About Aaroh

Welcome to Aaroh

AAROH (Association for Advancement & Rehabilitation of Handicapped) is a registered charitable society, founded in 1983 by a few committed citizens and affected parents of disabled children. It is a not-for-profit organisation set up with the avowed objective of alleviating the suffering of children and young adults with intellectual disabilities such as mental retardation, autism/multiple disabilities. AAROH is one of the oldest pioneering institutions in the disability field, and is recognized by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (MSJ&E), Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and is registered with the National Trust.

AAROH has been bestowed with numerous awards from time to time, but at AAROH we believe that the greatest gifts we have received have been the happy testimonials given by the affected children’s parents and their joy at finding that their wards having made such great progress at AAROH.


"Our Mission at AAROH is to assist individuals with intellectual disability to live a meaningful life with dignity" To fulfill this mission AAROH has established the Navjyoti Institute (Special School) in Vasant Kunj area of South Delhi, from where it operates a wide variety of programs aimed at providing the best quality services to affected individuals to make them into mature confident individuals who can take on the world on their own terms. AAROH is also committed to work towards empowerment and rehabilitation of individuals with special needs in totality by following lifespan approach of disabled individuals, incorporating family, community and society at large.


“Our Vision is to elevate the quality of life of persons with disabilities such that it is equal to those without disabilities, and to ensure that such persons are enabled to live happy and meaningful lives as valued members of society “.

At AAROH, children with intellectual disabilities are taught the skills they need to become useful contributors of the society.

Presently, AAROH has over 80 student-beneficiaries at the Navjyoti Institute. AAROH’s programmes are run on a fully charitable basis and the operational expenses are met through a combination of donations from individuals and groups, and a grant-in-aid from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (received on an uninterrupted basis since 1987.)

Donations to AAROH are eligible for exemption under section 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961. AAROH has also been authorized to receive donations from abroad (FCRA approval).

AAROH has regular audits carried out by a reputed firm of chartered accountants every year.

AAROH's Governing Body comprises of a group of eminent personalities both young & old, from different spheres of the society bringing with them years of experience & who form the guiding light for the organization. There is a very strong system of checks and balances, with a Governing Body comprised of eminent persons and professionals. The Governing Body is currently presided over by Mr Naveen Behl, assisted by Mr. Akshat Verma (Secretary), Mr. Amit Gupta (Vice-President.) and WgCdr (retd.) Ravi Bhargav (Treasurer.) Mr. Verma is a senior scientist at IBM Research Center in Delhi, and Mr. Gupta is senior investment banking professional.

At the operational level, our various programs are headed by trained professionals who are fully certified by regulatory agencies in India. The Navjyoti Special School is headed by Mrs. Shweta Bhatt, a senior special educator with over 20 years of experience. The Navkiran Diagnostic & Therapeutic Centre is headed by Mr. D. Kumar, a trained therapist with over 10 years of experience. AAROH has recently started the Navjyoti Teacher Training Institute which offers Diploma level course (D.Ed –SE-MR), the co-ordinator of this TTI is Mr. Rakesh Kumar who is a well qualified special Educator with over 15 years of experience. The program directors report to Mrs. Asha Gupta, our Co-Founder & Director-in-charge.

Our Journey

1983 - AAROH was founded by twoaffected parents, Late Air Vice Marshal SC Gupta and Mrs. Asha Gupta.and as itsfirst pilot project Navjyoti School was set up in the rear garden of the founder’s house with just four students. It was a pioneering concept at the time.

1987 - AAROH was given recognition by the government and also received a grant in aid from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

1991 - Navjyoti School shifted to Mahipalpur.

1994 - Commenced construction of Navjyoti Institute at Vasant Kunj on a plot allotted by DDA in recognition of our efforts.

1996 - Navjyoti School shifted to Vasant Kunj, building still under construction.

2000 – 19th Nov 2000 marked the day in which AAROH’s newly constructed fully functional building was inaugurated by Mr. B. K. Jayswal of the Bellini Foundation, USA in the presence of other eminent personalities.

2003 - Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, visited Navjyoti Institute in Vasant Kunj to grace the Annual Day Function.

2004 - Sad demise of AVM SC Gupta, founder and secretaryin August 2004.

2009 - AAROH Silver Jubilee. The Silver Jubilee functions were marked with the organization of a National Conference based on the theme: ‘Transforming lives of Persons with Disabilities through Recreational & Leisure Activities”India International Centre, New Delhion 20th. &21st. March.It was accompanied by an Interschool Adventure Camp at the IGHH, Damdama Lake. Many prestigious institutions &Special schools took part in the National conference & the Adventure camp. The conference attracted the best professionals from the disabilities field, who shared their views in front of an audience consisting of professionals, parents, government body representatives etc. It was a benchmark event with a panel discussion with all relevant stakeholders such as Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI), National Trust, National Institute for Mentally Challenged, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (MSJ&E), culminating in the presentation of a draft recommendations in accordance with UNCRPD declaration, to which India is a signatory.

