The Bible Society of India operates within the territory of India and is the largest and one of the oldest of the 146 National Bible Societies under the United Bible Societies. Besides the Central Office in Bangalore, we have 15 Auxiliaries, 1 Translations Centre at Shillong and 1 Sales Depot at Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

THE BIBLE SOCIETY OF INDIA serves all Indian Churches and Christians in translating, publishing the Bible in their own languages and distributing it among their constituencies aiming at transformation of the WORLD through the WORD.

The objective of the Bible Society of India is to make the Bible available to anyone who wants it in languages they can understand and at prices they can afford.

The Head Office of the Bible Society India is located at Bangalore and branches in 15 locations including Bangalore as well as a promotional office in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. While the operational management of the Organisation is the responsibility of the General Secretary, various tasks are executed through the departments; each department headed by a Director except for the support functions which reports to the General Secretary. Auxiliary Secretaries are responsible for the Auxiliary offices located in different parts of the Country.

  •  Translation
  •  Translation Center, Shillong
  •  Church Relations and Resource Mobilisation Department
  •  Production
  •  Marketing
  •  Media and Special Audience
  •  Finance
  •  Internal Audit
  •  Information Technology
  •  Human Resources

The demanding task of Bible translation requires scholarship and expertise in the areas of biblical studies, theory and practice of translation, communication, linguistics and anthropology to bring about high quality Bible translations

So far BSI has provided full Bibles in 65 of India’s languages, and NT in 70 additional languages. At present the Translation Department carries out 45 language projects as first time translations. There is a growing need for the Scriptures in several languages to meet the needs of the people for the worship and mission needs of the Church

India’s 1 billion plus people speak an estimated 1652 languages, of which only 216 are spoken by 10,000 speakers or more. However, several of these language speakers are bi-lingual. According to our survey, if translation is carried out in at least 300 of these languages we are confident we can reach the entire population.

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Translations Centre Shillong

The Translations Centre Shillong was established in the year 1972 as an extended Office of the Translations Department of the Central Office.

1) The centre serves as a permanent resource centre to train, monitor and supervise the translation projects in the region.

2) The centre ensures effective contacts with the church/translators working in different remote parts of the region.

3) The centre adds to the translation acceleration of the projects.

4) The centre facilitates the translators with accommodations to stay, library and helps them in the progress of the translation works.

5) The centre serves as a resources centre, in equipping the translators and the translation checking committee members by organizing regular workshops and training seminars on Bible Translation works both at national and international levels.

Ever since, the Translation centre was established it has served the people and the churches of NE region as a handmaid in enabling to have the Word of God in their own mother tongues.

The distinctive function of the Centre contributes to the overall strength of the BSI particularly in the field of Translations of the Bible in the North East of India including Sikkim. It may be noted that this is the only Translation Centre in our country that works exclusively for the translations of the Bible in so many languages.

We invite the Churches and individuals to partner together for the Bible Cause and own the ministry of the Bible Society of India so that together we will reach out to all the people groups in all languages in this generation in this region and beyond.

At present, Rev. Dr. W. Along Jamir, the Associate Translations Director heads the centre since September 2012

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The Production Department is responsible for procurement of raw materials, selection of printers to print and bind the Scriptures, placement of orders and delivery of Scripture items to the Auxiliaries and customers.

The Department also develops new book designs by selecting appropriate book size, binding materials of suitable colours and texture and adding suitable edge gilding. The printing and binding of the Scriptures is done through many printing establishments located throughout the country. BSI maintains a close contact with all its suppliers to ensure the maintenance of high quality in all its products. Being a large publishing house, BSI has access to every available production facility in the country. The access to the various resources gives us an edge over others in the field. It enables us to ensure high quality production at the lowest possible costs.

There are approximately 3500 different types of scriptures produced by the Bible Society in many languages and in a wide variety of formats including Scriptures in Braille, specialised Scriptures for children, youth, women, the under privileged and adults who are learning to read. Braille Scriptures are being distributed to thousands of visually impaired people. For children many comics have been released. A Children’s Bible was produced in English and subsequently in some of the Indian languages also.

Mr. Ashith Ezekiel heads the Production Department since 2003.

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The Bible Society provides different types of printed Scriptures like Bibles, New Testaments, Portions, New Reader Portions, Selections and New Reader Selections. There has been a steady demand for Scriptures over the past years.

The task and mission of the Marketing Department of the Bible Society of India is to meet the Scripture needs of all Churches, Christian Organisations and evangelists who are committed to share the Word of God with the people of our nation.

