from sale of goods or services produced by the organisation etc.)7,759,6381,828,7072,095,737
Donation from Indian individuals through GiveIndia1,111,5161,507,015732,543
Other donations from Indian individuals14,112,56820,268,8676,010,793
Donations from foreign individuals through GiveIndia61,41641,76260,596
Other donations from foreign individuals971,942574,350398,526
Grants from Indian sources ( trusts/ govt/ companies/ foundations)62,543,83287,842,76718,845,871
Grants from International sources ( under FCRA)24,856,92527,897,16625,070,701
Sale of assets0520,16443,000
Total Receipts111,819,973140,730,25753,393,786
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PAYMENTS (Capital)
Capital items purchased for the organisation, excluding investment ( Fixed Deposits etc.)2,310,376121,499,95410,510,045
Capital items purchased for beneficiaries000
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PAYMENTS (Revenue)
Programme related2015-20162014-20152013-2014
Salaries and benefits28,406,07020,837,73714,860,534
Staff training8,902126,91689,848
Staff travel684,9981,095,360463,513
Consultant's fees3,481,8933,327,1752,375,144
Office support expenses ( rent/ telephone/ electricty etc.)3,762,0852,148,3881,775,978
Materials procurred ( consummables as seed/ food/ books/ provisions etc.)18,167,50112,159,2789,308,530
Grants/ donations given to other organisations as part of programme1,285,28100
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)4,780,4725,580,0432,904,628
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Non-programme related2015-20162014-20152013-2014
Salaries and benefits3,076,4152,698,9392,057,758
Staff training19,10000
Staff travel256,317111,616120,648
Office support expenses ( rent/ repairs/ telephone/ electricity etc.)01,1704,083,593
Communication ( correspondence/ Annual Reports/ brochures/ appeals/ website etc.)319,277678,248133,250
Consultants' fees ( audit/ legal/ programme )80,5811,053,35220,230
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)954,403545,035474,800
Other non-programme expenses436,0783,231,185725,590
Total Payments84,858,089182,866,78863,982,836
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 Registration Details
Sr. Type of Registration
1 Trust [No.1589/4]
2 PAN Number:AAATT0468K
3 12-A [No.DIT (E) /2(261)/93-94]
4 80G [No.DIT (E) /2(261)/93-94]
5 FCRA [No.75900624]
6 35AC [No.3453]
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 G. Joseph & Co
 G-4, Parkland Apartments 8, Nathan St, Chetpet
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 Staff Remuneration (INR)
Gross salary plus benefits paid to staff (in INR) p.m. Male Female Total
 less than 5,000000
 5,000 – 10,0005102107
 10,000 – 25,000253964
 25,000 – 50,000189
 50,000 – 1,00,000213
 Greater than 1,00,000101
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Total annual payments consultants (in INR)Number of consultants
 less than 5,0000
 5,000 – 10,0000
 10,000 – 25,0001
 25,000 – 50,0006
 50,000 – 1,00,0001
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 Staff Remuneration (p.a.)
1 Highest Paid: INR 1908000
2 Lowest Paid: INR 70608
3 Head of the Organisation: INR 1908000
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 Board Expenses
Sr. Detail Amount(INR)
1 International travel0
2 Domestic travel0
3 Local conveyance0
4 Entertainment expenses0
5 Other0
  Total 0
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Board Members
SI.Name (Age)Gender, Position, Gross Remuneration, Relation to other members
1 Arati Krishna
 Female, Trustee, INR 0.00,
2 Vaishnavi Jayakumar
 Female, Founder Trustee, INR 0.00,
3 Vandana Gopikumar
 Female, Founder Trustee, INR 0.00,
4 Sankara Narayanan
 Male, Chairman, INR 0.00,
5 Sujatha Paulose
 Female, Trustee , INR 0.00,
6 Amaranth Reddy
 Male, Trustee , INR 0.00,
7 K. C. Mohan
 Male, Trustee , INR 0.00,
8 T. K. Gowrishankar
 Male, Trustee, INR 0.00,
9 Senthil Kumar
 Male, Trustee , INR 0.00,
10 Balraj Vasudevan
 Male, Treasurer , INR 0.00,
11 P.S. Raman
 Male, Trustee , INR 0.00,
12 N.K. Ranganath
 Male, Trustee, INR 0.00,
13 V S Pradeep
 Male, Trustee, INR 0.00,
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Board Members Background
1 Arati Krishna Ms. Arathi Krishna has been a Joint Managing Director at Sundram Fasteners Limited since June 2010. Ms. Krishna served as the Managing Director of Sundram Fasteners Ltd., since May 3, 2006. She has been an Executive Director of Sundram Fasteners since May 3, 2006. Ms. Krishna is a Gold Medallist in Economics from Madras University and holds an MBA from Michigan University.
2 Vaishnavi Jayakumar Vaishnavi Jayakumar was doing her MBA course when she decided to join her close friend Vandana Gopikumar in starting The Banyan in 1993. In their early twenties' at the time, the pair was propelled into action when they saw a half-naked mentally ill woman trying to cross the street outside their alma mater, Women’s' Christian College
3 Vandana Gopikumar 19 years of work in the social sector in identifying an invisible issue, a growing need, glaring gaps and pursuing things doggedly through The Banyan gave me the experience in a few key areas that could be of value to the social sector. Sharing this experience excites me now, as I have moved from a daily operations role to an advocacy and mentoring role at The Banyan and The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental health.
4 Sankara Narayanan Mr. A. Sankaranarayanan served as a Director of Marketing at Indian Hotels Co. Ltd. Mr. Sankaranarayanan is an Engineer of high calibre and has expertise in developing and introducing new products, updating existing product range and mix in achieving import substitutions and strengthening the in-house R&D activities. He serves an Non Independent Non-Executive Director of Hindustan Motors Ltd. and served its Independent Director since May 24, 2007.
