Turning dreams into reality

Our backbone

Ajay Dalmia


    Ajay, Co-Founder of DLRC, brings a wealth of diverse experience across different business disciplines. Prior to co-founding DLRC, he managed Green School (Bali, Indonesia) and had cross-functional experience in the corporate sector. Ajay holds a MBA (Marketing and Finance) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, and MSc (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Akron, OH, USA. While he has done his graduation in Mechanical Engineering, he loves History and facilitates the subject to students in G11 and G12. At the same time, he is passionate about maths and drives pedagogy at DLRC. Ajay is a passionate trekker and camping enthusiast.

     

Anil Sanap


    Anil is passionate about chemistry and tries to inculcate his love for the subject. He has a M.Sc in chemistry and is an IIT JEE guru for chemistry. He has qualified the GATE and SET examinations. Anil carries the experience of teaching Organic Chemistry to post graduates (4 years) and IIT JEE Chemistry coaching (6+ years). Anil is an M.Sc. from Wadia College and has done research projects in pharmacy. At DLRC he facilitates Chemistry for JHS and SHS and IIT JEE,NEET Chemistry. He loves spending time in the wonderful lab and on the sustainable DLRC campus.

Anupam Deshpande


    Anupam has a decade of experience in facilitating & training adult, corporate learners. She stumbled upon teaching much younger adults with DLRC and loved every moment of it. She believes that it's good to be an eternal learner but at some time, in that journey, it's our duty to share & pass on that knowledge to the next generation. She is a B.Tech from IIT, Delhi and an MBA from UBS. She started off as a software engineer but has dabbled in sales, digital marketing, e-commerce, research, business process re-engineering and business consulting. She is a die-hard Trekkie, loves a good mystery, enjoys her daily puzzles and is a poet at heart.
    Anupam facilitates Business Studies, Law and Economics at Grades 11 and 12. She is the DLRC high school internship and admissions coordinator.

Chetan Patil


    Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

     

     

Dr. Mani Salgia


    Dr. Mani is a lifelong learner who is passionate about health, wellness and food. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery from Pune University and a degree in Diagnostic Ultrasound from UMDNJ, New Jersey.  She has received her Yoga training from the Kaivalyadhaam Yoga Institute and has a scientific approach towards the study of Yoga. She has worked as an Alternate Medicine Consultant at a wellness center in New York, as a Sonographer at a Diagnostic Medical Center in New Jersey and as Clinical Faculty at the Rutgers UMDNJ Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. She presently practices Yoga and Homeopathy out of her private clinic in Baner, Pune.
    She has been facilitating yoga for the students of DLRC since the past five years, introducing Yoga philosophy to children and young adults through stories from Indian mythology and from around the world.

     

Meghna Bandyopadhyay


    Meghna loves people, animals and plants in that order! She is also a die hard football, tennis, badminton and swimming fan; a complete and hopeless movie buff; and thrives on autobiographies, historicals and mysteries (fictional and non-fictional). She loves to interact with kids and introduce them to various wonders of this world. You’ll generally find her discussing something interesting with students, when not facilitating. She’s extremely passionate about Psychology and believes each and everyone should take up Psychology - not just to know about the subject, but more importantly as a skill to understand themselves and others. She's done her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Nagpur University and PG Diploma in School Psychology from Jnana Prabodhini.
    Meghna facilitates Psychology for Grades 11 and 12; English for Grade 10 and co-facilitates General English for Grade 11.

Mona Dalmia


    Mona, co-Founder of DLRC, is the driving force behind the Creative & Educational aspects of the Centre. She is a hands-on, fields-on  person andis instrumental in driving the vision forward.

    Mona holds a Masters degree in Education from Boston University, Bachelor's degree in Education from Wheelock college, Boston, Bachelor's degree in Science from Calcutta University, Steiner Teacher Certificate from Sacramento, California and Diploma in Child Brain Development from Pennsylvania. She has travelled extensively gaining invaluable teaching experience in the USA, India, Indonesia and Singapore. She loves reading Fiction, biographies and books on education and environment. She loves trekking, travelling and camping in the heart of forests.

