About us

Founding Story


“Bhagini Nivedita Pratishthan Pune (BNP Pune) is devoted to making a difference in the community by way of working for women and children welfare.. Founded in 1979, by dedicated and like-minded women volunteers under the able leadership of Leela Shintre. BNP Pune has become a societal leader in the local community. We started our work with a conviction that overall progress of a society depends on the status of a common woman and strengthening her in all respects will lead to the development of community.

Initially, the nature of work was focused on creating public awareness among women by organizing health and cultural programs in Pune city and district. The emphasis was always on quality improvement and on use of technology.

We were the first ones to start computer courses in 1993 in an undeveloped area like Dighi (about 18 KMs from Pune city).

which was a village then. Novel Skill development courses like hand embroidery on woolen cloth were successfully run way back in 1997 and many got self- employment after the training. The programs of vocational and computer training are continued till date, now on a larger scale and in diverse fields ranging from mid nursing to computerized machine embroidery, to PCB assembly. One more dimension was added to our work when, BNP Pune, in 2006, started ladies hostel facility in Dighi as a safe and secure place for students, working women and senior citizens.

We were carrying out occasional programs like summer vacation camps and hobby workshops, science promotion programs for children since 1976 well before we formally founded BNP. We also started regular activities like Abhyasika (self- study center), and Science Projects from 2006. Our Speech Correction Centre caters for Counseling and Guidance to the Hearing Challenged. BNP Pune, is focusing on the age group of 12-18 years through Project for Adolescents as a need of the day.

Our alumni are now grown up and responsible citizens leading successful life. Our stability results from the dedication and hard work of committed volunteers and many individuals, organizations and foundations, who financially support us.”

Key Management Team


Dr. Sulabha Deuskar


Founding secretary of BNP , PhD in Electronics, served higher education field for 40 years as a professor, head and vice principal in senior college. Author of many textbooks, research papers, and newspaper articles. Research guide and winner of best teacher award, a career counselor, provides consultancy to educational institutes for accreditation. An active member of many academic bodies of national repute. Works for the welfare of students.

Rujuta Pitale

Vice President

Qualified science Teacher with a special qualification to educate the hearing challenged, rendered more than 28 yrs of service to the Deaf and Dumb as a special teacher, counselor, Worked as president of Lions Club Pune West, written books and articles for the children and parents of hearing challenged, research paper, NCERT guide.

DVandana Kelkar


post graduate in commerce, devoted twelve tissue practitioner, works for guiding poor patients for proper low cost medical treatment, certified counselor .

Pranoti Garge

Jt. Secretary

Home science graduate and certified marriage counselor, expert in preparation of instant yet nutritious and affordable food items.

Madhuvanti Kelkar


The youngest and enthusiastic Committee member (last 3 yrs); IT professional (18+ yrs of exp) with Civil engineering background shares the responsibility of general manager in an international Company, takes keen interest in improving employability of Indian youth for current needs by adopting latest trends and technology, good administrator.

Pratima Joshi

Committee Member

Having more than 30 years experience of social work , a post graduate in Marathi literature, Entrepreneur by profession, a creative author and poet of many award winning books and a prolific compere, active member of many literary bodies.

Neelima Karkhanis

Committee Member

Has a professional degree in Social Work, Youngest Founding member, Has been offering social service for more than 30 years, successfully carried out many projects and programs for women and children.

Lalita Marathe

Committee Member

Founding member and former vice president of BNP, nutritionist and college teacher, contributed to Balchitrawani for making educational films and documentaries for children on food and nutrition. Invited as a guest lecturer by many academic and social organization. Organized food demonstrations and lectures, participated in camps at various places.

Vasundhara Kelkar

Committee Member

Founding member and former secretary of BNP, post graduate in Psychology, qualified counselor, resource person in the field of deaf and dumb rehabilitation, authorized interpreter, dynamic teacher, qualified trainer for deaf and dumb education

Manjiri Satpute

Committee Member

Qualified paramedical person, works as financial advisor,member of executive committee of Family Planning Association of India, rendering social service of more than 30 years.

Bharati Khurjekar

Committee Member

Nikita Chougule (Co-opted Staff Representative)

Committee Member

Our Team



  • Able to transform more than 2600 Lives through computer training and skill development activities.
  • Successful in running science promotion programs among 4700 school children and 450 women.
  • Free homeopathic treatment to 3500 patients.
  • Enabling 135 children to improve speech through our Speech Correction Centre.
  • Guidance and awareness programmes to 600 Adolescent children.
  • Non formal education to1550 kids to improve learning skills.