Sahbhagi Shikshan Kendra (SSK), a Center for Participatory Learning, was established in Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), in 1990. The Kendra emerged in response to the development scenario prevailing then in the Hindi speaking belt viz, North India, especially Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The Voluntary sector had its roots from the movements of total revolution that had spread from Bihar in the late 1970s to other parts of the country in a bid to overthrow the existing social order and usher in a new society.
However, there was no blueprint of the means to the end and was a time bound projects without any sense of sustenance and development. The paradigm of "Development" was totally missing and there was an extreme dearth of awareness, knowledge and capacity to effectively manage projects/programs, manage resources, establish linkages, etc. In other words, management of Organisation was lacking which hampered the growth of a new social order and proved to be a hindrance for development. Responding to the need for strengthening the capacities of Organisation working at the grassroots for lending efficiency and effectiveness to their Organisation and interventions, SSK emerged as a support Organisation, focusing its activities initially in Uttar Pradesh and South Bihar.