    Mona facilitates English for Grade 12 and Geography for Grade 9. She also helps with farming at the centre.

Namita


    Namita is highly renowned in the field of Hindi and theatre. She brings a plethora of passion and knowledge to the team. Hindi is more than a language for Namita, it's a living, breathing being whose beauty is missed by most. Her passion is to showcase this beauty in a simple, interesting manner through story-telling, theatre and writing. She has also been helping young minds develop love for the language, for 25 years, as Hindi instructor and as Hindi Division Head for reputed CBSE and ICSE schools.
    Namita has been an anchor on AIR and often indulges in script writing and translation work. At one time, she even trained young women to drive. She has a Masters degree in Hindi and Economics with a B.Ed. 

    She loves reading stories and poetry and is very passionate about the HINDUSTANI language. Namita strives to rejuvenate the lost Hindi literature through developing love for the language in children.

    She is the pillar of Hindi at DLRC.

Pavan Iyengar


    Pavan, co-Founder of DLRC, is the driving force behind making the Centre sustainable and is responsible for outreach. He makes science exciting through concepts from “Toys from Trash” learnt with Arvind Gupta at IUCCA in SPPU. He is passionate to link the learnings to life and across the curriculum. His present mission is to facilitate varied learning experiences for the DLRC community including afterschool as well as sustainably share DLRC’s learning with the wider community. 
    Pavan holds a Masters degree in Physics from Pune University and Bachelors degree in Physics from Fergusson College. He has worked in top research labs in Pune (SPPU,IUCAA,NCRA-TIFR) and Bengaluru (RRI). He was a Project Fellow at IISER Pune, implementing independent research project that looks into the Energy Transfer in Photosynthesis. Trained in Astro Physics & Quantum Field Theory he sees everything as a Physics Interaction.

    Pavan facilitates Tinkering Lab for all Grades and takes everyone for treks.

Sarita Ragade


    Sarita believes that learning is a continuous process, and is keen to bring in sustainable practices in her work and life. She has earned a “Summa cum laude” in Food Science & Nutrition from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, and a Master’s degree in Hospital Administration from Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad. She has worked in the Retail industry and has been in a consulting role at different organizations for the past 25 years. Sarita brings a rich experience of  grass root issues in rural India in her facilitation of sociology. She has been an active volunteer at public schools and libraries and at YMCA, while in the USA for 6 years. Sarita loves to experiment with food, travel and enjoys attending music performances.

    Sarita facilitates  Sociology for AS and A level in Senior High school.  She also facilitates Social Sciences,  English and the Reading program for Middle school. Sarita is High School SIP coordinator.

Shivaji Mane


    Shivaji has been working under the tutelage of Mr. Arvind Gupta, receiver of the civilian award "Padma Shri" on the eve of Republic Day, 2018. Shivaji is an expert at creating hands-on experiences integrated with other subjects at DLRC. He coordinates the ‘Tinkering Lab’ on campus for all grades. He also helps with organizing ‘experimental Physics’ at DLRC in high school.

Shruti Shirur


    Shruti believes that learning is a life-long Journey and is so enriching and beautiful. Shruti actively volunteered at her daughter’s elementary school, public library, YMCA in the USA for almost 6 years.
    Shruti has been trained under Waldorf Philosophy. She has done her Masters in Commerce from Mumbai University. She has been facilitating Form Drawing for all grades at DLRC and Theme for P1, P2 and Social Studies for M1. It has been  a great learning journey and she looks forward to the year to come. She has been working with children for the past 8 years and loves every moment of it.
    She loves to travel, be with Nature, listen to music, art, painting, playing with her children and being a part of their fantasy world. Shruti facilitates form drawing in all grades at DLRC.

Sudipta Giri


    Sudipta tries to instill love for Maths and Physics in high schoolers. He has done his Bachelor’s from IIT Kanpur, and Masters from IISc Bangalore. He has worked in the telecom industry for 15 years, taught in college for 6 years, and has been engaging with high school kids for the past 5 years. He takes great pleasure in influencing young individuals with logic and rationality.
    He loves travelling, international politics and history. He used to love football and chess in his younger days, photography in his middle years, but nowadays is taking more interest in yoga.

