Mrs. Shakuntala Athalye
Late Mrs. Shakuntala Athalye founded Pragati Kendra for her mentally challenged daughter, Meera, on 23rd April 1978, with a foresight of helping many more such children in future. She was very active even at the age of 90. Her concern for the rehabilitation of mentally challenged is to be felt to believe.
Board of Trustees
Mrs. Shubhada Godbole
Mrs. Shubhada Godbole, Retired Principal of the school, continued working as Secretary till 2000 & later became Trustee of the organization. It is due to her relentless efforts that Pragati Kendra became a well known name in the field of Special Education.
Mrs. Vijaya Khare has been taking care of the accounts of Pragati Kendra since its inception. Nobody else knows better than her, the struggle for achieving the financial stability that the institution enjoys today.
Smt. Pratibha Vaidya
Her Journey with Pragati Kendra started a way back in 1980. Influenced by the devotion of the then trustees, she decided to leverage her good oratory and marketing skills to help aggressively sell products made by Meera Vidyalaya children and worked towards popularity of the school.
Smt Anuradha Ganpule
Smt Anuradha Ganapule joined Pragati Kendra in 1986 as a Specially Trained Teacher and retired as Principal of “Meera Vidyalaya” in 2008. In this span of 18 years, she experimented with various techniques in teaching learning process for the improvement in teaching quality.
|Smt Anuradha Ganpule|
|Smt Anuradha Ganapule joined Pragati Kendra in 1986 as a Specially Trained Teacher and retired as Principal of “Meera Vidyalaya” in 2008. In this span of 18 years, she experimented with various techniques in teaching learning process for the improvement in teaching quality.
|Smt Savita Gokhale (Vice-President)|| Mrs. Savita Gokhale has keen interest in social work. She got involved in the activities of Pragati Kendra as a committee member since 1998 and then worked as the treasurer. Her contribution in the progress of Pragati Kendra is certainly notable and she is looked upon as a great support to Pragati Kendra.
|Shri Rajeev Athalye|
|Shri Rajeev Vinayak Athlye, after retiring from SAIL in 2012 got actively involved in social activities. He joined Karshade Brahman Sangh, a social activity trust in 2013.
He was associated with Meera Vidyalaya and P. Kendra right from its inception as its inception as his mother Mrs. Shakuntala Athlye was one of the founder members of this organization which was started in his own home in Dadar.
For the past so many years Shri. Athlye has been watching the development and progress of the students and now he is actively involved in all the activities of the organization. At present he hold the important position of the treasurer of the managing committee of Pragati Kendra.
|Smt Uma Munje |
|Mrs. Uma Munje joined Pragati Kendra in 1992 with a view that working with the mentally challenged would be an emotionally satisfying experience. Her valuable contribution is backbone of the growth and progress of the organisation.
|Dr. Sujata Patade |
|Doctor by profession, she takes care of health related issues of the children of Meera Vidyalaya.
|Smt Sneha Mayekar ||Mrs. Sneha Mayekar is Principal of “Meera Vidyalaya”, a School run for mentally challenged children by Pragati Kendra. She is qualified as B. A. D.M.R. (Diploma in Mental Retardation) from Society for care, treatment and training of special children in need of special care, Mumbai.
|Dr Vidya Rao ||Dr. Vidya Rao, an Ayurvedic Consultant has been practising for the past 25 years. She is currently attached to Konkan Hospital, Jogeshwari and Nakshatra hospital, Andheri. She is a qualified Yoga Trainer and uses this therapy for her patients. She is also Managing Committee Member of MVM Junior College, Mulund since 2012.
At Pragati Kendra she is a managing committee member. She actively participates in all the activities of the organisation.
|Smt Tanishka Phanasgaonkar ||Mrs. Tanishka Phanasgaonkar joined Pragati Kendra in 2004. Her devotion and active participation are the key factors behind the success of any event. She is also responsible for communicating and liasoning with other bodies and well wishers.|
|Shri Bharat Joshi ||Mr. Bharat Joshi has been a member of Pragati Kendra since 1997. He has conducted training camps for children and also held position of President for the period 2011-13.
|Smt. Prita Mistry||Mrs. Prita Mistry is associated with Pragati Kendra from last 7 years. She has been coaching the children of Meera Vidyalaya for participating in various competitions. She helps the craft teachers in every possible way. She became a committee member in 2013 and is still actively involved.|
|Mrs. Vaidehi Gadre||Mrs. Vaidehi Gadre has been working as a psychologist in Pragati Kendra’s Meera Vidyalaya from 1995 to 2015 and presently is a member of the managing committee.
She has been deeply involved in the evaluation of the aptitude and I.Q. of these special children, to find out which skills can be taught to them, bringing awareness to the teachers and parents regarding the behavioural problems of these children along with organizing home visits. This works, even though very challenging brings her great satisfaction. She does not look at it as job at all and would like to continue her association with this institute for many more years to come.
|Shri Milind Bakre||Shri Milind Babre was working in a Co-operative Bank for 33 years. In all these years he has gained a lot of experience in retail banking and other areas of administration. He is also a committee member of Karshade Brahman Sangh, a social activity trust.
Shri Bakre was introduced to Pragati Kendra by Shri Rajeev Athlye and was very much impressed with the noble work that the organization was doing for the welfare of the special children with the desire to do some good work in this field he joined Pragati Kendra in the year 2019 as a member of the working committee.
|Ms. Rewa Godbole||Ms. Rewa Mukund Godbole is the granddaughter of Shubhada Godbole, active trustee ad former principal of Pragati Kendra and Meera Vidyalaya. Since a very young age, Rewa used to accompany her grandmother to Meera Vidyalaya and would play with the students there. Due to spending a lot of time over there during her holidays, she learnt to observe what and how the students were taught and how the teachers interacted with them. She used to attend various school events and activities such as Republic Day and Independence Day celebration, Sports Day, and volunteer to help during their Annual Cultural Programme. As she grew up, she started realizing that these students at Meera Vidyalaya were different from her physically, developmentally and mentally. All these times spent with the children were building blocks in Rewa’s career. With a rich background of social work in her home and family along with inspiration from her grandmother, Rewa was drawn to this field.
In 2018, Rewa obtained a Master’s degree in Psychology (Counselling) as that expertise would complement her in helping children with mental disabilities. Rewa is currently holding the position of Member of Executive Committee of Pragati Kendra since 2019, due to her professional knowledge and background and the vigour she brings along. Since then, she has been helping and assisting in school events, arranging and attending meetings, helping in setting up of stalls for various exhibitions. She has been conducting professional observational visits to the school and helping with the school management in her best capacity. She is very enthusiastic and active in the planning and execution of extra-curricular activities of the school. Rewa hopes to play a larger role and offer a fresh perspective in the holistic development of mentally disabled children.