About Us

The YMCA in India took roots in what is now Kolkata, way back in 1857, though a beginning was made in August 1854.

On February 27, 1857, the Calcutta Christian Juvenile Society of 1822 formed by John Lawsan, a Baptist Missionary associated with William Carey changed its name to Calcutta YMCA. This was the beginning of the very first YMCA in Asia to be followed by Colombo, Trivandrum, Bombay, Madras and others. By the 1880s there were several YMCAs in South India. In 1890, David McConaughy, a young American from the YMCA Movement in USA arrived in Madras and founded the YMCA there. He was later instrumental in forming the Indian National Council of YMCAs, the forerunner of the National Council of YMCAs of India, following a conference in 1891.

The National Council of YMCAs of India is the governing body of the Indian YMCAs which formulates various policies and spells out issues and concerns to be addressed at the local level. The beginnings of the National Council of YMCAs David McConaughy convened All-India Convention of the then 35 local associations along with a few smaller associations set up in the London Mission area of Travancore by lay Missionaries, Dr. E. Sherwood Fry of Neyyoor. The Convention, during February 20-21, 1891 at the Madras Association of the YMCA in Esplanade adopted a Resolution for constituting a National Council. The first Indian National Committee comprised 17 persons. The headquarters for the National Committee was in Madras for one year and the Convention unanimously elected Mr. S. Sathianadhan as Chairman, W.R. Arbuthnot as Hony. Treasurer and David McConaughy as its first Secretary.

The national headquarters was situated in Calcutta between 1891 and 1964 at 9, Russell Street and later at 5, Russel Street, finally shifting to New Delhi in 1964 at Bharat Yuvak Bhawan, 1, Jai Singh Road. The National Council celebrated its centenary in 1991. The first Indian Bishop V.S. Azariah was the first Indian YMCA Secretary and Sir K.T. Paul an associate of the Mahatma Gandhi the first Indian National General Secretary in 1916. Spread of the Indian Movement The India YMCA Movement has 556 affiliated local associations across its nine Regions in the country with the membership of around 2 lakhs, comprising both men and women.

There are 140 YMCA Professional Secretaries in India. The Indian YMCA is the second largest network in the world after the USA and is a part of the global YMCA fraternity which is known as World Alliance of YMCAs with 125 member countries. National Council of YMCAs of India is also affiliated to the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs and is among the 27 member countries.