Academy of Development Science (ADS) is a people oriented Science & Technology organisation concerned primarily with problems faced by village communities; particularly tribals, landless and small & marginal farmers. It is a registered Society and Charitable Trust.

ADS campus is situated near Kashele village in the Karjat Tribal Block of Raigad District. ADS has been working on rural development issues in Karjat and Murbad Talukas of Raigad and Thane Districts since 1979.

ADS is committed to rural work based on an appreciation of many positive features of rural life and society. It sees a big challenge in revitalisation of the rural economy whilst strengthening its ecological base. It draws inspiration from the rich and diverse indigenous cultures and knowledge systems.

ADS is actively involved in a wide range of rural development activities aimed at addressing problems faced by tribal communities in Raigad and Thane Districts. Poverty is an overriding concern.

The thrust areas of ADS are: traditional medicine and primary health care; ecological agriculture and conservation of plant genetic resources; nutrition and food security; employment generation; education; natural resource management; community video; and women’s empowerment.