About Us

About Us

Shanti Deep

Governing Body

Dr Sudhir Varma- President
A retired officer of the Indian Administrative Service, he has done detailed work on women and development issues, including a PhD on the subject. He was trained as a trainer on HIV/AIDS and Development by the UNDP in 1991. With his wife, Mridula, set up the NGO, Shantideep, in 1997. At present, Director, Social Policy Research Institute, Jaipur.

Ms. Navodita Varma, Vice President
She is an MBA from the famous Institute of Rural Management, Anand and has specialization in Human Resource Development. She has worked in the USA for twelve years as HRD Consultant to several important firms.

Mr Satish Ajmera - Founding Member
He is a well-known Chartered Accountant and Financial Adviser and has helped the organization in accounting matters. His company, BL Ajmera & Co, is the auditor of the Organisation.

Prof Ashok Tiwari- Founding Member
Prof of English Literature, he understands the needs of the youth and helped the organization in drawing up its activities.

Dr Dinesh Mathur, MD- Founding Member
One of the Founding Members of Shantideep, he is an internationally known skin specialist. He retired as a professor in the Department of Skin, SMS Medical College and Hospital, Jaipur. He has done immense research work in the field of HIV/AIDS which has been published in international journals. He is a trained trainer on HIV/AIDS. At present, he is Professor, Department of Skin, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College, Jaipur.

Dr Madhu Nijhawan- Founding Member
A psychiatrist by profession, she has helped in the training programmes not only with her professional advice to the target groups but also in organizing these programmes.

Prof RK Duggal
He has been associated with Dr Sudhir Varma in activities related to awareness generation on HIV/AIDS much before the formal setting up of Shantideep in 1997. An official of the Ministry of Youth Affairs, he was a pioneer in the University Talks AIDS programme of the Govt of India and helped Dr Varma in starting awareness programmes in Rajasthan with the support of the National Service Scheme. He has also helped the organization in its Solar lantern project.

Dr Meeta Singh
A medical doctor by profession, she is an integral part of the training progrmmes for boys and girls. She has been working closely with the health of the girl child, especially, issues related with the PNDT Act.

Ms. Priyanka Varma, Member
She is Bachelor in Fine Arts and an expert in Graphic Designing and has helped Shantideep in many presentations.

Ms Mridula Varma, Secretary
An M.A., B.Ed, she taught at Vidyashram School, Jaipur from 1985 to 1995. Instrumental in the setting up of Shantideep, she has been devoting her time to the NGO not only as the Secretary of the Organisation, but also as a main trainer on awareness generation about HIV/AIDS for adolescent school children, college students and rural women. She has authored the training material in Hindi which is being used in the training programmes. She is supervising the solar lantern distribution project also.

President’s Message


Dear Friends,
Shantideep was the first non-governmental organization in Rajasthan to spread HIV/AIDS awareness at a time when talking about AIDS was a taboo. Its President is the Patron of Rajasthan Network of People Living with AIDS. It has fought discrimination against HIV infected women.  It has now spread out to other health concerns of women and children and also to distribution of solar lamps to girls living in homes without electricity but who are eager to study. We are seeking donations. We assure the donors transparency, accountability and continuous communication. In Rajasthan (INDIA), statistics on the health of women and children continue to be poor.

Dr. Sudhir Varma, IAS (Retd.)

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