5 Sujatha Paulose Sujata Paulose is Director (Finance) and Co-Promoter of the company. An accounting professional in charge of the company's financial, administration and banking functions.
6 Amaranth Reddy With clientele ranging from Acropolis, an IT Park, Chennai, Tek Tower to Thomson Reuters, and RR Donnelley, AR Foundation, over the years, has established itself as one of the leading builders in Chennai. Now coming up with their villa projects, Amarnath Reddy, MD, AR Foundation promises to give the elite members of the society a range of high-end villas.
7 K. C. Mohan Mr. K. C. Mohan is a Member of Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode. He is the Former Chairman & Managing Director of MECON
8 T. K. Gowrishankar  Mr. T. K. Gowrishankar served as Corporate Vice President of Finance at Wipro Limited. Mr. Gowrishankar served as a Consultant of M/S A.F. Ferguson & Company, Chartered Accountants, and had served with Sandwick Asia Limited as Management Accountant
9 Senthil Kumar Senthil Kumar, the co-founder of Real Image Media Technologies, is a pioneer in bringing the latest audio and video technology to India. He became an entrepreneur when he was still an engineering student. He spotted the technologies of the future before most other people did. He designed his own programmes, used technology that India had not seen till then, and made a sort of technology revolution in the field of audio and video.
10 Balraj Vasudevan Mr Balraj Vasudevan is proprietor of Automotive & Industrial Seals Pvt. Ltd. He hails from Ottapalam, Palakkad. He is a post-graduate diploma holder in Business Management from IIM, Ahmedabad.
11 P.S. Raman Pattabhi Sundar Raman is an Indian Senior Advocate and former Advocate-General of Tamil Nadu. He is the younger son of former Advocate-General V. P. Raman
12 N.K. Ranganath A Mechanical Engineer, from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai with Management from XLRI Jamshedpur, I have been working for 34 years in Marketing, Sales, Design, Project Management, Finance, HR, Business strategy and General Management.
13 V S Pradeep Pradeep Cholayil graduated in Commerce and has completed the Owner President Program from Harvard Business School. He is the Managing director of Cholayil Pvt Ltd, manufacturers of world-class personal care products under the successful international brands named Medimix and Cuticura. He is a Rotarian and is also an active member of Young Presidents Organisation (YPO).
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Board Resolution
SubjectsBoard Meeting/Annual General Body Meeting DateNo. of members presentStrength of the board at the time of this meeting
Budget for the year 2016-201719/03/2016713
Programmes/ Projects for the year 2016-201719/03/2016713
Annual Report for the year 2015-201622/10/2016713
Financial Audit Report for the year 2015-201622/10/2016713
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External Reviews
1Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust
2Great Canada Challenges
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Staff International Travel
SINameDestination & PurposeGross ExpensesSponsored% SponsoredName of Sponsor Organisation
1 Ms. Lakshmi Narasimhan Toronto
GCC Meeting
 INR 116194.00 1 100% Grand Challenges Canada
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 Meals on Time Initiative
Having lived in the streets, Mary Shanthini had suffered extreme deprivation and was in a poor physical condition when brought to The Banyan. She was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis and was also losing weight. A balanced diet high in nutrition is essential in combatting weight problems.Mary Shanthini has been given a high protein non-veg diet consisting of soups, fries, soya beans, and egg on a daily basis. We have also started giving treatment for tuberculosis. Thanks to a balanced diet and nutritional supplements, she has gradually started feeling better and is gaining weight. She has gained weight and is visibly looking better. She is also on her way to recovery from mental illness and will hopefully soon be able to lead a satisfying life as a productive member of the society.
 Unsung Heroes
The Banyan is about people, the homeless women who make it their home, the clients at out OP clinics, Day care Centre and our unsung heroes – Our staff. For 18 years the staff at The Banyan has not only provided care and treatment but has taken on the roles of sisters, mothers, confidantes and friends of the residents. The Banyan family is incomplete without its staff members. While each member of our staff contributes to the well being of our residents, none do it more ardently than our Psychiatric Social Workers. An average stay of about six months within The Banyan would ensure that most of the residents are in a stabilised condition both psychiatrically and physically and ready for discharge. Counselling is necessary in order to tackle unresolved conflicts, procure details on original environment pertaining to relationships, prior mode of treatment, work skills, status in family/community. They provide interpersonal counseling services, helping patients, family members, and caregivers learn more about mental disorders and the best ways to cope with them. Specific problems are identified & recorded.The main goal of most psychiatric social workers is to help patients live and work in society with the highest degree of independence possible.
 Banyan’s Outreach Centre
The Outreach Centre is part of The Banyan’s Urban Outreach Project, Chennai. It is attended by clients from throughout the city that are unable, often because of stigma and discrimination, to find employment. At the Outreach Centre they engage in activities and recreation and have the opportunity to pursue vocational training options. The aim of this activity is to reintegrate those with mental illness by giving them the confidence and skills they need to find employment and move on with their lives. The Urban Community Outreach facilitates consumer-care giver support groups. Support groups work in several ways to provide mutual support. The participatory nature of support groups is empowering for people. Often the sharing of knowledge and problems enables people to develop a group consciousness. The patients are given psychiatric medication after an initial visit to the psychiatrist. Regular reviews are conducted regularly and it includes an assessment of psychiatric, social and medical factors.

You can communicate with The Banyan at
Ashok Kumar
6th Main Road, Mogapair Eri Scheme,Mogapair West-
Chennai - 600037,India

Or you can reach The Banyan here
Phone : 91 44 4223 3666
Fax : 91 44 42233600
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