    Sudipta facilitates Mathematics and Physics for Grades 11 and 12.

Mahasweta Chaudhuri


    Mahasweta believes that one is a large number. If you can help one individual, one child, you will help ten. Because in the circle of that one person, there will be ten others who will get educated. She has done her M. Sc. in Zoology and is a Double Graduate in Life Science & Computer Science.

    She is a die hard movie buff that inculcates her creativity which reflects in all her actions. Also an excellent cook with the penchant to experiment and create new dishes, just the way she brings out new ideas for learning. With the conviction and firm resolve to empower her young learners, she is here in DLRC to make a difference.

    She facilitates Science in Middle school and co-facilitates English in the Primary and Middle school.

Kunal Ghodke


    Kunal has an experience of 2 years as a website designer in the IT industry. He has completed his Bachelors degree in Science with specialisation in computer science from Dr. Bamu university. He is currently pursuing Masters in computer science from Dr. Bamu University. He is an artist at heart and enjoys making art and craft from paper and trash and is keenly interested in drawing and painting.

    Kunal has heartily taken to facilitating Thematic, Science and Tinkering Lab lessons for the Primary and Middle school at DLRC. He also facilitates Claywork during Art Club. 

Kalpita Kshirsagar


    Kalpita has a Masters in Political Science, a Bachelor’s in Education and a Bachelor’s in Geography from University of Pune. She has been working in the field of education for the past 11 years, during which she has taught English and Social studies as per the SSC and ICSE curriculum. She has been a board examiner for the Maharashtra secondary school examination.

    She takes keen interest in reading about educational philosophies and research. She is passionate about bringing subjects like history and civics closer to the day to day experiences of children. She is a passionate explorer, interested in backpacking and road trips across the country to explore the socio-cultural roots of a new place. 

    Kalpita facilitates Social Sciences in Middle school, History in Grades 9 and 10 and General English in Grades 11 and 12. She also facilitates ‘Share with dignity’ and is High school Internship Coordinator.

Dr. Sona Sharma


    Dr. Sona is a passionate researcher and enjoys learning new things. She has more than 7 years of experience in biological research and has worked in a biotech industry for more than 2 years. She has also worked as a lecturer in the Biochemistry department of Nagpur University and Hislop college, Nagpur.
    She has a Doctorate in Biotechnology from Agharkar Research Institute (University of Pune) and has done her Masters in Biochemistry from Nagpur University.
    She believes that Biology is an essential subject to learn and tries to pass on her passion for biology to all. Teaching sciences through experiments and experiences, she encourages practical learning over theoretical knowledge. Sona loves music and traveling. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends with delicious food along.

    Sona facilitates Science in Middle school, Biology in High school for Grades 9 through 12 and is the High school  SIP Coordinator.

     

Dr. Seemantini Pathare


    Dr. Seemantini, is an ex Doctor and a farmer.  She pursued her primary career as a Gynaecologist (MBBS Mumbai, 1990; MRCOG ,UK, 1995), for 17 yrs, switched to full time agriculture at the peak of her career and 10 yrs later felt she was now ready to share her life skills and experiences, all the while, learning and challenging herself with new tasks.  Teaching, as a profession, was the natural outcome of this thought process.
    She trained herself to become a teacher through iTeach teacher training program. Honed her skills at practical class management through volunteering at a learning centre run by TFI for 2 years and then found her destination in DLRC. 
    Teaching Science came to her naturally but teaching Maths is her passion. She now teaches Science in P1, P2 and M1, and Maths in M1 at DLRC.

    She is also happy to be the fall back medic on campus and participate in agricultural activity at our farm based school.

Kanak Upadhyay


    Kanak is a warm and caring teacher who wants all children to be successful learners. She thoroughly enjoys working with children and encourages them.

    She has done her M. Sc., Bachelor's degree in Education, and Post Graduate Diploma in GIS & Remote sensing from CDAC.  

