Our Vision

To be an instrumental force that brings development to children

Our Mission

Bring quality education to children through innovative programs and help them make transition to literacy and a brighter future.

Our Goal

Provide quality education for children up to age of 18

Our History

  • Founded by Prof Rajani Paranjpe (Rajani Tai)

    with the vision to bring education to children on the margins of society.

  • Started with 50 children in Pune

    offering a unique approach to learning that is tailored to individual needs.

  • Grown into a transformative movement

    impacting over 80,000 children across 500+ communities and 120+ government schools.

Our People

At the heart of the Door Step School are its people. They are the pillars who drive our vision and mission, working tirelessly to address illiteracy among children from marginalized sections of society.

Professor. Rajani Paranjpe

An educational trailblazer, Ms. Paranjpe established The Society for Door Step Schools in Mumbai in 1989 and subsequently extended its reach to Pune in 1993. Presently, she continues to helm DSS Pune with an enduring fervor and commitment, steadfastly working to ensure that each child enjoys access to a high-quality education. Her visionary leadership has played a pivotal role in shaping the organization's trajectory and expansion. Remarkably, she recognized the significance of foundational literacy more than three decades ago when she founded DSS, a principle that the National Educational Policy (NEP) now recognizes and prioritizes.

Neela Dabir

Prof. Dabir is Retired Deputy Director (Admin), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Her areas of interest include Violence against women, street children and Juvenile Justice and vocational education She has been a social worker with different NGOs for more than 12 years and has been in academics for 20 years. She is a Master of Social work and also holds a Doctorate Degree. She has authored two books and and many research reports in her areas of interest.

Jayashree Joglekar

Jayashree Joglekar, Director, Door Step School Foundation,

Jayashree Joglekar is a highly accomplished professional with a diverse background in engineering and leadership roles. She holds a Master of Science (Electrical Engineering) from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.

With extensive experience in the aerospace and IT industries, Jayashree has held key positions at renowned organizations such as Bendix Aerospace Corporation, contributing to the design of control systems for fighter jets; AT&T Bell Labs, where she played a pivotal role in the development of the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) systems and Veritas Software as Director and General Manager overseeing their Pune office; and Lastly in Wipro, Pune as Vice President and Chief Operations Office for Wipro’s global Financial Securities Business, as well of Head of Wipro Pune where she played a crucial role in the growth and success of the company's Pune operations. She was later given charge of Wipro Cares Projects for the state of Maharashtra.

In March 2023, Jayashree Joglekar joined Doorstep School Foundation as Director, bringing her expertise and passion to drive the organization's mission forward. Prior to this, she held a position of Director in The Society for Doorstep Schools from 2009-2014.

Jayashree has been honored with the "IT Woman of the Year" award by the Computer Society of India.

Ameya Kunte

Ameya Kunte is a qualified chartered accountant and Graduate of Commerce from the University of Pune. Ameya Kunte has been associated with Doorstep since 2006 as a volunteer. On the professional front, Ameya is a founder of Globeview Advisors LLP - a boutique consulting firm focusing on corporate and international tax advisory services. Ameya has over 19 years of professional experience and specializes in direct tax, international tax and business & transaction advisory. Before Globeview, Ameya co-founded Taxsutra – a leading b2b tax news and information portal in India in 2010. Ameya has worked with consulting firms – Ernst & Young and PwC. Ameya is based in Pune and loves trekking and travelling. Ameya strongly believes that "education is a great leveller

Mandar Shinde

Mandar Shinde Education: Mechanical Engineer. Profession: Consultant & Entrepreneur

Mandar has been actively involved in various projects and campaigns concerning child rights, for the last 15 years. He works with the ARC network (Action for the Rights of the Child) in Pune and is also associated with other national networks like Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL) and Right To Education (RTE) Forum. Mandar has conducted trainings and capacity building workshops of social workers, teachers, community leaders, government officers, as well as children and youth across Maharashtra and some other states. His areas of interest include child education, youth mobilization, participation in policy making and administration. Mandar is also a prolific writer and a passionate storyteller with considerable experience in theatre and arts.


Gangotri, a seasoned Chartered Accountant with 25+ years of industry experience, has consulted firms on financial management, organization structure, and operations. She has worked in organizations such as GIC mutual fund, SICOM, Syngenta, and Transaction Square, where she was instrumental in their initial setup. Gangotri has been associated with Door Step School for over 8 years, contributing to the efficient structuring of finance operations for Pune and participating in education program design, development, and implementation. With a passion for reading, travel, and networking, she aims to enhance Door Step School Foundation's reputation in the education field.

Ankita is an accomplished professional with an impressive academic background and field experience. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) and a Master's degree in Arts (Psychology) from the University of Pune, where she was a gold medalist in MA Psychology. Ankita’s career in the Education Sector spans over two decades, beginning in 1999 when she started working with special needs children. Since 2010, Ankita has been an integral part of our team and has been successfully leading multiple projects

Varsha, a Master in Commerce and a social activist for 20 years, began as a volunteer at Door Step School and then joined full time to become a computer instructor and rose to the position of Associate Director. In her tenure, Varsha oversaw multiple programs, focusing on providing education to children in different types of communities. After five years as Associate Director, Finance, Varsha took on the challenge of leading the School on Wheels program, expanding its reach and providing education to underserved children