The genesis of IMSE was in the early 70s. IMSE believes that poverty alleviation, social justice, and equality could be achieved only through capacity development and sustained self-employment of poor actors. Set in motion by a group of visionary and energetic young souls, who began their journey in 1973, the organization has come a long way through different phases of development while establishing its presence over various parts of eastern India. The organization which began its journey with a view of the development of entrepreneurship gradually started venturing into the fields of mass education (adult education & pre-primary schools for the BPL households), rural health care, sustainable agriculture, and various vocational training programmes for rural youth especially women. Along with an expansion in its areas of interest, the areas of operation also extended to far-flung areas of Orissa, Jharkhand apart from several districts of West Bengal.