At the Rotary South Asia Conference on Development and Co-operation held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in September 2011, Rotarians from India, Maldives, Nepal,
Pakistan and Sri Lanka came together and decided to work for development of the region in the areas of education, health and hygiene, trade and commerce,
youth and sports, empowerment of women, etc.
To create a formal legal entity that could plan, fund and implement various initiatives in the chosen fields, the Rotary South Asia Society for Development and Co-operation (RSAS) was registered in Mumbai as a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1861 in February 2014.
This Society subsequently adopted the Rotary India Literacy Mission, its Committee Structure and the T-E-A-C-H program in May 2014.