    She facilitates Maths in P1 and P2 and Hindi in P1 and M1,

    She is a certified Rubix cube mentor  from Indian Cube Association(ICA), and teaches to solve different types of Rubix cube.

Neha Sharma

    Neha is an ardent believer of ‘Passion in profession brings perfection.’

    Her devotion and flair towards delivering only the best to her students makes her a lifelong learner. She dedicates her spare time to reading, concocting poetries and web series marathons.She is attuned with nature and feels in sync with her inner self when spending time amidst nature. 

    Neha has pursued her Bachelors in Law from Bharati Vidyapeeth University and Masters in English from Pune University. She also holds a Bachelor degree in Education from Pune University. She is TEFL Certified and brings to the table an enriching experience in facilitating for over 8 years.

    Neha aspires to create a platform which could bring the elderly and younger generation under one roof, where they can empower each other merely by the existence of the other.

Supriya Pawshe

    Supriya is a young sports enthusiast and pursuing her masters in physical education. She is highly organized and brings an immense amount of rigour in the sports program at DLRC. She co- facilitates sports from grades 1 - 12 and prepares students for inter-school competitions.

Savani Laddha

    Savani is a Chartered Accountant by education and profession. She is a partner at L.B. Laddha & Co, Chartered Accountants. Savani is a dynamic professional with over 20 years of experience in wide spectrum including Statutory Compliances, Finance, Accounting, Taxation, Insurance. Capable of effectuating innovative strategies for Conducting and managing regular business processes and internal control system. Budgeting, forecasting & planning for the profitability of an Organization. She is trained in Hindustani classical vocal music and ‘Bharatnatyam’ dance form. She is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys running and yoga apart from other forms of workout. 

    Savani facilitates Accounting for Grades 11 and 12 at DLRC.

Megha Kaulgud

    Megha Kaulgud is a Math enthusiast and likes to take up challenges that come in the form of Math and logic puzzles. She has worked in the IT corporate sector across multiple functions and roles for about 19 years before venturing out to facilitate Math at DLRC. Megha enjoys reading non fiction books, solving puzzles, watching movies and playing board games with her 2 boys. She has an adventurous streak in her and loves travelling the off beaten track whenever she gets a chance. Megha is passionate towards sustainability and tries every possible way to reduce, reuse and recycle, in that order. 

    Megha has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science.

    She started facilitating Math at DLRC Primary and Middle school last year and this year she’s going to be facilitating Math to Middle and Junior High students.

Rupali Kaurwar

    Rupali spent the last 17 years as an IT professional in the United States and moved back to India last year to settle in Pune with her family. As her 2 daughters were on the verge of joining DLRC as students this year, she just couldn't miss the opportunity to join DLRC in its mission to provide a wholesome learning space so close to nature. She believes that the best way to contribute to our society is by investing our time and energy towards the young citizens who are the building blocks of our country's future.

    Rupali loves music and has been training in Indian classical vocal music. She is a big travel enthusiast, and loves to visit new places with her family- even though she's only been to 8 different countries so far, she has many more on her bucket list! Her other interests are hiking/trekking, playing badminton, gardening, reading, sewing, and cooking her favorite recipes!

    With having a Bachelor's degree in Physics and a Master's degree in Computer Applications, Rupali will be teaching 7th and 8th-grade Science, P1, P2, M1, and 7th-grade Maths as well as 10th-grade Computer Science.

Amit Ambekar

    Amit is an environmental conservationist by profession. Before entering the education sector he worked as an environmental consultant. He was pursuing his PhD in environmental ethics and political ecology from Germany before coming back to India. He found the education sector to be interesting and became a full-time teacher at Avasara Academy thereafter. 

    Amit is a passionate conservationist who believes that children can be the torch bearers of a better world and thrives each day to become a better teacher so that he can play his part in creating a society of aware and responsible citizens of the future. 

    Besides the environment, Amit also likes exploring sports and fitness and believes in living a healthy and fit life. At DLRC Amit will facilitate Environmental Science for Primary, Middle and High school in addition to teaching Experimental Physics to Grades 9 and 10 students.