In 1984 URMUL Rural Health Research and Development Trust (URMUL Trust) started as a social development initiative for the farmers of cooperative dairy (Urmul Dairy) Bikaner. URMUL for years has been emphasizing on the disadvantaged groups, especially women and children to ameliorate their desolation and advancing their rights. However, as the time passed by, the organization realized that the vulnerable population in this desert area needed more support, especially related to the Health, Education and Livelihood
In May 1988, Urmul Trust expanded its activities to the command area of the Indira Gandhi Canal area in Kolayat Block of Bikaner district so as to provide community based developmental services to the highly scattered desert population. In 1992, a decentralization process took place within the ‘URMUL Rural Health Research & Development Trust’ to give birth to Urmul Setu Sansthan. Since then, it has inherited the vision, mission, organizational structure, programmes, processes, culture and values of the Trust.
In present time Urmul Setu Sansthan is concentrated primarily in Lunkaransar block of Bikaner district and has extended its services in Churu and Ganganagar districts. The activities of Setu are focused on a number of activities – health & education, WASH, livelihood viz agriculture, artisanry, animal husbandry, child care and protection, disaster management, raising consciousness and linking the vulnerable to governmental schemes, advocacy etc.