About Us

Dishaa Charitable Trust (DCT) was established in Chennai, India in December 2006. Currently DCT has 80G tax exemption to receive donations in India. Dishaa in Sanskrit means direction/path.

As the name suggests, our endeavor is to change direction/ path of young students, differently abled children and senior citizens in a meaningful way.

Our Mission

We at Dishaa also hope to constantly identify institutions engaged in providing sustainable education or technical training to the mentally and physically challenged. We hope to support these institutions financially and help them succeed in their endeavors.

Our Vision

Dishaa in Sanskrit means direction/path. Through Dishaa, we hope to give a sense of direction to the lives of the thousands of young children from lower strata of the society. We strongly believe that educating an individual in the family leads to social and economic upliftment of the family. By taking care of individual families, we hope to raise the social and economic status of our society.

Our Core Team

Suresh Rajagopalan, Managing Trustee

Suresh’s penchant for social services led to the birth of Dishaa, a non-profit organization incorporated in the U.S in the year 2003. Having lived in the U.S for almost 15 years, it was India Calling for him in 2011. He is the founder/ director of Dishaa and has been actively involved in scouting for various social causes and implementing his  projects with a lot of rigor and passion. He works for Booz Allen Hamilton and holds a master’s degree in Information system from BITS, Pilani and an M.B.A from Loyala College, U.S. Suresh is married to Suchitra and they live with their son Siddharth in Bangalore, India.

Suchitra Balasubramanian, Trustee

Suchitra, the founding partner of Dishaa has been actively involved in Dishaa’s projects. Suchitra is credited with giving the cause a suitable name - "Dishaa". Suchitra holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai and a master’s degree in M.B.A from the University of Iowa.


Mrs.Rajalakshmi R, Trustee

"Rajam" as she is affectionately called is one of the trustees of DCT and has been a great helping hand since its inception in 2006. She visits the projects regularly and does not miss a chance to take friends/family for project visits. Rajam retired after 25 years of service at the Department of Atomic Energy, GOI.

Kavitha Rajaram, Volunteer

Kavitha Rajaram has been involved with various NGOs including Eureka & V-Excel. She has been actively involved in the Chennai projects of Dishaa for the last couple of years and is keen to aid Dishaa with their upcoming projects. Kavitha works for Tata Consultancy Services and lives in Chennai with her family.

Mr.Sundaram Krishnamurthy, Volunteer

Mr.Sundaram is from Tanjore and shares the same passion to give back to society. In addition to his day job, he helps with lot of administrative activities @ DIshaa. He was instrumental is bringing a lot of key projects to us including PV Selvaraj Girls School & Annai Group of Institutions.