Created by the late Rajeshwar Dayal (1909–99), the Rajeshwar Susheela Dayal Charitable Trust (RSDCT) has sought to eradicate poverty and its associated disadvantages since the Trust’s inception in June 1986.

Rajeshwar Dayal, a former member of the Indian Civil Service, retired as Foreign Secretary to the Government of India. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1969 in recognition of an exemplary career as diplomat and international civil servant. 

Susheela, his wife, was the talented daughter of industrialist Sir J. P. Srivastava. 

A family affinity with the Kumaun hills of Uttarakhand has inspired much of the Trust’s work in this region of northern India, in partnership with several remarkable organisations and personalities that share its vision. 

The late Ravindra Dayal, one of RSDCT’s original Trustees until his untimely death in June 2006, was an outstanding publisher and recipient of a posthumous Padma Shri award. The Trust continues to be guided by his ideals.

The Trust has a deep sense of gratitude to the late Ratan Dayal (former Managing Director, Shell India), who served as RSDCT’s Chairman from 2001 to 2014. During these years, benefiting from his wise and gracious counsel, the Trust evolved the pattern for its present programmes of assistance and consolidated its relationship with its operational partners.