EICS was aptly named after an
Englishman, an agricultural graduate of Cornel University, Leonard K Elmhirst
who came to Santiniketan in 1921 at the invitation of Rabindranath Tagore to
work for the materialization of his ideas on Rural Reconstruction. Keeping the
ideas and views of Tagore and Elmhirst, Prof Nabakumar Mukherjee an
Agricultural Economist and a senior faculty of Sriniketan took an initiative to
create a community centre to work for the village folk in a simplest possible
way- the way Tagore and Elmhirst had done. Prof. Mukherjee’s dream was turned
up and EICS came into being in 1983, the principal objective of which is to
engage itself in social welfare and developmental work through various projects
with special emphasis on the problems of women and children in rural areas.
To work towards building an inclusive self-contained community which will have a role for all members including the aged and youth and to continue to focus on designing and implementing civic & social projects related to health, education, culture and general well-being of people, giving emphasis on woman & child development.
Life in small communities brought back in all its completeness with their cultural, educational, economic, social and intellectual conditions fully developed.