To achieve this goal, Marketing Department constantly develops new formats of Scripture items in various languages, sizes and shapes which appeal to our audience and distribute them to every nook and corner of our country, at a price they can afford.

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The Finance Department is responsible for all accounting and financial matters of the Central Office as well as the 15 Auxiliaries. By the very nature of our operations, the accounts are required to be audited by Statutory Auditors every financial year.

Audited accounts are placed before the relevant Committee and filed with the relevant Government Departments.

The Finance Department is also responsible to co-ordinate preparation of the annual budget. Each Auxiliary prepares an estimate of its financial needs for the following year which is submitted to the Finance Department. The Finance Department prepares the consolidated budget and submits the proposed budget to the Working Committee or Executive Committee for endorsement through the Finance Committee.

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The paradigm shift from reading to listening and viewing has opened avenues for Scriptures in Audio, Visual and other media. Apart from catering the needs of neo-literates, the department caters to the needs of non-readers, ‘illiterate’, and the visually handicapped people. The department has pioneered the development of a wide range of new Scriptures for different audiences like the visually challenged, terminally ill, victims of HIV, semi-literate and rural audience, hearing impaired etc. The Media department has more opportunity to reach out to people through various other media, particularly Digital Media.

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Audited accounts are placed before the relevant Committee and filed with the relevant Government Departments.

The Church Relations and Resource Mobilisation Department exists as the Hand maiden of the Church. The focus of the department is to strengthen the relationship between the BSI and the Church

The Objectives are

To Assist the Church in India in promoting the Word of God to the whole family and Church.

    • To Solicit contributions, donations, gifts and legacies from Churches, individuals, families and others, for the Cause of God’s Word.
    • To Develop and Coordinate Fund Raising Programmes and Provide Training for Staff and Volunteers, of the Auxiliaries.
    • To Provide Training for Staff and Volunteers for Project Implementation.
    • To Compile/Coordinate the publication of Sowing Circle – an organ of the BSI.
    • To contribute to the Spiritual upliftment of the BSI Family and also mobilise prayer.
    • To mobilise prayer for the Bible Society of India, Contributors, etc.
  • To publish monthly E.Newsletter with Biblical Reflection and current news & event

A Resource Mobilisation plan will be only as effective as our Ministry Plan in and through the local Church. The Ministry Plan, for us, as ‘the Handmaiden of the Church’ enhances the Fund Raising Plan based on the Biblical foundations. In view of this, our slogan is, ‘Bringing people closer to God and to the world, through the Word of God, enhances resources for the Bible cause.

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The primary functions of the department is to discern potential staffing needs, to maximise human resources for the needs of the Society, to coordinate all general administrative functions including meetings, conferences etc., and to arrange for the purchase and procurement of office equipments, vehicles and capital assets

On the administration angle, the department is concerned with providing all staff a congenial and clear work environment, facilities, furniture, equipment and office automation to reduce fatigue and stimulate self- development.

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Our Internal Audit Department exercises effective internal financial control through Audit and evaluation and appraisal of the activities/operation of the Central Office and Auxiliaries

Accounts of Auxiliaries and Shillong Translations Centre are audited in regular intervals to ensure proper financial management and suggest corrective measures wherever necessary.

The Internal Audit is engaged in routine pre-audit of print orders of Production Department, follow-up of Internal Audit Reports, scrutiny of Customer’s Outstanding, Cost Analysis of Bibles and New Testaments, Expenses analysis of BSI operation and other related functions in the Central Office

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BSI Archives is a permanent exhibition set up at the Central Office in Bangalore which includes the Bible History, Antique Bibles, Bibles in various languages of India & foreign language Bibles, the Bible in stamps, a museum of artifacts, model of Bible land and touch screen computers for children.

Many visitors from India and abroad are visiting the Bible World, regular visitors being Theological College Students, Church members, VBS and Sunday School students, and general public.

In our Archives in the Central Office, we preserve documents such as Letters, Reports, Minutes, Registers, Maps, Photographs & films, Manuscripts, etc., of historical value related to the BSI & The Bible and also different versions/language Bibles & Bible related books.

These priceless documents are made available to those interested in research, translation or linguistic studies.

The IT Department is located in the head office at Bangalore and handles databases and data communication of the fifteen Auxiliaries, a Translation Centre and a Promotional Office spread all over India. This department is also engaged in developing in-house programs to cater to the different departmental and auxiliary day to day operations. Most of the Bible Society operations are computerised and the IT Department also provides facilities and support to all the Departments and Auxiliaries by regular training and upgrading of the systems.