Dr. Ginny Shrivastava, a Programme Coordinator in Astha Sansthan with responsibilities for BARC, played a key role in establishing the Centre in 2002. She has been working on various issues related to women, tribals and other oppressed sections of society in Rajasthan since 1970. She completed her Masters in Adult Education from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1970. Dr. Ginny Shrivastava doctoral thesis completed in 1980 was on "Non-formal education programs for women in India". In 1986, she was a founder-member in the setting up of Astha Sansthan, based in Udaipur (Rajasthan). She helps to keep BARC linked to “the field” in Rajasthan, and helps to connect BARC to state and national campaigns on issues affecting the poor. She is particularly conscious of the need to keep “women” in the purview of BARC’s work – including particularly vulnerable women like low-income widows and separated women.