Stand N Stride” is a Not for Profit organization in India, uniting socially enthusiastic individuals from diverse backgrounds who share a common commitment to social responsibility. Inspired by Swami Vivekananda and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the organization embodies their vision for the betterment of children, youth, and the nation. Over the years, “Stand N Stride” has translated this vision into tangible change, positively impacting countless lives.
In India today, 8 million children face a harsh reality - they are deprived of education and grapple with poverty, illness, and despair daily. Meanwhile, countless youth remain adrift, unaware of their untapped potential. "Stand N Stride" recognizes the need to awaken these young minds, channeling their boundless energy into productivity through education and empowerment.
The organization believes that true, sustainable change can only be achieved when civil society actively participates in the development process. Following a model of Civic-Driven Change, "Stand N Stride" engages and sensitizes civil society, making them integral partners in all their welfare endeavors.
Established in 2016 by passionate individuals in Delhi, "Stand N Stride" initially registered under the Societies Registration Act in 2017. In January 2020, it transitioned to the Company Act, becoming the "Stand N Stride Foundation," dedicated to greater transparency and management excellence. Operating throughout India with a registered office in Delhi, its current focus is on South West Delhi.
Mr. Amod Poddar is founder of Stand N Stride. He was born and brought up in Patna. After complting B.Sc(Physics) in 1990 He did Aircraft Engineering from Indian Institute of Aeronautics, Patna, Bihar in 1994.Presently he is an Aircraft Engineer in a Private airlines in New Delhi. Since childhood he involved in many social activities and is associated with many social organizations. After getting inspiration from Swami Vivekananda and Dr. APJ Kalam he decided to serve the society by educating underprivileged children and established StandN Stride with his wife and co-founder Mrs. A K Vijayalaxmi in 2016.
Mrs. A K Vijayalaxmi is a co-founder of Stand N Stride. She was born and brought up in Bhagalpur, Bihar in an educationist family. Mrs. Vijayalaxmi, after completing her M.Sc(Botany) in 2003 from TM university, Bhagalpur, she did B.Ed in 2011 and further completed her M.ed . She cracked CTET exam in 2014 conducted by CBSC. She got married with Mr. Amod Poddar (SnS founder) in 2000. She was passionate to be a educationist since college time but after her husband’s eagerness to help the society by educating underprivileged children she gave up her aspiration to be a professional faculty in any school/college and became the co founder of Stand N Stride in 2016.
Starting her career in 1978 with prestigious organizations like NAHIDCO, Ansals, and Management and Marketing Private Limited, she excelled in administration, institutional marketing, and public relations. Her dedication won awards and recognition. However, her true passion was education, leading her to transition from the corporate world to teaching. She joined LA Montessori Group of Schools, eventually becoming Vice Principal after 15 years of dedicated teaching. Her contributions earned her the Shikshak Shri Award from the Indo Nepal Samrasta Organization. In 2016, she joined Stand N Stride, quickly becoming a vital asset due to her passion and dedication to helping underprivileged children. She remains an invaluable advisor to educational initiatives.
Dr. Saroj Gulati hails from a prominent family in Rajpura, Punjab. She earned her B.Com and M.Com degrees from Punjab University in 1979. Afterward, she joined Haryana Education Services in the college cadre. During her tenure, she pursued research, culminating in a Ph.D. in 1994. After an illustrious 36+ year career, she retired as a professor from IC College, Rohtak, in 2015. She relocated to Delhi with a determination to dedicate her time to societal causes. Dr. Gulati has a lifelong commitment to social initiatives, actively participating in various activities, including fundraisers during wars, and advocating for issues like female empowerment, health, and education. She's been an invaluable addition to our organization since joining in 2018.