The Ninash Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charity that has been promoting literacy among the underprivileged children by opening schools in India since 1996. In 2000, Oneonta Mayor Kim Muller in cooperation with the Ninash Foundation signed a declaration proclaiming Oneonta (USA) and Dundlod (India) as sister cities.
Marking the 10th year anniversary of the Oneonta-Dundlod sister cities project, Ashok Malhotra (ISI 63-69), Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy and Linda Drake, Director of Center for Social Responsibility and Community at SUNY Oneonta, traveleld to India. Their group consisted of six Oneontans and two faculty members from Belmont University, Nashville. They visited the Ninash Foundation’s six Indo-International Schools in India: an elementary and a high school in each of the three remote villages of Dundlod (Rajasthan), Mahapura (Rajasthan) and Kuran (Gujarat), which were built with the help of the participants of the SUNY Oneonta “Learn and Serve” program.