About Savidya

Savidya Upasamiti of Himwats

The Savidya Upasamiti aims to improve the quality of education and the skills and attitudes of the children and youth in the region. To this end, Savidya attempts to improve the resources in various schools, organizes workshops and provides merit-cum-need scholarships for study in schools and professional institutions. Savidya is also focused on the good health of the students in the schools it supports, and organizes health camps for the benefit of the students.

The Savidya Upasamiti was started to help quality education and health care of the underprivileged children and to help them to gain and/or complete their school education. This started with the grant of scholarships to few needy children on August 15 2004 from the Corpus fund established by Dr. H D Bist from his personal savings of Rs 2.0 lakhs during his active years of service.

In November 2004, Dr. Bist, during his regular (now private) visits to the USA, approached the Silicon Valley chapter (and several others - Princeton, Chicago, Los-Angeles, Seattle chapters to support one school each) of ASHA for Education to approve his project envisaging a group of about 10 Government schools to provide quality education and health care that could help the poor children and youth in the Champawat region of Uttarakhand.

Following discussions within the AFE Silicon Valley Chapter, and acting upon the recommendations made by a volunteer from AFE Delhi Chapter (Dr. Rohini Muthusami) - who visited Haldwani to see the needs of typical Government Schools to assess the help needed in such schools - the adopt-a-school program was proposed and approved by AFE Silicon Valley in April 2005 after due deliberations and meetings with Dr. Bist in Santa Clara.


Adopt a School

A unique program empowered by every technical know-how from Himwats Savidya with detailed information and step-by-step evaluation of proposed school(s).


Vocational Training

For the students to develop interest in vocational fields. We are targeting youths also who have some level of education and can be trained to earn their living.



Various merit based scholarships are available to disadvantaged students. We also facilitate Foundation for Excellence Scholarships to the students going for Higher Education.


Free Health Camps

are organized in various regions of Uttarakhand. People are informed about the various diseases pertaining to ears, eyes, heart etc. and they are treated free of cost.