ACTS Group of Institutions (formerly known as ACTS Ministries) was started as ACTS Institute in Bangalore in 1979, by Dr Ken Gnanakan and his wife Prema, on their return from England, where Ken had just completed his PhD at London University. Along with his brother, Dr Richard Gnanakan, they built ACTS from a small institute into the large organization it is today, with work spread across India.


ACTS is an acronym for Agriculture, Crafts, Trades and Studies and the vision has remained strong over the last three decades. Today, ACTS is committed to total development through projects that revolve around education, environment and health programmes. The work at ACTS includes a number of exciting projects, including slum schools, a village community health centre, bio gas production, and government-recognised schools and colleges that provide affordable quality education across India


ACTS Administration

ACTS Group of Institutions is managed by an Executive Committee, comprising the following members:

  • Santosh Gnanakan, President & CEO
  • Aruldass Gnanamuthu, Senior Vice President & CFO
  • Dr Paul Mohan Raj , Vice President Education
  • Sajjan George , Vice President Operations
  • Anupa Gnanakan-Sundaram, Director for Schools Development





ACTS is registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960.

ACTS is a Global Partner of International Needs, a worldwide Christian organization, assisting in the mission of the church and serving people through education, health projects, children's assistance, women empowerment and relief programmes.





ACTS is an affiliated member of the International Council for Higher Education.

ACTS is also a member of the International Ecological Engineering Society.


ACTS is registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960, Registration No: 80/79-80.

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