Sanskar India Foundation (SIF) is a registered not-for-profit organization working in the field of civic, social and environmental awareness as well as in education, mainly in Mumbai since 2004. Beginning with the ‘Sanskar’ programme as a pilot project in just three schools, the current academic year has seen it expanding exponentially to over 150 schools across the city. Sanskar India Foundation conducts workshops, campaigns, talks and drives to highlight important environment, health and social concerns of today.
Vision : SIF aims to create a class of citizens who are not just sensitive to environmental, social and civic concerns but are also committed toward developing solutions for a better tomorrow.
Mission : Sanskar India Foundation’s mission is to constantly strive to create awareness and sensitization among children and adults alike on various social, civic, health and environmental issues along with promoting practices that foster such thinking.
After a year of research, SIF launched its flagship programme, Sanskar, as a pilot in 2004. Unique and innovative both in methodology and content, Sanskar, deals with all civic and environment problems of today as well as associated social and health problems, taught in a participative and fun-filled manner. Conducted in weekly sessions all year long, it empowers children to make informed and environmentally responsible choices.
Apart from the Sanskar program, SIF has constantly been initiating and taking up projects that further the cause of the environment, health and upliftment of women. Over the years, we have conducted a number of tree plantation drives, organ donation awareness workshops, clean up campaigns, citizen activation movements at public places, human chains, rallies, eco-friendly festival workshops as well as health and skill development workshops for economically backward women.
Vijay Agarwal – Chairman
Chartered Accountant & Social Worker
A Chartered Accountant by profession, he is a Partner in Agarwal Vijay & Associates, Chartered Accountants, Mumbai and on Board of Directors of several companies.
He is also closely associated with non –profit organizations working on providing housing for the urban poor.
As part of the founding team and Chairman of Sanskar India Foundation, he has mentored and guided its growth. Involved in resource mobilization, administrative and legal compliances he has been a pillar of support through the years.
Kiran Madan – Director
Physiotherapist and sociologist
The founding director of SIF, conceived, researched and designed the organization’s flagship programme, SANSKAR- a holistic, value-based, environment education programme for schools that aims at raising responsible citizens. Leading the activities of the organization, she is involved in research, content development, training and strategizing. Passionately dedicated to the cause, she has been successful in creating a team of motivated trainers who are able to inspire children through this unique programme.
Indira Ramamurthy – Director
A renowned teacher with over 45 years of teaching experience was honoured by The Rotary club of Mumbai for her exemplary teaching skills. She has been involved with the organization from its inception. Her years of experience in understanding of the psychology of children was invaluable in making the programme child-friendly and absorbing. She advises on methodology and activities that keep students motivated to achieve desired results.
Vidya Mirchandani – Director
With over twenty years of experience in social work, she has worked with various organizations and groups on improving civic conditions, citizen rights and duties. Being involved with the organization from its conception, she assists in strategizing, coordination, guidance and resource mobilization.
Pradeep Singh – Deputy Dean & CEO, ISB(Indian School of Business), Mohali
Sumit Singh – VP Compliance, AMEX
Narinjan Kochar – Social Worker
Madhavi Ravuri – Advocate, Bombay High Court
Neera Saggi – Former IAS Officer
Harshraj Madan – Consultant, Deloitte
Chitraj Singh – Senior Associate, Bank of England
Mr. DM Sukthankar, IAS, Retd. – Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Mah.
Mr. Gerson da Cunha – Former Head of Lintas
Dr. Rakesh Kumar – Chief Scientist & Head NEERI (National Environmental Engineering Research Institute), Mumbai
Ms Kiran Nanda – Former Director, IMC (Economic Research & Training Foundation)
Mr. Ishwar Nankani – Advocate, Bombay High Court
Ms Sumaira Abdulali – Founder, Awaaz Foundation
Ms Seema Kamdar – Senior Journalist
Ms Sanjeeta Joshi – social worker
Ms Prerna Sharma – Asst Professor, Child Care & Geriatric Care, School of Vocational Education, TISS