Organization

Executive Managing Committee

Dr. Arvind Kulkarni

Executive Chairman of Managing Committee since March 2007.
Dr. Arvind Vishnu Kulkarni has been the Chairman of Kamayani Society since year 2007. He follows the footsteps of Late Smt. Sindhutai Joshi, Founder of Kamayani in 1964 in Pune.

Dr. Kulkarni, graduate of BJ Medical College, was born and educated in Pune. He received his postgraduate medical training in CANCER in Liverpool and New York Universities. After practicing in USA, UK and Canada, Dr Kulkarni returned to India and worked as cancer specialist in Jaslok Hospital, Bombay Hospital and in Ruby Hall Hospital as Head of Radiation Oncology Department. He did research also in alternative medicine like Ayurved, Homeopathy, Yoga, and Mind-Body Medicine to study their benefits. Dr. Kulkarni has treated more than 30000 cancer patients in past 40 years of his medical practice. Dr. Kulkarni received “LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD” in 2010 in Mumbai in hands of His Excellency the Governor of Maharashtra. Dr. Kulkarni gives all the credit to his mother Vaidya Laxmibai Kulkarni, a bright Ayurvedic Doctor and a Corporator of Pune Municipality in late 1940s who positively influenced his childhood.

As the chairman of prestigious Kamayani, which is one of the top names in education, employment and rehabilitation of Mentally Disabled persons, Dr. Kulkarni initiated various novel projects in past 8 years. Kamayanischool.org website, new training workshop at Kamayani Nigdi, Employment Promotion for disabled, Vocational Training , solar energy projects, plantation of trees at various Kamayani Branches, drip irrigation, day care centers, Kamayani Talegaon Farm Training Centre, Coordinating overseas generous grants especially from BNY Mellon and UWW in USA , Job Fairs for walk-in candidates and on the spot job offers from big industrial houses, CCTV security systems, GPRS tracking systems for Kamayani School Buses are just a few examples of the progress Kamayani is making under the leadership of Dr. Kulkarni. In 2013, he was awarded Leadership India Award by All India Achievers Foundation in New Delhi. Dr. Kulkarni is a multi faceted personality devoted to medicine, social work, education and music. DR. Kulkarni is also author of the book "War Against Cancer."

Smt. Shreelekha A. (Anuradha) Kulkarni

Daughter of our founder Smt Sindhutai Joshi, Smt. Kulkarni is now Managing Trustee of Kamayani Society. After a B.A (Hon) from Pune University she completed post-graduation from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai in1962. She worked at Khatau Mills, Mumbai and then at Hindusthan Antibiotics, Pimpri as a Labour Welfare Officer. She now devotes more time and attention to the work at Kamayani Society, guiding research work, public relations and administrative activities of the society and Kamayani Schools.


Dr Ashutosh Bhupatkar

Executive Vice Chairman
Dr Bhupatkar has been a Life Member of Deccan Education Society and was Director of IMDR, Pune for 16 years.  He brings his experience of teaching, research and administration in guiding administration of schools and workshops of Kamayani Society.  He has been on the Managing Committee of Kamayani for over 20 years.

Mrs. Uttara Pandit (Medhatai)

Secretary of the Kamayani Society
Medhatai as she is popularly known is a science graduate with post graduate degree in Social Work from Karve Institute of Social Work. She is associated with Kamayani since 1980 managing various responsibilities and events, especially fund raising and collecting donations. She has worked for placement of children in retail shops and factories.

Medhatai is a member of various social organizations like Rotary club of Poona and has won awards for her work in Rotary Club and Scouts and Guides.

Advt. P. S. Kulkarni

A practicing Advocate for past 30 years in civil court, Adv Kulkarni has been advising a number of educational institutions on legal matters.He is associated with Kamayani for over a decade now.

Mr. Pradip Moghe, Treasurer

As an officer in Bank of Maharashtra, Mr Moghe has vast experience in Banking, Audit and Accounting. He has been involved in the financial management of the Society now for the last 10 years in an honorary capacity.



