Dakshin Sevamandal Tribal Ashram

68 Years Since 1948
Educating Ethnic Tribal Students in Gujarat India

Who We Are

An NGO Formed by Gandhian philosophers in Year 1948 to spread Education in Deep forest of South Gujarat Tribal Belt. It is Registered as Trust Under Bombay Trust Act

What We Do

Education empowerment to South Gujarat Tribals through resident school (Ashramshalla) by providing free education, lodging and boarding.

Whom We Serve

Children of Tribal People from foot hills of Shayadri Range in Tapi basin to deep jungles of Dang and Dharampur till Border of Maharashtra.

Founder Trusty

Premshankar Bhatt

Premshankar BhattShri Premshankar K. Bhatt was born on 1893 in small town Mahuva in family of farmer near Mandvi Surat. He the resided in Mandvi till his death in 14-10-1972.
During his life time he was called by name 'Kaka' and was well known from Bharuch to umargam. He dedicated his life with philosophy of Gandhiji and promoted Khadi.He had key contribution in Bardoli Satayagrah.
Kaka was freedom fighter and went to Jail number of times during Independant movement of India. He was great reformer in girl education and stated Girls High School till SSC in Mandvi Surat.
In 1923 he was elected as member in Jilla (District) Local Board and became President in 1948. He was actively involved in cooperative movement in the area. He established Jungle Wood Cooperative Society ( District Jungle Mandli) and created chain between wood cutters and traders for transparency, proper rate to wood cutter labors.He was also member in Surat District Cooperative Bank and Member in Gujarat State Road Transport Cooperation.
in 1952 and 1958 he was elected as member in mumbai legislative assembly. He was easily approachable by the people and people used to share their problems with him without any hesitation.
He was founder member of 'Dakshin Gujarat Adivasi Sevamandal' to spread education in South Gujarat Tribal belt.
Inspired by his life today students are doing P.hd on his social career, life and contribution to the South Gujarat Tribal region.

Urmillaben Bhatt

Urmillaben BhattUrmillaben Bhatt was born on 11-04-1921 at Mandvi Surat, and lived life like a white Nun till her death in year 25-05-1998. She did her graduation in B.A (English)
She was Inspired by Ravisankar Maharaj and stayed away from popularity and fame; popularly know by Kikeben creates a first image of simple lady clad in white khadi embraced by Gandhian philosophy a lady of love and natural affection for poor tribal people.
She had a very small married life and after her husbands death at early age of 22 years she renounce and devoted her entire life in serving tribal people of sourthern gujarat in area of dense forest of Dharampur, Dang, Pindwal, Nani Vahial, Vasanda, Mandvi.
It were the days when sunlight will not touch ground and you survive by eating jungle berries called karamda.
A daughter of freedom fighter Premshankar Bhatt she was five time elected as Member of Gujarat Legislature Assembly and served as MLS in state of Maharastra. She was one among the first lady minister in Government of Gujarat and handled portfolio of Roads & Buildings, Jails, Social Welfare.
In year 1948 on appeal of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Morarjibhai Desai she started her mission of educating Tribal People and started 250 lok shalla (public school) under trees with no infrastructes That were the days when she travelled in dense forest for days together on bullock carts, and feed herself with jungle fruit karamda. At time of Death she had one bed room flat and only her work to mourn.

Why you would love

Dakshin Sevamandal

Spread across the lush green region of South Gujarat Tribal Belt said to be Kashmir of Gujarat.
Interaction with fun and loving Tribes of Kholcha, Bhel, Nayaka, Koknas, Vedch, Gamits, Warlis, Chaudaris etc. is life time experience.
'Dakshin Gujarat Adivasi Pachatt Sevamandal'.
Non-Profit Organization under Bombay Trust Act, 1960 (BOM XXIX of 1950) Registration Nos. F(67).

  • History

    On 20th November 1948, Gandhians Premshankar Bhatt, Kalyanji Mehta, Jyotsanaben Shukla, Jugatram Dave, Urmillaben Bhatt (Kikiben) and Bhadur Patel, formed 'Dakshin Gujarat - Rani Pradesh Kalavani Mandal' with fund of Rs. 25000. On day of 14 August 1948 was renamed as

  • Region

    Mandvi, Dang (Ahwa - Waghai), Dharampur, Kaprada is forbidden territory covered with thick forest and amazing landscape, is mesmerizing beautiful region of the South Gujarat Tribal Zone - India located on foot hills of Sahyadri Range. In monsoon you can see water springs and land covered with green carpet of diverse flora/fauna.

  • Students

    Comes from labor Ethnic Tribal community of kholcha, Bhel, Nayaka, Koknas, Vedch, Gamits,Warlis, Chaudaris etc. They live in Area which is eight 'Hottest Biodiversity Hotspots' in world as defined by UNESCO.


Day in the Ashram Starts Early in the Morning with Prayer, General Cleaniness, breakfeast,Education Class,Self Learning, Snacks and day ends with Dinner and night Prayer.
Students are Divide into Team for work Distribution.


The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.
Swami Vivekananda

Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.

Teacher - Educator