Aadhar – A Support You Can Count Upon
An Institution Profile
The Aadhar Centre for Child Development and Psychological Counselling, nicknamed,
Aadhar, is a child welfare organization formed by a group of doctors, therapists and
professional counsellors. It is devoted to assist and aid the growth of a child into a healthy and
socially responsible human being. Located at Bhopal, it provides special health care to children
and adolescents with developmental, emotional, behavioral, psychosomatic, neurodevelopment
and educational problems in a child-friendly environment through multidisciplinary approach.
Its multidisciplinary team comprises developmental paediatrician, clinical psychologist, career
counsellor, counsellors, special educators, physiotherapist, speech therapist, occupational
therapist, nutrition specialist, educational experts, and yoga therapist who have been trained
and experienced to work with children and their families.
Aadhar was set up on 27th of September 2004. It has 2 divisions - Child Development Division
and Psychological Counselling Division. The Psychological Counselling Division is further
subdivided into personal and career counselling divisions. Aadhar is also running a special
school for children, a school clinic and an adolescent clinic under the ambit of these divisions.
Through these divisions, Aadhar addresses needs pertaining to children’s development,
behavior, emotional wellbeing and in coping up with learning difficulties. The cycle of services
is right from the birth to the age of 19 years. It also provides counselling and training support to
their families. Since the commencement of its operations, there has been a steady increase in
the annual registrations. Till date, over 3800 children have accessed Aadhar's services. The
services include a range of assessments such as neuro-developmental examination, psychoeducational
testing, speech and language assessment and functional assessment for educational
It is notable to mention that Aadhar is the only centre authorized by the Central Board of
Secondary Education (CBSE) for certification of Children with Learning Disability
The Entity’s Legal Status
Aadhar is registered as a society under the Madhya Pradesh Societies Registration Act, 1973
(clause 44) since 21st February 2005 vide S. No. 01/01/01/14751/05. Further, it is also
registered under the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and
Full Participation) Act, 1995 (Amendment No. 1 of 1996) as per clause 52 (2) vide Sl. No. ?.
??. /2016-17/107 dated 1
st April 2017, the validity being renewed every three 3 years. In
addition, Aadhar is also registered with the National Trust, Ministry of Social Justice and
Empowerment, Government of India. Its registration number is MAAD16513109330 dated
Looking Within and Beyond
Our Core Values
Our vision and mission statements necessarily evolve from a set of our Core Values which we
cherish. The core values are presented in the box below:
- Inclusiveness: We respect people, value diversity and are
committed to equality.
- Participation: We value and recognise contributions of volunteers
within the organisation and across the communities.
- Excellence: We deliver the evidence-based and highest quality
services in all our endeavours.
- Ethics: We strive to meet the highest ethical standards
- Openness: We are committed to a transparent work culture of
teamwork and functional collaboration, both within the organisation
and across organisations in the community space.
- Stewardship: We take pride in being socially and financially
responsible and accountable.
Innovation: We continually seek to learn, improve, be creative and
“Aadhar’s vision is a community where all individuals, including those with special needs, are
empowered to thrive and participate fully in the society”.
“Aadhar’s mission is to create opportunities for abiding success for all individuals across all
ages, including those with special needs”.
Strategic Focus to Accomplish the Mission
Aadhar seeks to help people transform their lives with accent on protecting and promoting
individual rights. Towards this end, it seeks to:
- Serve as an Open Forum and Catalyse Action for Institutional Networking in Promoting
the Prevention of Occurrence of Disabilities and their Effective Mitigation
- Alliance building with key stakeholders that are close to the Focus Groups (Target
Audience) and have similar or shared beliefs. The Focus Groups include inter alia, the
following: High Risk Newborns, Children with Severe Disabilities, Children with
Learning Disabilities, Children and Adolescents with Behavioral Issues and
Psychosomatic Conditions, Child Behavioral Concerns Arising in Families with Marital
Discord and Other Related Issues; and Students for Making Correct Career Choices.
- Identifying Necessary Complementing Skills (Media, Social Research, Policy Analyses
etc.) in securing shift from the paradigm of “disability” and “illness” to “neurodiversity”
perspective resting on the premise of advocacy for autism rights.
- Advocate for Access to Identification and Support Interventions for an Extended Outreach
- Data Analysis and Review
- Mobilizing large numbers of diverse supporters and/or reach many regions towards
extending scope of services
- Develop and update Standard Service/Treatment Protocols
- Foster Research in Evidence-based Best Practices
- Undertake Care Audit vis-à-vis Compliance with Current Research Evidence on
- Developing and Documenting Case Studies on Successes and Failures on Service
- Cross-learning and Sharing Experiences
- Render Need-based Services
- Programme/Project Planning
- Creating the Critical Mass of Service Providers, Supervisors and Mentors
- Continuing Capacity Building of Service Providers
- Programme Monitoring and Evaluation
- Assist children with disabilities of all kinds - physical, mental, speech etc., identify the
hidden Learning Disability and help them overcome the trauma and the social
ostracizing that goes with it.