Mr. Kalidas N. Supate

Joint Secretary, Kamayani Society and Workshop Manager, Gokhalenagar.
Mr Supate holds a master’s degree in Commerce and has been involved in the Sheltered Workshop for the Mentally Retarded as a Manager for the last over two decades. He has also worked as Joint Secretary of the Society for many years handling liaison with government and organising various activities such as sports tournaments and CSR activities through volunteers of corporate bodies like BNY Mellon. His work was recognised at the all India level in the form of President’s Award for Social Work in 2012 and received a National Award 'As A Best Individual Work' for the cause of persons with Disabilities

Experience : Takes training on mental retardation at Kamayani. He has updated himself with many refresher programs. He is member in school committee and training committee as well he looks after the sheltered workshop of the society.
Awards : He has been awarded by Dr. Rghuveer Deshpande Best Teacher Award, Vishwa Jagruti Mission Award – 2002, Innerwheel Club of Poona Main Award – 2002, Lions Club of Chatushringi Award – 2002, Smt. Mrunalini Phalnikar Award – 2002.
He has also been appreciated by Lions Club of Poona, Erandwana – 1998,Vishwa Jagruti Mission Award – 2002
Lions Excellence Award 2014
Rotary Excellence Award 2014

Dilip Mandavgane

Joint Secretary, Kamayani Society
Mr Mandavgane holds a Master’s in Engineering and has worked in reputed Engineering companies in India. With his vast experience, he has been contributing to the upgradation of infrastructure in our Gokhalenagar, Nigdi and Talegaon centres. He has also introduced the project of Solar Drying of Vegetables at Nigdi.

Prabhakar Gokhale

Mr Gokhale is a businessman who has been instrumental in mobilising donations for the Kamayani Society for the last two decades. He has guided the development of the multipurpose Munot Hall, which is utilised by social organisations and individuals. Similarly he also guided the project of construction of a multipurpose hall at Nigdi.

Smt Suprabha Sawant

Smt Sawant has vast experience of running a Special School for mentally retarded. She started her career in Kamayani School, Gokhalenagar, Pune and later became Principal of Kamayani School, Nigdi in . She was awarded the Maharashtra State Award for the Best Teacher in 19. After her retirement in 20, she is associated with the Managing Committee.

Dr Asha Deshpande

Director of Research
Dr Deshpande has a PhD in Social Work and has led the research activities of Kamayani for the last decade and more. She has presented papers at International Conferences on research relating to Mentally Retarded persons. Her research has focused on issues relating to employment of intellectually challenged persons, effect of music therapy on self injurious and aggressive behaviour of mentally challenged children and fostering adaptive sexual behaviour.

Sudhir Sathe

Employee Relations Adviser
After his post graduation in Personnel Management from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Mr Sathe worked in the industry reaching highest positions in Human Resources functions. After working for over three decades, he started his consulting practice in Mumbai. He brings with him rich experience in the field of Human Resource Development. He has joined the Managing Committee in 2015.

Capt. Indalkar

A retired Defence Officer, Capt Indalkar has always supported both school and workshop in various forms with his voluntary work. Being a parent of a retarded child, he is conscious of their needs as well as responsibilities. He thus provides the parents’ point of view to the deliberations in the Managing Committee, so that the decisions are taken with a realistic basis.

CEO BNY Mellon Pune

BNY Mellon, Pune has chosen Kamayani as one of its partners in Corporate Social Responsibility. As a result of the voluntary work put in by associates of BNY Mellon in Kamayani Schools, BNY Mellon has given matching grants to the Society along with philanthropic grants as well. Volunteers have worked on projects of beautification, partnering children in making Ganesha idols and other sports activities. Mr Dev as the CEO has taken keen interest in activities of Kamayani and represents the donors on the Managing Committee.

The Managing Committee has three coopted members representing its constituent units:
Mr Ashok Kulkarni, Officiating Principal, Kamayani School, Gokhalenagar
Mr Kalidas Supate, Workshop Manager, Sheltered Workshop, Gokhalenagar
Mrs Sujata Ambe, Principal, Kamayani School, Nigdi.