The history of Parvatiya Jan Kalyan Sansthan (PJKS) takes us back to the era of 80’s. Parvatiya Jan Kalyan Sansthan as its each word tells its own story is a result of hard work and long-term vision of the then (80’s) emerging youth now a prominent social worker of Uttarakhand, Mr. Madan Joshi. After completing his engineering diploma in Electronics he had been offered lucrative job from reputed organization THDC but he had a different thought for his future. He wanted to raise people’s voice and their issues.

Hailing from rural background, Mr. Joshi with some 9-10 like-minded youths waged a campaign for improving the educational standards in the rural areas. Distraught by the fact that in village schools the teachers were mostly absent they lobbied for improving the ‘attendance of the teachers’ in the schools in remote and distant villages. Subsequently, they joined the movement for the creation of a separate state of Uttarakhand (Uttarakhand Movement) as they realized that being a part of the state of Uttar Pradesh, the aspirations and needs of the hill people were being sidelined. They were closely associated with the Uttarakhand Jan Parishad, Uttarakhand Jan Sangharsh Vahini.  Later they were also instrumental in waging a war against child labour through the Bachpan Bachao Andolan.

Frustrated with the top-down approaches to development adopted by the government and moved by the plight of the marginalised communities, these young people ultimately decided to pursue people centered development in their native villages. This laid the foundation of Parvatiya Jan Kalyan Sansthan (PJKS) in the year 1990. Mr. Madan Joshi was unanimously chosen as the Executive President of the Organization.