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Shashwat's motto is development through empowerment. Our four pillars of development are Education, Health, Environment, and Livelihood!

Who We are

Shashwat is driven by its people and their values. Shashwat believes in team work, honesty, fairness, responsibility and diligence. Today everyone in Shashwat knows that their contribution and performance counts and that they get benefitted directly from Shashwat’s overall performance. This is a result of day to day commitment of all value driven stake holders. The future of Shashwat depends on the guiding principle of growth and sustainability as well as its committed members who steer and drive it. Vision and Mission statement is a document that embodies the direction, keeping in mind its core competencies and the strength of its resources. This document is our constitution. Your commitment to its contents is a pre-requisite for the success of Shashwat. We need to try and understand it in a true spirit and be constantly aware of its contents especially when at work.

Anand Kapoor & Kusum karnik


Our Vision

Work Since 1987 with Pride!!
is to reduce poverty of displaced tribal communities and to empower them to address their concerns related to equality, entitlements, livelihood, human rights and social justice.

Our Mission

Mission to make smile the world
is to strive for reducing migration by generating employment and creating sustainable livelihood opportunities for land displaced tribals in the region, conservation of biodiversity and to create sustainable development solutions for people and resilient communities.

Our Core Values Are

Join our community & help others
Passion, Respect, Integrity, Discipline, Excellence, Commitment, Dedication, Trust and Open & transparent working environment.
Founders of Shashwat Trust Mr. Anand Kapoor  and Ms. Kusum Karnik have engaged with tribal communities in the area since 1981, working on issues relating to forest protection, community resource access, and economic development. Between 1995 and 2000, Mr. Kapoor worked on the rehabilitation of 152 villages displaced by the Bargi Dam near Jabalpur, where he was involved in the development of a small-scale fishing project, among other programs. When the Dimbhe dam project had a similarly ruinous impact on nearby communities, the architects of Shashwat saw an opportunity to develop a similar project on the banks of the Ghod River.
Shashwat was officially registered as an organization in 1996 and has operated in its current form since 1999. Shashwat is a grassroots initiative that was developed in response to a range of challenges faced by indigenous and tribal communities in the Pune district of India’s Maharashtra state. initiative that was developed in response to the displacement of Mahadeo Koli , Thakar and Katkari tribal communities by the construction of the Dimbhe dam, which submerged 11 villages and destroyed cropland in another 13. The organization helps local communities develop small-scale fishing activities in the dam reservoir and improve agricultural production on the remaining cultivatable land, much of which is on steep slopes. The dam reservoir has been stocked with fish and the local population is supported to obtain fishing leases, boats, and nets. Fish size and abundance have increased, as have local incomes. Tribal farmers have been supported to cultivate small paddy terraces on steep slopes in the local catchment area. The organization also supports local farmers with land tenure securitization, through securing official ownership documents. Other Shashwat activities include education and healthcare programmes focused on women and children.

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Late Anand Kapoor

Late Anand Kapoor

Founder Member

Anand had graduated in engineering from IIT Kharagpur. For a short while he worked in a private industry and could have easily chosen the beaten path towards prosperity. But he decided that he would utilize his intelligence and skill for the development process. This attempt though was extraordinary on the personal front but was also in harmony with the contemporary social conditions. In 1970 youth had joined hands together for social transformation getting inspirations from the social movement under the leadership of late Jayprakash Narayan. Thousands of young boys and girls willingly jumped in the movement for rural development and social transformation. Anand was a representative of that generation. He worked along with Kusum tai who shared his views. This was something special because we find many social workers who work single handedly but working full time for the society along with your family required extreme courage and loyalty.

Kusum Karnik

Kusum Karnik

Founder Member & Trustee

She has done her Masters in Psychology. She is a founder member of Shashwat Trust having 47 years of work experience. She started working with tribals in Ambegaon, Junnar and Khed talukas of Pune district in Maharashtra since 1981 with the objective of reducing poverty of displaced tribal communities and to empower the tribal communities to address their concerns related to their entitlements, livelihood, human rights and social justice. A dynamic personality with recipient of 7 awards for her valuable contribution in the social field.

Mr. Dilip Dixit

Mr. Dilip Dixit


Mr. Dixit is a qualified Chartered Accountant having vast experience of 45 years in the field of Finance. Presently he is a Senior Partner in G.D. Apte & Company (Chartered Accountants). He has wide Banking Experience. He is a Promoter of Consultancy Organization and responsible for starting a consultancy organization viz. GDA Management Consulting Pvt. Ltd. He is also a Promoter of Catalyst Trusteeship Ltd. (Formerly Known as GDA Trusteeship Ltd.) Presently he is holding Directorships (Independent Director) at SBI DFHI Ltd. (Subsidiary of State Bank of India)

Suresh Rajwade

Suresh Rajwade

Vice President & Managing Trustee

An Employee Relations & Human Resources professional with 38 years of experience in corporate sector. He is a Commerce graduate with Masters in Personnel Management and PGD in Ecology. Worked in senior managerial capacity with Kirloskar group for 20 years and with Mercedes-Benz India, Pune for 18 years having good track record in building Interpersonal Relationships and Human Resources Management. He was also responsible for CSR initiatives at Mercedes-Benz India, Pune.

