What is Adhyayan?

Our Vision

A Good School For Every Child

Our Mission

As a social enterprise, Adhyayan will transform 1 lakh schools by 2025, of
which 75% will be low cost government and affordable private schools.

Who we are

Set up in 2011, Adhyayan is an education movement of Indian and international educationists, dedicated to improving the quality of leadership and learning in schools.

Meet our lead assessors

What we do

We work alongside school leaders and our partners to assist them in transforming the quality of schooling and the learning opportunities of all their students by embedding internationally accepted approaches and practices contextualised for India.

Who we work with

– Private and state-aided school networks that recognise the pressing call for quality
– State Government, NGO’s and educational trusts committed to enhancing children’s access to well-led quality schooling
– Indian and international bodies and institutes and donor agencies working in the field of education.

Our Programmes

Adhyayan School Review

A multi-stakeholder team using Adhyayan Quality Standard Framework as a guide reviews the 6 Key  Performance Areas through the lens of Quality to make an accurate judgement about its school’s performance and creates an Action Plan. The entire journey is captured in the self-review diagnostic tool.

Adhyayan School Improvement Support & Training

We empower schools with school improvement and support training programs (ASIST) in all the 6 key performance areas and a whole host of bespoke programmes to support the school to initiate and sustain the focus on improvement of quality.

The Assessor Programme

Build and nurture your journey as an educator. Get exposure to multifarious school practices, learn how to build trust and motivate people to act. Gain ways to communicate logically, clearly and concisely; energise and engage listeners. Discover ways to encourage growth mindset and commit to continuous improvement on quality.

Our Reach

States/Union Territories

Meet Our Team

Kavita Anand
Kavita Anand
Executive Director

Kavita’s 30 years in the education sector include teaching in Mumbai’s Elphinstone college, undertaking research on schools, working for the Aga Khan Education Services, India, and, Sir Ratan Tata Trust. Her early experience in entrepreneurship as the sole proprietor of Active Learning Centre through which she set up and ran a play school – Kidz@Play, prepared her for the task of setting up and leading Shishuvan School, Mumbai as its founding executive director. The deeply satisfying success of Shishuvan, as well as the subsequent rural schools of Usha Martin Gurukul and Don Bosco International School, encouraged her to set up Adhyayan with her partner, now husband, Spokey Wheeler.  The Foundation was set up later, to work with government schools and the not-for-profit organisations in the field of education (see www.adhyayanfoundation.org).  Kavita is an Ashoka Fellow and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA), UK. She is an associate of UCL-IOE and a member of the Academic Council of Somaiya Vidyavihar, comprising of 34 educational institutes. She is on the Board of Teacher Training Institutes and not-for-profit organisations.  She has been a consultant on India based programmes on Leadership Development with the National College of Teaching and Leadership, Nottingham, in collaboration with NUEPA in 5 States; she has supported Open University’s programme ‘Teacher Education through School-Based Support’, (TESS-India) that introduced Open Education Resources in State-run teacher education and contributed to their School Leadership materials. She collaborated on the design and development of Leadership and Management modules for the Open University’s ‘English in action’ (EIA) programme in Bangladesh that were used to train head teachers of EIA schools. Kavita has presented papers on Adhyayan’s work at national and international conferences. You can hear her at TEDx talk; DB conference; SCNC 2016 Conference of Budget Private Schools.

Spokey Wheeler
Spokey Wheeler
International Director

Spokey Wheeler, International Director Adhyayan Quailty Education Services, RSA Fellow; Throughout a 40+ year  career spanning UK, Singapore, Germany and India, Spokey has successfully led, transformed and reviewed schools, working with government, commercial and not for profit organisations, international agencies and universities. He brings 4 decades of international experience and expertise in the leadership and management of teaching and learning to Indian education in which he has been immersed for the past decade. Adhyayan, his abiding passion, was co-founded with Kavita Anand. It is an educational enterprise that is helping to transform the learning and lives of children from the poorest and the most privileged families. He has been instrumental in the development of the Adhyayan Quality Standard, a comprehensive tool to gauge school quality, benchmarked against Indian and global best practice. Adhyayan works alongside schools to empower their leaders and their school communities to bring joy to the learning of their students. Adhyayan’s and Spokey’s footprints now cover almost the whole of India.

He can be contacted at : spokey.wheeler@adhyayan.asia

Neha Chheda
Neha Chheda
Director - School Transformation and Professional Development

Director at Adhyayan with 18 years of experience in the field of education. Moved fields from being financial research analyst in the hardcore financial sector to an educator.

Started as an educator with Shishuvan (ICSE school) where donned different hats of a head of primary department, principal and then the Director. Under her leadership, Shishuvan has been  one of the top 10 schools in Maharashtra as ranked by Education World, and No. 1 school in the Hindustan’s Mumbai’s East Zone and the school boasts of an active parent involvement along with strong student voice. During her tenure at the school, Neha has been on the selection panel of the British Council’s International Schools’ Award for 3 years and Shishuvan has continued to build in the international dimension in its integrated curriculum.

Having successfully set up and led the school, decided to partner with Adhyayan.

Neha is an Adhyayan Lead Assessor and has led over 40 external reviews. She leads the ASIST (Adhyayan School Support and Training) program at Adhyayan and has rich experience in leading school reviews, designing professional development of school leaders, teaching leaders and creating Bespoke programmes for school transformation.


She has undergone training conducted by IIM Kolkata for ICSE principals, NABET training, and has presented at Exseed Conference, Teach for India, ACEED and various other local forums. She has recently completed the Harvard Business School course on Strategic Non-Profit Management in India at Ashoka University.

She can be contacted at : neha.chheda@adhyayan.asia

Pritesh Chheda
Pritesh Chheda
Director - Finance, Operations and Corporate Affairs
Amisha Modi
Amisha Modi
Director -School Review and Assessor Programme

Lead Assessor, reviewed more than 80 schools across India

Developed a professional learning community of over 200 school leaders. Mentor, leader, facilitator

The Lighthouse Project Mentor , CITI certified co-researcher

Presented at WERA Conference, South Africa

Worked directly with schools across 26 states in India

Alumni of The London School of Economics, UK

Associated with the Education Today, Society Tomorrow community

Teacher training in the areas of lesson planning, self review,

Online course development to expand the reach and ensure all school leaders have access

Shruti Satyajit
Shruti Satyajit
Lead - Strategy and Marketing

Shruti is a MBA (Marketing) from Osmania University and a Certified Neuro Linguistic Programming trainer accredited and certified by Dr.Richard Bandler,London,UK and a Certified Corporate Trainer from Wawasan University , Malaysia. Having worked in the telecom industry for 13 years in customer service and marketing she moved to the social sector 3 years ago on soul calling. At Adhyayan, she leads the strategy and marketing initiatives.

Kalpesh Dalvi
Kalpesh Dalvi
Lead, Technology and AdhyayanWay portal
Ujwala Punjabi
Ujwala Punjabi
Associate - Accounts and Operations
Annette D’Souza
Annette D’Souza
Assistant - Admin and Accounts
Gauri Adagale
Gauri Adagale
Associate - Film, Print and Social Media

What our school partners say

“Only when we see the need for change then we will change.”

Fr Bernard Fernandes Principal@Don Bosco High School

Contact us:

Adhyayan, A-17, 1st Floor, Royal Industrial Estate, Sewree Wadala Cross Road, Wadala West, Mumbai 400 031. INDIA
Mobile number: +91 9773 187 331 Landline number: +91 22 2417 4463
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