WHO WE ARE

HimVikas is a not-for-profit organization, based in Tilwari village (Dehradun, India) working with the mountain communities in lower Himalayan regions. HimVikas focuses on local action and, over the years, has grown into a diverse community of teachers, learners, and doers who are committed to addressing issues of education, livelihood opportunities, nature conservation, and sustainable living practices.

HimVikas started as a school for children in a remote part of the mountain district of Rudraprayag in 1995. However, we have evolved as we responded to the needs of the community and began promoting sustainable living practices in urban and rural areas. HimVikas is now moving towards a social enterprise model with an aim to be self-sufficient in our endeavors to truly practice our principles of sustainability.

Our Mission

Our mission is to facilitate educational experiences for rural and urban youth, and develop equitable markets that provide rural communities with better livelihood opportunities, while promoting sustainable living practices through active community participation.


Our Vision

We envision an equitable world where everyone has the opportunity and ability to attain social and economic freedom, while actively preserving and nurturing the spirit of conservation and sustainable living.

Our Expertise

For over 15 years, HimVikas has been supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable communities' to augment their livelihood in an equitable and sustainable manner. We have done this by integrating forestry, horticulture, and agriculture interventions, and by strengthening community institutions for improved access to basic services.

In the past we have implemented a project supported by Sri Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai for a watershed development program in four villages of Rudraprayag district covering around 574 ha. We also provided consulting support in micro-planning for enterprises oriented towards forestry management in 30 villages of District Chamoli for LIPH program. In 2015, the organization supported watershed planning in Uttarkashi and Haridwar districts under Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP), implemented by Forest Department and the Agriculture Department.

HImVikas Board Member Profiles

Mr. Kalyan Singh Rawat is an established environmentalist in Uttarkhand and is known particularly for his Maiti Movement. He has retired as an educationalist with the Government of Uttarakhand and is now based in Dehradun.

Mr. Puran Bartwal is development practitioner and works at People Science Institute, Dehradun. He is an expert in micro-planning and a master trainer in Community Forestry.

Ms. Pushplata Rawat is the Uttarkhand State Head of Room to Read India and an alumnus of Indian Institute of Forest Management. Her area of expertise lies in project planning and management.

Darshan Lal is a Shiksha Visharad, with extensive experience in education particularly in the rural context. He specializes in and encourages students to link what they learn from textbooks to real life scenarios in order to come up with creative solutions to local problems.

Ms. Ranjana is a development journalist currently working with Azim Premji Foundation. Her areas of expertise include developing children’s literature and creating content for the education sector.

Dr. Rashmi Painuly holds a PhD in Social Sciences and has been involved with various projects across India, including India’s first ever Human Development Report. She is a gender specialist and currently heads Bindu, an organization working for economic empowerment of women who live in slums.

Mr. Ranveer Negi is educationalist working in Ukhimath in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarkhand. He is an avid mountain enthusiast and promotes eco-tourism.

Core Team


Santosh Passi – Executive Director

Santosh Passi, is a development practitioner; and an alumni of Indian Institute of Forest Management and Duke University in USA. Sensing a need to activity create an urban-rural connect to bridge the various socio-economic gaps we see today, Santosh began to put ideas into practice at Kaaya Learning Centre, the flagship project of HimVikas.

Ajay Govind, - Head, Resource Mobilization

Ajay is a writer, film director, and educationalist. A graduate from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, where he studied English Literature, Ajay has interacted with nearly 15000 participants through his school, college, and corporate training workshops and is currently venturing into the area of sustainable living and education.

Sureshi Panwar, Community Outreach Coordinator

Sureshi is an educator with a B.Ed in Social Studies. She has experience working with children of all ages in formal and informal settings. A resident of Tilwari village and being a role model in the neighbourhood, she brings her life experiences to the classroom.

Remya Sasindran, Communications Specialist

Remya has over 10 years of experience in development communications, program management, and community engagement, and has worked with several international NGOs. Her work focuses on behavior change communications to raise awareness on evidence-based and easily adoptable best practices.

Manju Kumain, Finance and Operations Manager

Manju has over 10 years of experience working with youth and communities in the areas of education, literacy, and capacity building. At Kaaya, Manju has been instrumental in facilitating and promoting small enterprises with communities and is also core to overseeing administration and operations of the centre.
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