Sudiksha Company Information Page

  • Chain of 21 preschools in and around Hyderabad
  • Use play based pedagogies like Montessori and Waldorf pedagogy
  • Recruit local women to run branches under an incentivised profit sharing scheme
  • Edupreneurs India 2013 – Winner
Young pupils doing a classroom exercise

Further information


Founded by Hyderabad based Naveen Kumar and Nimisha Mittal in 2011, two founders with deep expertise in school education, Sudiksha owns and manages 21 preschools in and around Hyderabad.


Sudiksha provide affordable early childhood education through low-cost pre-school centres in low-income urban and semi-urban regions. The pre-schools are operated in underprivileged urban neighbourhoods where there is often a shortfall of education provision. Their main customers are the parents of urban, poor children from ages 2-6 years old who cannot afford traditional pre-school education. The pre-schools are unique for their use of women entrepreneurs in running the schools. In Sudiksha schools, women entrepreneurs local to the community are found and lead the school’s growth. This provides accountability and investment within the local community and has been successful in attracting passionate women. Additionally, Sudiksha shares 10% of its profits with its women entrepreneurs apart from their salary.


Sudiksha launches schools at very low cost (1000 GBP), providing a consistent atmosphere with furniture, toys, games, learning aids, library books, and a computer. The schools are run in a consistent manner, managed through frequent training programs and field visits. The methodology used in the classrooms is drawn from Montessori and Waldorf schools, and include a strong element of ‘hands-on’ learning. At full capacity, schools can accommodate 70 children.


Remaining true to their vision of one student, one teacher, one school at a time, Sudhiksha wants to create a movement for sustainable change.


One parent said: “Preschool is very important for a child, they learn very fast at this stage, and it helps them grow. My boy has learned so much from Sudiksha in the past year, I did not expect for him to become more independent. I did not expect him to learn manners…I also did not expect him to learn English so much..he is rhyming and speaking more English now.


Another said: “The Sudiksha School is close to my house and takes very reasonable fees, also accepting fees in instalments. I am happy that my son is learning to speak in English and loves his school and teachers very much.” - A daily wage earner whose child goes to the Sudiksha Kids Centre in Nacharam."

Founder Bios

Naveen Kumar

Naveen Kumar

Co-founder and CEO

Naveen leads the organisation and his team. He manages the day-to-day operations of the organisation and takes care of the implementation of Sudiksha's strategy. Naveen holds a Post Graduate Degree from the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal and has over 13 years of experience in the field of education, skills training and project implementation. Before founding Sudiksha, Naveen worked extensively in different parts of India, both in the private sector and within education. He has worked with several organisations including Eklavya in Bhopal, Naandi Foundation in Hyderabad and Career Launcher Pvt. Ltd.

Nimisha Mittal

Nimisha Mittal 

Co-founder and Managing Director

Nimisha co-founded Sudiksha in 2011 and now is a Director on the board. Nimisha manages the regional office in New Delhi and oversees Sudiksha’s planning and implementation strategies. Nimisha holds a Post Graduate Degree from the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal and has over 12 years of extensive experience of education research and rural and urban living, with special focus on rural women. Nimisha focuses on employment for urban women in relation to Sudiksha's teacher model.  

Vanaja Dollu

Vanaja Dollu 

Founding Director

Vanaja is Sudiksha’s Founding Director and has been in the organisation since its inception. She oversees the Administration, Recruitments and Operations at Sudiksha. Vanaja holds a Post Graduate Degree from Symbiosis, Pune. Previously she worked as an analyst with Bank of America in Hyderabad. Vanaja manages the recruitment process at Sudiksha and also prepares locations for new school launches.   

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