- Assist children and, particularly the adolescents, who are going through emotional
disturbances and help them imbibe life skills for securing and maintaining healthy
- Mainstreaming children through the School Readiness Programme and support them
in getting admission to the mainstream schools; thus preventing alienation of these
children from the society.
- Work in the direction of preventing behavioral and emotional issues through
sponsored community efforts on a regular basis.
- Provide counselling to parents and empower them to manage their child’s growth in an
- Render career counselling by providing career orientation services in schools through
workshops and personality development modules.
- Adopt Life Cycle Holistic Approach to Child Development to fulfil the vision to assist
and aid the growth of every child into a healthy and socially responsible human being
and ensure a child grows in environment where s/he gets love, care and understanding
thereby laying the “Aadhar” (the edifice) for a responsible citizen.
Range of Services
- Comprehensive Assessment and Therapy Plan Developed Jointly by Professionals
- Clinical Psychologist
- Occupational Therapist
- Speech Therapist
- Special Educator
- Yoga Therapist
- Psychological Services For:
- Behavioral Problems in Children
- Marital Problems and Impact on Child Growth
- Personal and Parental Counselling
- Career Counselling
- Gerontological Counselling
- Complete Psychological Counselling
- Psychological Services For:
- Skills Assessment and Career Counselling
With the prime objective of reaching out to those in the society who need a helping hand and
to increase the awareness of public, the therapists and counsellors at Aadhar Centre are
carrying out several activities for various target populations. These include, inter alia, conduct
of the following:
- Assessments:Comprehensive assessment of child for development, emotional,
behavioral, psychosomatic, neurodevelopment and educational problems.
- Early Intervention Programme (EIP):
For children with developmental delays, autism,
ADHD, and other special needs.
- Psychological Tests:Intelligence Quotient (IQ) Test, Personality Tests (objective &
projective tests), Interest and Aptitude.
- Therapies: Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Behavior therapy, Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, and Family Therapy.
Multi-modal Treatment for Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
(ADHD): Autism and other behavioral problems.
- Counselling: Pre-natal and ante-natal counselling, adolescent counselling, behavioral
counselling, crisis intervention.
- Remedial Teaching for Children with Learning Difficulty.
- Career Counselling: Individual as well as group counselling sessions for adolescents
who are at verge of career selection.
- Support in Parenting: Workshops on parenting, behavior management, life skills,
adolescent problems and management, stress management, anger management,
assertiveness training, exam phobia, personality development, self-development.
- Training Programmes: For parents, teachers, adolescents, educators, counsellors.
- School Health Programme: To promote positive physical and mental health in children
and for early detection and intervention in emotional physical and psychological
- Capacity Building of Self-Help Groups: For parents, adolescents, teenagers, teachers,
social workers, counsellors to promote psychosocial education and awareness.
- Study centre of IGNOU for a post-graduate course on MSc: Aadhar is also a Study
Centre for Counselling and Family Therapy (M.Sc. - CFT) under school of disabilities.
Also, it is a Study Centre for DNHE, CIG and CFN courses of IGNOU University.
Targeted Service Recipients
Children and adolescents having developmental, emotional, learning and behavioural problems
are the prime recipients of Aadhar’s integrated and multi-disciplinary set of care and support
services. These services comprise a range of differentiated individual-centric interventions
including inter alia, securing efficacious Ante Natal Care (ANC), Early Childhood Care and
Development (ECCD), Psychological Counselling and Support for children 5 to 9 years,
adolescents of 10 to 14 years and 15-19 years, Career Counselling for the young adults upwards
and special counselling for persons afflicted with stress and emotional distress. Thus, Aadhar
reaches out to meet special needs of people across all ages.
Aadhar’s ‘Health Plus Team’ includes Obstetrician, Psychologist, Nutritionist, Neonatologist
and Developmental Paediatrician for taking care of children from the foetal stage to 5 years and
empowering the younger parents. On the other hand, Aadhar’s ‘Special Care Plus Team’
comprises experts in the domains of Clinical Psychologist, Physiotherapist, Speech Therapist,
Occupational Therapist, Special Educators, Career Counsellor, Counsellors, Educational
Experts, Nutrition Specialist and Yoga Expert addresses the special care needs of individuals
from the age 5 years onwards.
The two teams comprise professional experts from amongst the Core Team as well as those
from the Resource Pool. The Core Team includes the following
- Dr. Jagmeet Kaur Chawla
- Dr Preeti Mathur
- Ms Kalpana Parihar
- Ms Deepali Kekre
- Ms Raksha Vighne
- Ms Sheela Verma
- Ms Pushpa Negi
- Ms Renuka Tiwari
- Ms Lata Jeswani
- Ms Priyanka Rajput
Services of the Resource Pool Experts across the range of disciplines are drawn upon as per the
need. The following are a few of the Resource Pool Experts who are aligned with the Aadhar’s
mandate and service dispensation:
- Ms Nidhi Sahu
- Ms Geetanjali Jha
- Ms Kavita Tamhaney
- Ms Roli Mishra
- Mr Lokesh Sonpure
- Ms Aparna Thatte
The total human resources strength at Aadhar is 101, with 21 people working full time and rest
in part time.
