The Das Foundation is a registered Charitable Trust set up under the Bombay Public Trust Act for the purpose of establishing and managing night schools for under-privileged children as well as other institutions for the welfare of such children. The foundation has been created by Ranjita Basu in memory of her grandfather the Late Justice S. R. Das, former Chief Justice of India and her father the Late Group Captain Suranjan Das of the Indian Air Force who was posthumously awarded the Padma Vibhushan in recognition of his distinguished service to the nation as Test Pilot at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

The Foundation at present runs one school at Gandhinagar (Gujarat) for about 50 boys and girls from deprived families in premises provided by the Government of Gujarat. The children are aged between four and fourteen years of age,. They are taught to read and write in Gujarati, apart from being given lessons in History, Geography and Mathematics. Community prayers and poetry recitation, games and art classes also form part of  the curriculum. The school timings are from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. for six days a week throughout the year. The children are provided a hot nutritious meal every evening after class and two pairs of new clothes a year. Children are from the Nursery to the 10th standard level and are from different castes and communities and religious backgrounds. There are 2 paid teachers and one supervisor who works on a voluntary basis.

So far the school has been largely funded from the personal resources of the trustees and through donations from friends and well-wishers of the Foundation. The success of the experiment as evidenced by the attendance levels and negligible dropout rate as also by the academic performance and social behaviour of the children has encouraged the Trustees of the foundation to consider expansion of the school and replication of the school at other locations.

The children are taken to a doctor if seriously ill and
medical aid and medicines are provided. Elders in the
family are motivated to undergo family planning
operations to limit the size of the family and several such operations have been performed with an incentive scheme introduced by the Foundation.

Once a year the children are taken to a Nature Camp
organized by the local Gandhinagar open air nature park. The children stay there for three days and are given instruction on environmental issues as well as lessons in nature study and animal life.

Regular visits are made to the homes of the children by the teachers. Drop-outs are encouraged and motivated to return to school and in many cases the children do so. Domestic problems are discussed and an attempt is made to give the parents encouragement and guidance.

Executive Trustees
Rathikant Basu
Nandita Basu
Aparajita Basu
Janak Dave

Das Foundation
Regd. Charitable Trust
No. E/710/Gandhinagar
Date: 30.5.2000

Regd. Office
Plot 102
Sector 8
Gujarat 382008