The TOS in India touches tens of thousands of lives each year. Through more than one hundred active groups spread over 20 regions, it runs schools, coaching classes, pre-primary learning centres, boarding establishments for the blind and for orphans, medical dispensaries as well as naturopathy, acupressure, ayurvedic treatment and yoga therapy centres. The TOS healing ritual is widely performed.
In visiting local groups, the National Director, Birendra L. Bhattacharyya, presents educational materials and mobility aids to the needy, he congratulates workers receiving awards for outstanding service to the community, and takes time to meet with the recipients of aid themselves. He distributes school uniforms, student kits, garments, study material, cooked food, scholarships to meritorious students, prizes to essay and elocution contest winners, and relief materials during natural disasters. He inaugurates self-help projects and new groups and presides as often as possible at zonal and regional conferences. Finally, he spearheads efforts in emergency relief and reconstruction.
TOS groups overseas appreciate being able to contribute to various TOS projects within India, as well as to the work of the Olcott Education Society at Adyar, Chennai, run directly under the aegis of the Theosophical Society. The Olcott Education Society is comprised of:
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