Transforming learning in government schools, so that all children, irrespective of their background or circumstance, get an excellent, holistic education and live up to their potential


The Government of NCT of Delhi

Thematic area


Region(s) of work

Madhya Pradesh, The Government of NCT of Delhi

Company Size



Children and Youth



About the Organization

“Peepul is an education-focused non-profit that works towards improving student learning outcomes in government school systems in India.​ They are looking to shape a future where public schools provide education that is at par, if not better, than private schools so that children of the poorest background receive an excellent, holistic education. They closely partner with national, state and local governments to design and implement high-quality, scalable solutions that enable meaningful engagement between students and teachers, and help every child reach their potential.

Peepul leverages the experience of practitioners and their deep knowledge of government systems to enable large-scale systemic transformation in partnership with governments. ​This is achieved through a high-engagement teaching toolkit, teacher skilling, academic mentoring, and aligning incentives and accountability across the system.

Peepul is presently working with more than 300,000 teachers and impacting the learning levels of more than 9.5 million students in 1,530 schools under Municipal Corporation of Delhi Schools and 10,000+ schools under CM Rise programme implemented in Madhya Pradesh. Peepul believes ‘proof-of-concept’ schools that are run within the government system while contextualizing classroom best practices to be adopted in the Indian government school context. As of the year 2022, they have been able to codify and disseminate these practices across the four programmes directly in 52 districts in Madhya Pradesh along with 1,530 Municipal Corporation of Delhi Schools.”

Active Founder(s)

Kruti Bharucha %designation% Kruti Bharucha has 21 years of experience in various leadership and management roles in the education, management consulting and advisory sectors as well as with multilateral institutions. As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Peepul, she provides strategic direction and vision, managing the portfolio of programmes and identifying innovations and partnerships that will lead to significant improvement in learning outcomes in government schools. Peepul was previously known as Ark India and was spun-off into a fully India-based entity in 2017. Peepul current works with governments to strengthen their school education systems, with the mission to help every child achieve their potential. The current programme operations are spread across Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, working with governments to support 100,000 schools and 320,000 teachers that impact the lives of 9.5 million children, many of them from the most vulnerable communities. Prior to Peepul and Ark, she was a Senior Director and led Corporate Executive Board’s (CEB) Finance Practice in India. She also worked in CEB’s Washington DC office, where she managed the research, product development and client advisory in the Technology Practice. Her previous work experience also includes McKinsey and Co., where her expertise was in the field of consumer goods, retail and agri-business. She has also previously worked at The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, where she specialized in fiscal policy reform, education sector policy and financial sector reform. An economist by training, Kruti has completed her MSc (Development Studies) with Distinction at the London School of Economics, MA (Economics) from the University of Maryland and her BA (Economics) with Distinction from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. Kruti has been selected as a Rainer Fellow by Mulago Foundation in 2020, the only Indian selected. She was also recognised as Top 100 Women Transforming India by Niti Aayog. She received the Social Innovation Leader Award by World CSR Congress in 2020 as well as the Excellence in Leadership Award by Women Economic Forum. She was awarded Social Entrepreneur of 2019 by Business World and also on BusinessWorld’s 40 Under 40 List for 2019. In 2018, Kruti was selected by The Economic Times in their Women Ahead List of 26 women leaders and as Disruptor of the Year by Business World.