Ashok Adhav

Ashok Adhav

Treasurer & Trustee

A technically qualified craftsman from Tata Motors Limited, Pune. Having 22 years of work experience in manufacturing sector at Bajaj Auto Limited, Pune. He has spent his childhood in Maharashtra Arogya Mandal, Narodi. He is one of the founder members of Shashwat Trust. Worked closely with Ms.Kusum Karnik and Late Anand Kapoor for last 20 years. Having strong inclination for working in social field especially for betterment of deprived communities.

Dr. Aparna Watve

Dr. Aparna Watve


Dr. Aparna Watve is a botanist and has doctorate in vegetation ecology with 25 years of experience working in Western Ghats hot-spot region. She is currently Coordinator of the IUCN SSC Western Ghats Plant Specialist Group. She has served as a member of HighLevel Monitoring Committee of Mahabaleshwar Panchgani Eco sensitive Area and is currently Member, Expert Committee of the Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board. She has taught interdisciplinary subjects and contributed to trandisciplinary teaching programmes on Environment and Society Interactions at the Tata Institute of Social Science, MIT World Peace University, Bharati Vidyapeeth Environment Education and Research Institute and ePG Pathshala.

Sulochana Gawari

Sulochana Gawari


She is a qualified Nurse by profession. Working with Shashwat Trust for last 10 years as Health Co-ordinator. She has completed her ANM Nursing Course and worked with various hospitals in Pune namely; Sancheti Hospital, Sant Dnyaneshwar Hospital, YCM Hospital and DY Patil Hospital as Nurse. She also worked at Government Residential School at Sonawale, Junnar as Superintendant.

Pratibha Tambe

Pratibha Tambe


She has done her graduation in Arts and Education as well as she has completed her Diploma in Child Guidance & School Management. Working with Shashwat Trust since 2003 and responsible for overall Administration of Residential School run by Shashwat Trust at Aghane village, Taluka Ambegaon as well as supports Shashwat’s Office Administration since 2006. She is also responsible for Shashwat Trust’s Balwadi’s Training & Administration.

Our present and past Partners and Associates


  • Barnas Venner (Norway)
  • Rabobank Foundation (Netherlands)
  • Small Grants Program of the Global
  • UNDP Small Grants Programme
  • Paul Halun Foundation
  • Focus India Forum Singapore
  • Village Development Council London


  • Mercedes-Benz India, Pune
  • Mercedes Benz Research & Development India, Bangalore
  • Daimler Financial Services, Chennai
  • Bajaj Auto Ltd
  • Tata Motors
  • I.I.T Seetara Bombay
  • Tech Mahindra Foundation
  • Thermax Social Initiative Foundation
  • Rotary Club of Pune, Tilak Road
  • Inner Wheel Club of Manchar
  • Trans Tech Turnkey Ltd. Pune
  • Morde Foods Ltd.
  • Brintons Carpets Asia Pvt. Ltd. Pune
  • Narayani Gulab Foundation Mumbai
  • R.V Nick Trust, Satara
  • Amphenal Interconnect India
  • Jaljeevika, Ahmedabad
  • Caring Friends, Mumbai
  • CII


  • Departments of Revenue, Tribal, Fisheries and Agriculture: Govt Of Maharashtra
  • NFDB
  • CIFE
Recognition & Awards
  • 1999: Maharashtra Foundation (Mumbai) for Felicitation of Contribution in the Sector of Social Work – to Kusum Karnik
  • 2000: Award by Institute of Management Research & Technology (Nasik, Maharashtra) – to Anand Kapoor
  • 2001: Janak Janani Puraskar – to Kusum Karnik
  • 2003: Adishakti Puraskar by Bansilala, Agrawal Religious and Cultural Trust (Pune) – to Kusum Karnik
  • 2003: Sakhi Sanman, Lokmat Newspaper – to Kusum Karnik
  • 2007: Gayatri Mahotsav Puraskar – to Anand Kapoor
  • 2007: Pune District Civil Engineers’ Association’s Award on Engineers Day for Significant Contribution in Engineering for Social Development – to Anand Kapoor
  • 2007: Saint Dnyaneshwar Urban Cooperative Credit Society’s Felicitation for Significant Contribution in Social Work – to Anand Kapoor
  • 2012: Equator Prize for Sustainable Management of Inland Water Resources by UNDP – to Shashwat Trust
  • 2014: Award by Jagar Sanghatana, for Contribution in Social Sector in the State – to Anand Kapoor
  • 2015: Adivasi Sevak Award by Shahid Rajguru Liabrary and Community Reading Centre, during State Level Sahitya Sammelan at Falode, Ambegao – to Kusum Karnik
  • 2015: Award for Significant Contribution in Social Sector, by Sahyadri TV Channel – to Anand Kapoor
  • 2017: Loksatta Navdurga -to Kusum Karnik