Aadhar Gyan Dhatri Samiti renders the institutional mechanism to the Aadhar Centre. The
Samiti is registered under the Societies Act of 1860 as a non-government organisation (NGO).
Its governance bodies include the General Body and the Managing Committee. The General
Body is the supreme authority deciding the organisation’s policies. It has 32 members. Every
three years, seven members are elected from amongst the General Body members who form
the Managing Committee. Important decisions, like amending the society’s rules and
regulations, are taken based on consensus or majority vote during the Annual General Body
meeting. In addition, the General Body appraises and adopts the annual auditor’s statement of
accounts and the Annual Report.
Activities Carried out/Being Undertaken by Aadhar
The Managing Committee is the executive body of the Samiti tasked with the responsibility of
leading the routine affairs of the Samiti. It meets at least four times a year to oversee the
implementation of agenda approved by the Governing Body. It bears the final responsibility of
governance of projects, financial accountability and overall management. Nominations to invite
new members to join the General Body are also overseen by this committee. Projects are
reviewed based on monthly reports sent by the Project Coordinators.
Experts from Aadhar are associated with many organisations as Life Skills Trainers, Expert
Faculty and Counselors. These include:
- Kendriya Vidyalayas (1, Bairagarh, Itarsi, Hoshangabad.),
- Sharda Vidya Mandir,
- Red Rose Group of Schools,
- DAV School, Canyon Hr. Sec. School,
- Delhi Public School,
- Sanskaar Valley School,
- Gyan Ganga School,
- Sagar Public School (Saket Nagar and Lal Ghati),
- International Public School,
- Billabong High School,
- Kidzee School,
- Green Valley school,
- Bal Bhavan School,
- Demonstration School,
- Rajeev Gandhi School,
- World way International School,
- Orion School,
- Mithi Gobindram School,
- Bonifoi school,
- Redcliff school.
- Model School,
- Sarojini Naidu Girls School,
- Kamla Nehru School,
- Old Campion School,
- Dam kheda Govt School,
- Sultania School,
- Akbarpur School,
- Raja Bhoj School,
- School of Excellence,
- Shahjahanabad School
- Indian Academy of Pediatrics,
- IES College, Regional College,
- Administrative Academy,
- Rajya Shiksha,
- Child Right Observatory,
- SOS Children Homes,
- Aangan Trust,
Educational Activity: Aadhar is an IGNOU Study Centre for Masters in Counseling and Family
Therapy (M.Sc CFT), Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education(DNHE),Certificate in Food
And Nutrition(CFN) , Centre for CIG (Certificate in Guidance). Aadhar is also affiliated to
Course of Counseling and Guidance by NCERT, and Diploma in Guidance and Counseling in
Barkatullah University, Bhopal.
Some of the Ongoing Programmes: These include the following:
- Antenatal Clinics: Pregnant women and their partners
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NI CU) Graduate Program: For high risk newborns.
- The Early intervention programme is particularly for children with developmental delays,
physical, mental, speech problems, autism, ADHD, learning disability, and other special
- School Readiness Programme: For children with mild to moderated disability.
Mainstreaming in regular schools has been done for 25 children successfully as of now.
- School Clinic: For children with Academic difficulties. Aadhar is the only centre
authorized by CBSE for certification of children with Learning Disability.
- Customized Counselling Program for Parents (CCPP)
- Psychological Counselling Cell
- Career Counselling Cell
- Life Skill Training Program
- Jeevan Aadhar
- Capacity Building and Training Programmes on Adolescent issues, Child Protection and
- Study Centre for IGNOU for master’s course in Counselling and Certificate and Diploma
courses in Child health, Nutrition, Counselling and Psychology.
Address : E-7/803, Arera Colony,12 number Bus Stop, Near PNB ATM Bhopal, MP 462016
For Appointment Call :
0755 4275551/ 4258622 /
|Our Resource Persons And Divisions
|Dr. Jagmeet K Chawla
Developmental Pediatrician & National Master Trainer(Indian Academy of Pediatrics) in Poor School Performance & Adolescent Training. Director Child development division, Early intervention clinic and Learning disability Clinic.
Dr. Preeti Mathur
Consultant Psychologist , Counsellor and life skill trainer. Director Counselling Division , School Clinic and incharge of Jeevan Aadhar helpline Adolescent master trainer.
Dr. Anupma Maheshwari
Career Counsultant and and life skill trainer
Director Career Counselling Division and coordinator IGNOU study centre.
E-7/803, Arera Colony 12 number Bus Stop, Near PNB Bank ,Bhopal- 462016
|The Core Team |