The Barefoot College, originally known as the Social Work and Research Center, is a community organization that serves all those want to receive an education — women, men and children alike. The college opened in 1972 in the village of Tilonia located in Rajasthan, a poor region of India. It was founded by Sanjit Bunker Roy to offer villagers practical knowledge and skills to improve their everyday lives and to address the needs of the community.
The Barefoot College is financed by the Government of India, international foundations and revenues generated from the sale of handicrafts. The teachers are themselves villagers who want to share their knowledge with the residents of their villages for the benefit of the community. In addition to manual know-how, the organization attempts to instil in its students social values, especially with regard to social equality.