Founded in 1996, UTTHAN works for poverty alleviation through sustainable development. It operates in surface soil mined areas around cities, degraded forest lands, dry lands and wastelands, under the able guidance of Dr. D. N. Tewari, former Member of Planning Commission, India, and Vice- chairman State Planning Board, Chhattisgarh. Its projects cover distressed migration areas; backward and inaccessible areas with poor community and communication; and areas with deficits in food, nutrition and health support.
UTTHAN decided to enter the field in 2004 with the establishment of Shambhunath Institute of Engineering & Technology (SIET) and in this endeavor various other institutions were added under the aegis of UTTHAN Group of Institutions
The following Institutions are successfully being governed through UTTHAN Group of Institutions: