Friends of Tribals Society (FTS) was established on January 15, 1989. It is registered as a Society under West Bengal Registration of Societies Act, 1961. Its registration number is S/62039 dated 06.06.1989. FTS is a non-profit organisation having its headquarters at Kolkata and it is having 37 Chapters in 25 states. The Organisation is dedicated to the upliftment of tribals. FTS runs One Teacher School (OTS) or Ekal Vidyalaya, which imparts non- formal primary education to children between 4 and 10 years of age. An OTS typically comprises 25 – 30 children of classes I to III. The duration of the classes is three hours. An Ekal Vidyalaya imparts five-fold education; primary education, health care education, development education, awareness education and sanskar education. As on April, 2024, FTS Was Running 50422 Ekal Vidyalaya Supporting Basic Education of 1352500 Students.

All donations to FTS are tax exempted under Section 80G of Income-Tax Act, 1961.

FTS is registered under FCRA and is eligible to receive foreign donations. FTS is also registered with MCA as per the new CSR norms for taking CSR activities vide their Registration number is CSR00001898.

We are registered with Niti Aayog and our Unique ID no. is WB/2016/0110936. Friends of Tribals Society is registered as one of the implementing agencies (IA) of CSR projects by Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs.

Organization that are working under the umbrella of EKAL

Friends of Tribals Society -1989

To empower tribals and rural brethren of Bharat

Shreehari Satsanga Samity-1997

To impart ethics and value education (Sanskar)

Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India-1999

Village education by channelizing foreign funds

Bharat Lok Shiksha Parishad -2000

To empower tribals and rural brethren of Bharat

Arogya Foundation of India-2003

To provide healthcare in villages

Ekal Sansthan -2007

It’s is the research,training and development wing

Ekal Gramothan Foundation-2014

To make the community economically self -reliant


Empowerment of crores of Tribals and Rural brethren of Bharat by making them socially strong, educationally aware, economically vibrant and self-reliant so that with their involvement our Mother Bharat reaches the pinnacle of glory


  • To give non-formal Primary education through One Teacher School
  • To impart hygiene and health care education
  • Empowerment education by making them aware of their rights
  • Development Education for optimum use of resources available
  • Cultural and spiritual awareness with ‘Sanskar’ education