2010 - Sad demise of Mrs. Satya Mehra, chairperson Navjyoti Management Committee

2015 - Sad demise of our President, Air Chief MarshalO.P. Mehra, PVSM (Retd.)

2017 - AAROH launched the Navjyoti Teacher Training Institute by getting RCI approval to start a 2-year Diploma course (D. Ed. Spl. Ed.-MR) to train Special Education teachers. This is a significant achievement as very few institutes actually receive this accreditation.

2017 - Sad demise of Gp. Capt. HS Bhatia (retd.) – founder –treasurer.


Late Air Vice MarshalS.C. Gupta (retd.)
10/02/1931 - 01/08/2004
Founder Secretary
Former Director Aeronautics, DRDO and Affected parent.

Air Vice Marshal SC Gupta founded AAROH in 1983 and functioned as its secretary until his untimely demise in 2004. AVM Gupta was not only an affected parent but a great humanitarian also who was guided by his strong sense of duty towards social justice and the welfare of less fortunate members of society. He along with his wife, Mrs. Asha Gupta, was responsible for nurturing and guiding AAROH/Navjyoti from its humble origins in 1983 to its present state. He served as the Founder-Secretary until his untimely demise in 2004. We will always remember him for his indomitable passion for the cause and his memory continues to guide and motivate us so that we can fulfill his mission.

Late Air Chief MarshalO.P. Mehra, PVSM (retd.)
President - AAROH
Ex- Chief of Air Staff.&
Former Governor Maharashtra and Rajasthan

Air Chief Marshal O. P. Mehra guided us as President, AAROH from 1988 until his untimely demise in 2015. ACM Mehra was a noted philanthropist and activist for social causes. We will always remember him for his far -sighted vision and his inspirational guidance will always serve us to stay focused in our quest for an equitable society.

Late Mrs. Satya Mehra
Member AAROH Governing Body &
Chairperson, Navjyoti Management Committee

Mrs. Satya Mehra the wife of Air Chief Marshal O. P. Mehra was associated with Navjyoti Institute since 1988 as Chairperson of the School Management Committee, until her unfortunate demise in 2010. All of our staff and students fondly remember her for her immense love, dedication and contribution to the various causes & the blessings she showered on one & all, her memory continues to inspire us all.

Late Group Captain H.S. Bhatia (Retd.)
Treasurer - AAROH
Former IAF Officer

Group Captain H. S Bhatia was one our founding father and served as Secretary from 1984 until his recent demise in 2017. Group Captain Bhatia was a noted philanthropist and activist for social causes. We will always remember him for his inspirational guidance and the vast experience he showed while officiating his duty as our Treasurer.

Mrs. Asha Gupta
Director-Navjyoti Institute
Special Educator,
Affected parent &Founder - AAROH

Mrs. Asha Gupta co-founded AAROH/Navjyoti together with her husband AVM S.C. Gupta in 1983. Mrs Gupta is an affected parent who chose to take direct action by starting a special school after first educating herself in the field of special education. Today, she still functions as Director-in-charge at Navjyoti Institute. Her hands on approach in the day to day functioning of AAROH’S various initiatives is truly remarkable and her attention to minute details is an inspiration to one & all in the institution. Mrs. Gupta believes in treating each student as an individual in need of personalised care and guidance, and that the involvement of parents and community is essential for the growth and development of special children.


Mr. Navin Bahl

President – AAROH

Amit Gupta

Vice President - AAROH
Investment Banker &Financial Advisor

Mr. Akshat Verma

Secretary - AAROH
Senior Technologist and Research Scientist

Wing Commander Ravi Bhargav

Treasurer - AAROH
ex-IAF Officer, Community Service


  • To uplift and enrich the quality of life of mentally challenged.
  • To work for continual development of mentally challenged people by providing them special education, vocational training and work for their rehabilitation.
  • To involve the mentally challenged person in different social, cultural and vocational activities with an aim to bring their latent potential to bloom.
  • To create mass awareness on the plight and status of the mentally challenged person who belong to the extremely marginalized sections of society.
  • To create an environment that is conducive for the flow of resources and support from society, to enhance and accelerate interaction with other sections of society in order to bring the mentally challenged into the main stream.
  • Parent counseling, guidance and training to make them more efficient and effective in handling their wards, and also make them aware about their rights.


  • Bellini Foundation, USA
  • National Institute of Mentally Handicapped (NIMH)
  • Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (MSJ&E)
  • Department of Social Welfare, Delhi Govt.
  • National Trust
  • Om Satya Mehra Trust
  • Mr. Douglas William Smith, Jersey


  • Dr. K. N. Ojha, Ex Officer In-charge, NIMH, New Delhi
  • Dr. Usha Grover, Assistant Professor, NIMH, New Delhi
  • Dr. D. K. Menon, Ex director, NIMH, Secunderabad
  • Dr. Reeta Peshwaria, Ex Lecturer, NIMH, Secunderabad
  • Parents and governing body members of AAROH