Last updated: 26 Feb, 2024

The Auroville Foundation

The structure of Auroville Foundation

Auroville Foundation was established by an Act of Parliament (                        Auroville Foundation consists of three authorities: the Governing Board, the Residents Assembly, and the Auroville International Advisory Council.

The Governing Board has overall responsibility for the development of Auroville in accordance with its aims and ideals. It is composed of eminent individuals appointed by the Government of India. 

The International Advisory Council has the function of advising the Governing Board on matters relating to the management and development of the township. It is normally composed of five outstanding individuals of high international repute, usually from different nations.

The Residents’ Assembly comprises all Auroville residents over the age of 18 who are included in the register of residents maintained by the Secretary, Auroville Foundation. The Residents’ Assembly organizes various activities relating to Auroville, formulates the master plan of Auroville, and makes recommendations for the recognition of organisations engaged in activities relatable to Auroville and for fundraising, for the approval of the Governing Board. The Working Committee of the Residents' Assembly assists the Residents' Assembly and the Governing Board in discharging their duties under the Auroville Foundation Act.

There is also a Secretary to the Foundation, appointed by the Government of India, who resides and has an office with supporting staff in Auroville. 

Structure of the units of the Auroville Foundation

The Auroville Foundation undertakes research, education, and service activities and has units that contribute to making Auroville a self-supporting township as envisaged by the Mother. The Auroville Foundation has established trusts under which most units and activities function.

Auroville Foundation Accounts

The accounts of the Foundation are audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in addition to internal and external audits.

Income Tax Exemption:

Auroville Foundation has been registered U/S 12A of the Income Tax Act, 1961, since its inception.

The Income Tax Department has granted Auroville Foundation, tax exemption U/S 10(23C)for its income.

For donations to the Auroville Foundation, income tax relief can be claimed by donors under sections 80G, 35(1)(ii), and 35(1)(iii) of the Indian Income Tax Act depending on the purpose of the donation.

Auroville Foundation Rules

The Central Government has notified the Auroville Foundation Rules for carrying out the provisions of the Auroville Foundation Act.

Secretariat of the Auroville Foundation

The Head Office of the Auroville Foundation is:

Auroville Foundation, 

Auroville Foundation Bhavan, 

Administrative Area, - Town Hall, 

Auroville 605101, 

Tamil Nadu


Ph. 00 91 (0) 413 2622222 / 2622414 (Accounts) 2622930 

Fax: 2623496 ; 2623644