Our Team

We are a team of dedicated professionals who felt the need to create a unique integrated approach for children who have learning difficulties, involving all stakeholders so that these children can lead a life of dignity and happiness.

We draw our inspiration from Dr. Shanta Vaidya who recognized the need for having a different teaching learning approach for children who lag behind academically. Dr. Shanta Vaidya was a PhD in Psychology from the London University (U.K.), 1955.

She took the initiative to start a special unit in King George School in Dadar, Mumbai for children with Learning Difficulties in the early seventies. She also was a founder of Pragati Kendra, Mumbai—a center for mentally challenged children.

Inspired by her & in her memory we started the Dr. Shanta Vaidya Memorial Foundation in 2011.

The Team

Dr. Amita Godbole - Trustee and Chairperson

Dr.​​ Amita Godbole has been working in the social development sector ​for the last 32 years, having worked in various capacities with ​national and international NGOs and the corporate sector, with a ​focus on ​Child​ ​Rights and ​Education​.​

Her specialisation is capacity building of NGO personnel in the areas of child rights, education, and program conceptualisation, planning, implementation and documentation.

Ms. Kshipra Rohit Vaidya - Trustee and Secretary

Kshipra Rohit has completed her course in remedial teaching from Alpha to Omega, Chennai & a Certificate course in Learning Disability from Spastic Society of Karnataka. She has completed the course conducted by Rehabilitation Council of India.

At present she is pursuing her M.Phil in Learning Disability from University of Pune.


Ms. Sheetal Deshpande - Trustee and Treasurer

Sheetal is a qualified practicing Chartered Accountant. Sheetal is having 12 years of post qualification experience in Risk based Internal Audit, Taxation & Information System Audit of Banks and Financial Institutes.

She has experience in Governance, Risk Management & Controls implementation and discharged attest function responsibilities in different domains of industry.

She is actively engaged in CSR consultancy. She also has served as a visiting faculty in Finance, Accounts and Taxation at many educational institutes.


Our Advisory Committee

  • Dr. Sujal Watve - Senior Psychologist

  • Ms. Shubhada Pendharkar - Psychologist & headmistress of Pune Police Public School.

  • Ms. Jayshree Venkatraman - Principal, SNBP international School, Pimpale Saudagar, Pune.

  • Ms. Shobhana Bhide - Managing committee member of Anandniketan School, Nashik, Member of Board of Studies, Balbharati

  • Ms. Pallavi Inamdar - Practicing clinical Psychologist

  • Dr. Kedar Longani - Practicing Homeopath