Instilling self-reliance
since three decades

Founded by Dr. Kiran Bedi along with 16 police officers, since our inception in 1988 we have been working seamlessly towards the upliftment of underprivileged sections of the society and provide marginalized groups with an opportunity to live a dignified life. Focusing at the grassroot level, our approach comprises advocacy, spreading awareness, policy intervention which has helped us take substantial strides towards crime prevention.

Our idea of crime prevention through social development is to foster interventions intended to reduce or eliminate the motives for crime before they arise which we intent to facilitate by of promoting education among underprivileged, micro-entrepreneurship, development of provision of healthcare, livelihood for children and women affected by the lack of resources.

Our Approach

Social crime prevention in its most simplistic form is preventing crime before it is committed by influencing the social environment of the offender. Our Crime Prevention through Social Development (CPSD) Model skillfully explains what we have witnessed in the communities over the years, what is analyzed out of those wretched circumstances and how we intervene to address those issues.

What we Saw​

We saw rampant drug abuse impacting millions of lives wherein the most susceptible and marginalized communities are subsumed the greatest. This segment majorly encompasses women, children and youth tormented by drug abuse.

What we Analyzed

We analysed children are more likely to perpetrate violence if they have low education, exposure to domestic violence against their mothers, history of child maltreatment, unequal gender norms including attitudes accepting of violence, a sense of entitlement over women, abuse of alcohol, to name a few. Social development programmes that address social risk like poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, juvenile delinquency, homelessness, and family disintegration among others could stems down the rage of crime.

What we Do

Our Crime Prevention through Social Development (CPSD) Model endeavours to bridge the gap between criminal justice policies & programmes and social support for individuals, families and communities. It does this by tackling the factors that contribute to crime and victimization and are amendable to changes. We intent to bring in the change intervention by an integrated approach of social development across all our programs.

Our guiding principle of self-reliance is when community members have the capacity and skills to act as change agents of their own development. We intent to foster a culture of self-determination and economic viability in which the community itself is the driver of continued change, thereby:

Enhancing our connect with communities on social subjects using digital interventions.

Experience sharing with stakeholders via evidence-based research.

Providing a network of prospects for communities facilitating their economic growth and financial inclusion.

Our Founder

Imbibing a sense of compassion and upliftment of left out sections of the society from our founder members, Magsaysay Award recipient Dr. Kiran Bedi and 16 other like-minded officials of the Delhi Police came together to create Navjyoti India Foundation in 1988.

Board Members

Mahadev Mehta


Mr. Mehta joined Delhi Police in 1968 and retired as A.C.P. Special Cell in 2004. He is one of the Founder members of Navjyoti India Foundation.

Saina Bharucha

Vice President

Ms. Saina is a creative mentor and social contributor. She is a Permanent Trustee of India Vision Foundation and Chairperson of SSLT.

Ved Bhushan

General Secretary

Mr. Bhushan retired as an A.C.P, New Delhi. He is one of the Founder members of Navjyoti India Foundation.

Suman Soneja


Ms. Soneja is a social worker. She is the Treasurer of Navjyoti India Foundation.

Narender Kumar Verma


Mr. Narender is the Chairman of Diamond Group of Publications, established in 1948, it is one of the largest publishing houses in India

Sushmita Chakravarti


Ms. Chakravarti is an Associate Director with a multi-national firm. She has been with the IT Industry for 25+ years.

Ajay Pandey


Mr. Pandey is a Master of Law in Clinical Legal Education & a Master of Philosophy in International Law.

G S Singhvi


Mr. Singhvi is the Founder & Chairman of the HFL Group. He is a Chartered Accountant & a Company Secretary and has corporate experience of 30+ years.

Sunil Sharma


Mr. Sharma is the Founder & Managing Partner at SPV Tech Ventures LLP. He is an Entrepreneur and Thought Leader.

Nirmal Rana


Mr. Rana is the Head - HR & Administration for Corporate and Manufacturing Units at Fena Private Limited.