where tomorrow’s science begins today
An Autonomous Institution, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India



Founded in 2010 by a group of IISER Pune students, Disha is a voluntary organisation striving to bring quality education to the underprivileged young minds and to change their lives for the better. We believe in making their childhood brighter and to let the children take their imagination beyond the grey walls of their class rooms. We hope to bring light into their neglected lives and broaden their minds.

Our Activities

Regular Activities     Yearly Activities

Our Collaborators

  • Door Step school
  • Jnana Prabhodini Prashala
  • Prarambh
  • Gyan Setu


Email: disha.iiserpune@gmail.com and Website

General Coordinators:  Prachi Atmasidhha (prachi.atmasiddha@students.iiserpune.ac.in) and Prashanth Chandran: prasanth@students.iiserpune.ac.in

Our endeavour hopes to shape the young minds of the country and their potential is our hope. Join hands in our effort to open minds. If you want to join any programme of Disha, please contact the coordinator of the programme you are interested in.



Abhyasika (Sanjay Gandhi Vasahat & Laman Vasti)

Laman Vasti and Sanjay Gandhi Vasahat are two abhyasikas run by Disha volunteers for the children there. Every evening, volunteers from Disha go to these nearby centres, to interact with the children and to help them with their studies. The main aim of these abhyasikas is to help students in their studies and encourage them to pursue a good education. Apart from studies we also focus on extra-curricular activities and some skill development. We try to give examples and interesting activities to make the children come up with creative solutions to their problems.

Type of the activity: Regular - Monday to Friday


Sanjay Gandhi Vasahat Abhyasika: Ameya Pore (ameya.pore@students.iiserpune.ac.in)

Laman Vasti Abhyasika: Reema Nassar: (reema.nassar@students.iiserpune.ac.in)


Science Nurture Program

Science  Nurture  Program  is  a  unique program initiated by Disha for the bright students of Disha Abhyasikas and some other students from local municipal  schools. During weekends, Disha organises afternoon classes where the children come to IISER Pune and do hands-on activities in science and mathematics. The goal not just to assist the students in their school studies but to enhance their skills so that they can compete in this world. They also actively participate in debates, art and craft and watch videos where they get a glimpse of the outside world and the future. The program focuses on more dedicated students and takes their learning to a new level. Here in the classes of IISER Pune, the students' imagination is no longer limited by their socioeconomic environment.

Type of the activity: Regular – on Sundays

Coordinator: Saurabh Kadam (saurabh.kadam@students.iiserpune.ac.in)


Talk for Twenty

We strongly believe in taking every opportunity to inspire. One such attempt is the 20 minute talk series on social and developmental issues across the globe.These talks aim to provide us insights into great ideas and strong leadership around the world that have changed the course of human history. The topics range from education under globalisation, green India, problems faced by normal people due to different active groups, socio-economic state of our country and social taboos. We aim to bring eminent speakers to inspire our audience. Talking about the work of these people and their great ideas will help us build a proactive attitude towards solving social problems, the very concept on which Disha is based.


Shubham Joge (shubham.joge@students.iiserpune.ac.in) and Rajath Sawanth (rajath.sawant@students.iiserpune.ac.in)


Mind Spark

A more recent activity taken up by Disha, Mind Spark focuses on preparing around 25 selected standard VI students from five Pune Municipal Corporation schools around IISER Pune for the class VII scholarship exam conducted by Maharashtra State Government every year. Mind Spark is conducted 4 days a week at IISER Pune campus, with amn aim to prepare the students for the competitive world and widen their horizons. It is an interactive platform that gives a glimmer to student’s ideas and makes them enjoy what they learn. We try to form a strong foundation which help them in developing competitive skills. Instead of giving emphasis on factual teaching, we assist them to observe and experience things which helps in building scientific attitude. Apart from regular lectures, we also organize guest lectures on different science topics.

Type of the activity: Regular - once or 4 days a week

Coordinator: Aboli Ektare (aboli.ektare@students.iiserpune.ac.in)


Spread the Smile

Spread the Smile is an outreach activity organised once in a year on weekends in the month of February. This month-long activity is aimed at providing everyone an opportunity to interact with and understand rural India by reaching out to village schools around Pune, with various educational activities. Spread the smile aims to spread the “joy” of education among village children. It provides “exposure" to the fascinating world of science and technology through experimentation and logical inference to these kids. This programme also aims at inspiring and promoting a proactive attitude towards a social cause among youth.

Type of the activity: Once in a year – on 4 weekends


Vigyan Mela

Once a year, a special programme is organised at Sanjay Gandhi Vasahat and Laman Vasti. Spanning over two days of fun, children participate in art and craft workshops, scientific demonstrations, and competitions and interact with specialists from different fields. The major goal of Vigyan Mela is to bring the children from both the vastis together and let the parents and the residents in their neighbourhood see what their children can do. This encourages them to understand the importance of quality education in their child’s life.

Type of the activity: Once a year

Disha Photo Gallery: