Shri Jyotinivas Kumar Sinha was born on 16th of July, 1945. He did his schooling from St. Xavier’s School, Patna. Thereafter, he joined St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, in 1961 and graduated with History (Honours) in 1964. He did Masters in History from the Delhi University in 1966 and joined the Indian Police Service in 1967. He was allotted the Bihar Cadre but served in his home state for a very short period and went on deputation to the Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India in 1971. During his service with the Cabinet Secretariat he served in India and abroad with great distinction. He was awarded the ‘Indian Police Medal’ for meritorious service in 1987 and the ‘Sarvottam Seva Suraksha Patra’ for distinguished service in 2000. He retired as Special Secretary in 2005.
On retirement he decided to return to his home state and settled in Patna with the sole objective of working for the welfare of the ‘Musahar’ community of Bihar, perhaps, the most downtrodden and poverty stricken community in India. He established ‘Shoshit Seva Sangh’ which runs a fully free English medium residential school in Patna to provide high quality education to the children of the musahar community. The school run by Shoshit Seva Sangh provides not only free education, boarding & lodging but also clothes including uniforms, text-books and stationery, medical-care, toiletries, bedding and bed linen, personal utensils and all other necessities. Musahar children as young as 6-7 years drawn from remote villages of various districts of Bihar are admitted in the Pre-School class and fully supported till they complete higher secondary. Shri Sinha began this with supporting the education of 4-5 musahar children in 2006. In less than a decade he was able to acquire land and build a residential school which can accommodate upto 1000 musahar children. The school building has been constructed as per the guidelines mandated by the Central Board of Secondary Education. It has a highly experienced and qualified teaching faculty. It also has sporting facilities which a school can be proud of. Shoshit Seva Sangh looks after musahar children and provide quality education literally from cradle to adulthood. This indeed is an unique achievement. The school is affiliated to the CBSE upto higher secondary level.
Presently there are over 506 musahar children and the school has started admitting 100 children in the Pre-School class every year. The school built in over 2 acres of land as stipulated by CBSE has all the facilities mandated by it. This institution was built by Shri Sinha with funds raised from individuals and corporates under their CSR programme with single minded devotion. The facilities in the school would compare with quality schools in India. Shri Sinha was given ‘India Positive Award’ sponsored by CNN-IBN in 2012 and figured in the ‘Amazing Indians’ serial telecast by Times Now Channel. He was adjudged as one of the ‘Best Educators’ of India by the jury constituted by Times Now in 2015. He was honoured for his valuable contribution in the field of education and literacy as a ‘Literacy Hero’ in 2013 by Rotary International at the South Asia Literacy Summit. Shri Sinha was awarded the ‘Padma Shri’ by the President of India on the occasion of the Republic Day, 2019, for this outstanding social service.
Some photographs of the life and activities at the school are attached. Shoshit Seva Sangh has a very elaborate website and the address is www.sssfoundation.org.
Founder : Abheek ; Centre for Experiential Learning
From humble beginnings, to exploration with a desire to excel!!
I am Indraa Raju, from Bengaluru, South India. A journey of a young girl to becoming an entrepreneur in the field of education, is my path of learning. An avid follower of Swami Vivekananda , my philosophies to life grounded me to connect with nature , Indian traditions and learnings.
My journey with my elder daughter (Trupthi) showed me great disparity in the education system which helped me to explore opportunities for my experiences to float newer learning and unlearning past systems. In my search towards holistic education, I experienced various avenues, met great educators and personalities who guided me to become an entrepreneur. The early part of my journey as a trainer and facilitator took me to the challenge of protecting and nurturing the goodness and innocence in children, making headway to the growing demands of the contemporary world.
My dream found its ground when I began my start up a of play school named “Nurture”, for my son (second child ) ,creating a place for joy and learning . My son became the inspiration in bringing about a change to the outlook towards the education system and I grew as a mature human , understanding the philosophies and building deeper connect to the human kind . My deep explorations and engagements with alternative forms of schooling have now manifested as Abheek - an ever-evolving space that invites students, educators and parents to participate in the act of living, learning and sharing. Abheek enters tenth year of a joyful space of learning this year.
My love for learning, theatrical presentations, accepting and developing changes, engagement with individuals , all brought out to create a community with a deep concern for growth. My enthusiasm never stops to identify varied discoveries, accepting newer theories and meeting prolific leaders in this venture. My dream is to build this space , expand to all areas and create a role model ,bringing more children to learn joyfully. Being the enthusiastic Captain of Abheek , I wish to create a space not just for students, but parents and educators and find a strong ground to build a space of human kind to explore and live in harmony.
Having completed my training in Waldorf education at Emerson College, Forest Road, East Sussex, U.K in 1986, I returned to India and worked in a mainstream school for three years. As a Waldorf educator I found a need to make changes in the method and delivery of education. I wished to implement an alternative way of education based on the teachings of the philosopher Rudolf Steiner and the philosophy of Waldorf education.
Keshar Academy of Learning was born in 1992. It began with a playgroup which grew organically into a kindergarten and then into class 1 and subsequently all the way up to class 12, adding a class every year. In 2005 we became a Cambridge accredited school enabling us to offer the IGCSE, and the AS/A Levels Cambridge examinations.
Achyuta Samanta, after obtaining Master’s Degree in Chemistry in 1987 from Utkal University, started his career at 22 years of age. He has 30 years of teaching experience to his credit so far. Prof. Samanta went on to serve KIIT as its first Chancellor and has had the distinction of being the youngest Chancellor of any Indian University. He served University Grants Commission (UGC) as Member for two consecutive terms (2008-11 & 2011-2014) and was a Member of the Executive Committee of All Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE). He was also a member of several other Government of India bodies like, NCTE, ISTE, ISCA, COIR BOARD, CAPART and many more. He has been a Member of the Academic Council of Central University, Silchar, Assam and the Central University, Odisha. He was the first Indian to be Member of both UGC and AICTE simultaneously and the first Odia to become Member of UGC and many other statutory bodies. Currently he is the President of World Congress of Poets 2019. He has delivered nearly 100 motivational speeches, including convocation addresses and foundation day lectures, in different institutions and organizations across the country and the globe. Prof. Samanta has been conferred with 33 Honoris Causa Doctorate awards from different Universities across the globe. He has also been decorated with prestigious Civilian Awards from many countries including, Gusi Peace Prize International, the highest Civilian Award from Bahrain besides over 50 national and international and over 200 State honors and accolades. He is the Founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT ) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar – the fully free and fully residential tribal institute. Starting modestly with an initial seed capital of Rs 5000/-, KIIT has grown into one of the most promising Universities imparting professional education in the Country with global acclaim having 27,000 students from across the country and abroad. KIIT also runs a 2000 bedded multispeciality hospital and an attached Medical College. KISS has become the largest Residential Tribal Institute in the World and is home for 50,000 tribal children (30,000 pursuing education and 20,000 passed out). Both KIIT and KISS found a place in the Limca Book of Records as well as Guinness World Records in many counts. Prof. Achyuta Samanta, who had lost his father at the age of four, before he could know the significance of the world, was pushed into the mire of abject poverty. Today, he is a legend, an iconic educationist, an emblem of service to humanity, a beacon of light for social transformation, and a redeemer of the fallen, the oppressed and the marginalized. With huge contributions in the field of education, health, art, culture, literature, rural development, social service and spiritualism his journey in life is not only awe-inspiring but soul-awakening for millions of poverty-stricken youths all over the globe. He has converted the remote village ‘Kalarabank’, Cuttack into a Smart Village and the entire Manpur Panchayat into a model Panchayat (cluster of villages). He has already started working to establish 12 branches of KISS in different districts, besides establishing KISS-Delhi for the underprivileged sections of the society. Besides providing around 10,000 direct employment in KIIT and KISS, he has created over 1,00,000 indirect employment and more than 100 successful entrepreneurs across the country. His hobby is to give happiness and a smiling face to the millions of poor. Prof. Samanta has been working relentlessly for Zero Poverty, Zero Hunger and Zero Illiteracy.
Mr. Prabhakaran has been in the education sector for 34 years. His rich experience in National (CBSE and ICSE) and International Curriculum (IB and IGCSE) has impacted not just the students but teachers too. With his diverse knowledge in various academics feats, he has served as the Assistant Headmaster and Dean of Academics of Doon School, Dehradun. He actively enjoys curriculum development, pastoral care and counselling for students. Apart from teaching and school administration, Mr. Prabhakaran has been deeply involved in social and community services, including Round Square programmes, for helping underprivileged students. He has led the students and teachers of the in setting up and re-building damaged schools in the earthquake and flash-flood affected areas of Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudra Prayag, areas of Himalayas (Uttarkahnd) and Wayaad, Gudalur and other parts of Western ghats (Kerala and Tamilnadu ). Mr. Prabhakaran is a post graduate in Geography with a degree in education. He was the university rank holder during graduation and a recipient of the National Merit Scholarship for post-graduation. He started his career as a Lecturer, and later worked as the resource person for Kerala State Institute of Education. He believes in motivating and assisting students to reach their full academic potentials. For Mr. Prabhakaran, values such as humility, self-discipline, spirit of service are important in shaping the character of the individual and the nation. Mr. Prabhakaran is an avid trekker and has organized student expeditions through the length and breadth of the Himalayas. Mr. Prabhakaran is the 20th Headmaster of The Lawrence School, Lovedale and is now impacting and changing students to be global leaders.
Craig has family connections with Asia which stretch back over five generations. His great grandmother was involved with the famous Chefoo School in northern China.
Craig earned his BA degree in Intercultural Studies at Biola University, California, in 1984. He completed his M.Div. in Theology from the same university in 1986. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. His doctoral dissertation focused on the introduction of women’s basketball to the Philippines by American educators, entitled The Social Construction of Bodies through Basketball during the American Occupation: 1906-1922, and was awarded the John F. Doherty, S.J. Award for Social Justice. Craig’s research interests lie at the intersection of sociology of the body, gender, and sport. He currently serves as President of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Sociology of the Body. He started his teaching career as a High School Teacher in La Habra, California.
From 1988-1992 he worked in community development in a Muslim majority area of the southern Philippines, where he learned both Tagalog and the local language, Maguindanao.
From 1992 until 2004 he worked at Faith Academy, Manila, Philippines, first teaching Humanities in the High School, then as High School Principal and, for five years, as Superintendent of the entire school, guiding a team of 130 faculty staff and 700 students in K-12, one third of whom were boarding students.
From 2004 until 2012 he was Chair of the Social Sciences and Humanities Departments at Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minnesota. He returned to Asia 2012-2016 to work as Deputy Dean and High School Principal at UPH University and High School, a flagship Christian institution in Jakarta, Indonesia with some 15,000 students at High School and University.
From 2016-June 2019, Dr Cook was Dean of the School of Education at Simpson University, Redding, California, where he successfully led the school through complex accreditation procedures.
Dr Cook is married to Jamie Williams, J.D. They met in Indonesia, where she was teaching International Law in the Faculty of Law at Universitas Pelita Harapan. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Literature and Letters from the University of Oklahoma and her Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School. A licensed attorney in the states of New York and Texas, she has practiced family, criminal, and commercial law. Prior to joining Woodstock, Jamie was a professor in the History and Political Science Department at Simpson University in Redding, California, where she taught Political Science and Criminology. She was also an adjunct professor teaching Restorative Justice and International Law at Le Tourneau University in Longview, Texas. In addition, she served as Program Coordinator for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a nonprofit organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the foster care system.
In Craig’s own words: “I have been an athlete and participant in vigorous physical exercise for the whole of my adult life, being a regular basketball and tennis player and a tennis coach for many years. We live at present in a mountainous area of Northern California, where we enjoy hiking on the many beautiful trails… The heart of Christian leadership is being a servant to others, as evidenced by Jesus’ washing the disciples’ feet and commanding us to do the same.”
Mr Peter Bird originates from a small rural village in South Cambridgeshire, UK. His humble beginnings started in Corporation housing and his father was known locally as the Professor because he was the only one they knew that had attended Technical College in Cambridge. Until the age of 16 he attended school within his village and had never traveled outside of the UK. Mr Bird left school with minimum qualification and was in a real sense a school failure. Why did a modern day successful school Superintendent fail school? Well in Mr Bird’s opinion he did not fail school, the education system failed him. The memory game of traditional education kills children's creativity and passion to learn which is why he hated school. Mr Bird then started on a long road to prove his intelligence despite his school results resulting in a varied career in many fields which he will share with you.
The connecting factor in all his career successes has been his sheer determination to not accept the current system or the situation he has encountered. Instead he has forged on to achieve and now pioneers to bring about change in education which he remains passionate about. During his career in educational leadership, Mr Bird has been the founding Principal in several countries including England, Qatar and currently The International Village School,Channi, India. IVS opened its doors in August 2018 and by JUne 2020 achieved IB World School statues in under two years, and during a global pandemic. Mr Bird’s message is simple, education IS the gateway to personal growth and career success, BUT only if the education system fits the pupils and not forces the pupils to fit the education system.
Originally from Denmark, Allan has over four decades of experience as an educator; and over three decades of experience in senior administrative positions in Denmark. He is armed with an M.A. in Danish language, literature and history as well as a Master’s in Public Administration. He has taught Danish language and literature as well as communication and IT.
Allan is a visionary leader in the field of education and believes that Preparing students to succeed in a rapidly changing 21st-century environment begins in schools. He is the Founder and Principal of the globally recognised Orestad Gymnasium School in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is recognised amongst the 15 most innovative schools globally. The school was the first globally to go 100% digital and has been visited by eminent personalities like Prince Harry. The school is renowned for its’ innovative learning environment with open spaces instead of traditional classrooms, its strong emphasis on media skills, fully digitalised teaching material and innovative teaching practices.
According to him non- traditional teaching environments form the backbone of the teaching-learning process. The digital environment also encourages a more personalised style of teaching. He has been an active participant in public debate in Denmark on topics related to education and challenges faced by youth. He has also presented at international seminars and conferences on 21st-century learning spaces and learning, technology in teaching and the “why of education” in the 21st century. He is one of the founders of the Global Schools Alliance, which is a select gathering of innovative schools. Allan is also a member of the Academy of the Finnish organization HundrEd, which collects, shares and rewards innovative school projects from all over the world.
Allan is one of the founding members of the Chaman Bhartiya School . The school will prepare students for living and leading in India in the 21st century. To realise this vision Allan is one of the key contributors towards the development of the unique “We Lead” curriculum which incorporates development of academic competencies along with 21st century competencies as well as leadership skills. The school will also incorporate best practices on open learning spaces, innovative teaching practices as well as incorporate technology to personalise learning.
“What’s important is for the teacher to talk less and let the students work more. The teacher has to organise processes that encourage that to happen. The architecture of the school forces the teacher to do just that.” says Allan.
Qualification: M. Sc., B. Ed. (special education), Diploma in counselling Work experience: 1. Head teacher, at Marudam farm school since June, 2009 2. Science, Maths and language teacher at primary, middle and secondary levels at Olcott memorial High school from 1996 – 2009 3. Worked with street children in Dharavi, Mumbai, 1993 -1996 Languages: Tamizh, English, Hindi, Malayalam (only speaking) Interests: Dance, Music, Theatre, Crafts, all traditional art and craft forms, Environment
I was part of an Action research programmed conducted by the British council, called the – Teaching English to the disadvantaged [TED]. This was a very useful and educative programme for all of us. Employment generation Working in close contact with Hemant from Centre of scientific research in Auroville, we created a model of employment generation with a group of my ex- students, replacing kerosene lamps with solar lanterns in the shops on the Elliot’s beach. This was a very simple but impactful move as it had great beneficial health impact for the shop keepers. With kerosene lamps they were inhaling a lot of sooty smoke. It was of course very beneficial for the environment. Hemant went on to win a Green Oscar based on this work. Child safety I began to work towards child safety, preventing child sexual abuse, working in close connection with Lois Engelbrect an International expert on the issue. We have been in close contact for nearly two decades and work in close collaboration. I regularly hold child safety workshops for teachers and students of various schools. Marudam farm school - from 2009 As a family, we moved to Thiruvannamalai, in 2009. My partner and I along with a British, Israeli couple and a few friends formed a new trust, called “The forest way”. The forest way is involved in afforesting the sacred Arunachala hill, running an Organic farm and the Marudam farm school. More about the forest way is available on – www.theforestway.org As a founder member and Head teacher of the Marudam farm school, which started, in 2009, with 20 children and has around 120 children now, I have been involved in all aspects of running the school, from curriculum development, teacher training, teaching at all levels, creation of education resources, time tabling, administration, Education department interfaces etc. I regularly conduct workshops for various schools and work closely with Azim Premji foundation in Pondicherry. I have been conducting the annual craft week in Marudam farm school for 8 years now, in which traditional crafts people and artisans from all over come and teach children from various schools these skills. It is one of the most popular activities in Marudam. More about Marudam farm school at – www.marudamfarmschool.org
"A social entrepreneur from heart, Shibani is the Co founder of ‘Parvarish - The Museum School’, an innovative education Project of OASiS.
As a Founding Member of OASiS - A Social Innovations Lab, Shibani has been at the core of all education innovations in the organisation. After completing her Masters in English Literature, and Bachelor in Education, she thought of doing something different, to educate masses, not classes. She started a Museum based School to teach underprivileged children through Museum Exhibits in the year 2005. She collaborated with 5 museums of her city and began the journey. Her journey began with 40 children 15 years back, and today there are approx 100 children from 10 slums of Bhopal attending her school regularly. More than 4500 children have benefitted from this initiative of her. Some of them are now pursuing Engineering, Science, Commerce, Arts, Pharmacy and Fashion Designing undergraduate courses, some are pursuing Performing Arts, some have started their own Businesses, and some have joined back as Teachers.
She has received many awards, out of which the project ‘The Museum School’ won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific EDUCATION INNOVATION AWARD 2016 in Beijing, and has been listed under '100 inspiring Global Innovations in Education’ by HundrEd Finland.
Vaibhav Chhabra is a mechanical engineer by education but a carpenter by passion. A graduate from Boston University, Vaibhav spent the first 2 years of his career at EyeNetra, a startup from MIT Media Labs, building portable Virtual Reality based eye diagnostic devices. While working with the rural community in India for his eye diagnostic prototype, Vaibhav founded ‘Makers Asylum.’ Maker’s Asylum is a community space focussed on fostering innovation through hands-on learning. It also provides access to an ecosystem of stakeholders which includes Governments, Businesses, Incubators/Accelerators, Investors and subject matter experts. The space houses various labs that are co-located in order to facilitate prototyping of ideas that are interdisciplinary in nature. Vaibhav essentially coupled his degree with his passion to create the first community Makerspace in India. The key focus of this space is to foster education in areas of sustainability and disability. The flagship program of Maker’s Asylum, STEAM school, running for the last 2 years in collaboration with the French embassy in India, brings together 150 global participants that solve and prototype for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He also runs a similar program for the differently abled community. Both programs together have resulted in 29 high impact global projects that are in various phases of prototyping. The space has trained over 3000 people in the area of digital fabrication globally. The French President and the government has accredited him as a Young leader in this regard. In his leisure time Vaibhav enjoys making furniture, photography and winning at ping pong. He is also the Chair for innovation and entrepreneurship at Young Indians – Confederation of Indian Industries and a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum.
Dr Urvashi Sahni is a social entrepreneur, women rights activist and educationist. Through her various organizations, she has been working for the rights of children and women for over three decades. She is a leading expert in school governance, curriculum reform and teacher training with a special focus on girls’ education and the use of technology in education. Dr Sahni is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Universal Education - Brookings Institution. She has been recognized by the Obama Foundation Global Girls Alliance and the Clinton Foundation as a Change Maker. In 2017, she was declared the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India by the Schwab-Jubilant Bhartiya Foundation, and joined the international fellowship of Schwab social entrepreneurs. Dr Sahni was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship in the year 2011. She received Berkeley’s Haas International Award for her efforts to reform education in India and bolster education for girls in the year 1994. Dr Sahni was also invited to be an honorary member of the Clinton Global Initiative. She was also a member of the sub-committee on school education of the Chief Minister's Advisory Council in Rajasthan (2013 - 18). She founded Suraksha, a women rights organisation, in 1983 in Uttar Pradesh, India. She is the founding president and CEO of the Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF), under which she has established three K-12 schools including Prerna Girls School, providing affordable high quality rights-based education to over 1000 girls from urban slums. SHEF directly provides education to over 4000 students including middle class urban children, disadvantaged girls and boys from poor areas, out-of-school children, and rural children. She is the co-founder and director of the Digital Study Hall, which extends the pedagogical practices developed by the foundation to rural and urban schools in Uttar Pradesh and reaches out to over 1,00,000 students and teachers. A prolific social entrepreneur, Dr Sahni also founded DiDi’s, a social enterprise generating sustainable livelihoods for women, where she employs 65 Prerna graduates and their mothers. She has a Masters and a PhD in Education from the Graduate School of Education in UC Berkeley. She has presented academic papers at many national and international forums and universities, including Columbia, NYU, Chicago, and Berkeley, and has given Keynote addresses at international drama and education conferences in Edinburgh, Jamaica, Plymouth, Toronto, Northern Ireland and New York. She has published extensively on Critical Pedagogy, Theatre in Education, Feminist Pedagogy, Child Cultures, and Girls’ Education and Empowerment. Her current research focuses on developing and scaling her Girls’ Empowerment Program in India with the help of curricular reform, teacher training, and affordable technology. Her latest book – Reaching for the Sky: Empowering Girls through Education – draws on her 14 years of work with Prerna Girls School, and argues that education can be truly transformative if it addresses the everyday reality of girls’ lives and responds to their special needs and challenges with respect and care
Radhakanta is the School Leader of Chirag School. He is a Stronge ducation professional with a Master's degree focused in Education from Azim Premji University, Bangalore. He is a experienced School Leader with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. He has been an educator for the last 10 years in various capacities and in various national and international schools. He is a lifelong learner and leader who believes in the value of building trust in children through a fear-free and joyful learning environment and is passionate about teaching in the educational setup as a means to create a learning organizational culture across the organisation.
1. Working as school principal at Chirag School, Nainital (2019 onwards)
2. Worked as a teacher at Mirambika, New Delhi (2009 to 2013)
3. Worked as a teacher at Heritage School, Gurgaon (2013 to 2017)
4. Worked as a consultant at Foundation for MSME cluster, New D
Born in 1966, Bodhirupa Sinha spent her childhood and part of her college days at Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, the Ashram set up by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, which later became a Central University of repute, specialising in indepth research in Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, World Literature, different kinds of art forms and above all, in educational pedagogy. Later she moved to Kolkata in pursuit of higher education. The ambience of her childhood imbibed in Bodhirupa certain inclinations and values, which have paved the path for her future life.
Bodhirupa has been actively associated with the world of education initially as a teacher and later as an Academic Administrator since the past three decades. For the last fifteen years, Bodhirupa Sinha has been associated with Patha Bhavana, Visva Bharati at Santiniketan in the capacity of Principal . In her long career as an educationist and academic visionary, and also as someone deeply influenced by the Educational Philosophy of Tagore, Bodhirupa has delved into the world of education extensively, in particular Pre- Primary, Primary, Secondary and Higher secondary education. Bodhirupa Sinha has attended numerous seminars , conferences, workshops etc at home and abroad and has several publications to her credit
Director of Engineering - Zoho Corporation.
After dropping out of IIT-Madras as an Engineer in Electronics and Electrical Communication, Rajendran was part of the founding team at Zoho Corporation, then called Vembu Systems. Later, he spent seven years at Xerago, Asia's largest New-Age Marketing Entity, as their Chief Algorithms Officer, managing projects and services for clients including Citibank and Sify. After rejoining Zoho Corporation in 2004, he has been serving a triple role at the company. He spearheads mobile development at Zoho, with a multi-talented team that builds mobile Apps for its 45 million+ customers.
He is the President at Zoho Schools of Learning, Zoho's own ongoing social experiment seen by many as a viable alternative to conventional college education. He is also a TEDx speaker and a technology evangelist who tries to share hard-earned advice and best practices from his two dozen years of professional experience. Beyond work, he is a contra-academician at heart. Feeling strongly that the education system in India needs a reboot, he also walked the talk, doing his own small bit by ‘free-schooling’ his 20-year-old son at home. His son graduated out of Zoho Schools of Learning, and is now his colleague, at Zoho Corp!
Rajendran is the business solutions evangelist at Zoho Corporation. His vast expertise in conceiving and nurturing creative concepts into full-fledged software applications and his role as President at Zoho Schools of Learning, Zoho’s ongoing experiment in alternative education, make him a much sought-after speaker and panelist. A diehard Apple fan, he believes in aspiring to be ‘insanely great’ at anything he attempts.
CEO, TEACH FOR INDIA
Shaheen grew up in 5 countries around the world, and returned to India when she was 18 to start Akanksha . F or 17 years, she worked with teachers and students, building Akanksha to provide children from low- income communities the kind of education that would maximize their greatest potential. Today, Akanksha serves 9300 children through their School Project and after-school centres in Mumbai and Pune. In 2008, Shaheen founded Teach For India , with an audacious vision of providing an excellent education to all children across India through building a pipeline of leaders committed to ending educational inequity in India. Today, Teach For India directly impacts approximately 32,000 children across seven regions in India. Shaheen has also created projects like the Maya Musical , the Kid's Education Revolution which explore student leadership, creating platforms for student voice and partnership, and TFIx , which is a year-long incubator program for passionate entrepreneurs who are willing to adapt Teach For India’s model to their context and region in rural areas. Shaheen serves on the boards of Akanksha Foundation, and Simple Education Foundation. Shaheen has been an Ashoka Fellow, a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, and an Asia Society 21 Leader . She is the author of the book, Redrawing India and the Miss Muglee Children’s Books. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and a Master’s Degree from the University of Manchester
In the year 2003, Shukla started the Parkirma Humanity Foundation - A roof-top school in Rajendranagar in Bengaluru with 165 students from the slums. Today, with over four schools and one junior college, Parikrma Humanity Foundation continues to offer high quality education and support to 1500 children from four orphanages and over 80 slums in the city and was awarded the No.1 Social Impact School in India 2019-20.
A TED speaker, Shukla Bose has been contributing towards shaping and influencing education policies at the State and National level. Shukla is a member of the Karnataka Knowledge Commission (KKC) - headed by Dr. K Kasturirangan. She is the academy Member, HundrED Organization, Finland. She has published three papers in international journals and contributes opinion pieces for national dailies on education and policies.
She has been nominated as the chairperson to draft the Karnataka school education policy, and works with the Karnataka State Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), IQ Education Excellence Task Force, to check on quality in education. A member of the national CII Education Committee, Shukla helps in drafting the national policy for schools. She is on the board of a few private and public sector organizations for prevention of sexual harassment of women at workplace.
Past work experiences:
She was with Oberoi hospitality group for 13 years and was the CEO of RCI for 11 years. She volunteered with Mother Teresa for 7 years. Her experience with slum and street children greatly encouraged her to make the development of under-served children as her mission in life.
Awards and recognition:
Shukla was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1995, the Bharat Gaurav Award in 1996 and the Woman of the Year award in 2000.
A TED speaker, Shukla was awarded the Pride of Karnataka Roundtable International in 2015.
She was nominated as a Bangalore Hero in a Bangalore Mirror (a national daily) campaign in 2014.
Qimpro Platinum Standard Award in Education in 2017.
Woman Achievers Award 2018 from FICCI-FLO. Times Power Women award 2019. She was recognized for her contribution to the education of the poor by the Save Government Schools initiative 2019. She was awarded the international Excellence Award for Education Development from the Global Achievers Foundation and the Parivathan Inspire Awards for women and child development in 2019.
Founder at Flurn, Co-founder at Sahaj Natural Learning Centre, and Defender of children's right to Freedom, Respect and Play After having completed her chartered accountancy from Ahmedabad, Ishani started her career with Ernst & Young in Mumbai and the stint lasted for a year till getting married and shifting base to Udaipur. Ishani’s heart and passion have been elsewhere: she always had a strong urge to inculcate life skills in young adults and, with this intention, founded Flurn in 2011 in Udaipur; ever since its inception, Ishani has been conducting workshops for young children.
Her early childhood explorations began with her motherhood. When her daughter was 5 months old, Ishani read about the life-transforming tools on respectful parenting by Magda Gerber and her life started evolving. She found answers to the questions that had been haunting her throughout the growing up years. As she introspected about her own life journey and what she had been learning, a realisation dawned upon her that if we need to change the world, we need to re-imagine how we treat our infants and toddlers. She commenced facilitating process-art workshops and Kids Life Studio workshops for the youngest children before co-founding Sahaj in Udaipur.
Sahaj is her activism, it is her way of defending the child’s right to play, it is her way of advocating for a more equal world for children. It is her reform project to transform the world by gifting secure, loving, trustful, joyful formative years to children. When she observes children learn naturally and joyfully at Sahaj, it gives her an assurance that the young children of today will create a ripple effect in the world by upholding the democratic principles of Sahaj while leading a happy and content adult life ahead Her experience of being a conscious parent has inspired her to conduct parent cafes, listening circles in Udaipur, Calicut and Bangalore. At Sahaj, she continues to work with parents by empowering them with highly effective and useful tools to be respectful and conscious parents.
Founder Director – The Teacher Foundation
MBA (Education Management) with distinction - University of Leicester, UK;
Diploma in Journalism with distinction - Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi
B.Ed. - Delhi University;
B.Sc. (Botany Honours) - Delhi University
Maya has been in the field of education for over 3 decades. Her areas of professional experience include conceptualizing, designing and implementing a wide range of school and teacher-related projects and services – including the Wipro Applying Thought in Schools Teacher Empowerment Project initiated in 2001 and Safe & Sensitive Schools initiated in 2009 and most recently the development of the Indian Social and Emotional Learning Framework (ISELF) – an age-banded set of standards for Social & Emotional Learning for Indian schools. In 1988, she set up the Newspaper in Education Programme for The Times of India in Bangalore. Her interests include school effectiveness research and whole school improvement, teacher development, collaborative approaches to teaching and learning, interpersonal communication in the classroom, leadership and strategic management of schools.
She has been a full-time teacher trainer since 1996, conducting professional development programmes for heads and teachers of schools across India and abroad. She has trained several thousand teachers across the past 20 years. She has presented at leading education conferences both nationally and internationally. She is an Accredited Teacher Trainer for Jenny Mosley Consultancies (UK) for training teachers on Whole School Quality Circle Time across schools in India. Maya has written on issues concerning educational practice and management in leading publications like The Times of India, The Economic Times, Education World, Teacher Plus, Mentor etc. She has written a chapter on Addressing Teacher Quality and Training in a book titled Accelerating Access to Quality Education, a Brookings India 2015 publication. She has also been been a member of the British Council India's Policy Think Tank for Continuing Professional Development. She was also invited to be on the National Technical Committee set up by National University for Educational Planning and Administration(NUEPA) for developing Standards for School Leaders.
Savitha Ravi has a degree in Bachelor of Commerce after which she did her Technical Communication from the University of California, Berkeley. She has completed the certified training in Inclusive Education, Early Intervention and pre-primary Montessori Education. She completed her certification from the Cambridge International Diploma in Teaching and Learning (CIDTL). After working in schools like Kensri Academy of Excellence, Head Start Montessori House of Children with children from varied backgrounds and age groups, she has now Co-founded Pramiti School which is an inclusive school that has learners from pre-school to Grade 12. She is also the Co-founder of Ekayana Learners Huddle Pvt. Ltd. that works towards using Science as a base of education right from pre-school years. She was awarded by the Brindavan Education Trust for her contributions and outstanding work in the field of inclusion. She has conducted several workshops and developed curriculum for various subjects across varied age groups. She has also conducted the Mock United Nations at Kensri Academy of Excellence and worked closely to develop the International Baccalaureate Curriculum. She participates in conferences, seminars and panel discussion that encourage interdisciplinary learning and inclusive education. She also trains passionate individuals in developing interdisciplinary teaching methods and curriculum. She believes in the joy of learning and will continue her work with children and adults to spread education as means of learning to live together and work together in harmony. She believes in inclusion of people, methods, ideas, thoughts and processes that have the common goal of helping every child to learn effectively and joyfully. She encourages learners to question, wonder, explore and find answers while strengthening their skills of observation, self-assessment, thus enabling them to be proactive learners.
Dr.(Mrs.) Shayama Chona
“Awarded Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by the President of India, former Principal, Delhi Public School, RK Puram
Dr.Shayama Chona, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Awardee, is former Principal of Delhi Public School RK Puram, New Delhi - a world class institution. Her efforts to break the barriers of schools to include the poor and the handicapped are unprecedented. She has launched major initiatives to strengthen school teaching of STEM subjects: Science, Technology ,Engineering and Mathematics which now also includes Arts and has moved from STEM to STEAM. She is a strong advocate of critical thinking and believes that it should be promoted since childhood by parents and teachers alike.
Dr. Chona has been serving as a member of over 99 Advisory Boards, Committees , Educational Institutions and is a member of UNESCO. She has been associated with the Special Olympics, Concerned Action Now’ and the Society for Human Development .She has been named in the Limca Book of Records 2007 as the woman who has received the highest number of awards. She firmly believes and lives by the principle that “We also live in a wider world, a world in which we bear enormous responsibility”.
Dr. Chona has given concrete shape and direction to her transcendent principles, by setting up 3 centres for the mentally challenged: ‘Tamana Special Centre’, Tamana‘Nai Disha: Skill Development Centre’ and the Tamana ‘Autism Centre’. As their Founder-member, she has been working for the upliftment of the multiple-handicapped children since 1970, and celebrates humanity with the dictum, “Numberless are the world’s wonders, but none more wonderful than man”. Not only has her contribution been recognized and felicitated time and again, her investment in the field of education and social welfare has given concrete shape directly to the nation’s education policies and welfare programmes.
She is the proud recipient of over 65 awards, the most prestigious being the Padma Shri in 1998, Padma Bhushan in 2008,two National Awards in 1997 and 1994 and two State Awards in 1993 for her investment in the field of education and social welfare. For over 5 decades, Dr. Chona has served the community and the society at large, with distinction and timeless dedication. Her mission to educate and empower both the well-to-do and the needy, the abled alongwith the disabled, and the ‘haves’ with the ‘have-nots’, has never known any boundaries, and has led to the full realization of the human potential. Overall, Dr. Chona’s work may be best described as a confluence of deep and abiding compassion for everyone and humility in the exercise of vast responsibility. She indeed stands among the very best.
Ph.D. in Agriculture from Indian Agricultural Research Institute
BSc (Ag) and MSc (Ag) from Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University
Executive Director, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture
Expert Director, Sahaja Aharam Producer Company
Earlier selections and work experience
1995: Indian Revenue Service (IRS)
1996: Agricultural Research Service (ARS) till 2004
Contacts: email@example.com, http://www.ramoo.in
Focus of work
• Working on public policy issues impacting on food systems and farmers livelihoods and a framework to ensure income security for farmers
• Working with farmers in AP, Telangana, Maharashtra in establishing ecologically and economically sustainable agriculture models
• Building a Community marketing System ‘Sahaja Aharam’ linking farmer cooperatives directly to consumers.
• Working on building rural entrepreneurship
• Working on Open Source Seed systems
• Working as a resource organisation supporting the programs of state and central governments. Currently working Government of Andhra Pradesh in promoting natural farming, with Society for Elimination of Poverty, Telangana, with Maharashtra State Livelihoods Mission in building the capacities of the staff and organisation involved in the program.
• Working with NABARD in supporting establishment and strengthening of over 120 farmer producer organisations in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
• Initiated ‘Kisan Mitra’ to improve the last mile delivery of all support services and their governance. Currently working in three districts of Telangana and one district in Andhra Pradesh
• Started ‘Grameen Academy’ which runs regular courses on Agroecological approaches, farmer producer organisations and Rural business enterprises, public policy for agriculture
• 3rd Badshah Khan Memorial Award by ITM University, Gwalior -2019
• Rytunestham Lifetime Achievement Award-2019
• Won best rural innovation award in Maharashtra Rural Innovation Award in 2014 for ‘Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture’
• Won best rural innovation award in Bihar Rural Innovation Award in 2014 for ‘Non Pesticidal Management’
• Won World Bank Development Market Place Award in 2005
• Author of several books and articles on sustainable agriculture and public policy
CSA work featured in 8th Episode of Satyamev Jayate ‘Toxic food’
Supriya Joshi, Pioneer of homeschooling movement in India & Co-founder of Indian Association of Homeschoolers
Presenter & Panelist to National Conferences on Alternative Education
Presenter at TED for Pursuit of Happiness
Worked on remedial education of hundreds of youth in various categories like slow learners, dyslexic children, cancer patients, street children to name a few Work is recognised by leading newspaper, AIR & television channels
Sachin Desai, age 45, born and brought up in Mumbai. Started career from hospitality industry. Later started a firm in computer-aided learning. Initiated this unique concept from the remotest tribal village schools of Madhya Pradesh in 1998. Left Mumbai forever and expanded this concept in Madhya Pradesh. After marriage both of us felt need to migrate from Bhopal to rural village to groom our daughter in “Gramin Sankriti”close to nature. Our grandfather who is also our spiritual guru inspired us to migrate to our 90 years old ancestral house in Konkan region of Maharashtra. The house was well constructed with Laterite stone and lime by our great grandfather who had eventually migrated to Kolhapur to work as Professor of Mathematics. The house was not in use for a decade. We migrated to Dhamapur village in 2007 with our 3 years old daughter Mrunalini. A learning centre called “School Without Walls” was started accommodating 4 students. Two from a local orphanage who had passed their class X and 2 dropout students from middle class families in Madhya Pradesh. Later with better understanding towards rural economy and lifestyle the centre evolved into a sustainable living centre & was renamed as “University of Life”
#Euro news made a documentary on “University of Life” which was broadcasted in Europe and North America in 12 languages.
#BBC productions made a documentary which was broadcasted on star plus on a program hosted by Mr Amitabh Bacchan.
#The People’s magazine from USA, Money Life magazine of Sucheta Dalal, Times of India have published articles on University of Life.
Now we are 7 residents of University of Life residing at Dhamapur. Our first student from local orphanage Mohammad Shaikh is now managing trustee of Syamantak. Omkar who is from a hotelier family from Malvan has now become an environmental lawyer . He is also managing trustee of Syamantak. Youth from various countries, cities and villages of India visits our commune for sustainable living at Dhamapur as Interns to gain the new perspective of sustainable life through rural economy and harmony – Simple living and honest thinking
A passionate educator, dreamer, believer and a crusader for the cause of children. Santhya Vikram is deeply moved by the need for renewal in the human spirit and in education. She believes that something must change in the world, as we know and live in, today. And that the children will be the bringers of this new dawn. She believes in an education that is forming, life giving and nourishing.
When she was 12, she read - Totto Chan - an endearing Japanese tale of how one man’s love could transform the destiny of the children in his fold during the darkest times of the second world war. She dreamt of finding a school where every child - with whatever ability, disability or background could belong, and grow to find their purpose in this world. Yellow Train is a manifestation of this dream. “I am enslaved in one vast love affair with the children that I teach…” These words from Sylvia Ashton Warner, comes closest to what I feel when I teach, she says.
With a graduation in English Literature and a Master’s in Business Management she worked in the Corporate world for over 12 years both in India and Overseas in the area of leadership development and innovation before finding Yellow Train. Over the last ten years as a founder of Yellow Train she has worked in establishing the foundations of the school, building the school community and championing the cause of children and teachers.
Santhya’s work revolves around the theme of childhood, education, teachers and empowerment of women. Her work around ‘Right to Childhood’ has touched the hearts of many communities of parents and educators. She feels such angst with the mainstream education system that neither keeps the child at the centre nor has any reverence in it. Her work is focussed on reclaiming the sacred in education. She believes that teachers are society’s heroes and if anyone must be considered the backbone of our society, it must be them. Beyond the confines of curriculum and the classroom, her work in teacher development encompasses pedagogy, personal and biographical work, inner life and helps teachers find their authenticity and voice. At the heart of all this endeavour is the deepest conviction that we are supported in this task by the spiritual worlds. And her pursuit of serving the child is bathed in this spiritual light.
She also works with other schools and school leaders in helping them create an ecosystem that puts the child at the heart of it. Santhya Vikram is constantly invited to speak about reforming education in many forums such as The UNESCO conference, the National Conference of CBSE Schools, Top 10 innovative schools at IIM Ahmedabad, Centre for Civil Society, School Choice National Conference etc. She is the recipient of the Award ‘Woman Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the Entrepreneur’s Organization with over 13,000 Entrepreneurs in 57 countries. This award comes as a recognition for championing social change.
Set in a 30 acre organic farm, in an ecologically sustainable green building and a Railway carriage that serves as the library for the whole community, Yellow Train is a Waldorf Inspired School in Coimbatore, India – from Kindergarten to Upper School, with over 50 teachers and 600 children. The school holds in reverence the work of Rudolf Steiner and strives to bring to the children in Yellow Train an essence of wholesome and spiritual education. Yellow Train is consistently ranked in the Top 10 schools in the country by many bodies such as Education World, India Today, Better India, All India Education summit and many other platforms.
Dr. Ramesh Bijlani is a medical doctor, writer, teacher, scientist, and above all a person committed to using his unique blend of talents for touching the hearts and lives of his fellow beings. Educated at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, where he did his MBBS and MD; and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge MA, USA, where he did a master’s course in nutrition, Dr Bijlani spent nearly 30 years on the faculty of AIIMS, teaching and conducting research on nutrition in relation to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In 1992 he started going into the depths of yoga, specially the integral yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. His personal and professional life converged in the year 2000 when he initiated at AIIMS a patient care facility for providing lifestyle modification courses based on yoga. In the year 2005, he took voluntary retirement from AIIMS to find more time for dissemination of yoga. Soon after that, he moved to Sri Aurobindo Ashram – Delhi Branch, where he continues to stay and work.
Prof. Bijlani is an educationist by temperament, training and experience. Although he taught in a medical college, he feels his inner calling was to teach in a school. He started going into the science and philosophy of education about 40 years ago. His stay in the Ashram has given him an opportunity to see school education from close quarters because of the links that the Ashram has with The Mother’s International School and Mirambika Free Progress School. He has interacted extensively with the teachers, students and parents of these schools.
Besides his research publications, he has written extensively on a variety of subjects for technical audiences, the general public and children. He has more than twenty-five published books to his credit, including one on ‘Integral Education’, the system of education based on the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. He has published seven books for children, which can be used also as teaching material by school teachers. He feels lucky to be able to spend most of his time doing what he is made for: giving inspirational talks, conducting spiritual retreats, running yoga courses, and last but not least, writing.
Sholai School was established in 1989 by the British-born, Brian Jenkins, who so named it because of a "certain beauty and naturalness" inherent in the name. A Social Anthropologist from the University of Sussex, Brian Jenkins ('BJ') taught for 14 years at the J. Krishnamurti Educational Centre at Brockwood Park, UK. Inspired by J Krishnamurti (JK), BJ, believes, "we need to explore a new culture of alertness which is sustainable, emphasises self-awareness, dialogue, and right relationships among all of us, human beings".
While at Brockwood Park, BJ frequently interacted with JK exploring with him how to live a life of intelligence and sensitivity and how to educate young people, such that they grow up to be mature and free of their fears and hurts. It is fact that many of the students who come to Sholai have already been conditioned by their previous schooling and social pressures. It is BJ's endeavour to help the teachers and students, all of us, to learn together in understanding the movement of conditioning along with a serious response to be free of it. In 2006 the Krishnamurti Foundation of India brought out A Flame of Learning: in which "Mr. J", (BJ) raised questions with JK concerning these issues.
However, Mr. Jenkins, cautions against dependence on any ideology and insists there is no "guru worship" at Sholai School. "The cruciality of watching oneself in one's relationship with other human beings and nature, form an important aspect of our work, here", he says. Brian Jenkins's search for an ideal location took him to Sri Lanka and Nepal and 7000 kilometres across India before he converged on the present locale. "Initially there were just two huts. We constructed buildings from local stone and our own consolidated mud bricks, made on campus. At the same time we converted the land into an organic farm that grows coffee, pepper, bananas, seasonal fruits and vegetables. Today the children benefit from the excellent vegetarian food, organically grown at CLOAAT," says BJ.
Born into a family of educationists, Dr. Chhalamayi Reddy has an innate passion for innovation in education. Exploring and enriching the practices of learning and actively engaging academicians, teachers and children in the process of self discovery are the two major areas along which her work revolves.
Education She was a student of Sri Aurobindo International Center of Education, Puducherry until 1977. She graduated from Central University of Hyderabad in English Literature (1982) followed by MA by Thesis degree from Ohio University, USA in 1984. She received her PhD (1991) from the Department of English, Pondicherry University, on Sri Aurobindo’s critique of poetry. She also qualified in MA Philosophy.
Profession Dr. Chhalamayi Reddy has been the Principal of Sri Aurobindo International School, Hyderabad since 1991 which runs under the aegis of Institute of Human Study of which she is one of the Trust members. With the vision of imparting Integral Education as envisaged by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, the school has evolved into one of the sought after institutions of learning since more than five decades. Apart from the focus on holistic development, the school’s methodology is child centric and provides for joyous learning. Another of her cherished interest is Indian Culture and she makes continuous efforts to educate students in it. She continues to contribute efficiently to the success story of the school with her inspirational leadership.
It is through her vision that the Institute has established a residential project, New Creation-a Free Progress School at Jangaon. As Director, she has proficiently developed a unique curriculum that ensures varied learning experiences leading to holistic development and self discovery. Along with it she administers Aditi Gurukul, a school sponsored by Matridarshan Trust, which provides free education to the less privileged since last twenty years. She continually advocates the vision and practice of Integral Education in all the three schools and is engaged in an ongoing process of orienting and training teachers in it. She has conducted workshops in the areas of Value Education, National Integration camps, Integral Education and Innovative Learning Practices in various places.
Her concern for environmental issues has made her the Convener for Environmental Committee of ICSE/ISC Schools,(GHMC). She has been efficiently organizing annual events since ten years which includes Green Rallies, Workshops on Recycling, Waste Management, Eco Hobbies, etc. Dr Chhalamayi Reddy has a keen interest in Inclusive Education and she has established small units called Ojas and Tejas in the Sri Aurobindo International school for children with learning challenges. The objective is to provide a platform for these children to become self sufficient in their daily activities. This special wing trains these children to appear for the NIOS exams.
As a Trustee of the Matridarshan Trust (Non-Governmental Organization), Dr Chhalamayi Reddy plans activities and programs for rural development which include Youth camps, Medical camps, Farmer Education and Women empowerment programs. Articles Published. Her editorials include a series of articles on Integral Education apart from her many paper presentations on educational platforms. Fondly addressed as Chhala Didi, she always believes in being a lifelong learner and encourages her team to be the same.
Gitanjali is a social entrepreneur and educationist. After having founded several business and social ventures, she is setting up the Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh, as its Founding CEO & Dean. HIAL is an alternative institute for mountain development that aims to revolutionize higher education in India through the pedagogy of contextual and experiential learning. Gitanjali is also the founder of the Tranformindia.com, a collective initiative in line with the forces of evolution to build new social, economic, cultural and political models in line with India's spirit, ethos and culture. Gitanjali is a spiritual seeker with a deep interest in Indian Spirituality. She is a lifelong student of Sri Aurobindo & The Mother, Sanskrit, Vedas & Upanishads and strives to apply her learnings gleaned from these sacred texts to indigenise existing educational frameworks.
Topic: "Buiding a Movement for Freedom in Learning"
Manish Jain is deeply committed to regenerating our diverse local knowledge systems and cultural imaginations. He is one of the leading planetary voices for deschooling our lives. He has served for the past 22 years as Coordinator and Co-Founder of Shikshantar: The Peoples’ Institute for Rethinking Education and Development based in Udaipur, India and is co-founder of some of the most innovative educational experiments in the world - the Swaraj University, the Jail University, the Complexity University, the Creativity Adda, the Learning Societies Unconference, the Walkouts-Walkon network, Udaipur as a Learning City, and the Families Learning Together network. He launched the global Ecoversities Alliance with 120+ members in 40 countries. He has worked as a coach/facilitator/trainer with Social Labs, Art of Hosting and World Cafe. He has been invited to give inspiring public keynote speeches in many countries such as USA, England, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, India. He has edited several books on Vimukt Shiksha (liberating learning) on themes such as hacking education, learning societies, unlearning, gift culture, community media, and tools for deep dialogue. Prior to this, Manish worked as one of the principal team members of the UNESCO Learning Without Frontiers global initiative in Paris Headquarters. He has also been a consultant to UNICEF, World Bank, USAID in Africa, South Asia and former Soviet Union. Manish worked as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley. He has been trying to unlearn his Master's degree in Education from Harvard University and a B.A. in Economics, International Development and Political Philosophy from Brown University. He and his wife Vidhi have been unschooling themselves with their 18 year old daughter, Kanku, in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Manish is passionate about masti yoga, urban organic farming, filmmaking, simulation gaming, bicycling, trekking, compassionate clowning, intercultural dialogue and slow food cooking.
Topic: "Each child is a seed: nurturing for self-realisation"
Lalit Bhati, an Architect Planner from Auroville.
Coming from a conventional academic background, the encounter with Auroville initiated a transformative process of unlearning. His work as a planner helped him to develop insights about the dynamics of societal growth and the real-life challenges of collective organization. This experience also made him realize that planning, by definition and especially so in Auroville, embraces collectivization and necessitates a synthesis of diverse viewpoints. Inherently, planning is a field of intensive churning that requires a wide range of skill sets.
After completing his B. Arch from GCA, Lucknow, Lalit pursued his Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from CEPT, Ahmedabad and PG Diploma from IHS, Rotterdam.
He is a Founder of PATH(Planning and Architecture Towards Holistic development). He has successfully executed several projects in and around Auroville and in Puducherry. PATH is also involved in educational activities and conducts several workshops in Alternate Building Technologies.
Topic: "Planting Seeds of Entrepreneurship in Schools"
Dhrumil Dhanesha is a 16 years old serial entrepreneur and a student studying in 10th grade from India. Dhrumil is the Founder & CEO of Dhrumil Dhanesha Technologies which specifically works on technology innovations and WEB/APP Based Products. Dhrumil is also the co-founder of The Halcyon Overseas which is basically an Import & Export Agency. Dhrumil is also a TEDx Speaker and has given talks in top universities of India.
Topic: "Journey of an Experiential Learning School"
• As the co-founder of the number one leading school in India, Heritage Group of Schools (A group of K-12 progressive schools with over 7000 Children), Mr. Manit Jain has redefined quality in school education in India.
• Manit championed the cause of experiential learning, launching it successfully in the mainstream environment. He is driven by the cause of real and humane education and continues to advocate and address the need for re-imagining schools. He is a thought leader in education who has spoken and written extensively on the need for transforming education.
• He co-chairs the FICCI’s school education arm (FICCI ARISE) in India and has been instrumental in engaging with various government organisations from time to time to restructure and reimagine education.
• Manit has personally facilitated multiple workshops and webinars across the schools with school leaders, parents, and teachers.
• Widely acknowledged and regarded for his work in the experiential learning arena, Manit understands the dire need for reforms in teacher education in the country and the inadequacy of the system to prepare effective teachers. He continues to found new ventures like ‘I am a Teacher’, a Post-graduate diploma in learning and teaching that is changing the paradigm of Teaching in India, an initiative that is developing a model for practice-based teacher education in collaboration with Boston Teacher Residency. ‘I am a Teacher’ now runs its second centre at the American School of Bombay. He has committed himself to bring about this much needed change in teacher education that could fundamentally transform our classrooms and schools.
• Manit is an alumnus of Harvard University and holds a master’s degree in Education from the university.
Topic: "Fall in Love With Math"
Manish Jain graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (1993) with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He also finished a few courses at Stanford. A chance meeting with Padmashree Arvind Gupta triggered him to dive into the space of popular science education full-time. Prior to that, he worked in the area of chip design for 19 years at Synopsys in Bangalore and Mountain View, California. Most recently he was a Director R&D leading the Low Power Simulation efforts.
He is Associate Professor of Teaching at IIT Gandhinagar and he heads the Center for Creative Learning at IIT Gandhinagar, which aims to provide an ideal space and environment to learn and understand concepts joyously; working hard to bring back the gleam in the eyes! Before CCL-IITGN, he worked at IUCAA Science Center in Pune.
Manish has always had a passion for science and in 2013 he decided to spend all his energies to make education engaging and experiential. He spends a lot of time these days designing toys and activities, conducting workshops and teacher training and is passionate about sharing the magic with people. He is very interested in making esoteric science/research pedantic so that it can reach general populace and can speak in their language.
Manish firmly believes this approach can revolutionize learning since toys speak the language that children understand
Topic: "Importance of Life Skill Education in a time of crisis"
Swaroop Sampat is an Indian actress who has acted in several Hindi language films such as Naram Garam and Nakhuda and is known for her performance in television serials like Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi. She won the Miss India contest in 1979 and represented India at Miss Universe 1979
Swaroop obtained a PhD. in Education from the University of Worcester. She did her doctoral thesis on using drama to enhance life skills in children with learning disabilities.
She is a trainer, traveling across India to conduct workshops for teachers to impart this knowledge for the benefit of children.
She was selected by the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to head an educational program for children.
She was selected as one of the top 10 Global finalists for the Global Teacher Prize conducted by Varkey Foundation, amongst 10,000 nominations from 179 countries worldwide
Swaroop is married to actor Paresh Rawal. She directs and acts in plays starring her husband. They have two sons, Aniruddh and Aditya.
Topic: "Innovative Education"
She is the Co-Founder and Director of Door Step School. Since 1988 she heads the organization and has created a dedicated team of more than 200 volunteers. With her persistent guidance and continued support in field of educating young underprivileged children she has impacted more than 1,00,000 children annually.
Her educational models include Non Formal Education for out of school children, School on Wheels - Mobile Schools, Naming Streets are few other unique initiative which were spear headed by her.
She is an ASHOKA fellow Change maker of 2002
She has received the Street Skati Purushkar from the President of India in the year 2013 for her stellar grassroot work in the field of education.
Besides this , she has also received the Maharashtra State Ahilyabai Holkar Puraskaar for the year 2006-2007, the Mayor Award, All grassroots Women of the Decades award from ASSOCHAM any many more achievements through her journey as a change maker
Topic: "Future of Work & Learn - Post Covid"
Amit Goyal is the India & S.E. Asia Head for edX - world's largest E-learning platform founded by MIT & Harvard University. Amit is credited for making India as the second largest B2C learner base world’s largest learner base for edX.
Prior to edX, Amit was the Head of Education Solutions business for Samsung Electronics. He was responsible for product development of various education mobility products being used by leading Ed-Tech & Test Prep companies of the world today such as Byjus Tab learning.
Amit was also known as the man behind launching world's cheapest PC Tablet Aakash - One Laptop Per Child initiative of the Indian Government.
Amit holds a bachelor’s degree in IT, Master's in Business from Oxford Brookes University-Oxford, and various IT & Business certifications from The World Bank, MIT, IIM, Microsoft etc.
Amit also chairs the IoT India Congress and advises Indian Government and Start-ups.
Topic: "Role of Yoga in Modern Education"
Dr. Venugopal V BNYS, M.Sc Diabetes (UK), PhD Scholar
Dr. Venugopal is a Yoga & Naturopathy Doctor.
• He has completed his Masters in Diabetes from Edinburgh, UK and
• Masters in Yoga from Tamilnadu Physical Education and Sports University, Chennai
• PhD in Yoga from S-VYASA University, Bengaluru.
• He has over 16 years of experience in yoga.
• He had been serving in many prestigious institutions and played roles as Scientist, Research fellow and also as Assistant Director of a nationwide diabetes movement.
• He is currently working as Assistant Medical Officer & Lecturer at Govt. Yoga and Naturopathy Medical College, Chennai.
• He has worked with a couple of projects on School children education in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai- on improving their cognition, attention, memory and overall health education, between 2016-2019.
• As a researcher and scientist, he has over 25 scientific research publications
Topic: "The Challenges of an Educator Today and Ways to Overcome Them"
Sandhya has been journeying the teacher education space for over three decades. She holds a Bachelor’s in Education and a Masters’ in Social Work, and true to her belief in lifelong learning, she pursues several courses to strengthen her understanding of education and life. She holds the IB Certificate in Planning, Teaching and Assessment. She is a Certified Programme Leader for the Cambridge International Diploma in Teaching and Learning and Educational Leadership (Cambridge, U.K).
She has designed and taught international teacher education programmes for several years. She holds a Globally Standardized Certificate in Master Training and Facilitation from a reputed training institute in India. She is a CAER certified trainer for Assessments, Differentiated Instruction and CBSE’s Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE). She holds the Master Trainer Certificate for the Intel Teach to the Future Programme. and the Coordinators’ Training Certificate from the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, MIT, Boston, U.S.A.
Having started her career as a teacher of Social Sciences and English, at primary and high school, now for the past fifteen years, she has been actively involved in Teacher Education (International Courses), designing and facilitating modules in creative classroom practices, across India. Besides these, she has written articles for several magazines, including ACER (Australia) and Teacher Plus. She has also co-authored a book on Teaching English Speaking Skills, published by the Cambridge University Press. Trained in the Whole School Quality Circle Time Model (U.K.), she headed an experimental, research-based project that looked at transforming the transactional and didactic culture of interaction in Indian schools.
Earlier, as Coordinator of Programmes at an NGO, she designed educational projects incorporating emerging technology and the creative facets of art, music and theatre for school children and teachers. She is a resource person and content developer for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Pearson. Currently, she heads of International Professional Development Qualifications at a reputed educational company in Bangalore. In partnership with IPE Global, she leads a large-scale project involving training of government school heads and teachers Meghalaya. Besides these, she is on the advisory boards of several schools in Bangalore. A deep reader and Zen practitioner, Sandhya lives unconventionally, loves challenging status quo, and designs all her training programmes with the aim of generating transformative interaction among participating educators. It is with this completely unconventional outlook and approach, that she founded the unique initiative ‘Teacher Ink’ with the sole purpose of empowering teachers to take charge of their own professional and personal growth, and to challenge them to think like reflective academicians and researchers.
Topic: "Kick for Change"
Abhijeet Barse is responsible for the rapid scaling of Slum Soccer which has more than quadru-pled the organisation’s outreach in his tenure as CEO. He has established a pan India presence for the organisation by setting up offices and centres in the cities of Chennai, Mumbai, Nagpur and Delhi in addition to other centres in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh Haryana Gujrat and Chhattisgarh.
Dr. Barse has revitalised Slum Soccer’s football based curriculum through effective engagement with a focus on women's empowerment, hygiene, nutrition and social inclusion. His vision has also led to the development of a comprehensive participant development path-way in the organisation that has helped streamline and focus activities. His strengths lie in overcoming challenges of limited resources and financial constraints to design and deliver high-quality, cost-effective and comprehensive football for development programs.
Dr. Barse was elected to the network board of streetfootballworld (Strategic Alliance Partner of FIFA) where he served for two years with distinction. He plans to replicate his work and learn-ing from that time to develop a network of like-minded organisations in India to promote the interdependence and integration of all members. He also plans to increase global participation in Slum Soccer's initiatives and towards that end he has organised events which have seen the participation of football legends like Dwight Yorke and Steve McMahon.
He is an accomplished public speaker and has delivered TEDx talks at Nagpur and VIT Vellore in addition to heading an expert’s panel at ‘Goal 2015’ and ‘ Goal 2019’- an international Conven-tion on Football Business organised by FICCI.
Dr. Barse is an International Ambassador for the National Children’s Football Alliance He is an Acumen Fellow (Class of 2014) and is the 2015 winner of the Game Changer Award conferred by the HR Club of Mumbai. He also completed Executive program for Non Profit leader at Stan-ford Business School in August 2015. His work also led to the organization being awarded FIFA Diversity Award in September 2016.
Topic: "Kalasamvaad- Creative Dialogues to Re-Imagine Learning"
Gitanjali is the founder of Snehadhara Foundation, an educationist, a social entrepreneur, an Arts Based Therapy Practitioner and an Arts Practices for Inclusion (API) Educator with over two decade’s experience in teaching a diverse population of children and adults. Snehadhara’s inception in 2012 was aimed at looking at innovatively using Arts Based Therapy (ABT) for learning. The motivation was to explore a significant train of thought from an action project to a long-term sustainable practice.
The pioneering attempt was to look at interventions with an integrated, holistic approach to address the various learning, therapeutic and social inclusion needs of children/adults across special needs groups. This has got her to pioneer the first ever Arts Practices for Inclusion programme in India. Over the past few years Snehadhara has worked with around 1000 children through direct and weekly interventions, with over 50000 children through indirect interventions in schools and other receptive environments and trained over 2000 professionals in about 400 organisations across the country. Over the past two years, Snehadhara’s international journey has carried its best practices to Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Qatar and Nepal.
She has many awards and accolades to her credit and her work has been recognised in various platforms internationally. To mention a few - Snehadhara Foundation is one among the 6 global progressive institutions as a LEAPS (Leading Educational Advancement through Progressive Schools) partner school along with Lumiar Foundation, South America and UK; Hub School 21, France; NuVu, US; Kingsland Pre-Prep, UK and Agora School, Netherlands. Gitanjali was invited as a key speaker at the Conferencia Internacional in Buenos Aires.
She is a recipient of the Millennium Alliance Grant 2017 as a social innovator of one of the top five Innovations in the country for Education for the project ‘Kala Samavesh -Inclusion and Education of Disabilities. Gitanjali has been awarded the 2nd Creative Art Therapy Award 2020 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of Art Therapy by the Sancheti Healthcare Academy as a recognition to the silent heroes who have done exemplary and exceptional work in the field of Creative Art Therapies. She has been conferred the Super Achievers Award, 2017 to recognize her outstanding contribution in the field of Disability in and outside Karnataka.
She has also been an ACTIVATEE speaker at the 45th International Association for Experiential Education (AEE) Conference in Montreal and has also presented at the prestigious TEDx platform.
Topic: "Exploratory Self Learning- A Scalable Grassroots Solution"
Shuvajit Payne, presently the Head of Education at Barefoot College, leads its education initiatives comprising of a 400 student strong rural school in Rajasthan, 50+ non-formal digital night schools in 11 states of India and outreach programmes that train more than 4,000 government school children annually. He is working on transforming the digital night school model into an exemplary quality digital education solution for remote rural underprivileged communities who are outside the ambit of electricity access or connectivity, with a unique curriculum around gender, environmental sustainability and rights and citizenship. The work is supported by Apple, Oracle, Microsoft and was recognized as one of the top solutions for teachers and educators globally in MIT Solve, 2019.
Previously, Shuvajit has had a diverse career graph ranging from process management in MNCs, to M&E, ICT, programme strategy in non-profits, filmography as well travel photography. He graduated from IIM-Lucknow and Presidency College with qualifications in Management, Economics and Statistics. He was worked with corporates like IBM, Shell UK, CSR wings of SBI, Reliance and with non-profits such as MS Swaminathan Research Foundation. Today, programmes that Shuvajit has undertaken with different NGOs and corporate foundations, such as the SBI Youth for India Fellowship, have achieved remarkable scale thereby authoring significant change at the grassroots. Shuvajit is recognized as one of the top 50 global educators as per The Varkey Foundation's 2020 list.
Topic: "Unleashing the Maker Inside a Child"
Anil Pradhan(a.k.a. Ideas Man of India) is an Indian engineer, innovator and revolutionary educationist. He is the founder of Navonmesh Prasar Foundation and School for Rural Innovation(IPSFRI), which was founded in 2015 to educate the less-privileged students of Odisha through an interdisciplinary curriculum. He is also known for designing innovative labs, teaching tools, indigenous rockets and projects which solves real-life problems.
After completing his engineering from UCE (University College of Engineering, Burla), Anil has quit three cushy jobs to follow his dreams. His mission is to create a thirst for innovation among students so that every student, regardless of background, becomes an achiever and, in the process, our country progresses. Engineering students go for jobs. However, Anil is exceptional. He founded a school in a rural pocket of Cuttack to boost the zest for creativity among students.
Prior to incorporating Navonmesh Prasar Foundation, Anil worked on projects with L&T, TATA and other during his undergraduate course in Engineering. He also the Chief Designer of V.S.L.V., Asia’s first Multipurpose Student Rocketry Mission and developed a satellite to monitor Hirakud Dam.
Topic: "Age doesn't matter"
Sixteen-year-old Janhavi Panwar is no short of a wonder. The fact that she was titled the ‘Wonder girl of India’ at the age of nine should testify that. Janhavi is already pursuing the final year of Bachelor’s degree in Arts from Delhi University when most kids of her age are in Class 8. To add to it, she has mastered nine foreign accents, in addition to basic French, basic Japanese, English, Hindi and Haryanavi languages.
Janhavi’s father Brijmohan Panwar recently in an interaction with The Better India shared how he could easily tell that Janhavi was a gifted child when she was merely a year-old. When she was only one, her vocabulary was equipped with 500-550 English words. When she turned three, she wasn’t admitted to Nursery but directly to Senior KG because she had picked most things at home. As years passed, when we spoke to the school management, they realised Janhavi’s potential by looking at her scores, and she was given special permission to clear two classes in the same year.”
While Janhavi’s mom is a housewife, her father is a school teacher and thus they have always had limited means. Despite that Brijmohan ensured that his daughter received all the facilities that she required to hone her skills right after he realised that she was exceptionally talented.
Topic: "Understanding Developmental Delays in the Primary Classroom"
Madhavi Adimulam is the Founder of Ananya Child Development Centre. Ananya CDC is a Multi-disciplinary Paediatric Rehabilitation Centre for Children with Special Needs like Autism (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Global Developmental Delay, Learning Difficulties, ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorder), APD (Auditory Processing Disorder) etc.
Madhavi has a post graduate degree in English Language and Literature and Clinical Psychology. She studied Entrepreneurship from ISB (Indian School of Business), Hyderabad. She is a Certified Auditory Integration Therapist from iLs, USA. She worked/volunteered in some of the best special schools in UK and attended numerous training in educating children with special needs. She trained in Sensory Integration & Developmental Movement Therapy from Extralesson Institute, Australia.
She is a qualified Early Intervention Professional in Early Start Denver Model by UC Davis MIND Institute, USA. Madhavi is also certified in PEERS® bySemel Mind Institute, UCLA, USA – A Social Skills Intervention program for children who have difficulty in their peer interactions and in making friendships.Madhavi is also a TEDx Speaker. Madhavi has over 20 years of experience in working with children various special needs. She especially loves working with children who need help with Attention and Concentration, Auditory Processing, Pragmatics, Executive Functioning, Life Skills and Social Skills.
Madhavi consults with Schools in and around Hyderabad and she also consults with NCERT (The National Council of Educational Research and Training, Delhi) in developing Guidelines and Teach Training Manuals in 'Including Children with Special Needs in Primary Schools'. She is also an active member of the Core Committee working on RPWD Act (Rights for People with Disabilities Act) for the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, India.
Topic: "Communicating with parents in Covid-19 times"
Veteran of 3 educational start-ups – is now a Founder of Agarkar Centre of Excellence, Fatema’s passion for teaching-learning and children defines the different roles she has crafted – as an edupreneur, educator and mentor.
Fatema who is a State and University topper as part of the prestigious Mumbai based Sydenham College of Commerce & Economics, holds a degree of Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Birmingham (UK), apart from her B.ED and ECCE degrees amassed when she decided education was her calling.
Fatema has been awarded by Giants Group for her outstanding contribution to the field of education in 2012, the Young Achiever’s Award in the year 2017, Singapore based, Best of Asia’s, ‘Enterprising Educator in the year 2018 and as an entrepreneur ‘Best Edupreneur 2019 and Best Leadership’ by Progressive Academic Excellence India (Maharashtra 2019), one of the 10th finest inspirational educators in 2019 by TKR, India, Learning Leaders of Tomorrow by the 7th World Training Development Congress 2020 and the latest being recognised as One of The Top 50 Educators Who Can Revive Indian Education by the Education World 2020. Donning all the skills of an adroit speaker, addresses by her during conferences and summit are not just informative and concrete but also eye-opening. Being a social entrepreneur and educationist, she never turned blind to the quotient of altruism rather she has a dream of setting up foster care centers on a pan-India basis to enable the less fortunate with physical disabilities to receive assistance and will be executing this, in times to come.
Fatema is on the Advisory Board of several Trusts and organisations including EduTech India, School Wizard, Wockhardt Foundation, Ray Foundation, Teachers Help Teachers as well as a jury member, Education World Awards, a platform that recognises the efforts of educators pan India. Fatema is also the Vice President for Early Childhood Association (ECA) and the Mumbai Territory Head for Association for Primary Education & Research (APER) in India.
Topic: "Waste recycling as a potential career option"
Graduated as a mechanical engineer, he attained his master’s degree in business management from Greenwich University, London. He was inspired by the responsible recycling mechanism present in UK and the dire need for such a system in our country for our sustainable growth. The idea got into the shape of Namo eWaste in 2014 and since then, with his enthusiasm at a young age of 28 years, he has take big steps to reach the goal of building one of the best e-waste recycling facilities in India.
Namo eWaste is the fastest growing e-waste management company in India working with many public and private sector companies. Akshay has various business interests in the scrap recycling field. He has achieved enormous recognition in the said field since 2015 and has reached an 8-figure income mark.
Previous Job - As a management trainee at Maruti Suzuki factory in Gurgaon.
Achievements- Building a successful model for collection and recycling of e-waste, countering the problems like competition from unorganized sector, reverse logistics cost and lack of awareness within the stakeholders for such type of recycling. He has a delivered a complete model for channelization of waste through our various online and offline initiatives.
His model includes both B2B and B2C collection of e-waste. Namo is present in about 28 states of India with its Franchisees, Collection Centres and Channel Partners. As an entrepreneur, Akshay is very flamboyant in putting up his views and is the youngest person to be invited at ‘Policy Making’ meets by various ministries. He has featured at many events as a speaker/panellist and featured by leading media houses as one of the top budding entrepreneurs in India.
Namo eWaste has been awarded as ‘Best Recycling Company of the Year’ at Green India Awards, New Delhi 2018 and 2nd Prize at ‘3R Excellence Award for E-Waste Recyclers In India’ at 8th Regional 3R Forum In Asia and the Pacific at Indore 2018.
Future Plans- Namo is setting up India’s ‘Largest Recycling Facility’ for recycling of electronic, non-ferrous and automobile waste in the vicinity of Ahmadabad in Gujarat. The new plant would operational from 2021 with an investment of over Rs. 100 cr.
Topic: "Importance of plastic waste recycling"
#PlasticWarrior, TEDx speaker, Writer and Entrepreneur – Medha had never
thought of working in waste management sector. “an accidental environmentalist” is how she describes her journey.
Her life has taken her to different countries, jobs and streams of education. She was never at peace working regularly in 9 to 5 job for someone else. This thirst for knowledge, fulfillment and passion for master of own destiny has led her to be the co-founder of her own ventures namely Rudra Environmental Solutions (India) Ltd, Mantraa Research & Consultants Pvt Ltd, and Phoenix General Insurance Brokers Pvt Ltd, where she serves a Director. She is also a founder trustee of Founder Trustee of “Keshav Sita Memorial Foundation Trust”.
Always yearning for more she started the first company in market research and Medha found herself working on waste plastic after witnessing the death of deer in wild life sanctuary. The passion and determination to find a solution on waste plastic resulted in Medha and her business partner Shirish Phadtare in to building a first pilot machine in 2010, which successfully converted waste plastic in to usable fuel.
Looking at bigger picture has led Medha a trustee of “Keshav Sita Memorial
Foundation Trust” to create awareness of waste plastic and segregation at source for better waste management. Today the Trust collects waste plastic from more than 25,000 households, hotels and offices in and around Pune. She has managed to connect and inculcate habit of source segregation amongst more than 1 lakh people.
The trust has also been collecting waste plastic from faraway places like Baramati, Baneshwar, Raigad Fort, Bhima Shankar, Thane and Dombiwali.
Her efforts have helped collection of more than 10,00,000 kg of waste plastic which was otherwise headed for landfill.
She has earned her MBA from Nottingham University, UK, LLB from Pune
University as well as PhD in Branding. She has studied for MSc in Psychology and has completed many diplomas in subjects ranging from IPR, Journalism, Marketing and Forensic Science.
Her passion for writing has been evident as She has been writing columns on self help and management for leading Marathi newspapers such as Loksatta, Maharashtra Times, and Sramana for more than 15 years. She has also penned two books namely “Domestic Violence – a reality” and “Impressive Manners”
Medha who has published many scholarly papers on management and marketing research, in several leading international journals; also conducts lectures and seminars on communication, branding and women empowerment in various colleges and institutes across Maharashtra.
She has been recipient of many awards, namely “Yadnyawalka Award”, Sukhakarta Award, Phoenix Leading Lady 17 and “V” 18 Award, Swachhodaya U.P Award 2019, iWomen Global award19, HNIMR Best Educator 19, VNWC Gold award 19, TIP 20 in Abu Dhabi and she was one of top 30 Women Transforming India of Niti Ayog.
She is a trained Bharatanatyam and Kathak dancer who devotes majority of her time in creating awareness on waste plastic.
Topic: "How Schools Should Evolve in Future"
Parmita is a humanitarian and social activist with experience leading projects aimed at helping underprivileged children. She completed her master’s dissertation on the challenges of educating children in low-income communities at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. When she was barely out of her teens, she was already organizing and managing educational programs for children in underprivileged communities, as well as working in disaster relief programs.
As the Principal of Akshar Forum, she has led the establishment of the school and continues to oversee the daily operations. She is responsible for the day to day operations of the school and organization.
The Assam educator and social entrepreneur Parmita Sarma won the prestigious Devi Awards during its 17th edition held in Kolkata recently.
The awards recognise and honour the accomplishments of women who have made a distinct mark in their respective fields. Sarma was recognised for running a unique institution called Akshar Forum, which accepts waste plastic bags as school fees, and also provides a source of livelihood for the teenagers in the school.
Sarma was one of the eight recipients of the prestigious awards this year. She was handed over the award by Union minister of textiles and women and child development, Smriti Z Irani.
Topic: "Developing a Holistic approach in Education"
Ms. Shruti Jain is the Co-Founder of Disha-The footpath School, a NGO focusing on the education and the overall development of the underprivileged kids. Disha was started with an aim of equipping the kids with the knowledge to help them face the world. Presently She is also serving as an Assistant Professor at Auro University, Surat. She has earned her degree in Master in Business Administration, from SLIMS, Ahemdabad.
Ex banker and an ex- head at a startup she has always been into something which makes her soul happy and that’s how the biggest achievement came into her life the “idea of right to education and smile”, to one of the greatest gifts of God - kids
With Disha, she is now involved in the transformation of the lives of many underprivileged children, and with the message “Education is the greatest wealth” she believes each one of us should come up and contribute directly or indirectly in the same line.
Topic: "Golf is Perfect Fit For Schools"
A former Air Force Officer who is deeply interested in Sports (including Adventure Sports) and thinks of utilizing sports for teaching kids life lessons/skills. I have been proficient mountaineers, Skier, Sky Diver, White Water Sportspractitioner. Also has been more than a competent sportsman with proficiency in Football, Hockey, and golf.
Former appointments include Para jumping Instructor, Vice Principal and Director Training at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering Uttarkashi
Member/Leader of Indian/International climbing expeditions, First Commander of 'Guards'(Special Forces of IAF)
Secretary Delhi Golf Club
Director General Indian Golf Union.
Represented India in Asia Pacific GolfFederation, Royal & Ancient Scotland and international Golf Federation.
Topic: "Green Schooling- Future of Schooling"
Virendra Rawat is the originator of Global Green Schooling Concept, recognized by United Nations as Global Solution, which is listed on UN Global Innovation Exchange. His Green Schooling concept is creating a community of Nature Champions Worldwide.
He has authored responsible Curriculum for making responsible Nations and responsible World. He has transformed more than 150 conventional Schools and Universities into Global Green Schools and Global Green Universities in many countries.
He has addressed the Harvard University and United Nations on Sustainable Practices in Education. He is also a member of Harvard Extension Environmental Club of Harvard University. He was invited as OBSERVER from civil society for UN High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly to Commemorate International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in 2017, 18, 19 and Forth Session of UN Environment Assembly Kenya in 2019.
Mr. Rawat is a Mentor of Climate Reality Leadership Corps, headed by Al Gore – former Vice President of United State of America. He is also member of Atal Tinkering Lab - a STEM initiative for Schools of NITI Aayog Government of India. He is the recipient of Advaith Foundation School Leadership Award headed by N. R. Narayana Murthy founder of INFOSYS. He is also recipient of UNGA Award - 2019 for his contribution towards promoting UN SDG No. 4.
He is Mentoring many Individuals, Schools, Universities and Enterprises on sustainable practices and Hosting Model United Nations Worldwide. Mr. Rawat has emerged as Trend Setter for Sustainable practices in Education, Governance, Film Making, Hospitality, Medical, Infrastructure, Transportation, Lifestyle & Manufacturing sector in worldwide.
He is the author of Post Graduate Diploma in Green Teaching offered by Indus University, Ahmedabad. He is the host of United Nations General Assembly - Climate Week NYC affiliated Annual Green School Conference, New York City since 2017. He is also member of Indo-American Dosti House, Mumbai. Mr. Rawat is a Founder - Director of Green Mentoring & Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Topic: "Education Past Covid Time"
About Dr. Kiran Bedi
Born in a Tennis playing family from Amritsar in 1949, to Prakash and Prem Lata Peshawaria, Dr Kiran Bedi is second of their 4 daughters.
While still in school she became a junior National Tennis Champion at the age of 16, and Asian Tennis Champion at age of 22 and was ranked India’s number one of her time.
Dr Kiran Bedi is the first woman in India to have joined the officer ranks of Indian Police Service in 1972. She served in it for 35 years.
For her policing stood for ‘Power to Correct’, ‘Power to Prevent’ and ‘Power to get things done’.
Dr Bedi served as Police Advisor to Secretary General in United Nations, in the Department of Peace Keeping Operations in New York.
She is recipient of The Ramon Magsaysay Award, also called Asia's Nobel Peace Award for bringing about a positive relationship between Police and the People.
Dr Bedi is a Law graduate, Masters, and a PhD Scholar with post doctoral Nehru Fellowship. She is an author of several books such as I Dare, It's Always Possible, Creating Leadership and more...
Dr Bedi has been voted as the most admired and trusted woman in India by Readers Digest, The Week Magazine, and others over the years.
She has a biopic on her life called, Yes Madam Sir, made by an Australian film maker and a recent documentary on her was featured in Nat Geo’s Mega Icons.
She is running two NGOs which reach out to marginalised sections of society in education, skills development, in urban slums and rural areas..including prisons. Currently, Dr. Kiran Bedi is serving as the Lt. Governor of Puducherry.
Topic: "Bicycle Education"
Dawood Vaid is an educationist and trainer. Working with scientists as a Patent & Trademark Analyst, in Moscow and Switzerland, he observed and compared different education pedagogy and created 'fun-learn' approach to learning. A voracious reader and an avid horse fan, Dawood is most likely to be found conducting quizzes and interacting with students across the grades. He also works with academic institutions through School Leadership Workshops, conducts teacher training, and enjoys his sessions with teenagers.
The author of 'The Education Riddle' and 'T.A.L.K.: Speak with Ease & Confidence'. Both books are a result of decade long school visits and teachers' training workshops. Dawood is a Certified instructor for teaching 21st Century skills & Leadership and is developing a student-centric curriculum under Sky Education. ('Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills' by University of Melbourne on Coursera).
He holds an Engineering degree in Electronics & Communication and has completed MA Education & MBA (PGDBA) from Symbiosis, India. He lives in Mumbai spending time telling stories to his daughters and creating content for Life Skills curriculum.
Topic: " Future of the School"
Sachin Usha Vilas Joshi
In the Indian social system, we consider education as the foundation of the all-round development of the person. Our Ex-President Late Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam said, “If we want to make India a Super Power we need to work harder on three people: Student, Teacher and Parent as these three will play a major role to create a future India of our dreams.
Inspired by these words Mr. Sachin Usha Vilas Joshi stepped into the field of education and started working towards his aim. Sachin Usha Vilas Joshi, a person who failed several unit tests in school now holds seven degrees in various subjects from Pune University in the field of Management.
In spite of getting attractive offers from renowned companies, he did not take up a job in multi-national companies but chose to start a “School for Failures.” After proving his mettle to change the perception of people towards failure he expanded his vision and dreamt of taking education out of classroom boundaries.
He made his mission to replace blackboard teaching with real-life experiences. To acknowledge his contribution in the field of education he was invited by the European Council for the World Forum of Democracy.
He is the First Indian to give a speech on Education in the European Parliament. He has also worked on many novel concepts and started India's first "Mobile School” for underprivileged children. He is the founder and Director of the unique concept of “Education on Wheels” for which he has been awarded by the Limca Book of World Records.
He felt miserable to see children deprived of education and then he took an initiative of bringing children who had never attended school into the mainstream of education through his campaign
“Every Child Counts”. Under this project, 6500 children were admitted in different Municipal and Government Schools.
He also educationally adopted 300 girl students from Sayyed community. What makes it furthermost special is the fact that this is the first generation of the Sayyed community to receive a formal education.
Mr.Sachin Joshi is the founder-director of Espalier - The Experimental School” which is a combination of Gandhi and Einstein Philosophy.
This Experimental school has been awarded as “The Most Innovative School” as well as The Best Experiential School in India.
A world Organization "Design For Change" has honoured the most prestigious "I can Award” to the Espalier school and bestowed "Edu Hero Award" to Sachin Joshi for his techniques of innovation in education.
Recently he has established Espalier-The Heritage School. A school-based on experiential learning to carry out innovative research in the field of education.
He has minutely studied the development of a child’s brain and its co-relation with education.His research has been included in the syllabus for D. Ed teachers course.He also has the privilege to be an active member of different Government Education Committees.His innovative thought of adding his mother's name before his Father's name has been widely appreciated by the society and he has been instrumental in giving a new definition to the middle name.
Taking note of his commendable achievements great personalities like Honorable ExPresident Mrs Pratibhatai Patil, International Thinker Mr Sandeep Waslekar, Senior Socialist Anna Hazare, Politician Shashi Tharoor, Social Activist Shaam Manav, Late poet Mangesh Padgaonkar, Sports psychologist Bhishmaraj Baam sir and many more have blessed and appreciated his body of work.
Topic: "Enabling average teacher to deliver high quality curriculum transaction"
Pankaj comes from Uttar Pradesh. After completing his engineering degree at IIT Roorkee, he went to Ahmedabad to work at the Indian Space Research Organization, and then completed his PhD at IIM Ahmedabad. Here he spent time understanding the development sector. Upon graduation, although offered an attractive job at Tata Consultancy Services, he joined the advisory team of Dr. Kurien, who led the White Revolution. Dr. Kurien approached ministers and government officials to change policies to further Amul’s growth, and Pankaj prepared his briefs for meetings. These two and a half years were truly inspiring for Pankaj, who still considers Dr. Kurien his greatest mentor.
After seeing that rural development moved slowly due to a lack of trained professionals in the sector, Pankaj took what he learned from Dr. Kurien and started the Institute of Rural Management Ahmedabad (IRMA). He created the syllabi for and taught courses on strategic management for the rural areas at IRMA, adding specialized faculty members in rural education, rural health, and other sectors. Through his efforts, Pankaj trained a strong cadre of more than 500 students a year who would catalyze rural development. Born out of Pankaj’s insight on rural management and development, IRMA is at the forefront of professionalizing the development of India’s rural sector. Over the years it has provided management training, support, and research facilities to students committed to rural development. This effort has drawn co-operatives, COs, government development agencies, international development organizations, and funding agencies to IRMA.
Since IRMA focused on the cooperative model, Pankaj also introduced new topics, such as the role of COs in rural development. In 1994, he left IRMA to explore new areas and broaden his perspective. This led him to teach abroad in prestigious universities in the UK and US (MIT, NYU, and University of Leeds). Pankaj also consulted for Grameen Bank and the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, advising them on their general management strategies. Later, he became a member of an evaluation committee sponsored by the government of Andhra Pradesh, and he participated in evaluating the education sector and identifying potential improvements.
Pankaj Jain is providing high-quality, low-cost education to children in slums and poor urban areas by re-engineering the role of the teacher. By dividing this role into three parts that require different skill levels, Pankaj has created new job opportunities and increased educational outcomes. Going forward, Pankaj’s plan is to enter government schools and influence policy through the Education Ministry to adopt the Gyan Shala model of education, because he believes it is a method for efficient expansion.
Topic: "Hariyo Makha- Sikkim Against Pollution"
My name is Lomas Dhungel. I am basically a school teacher teaching Mathematics and Physics at Government Senior Secondary School, Makha which lies in the East district of Sikkim.
Before my works as a teacher, I was an employee at the prestigious State Bank of India. I belonged to the Last batch that had the privilege of “Pension” also, in addition to the scope of timely promotions.
Since childhood, I was deeply interested in science and always wanted to become a researcher. This zest for knowledge insisted me to change my job profile. After working for 4 years at the State Bank of India, I left my job to start my new career as a teacher of Maths and Physics in 2012.
Since 2013-14, I was experimenting on ideas of waste management. And by 2015 an idea of Plastic Up-cycling was successfully experimented.
This incident motivated me to start a new initiative by the name “HARIYO MAKHA – SIKKIM AGAINST POLLUTION”. It is a type of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan that works on the area of experimenting ideas on zero waste management, proper resource utilization and sustainable development.
Topic: "Education: The Paradigm Shift"
Founder President Hridai, Society for HRD
Advisor Human Resources, Labour & Employment
Director – Globalx Biztrade Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Advisory Board Member Global Employment Institute GEI (UK), International Bar Association
Hony. Dean International Relations The Libertas University, Croatia
President – Croatia Business Forum & Bosnia & Herzegovina Business Forum
Director – International Relations – Business Intelligence Society Japan
Ex. Member of Minimum Wages Advisory Board, Govt. of India
Leadership & Management professional with specialization in Human Resources Development having 30 years of global experience in the dynamics of employment ranging from Defence Services, Manufacturing, International Trade, Hospitality, Aviation, Infrastructure, Media and Security across India, Hong Kong, Korea, China, Japan, Middle – East, Europe, UK & USA. Previous corporate role as Regional HR Director South Asia with G4S having business responsibility of 185,000 employees, 70 National Unions & 2 International Unions, one of the largest workforce representation in the Industry worldwide. Graduate in Commerce, Post Graduate Specialization in HRM Hong Kong, Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, Certified Lead Auditor SA 8000 from RINA Italy and Certified Trainer in Aviation Management by IATA Singapore and various Training & Development Courses in Leadership and Management. Core competencies include taking lead role on strategic alignment, collaborations, organizational agility through structured training and development processes. Focused skills and abilities to leverage likely internal and external relationships to resolve complex business issues related to global employment, management development, statutory & legal matters and overall productivity enhancement.
Topic: "Educating Social Change Leaders"
Ms. Trina Talukdar is co-founder of Kranti, which transforms underage girls from red-light areas into leaders of social change. She is also a Venture Manager at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public where she explores models of work in social entrepreneurship, through Ashoka’s Fellow Selection and Support process. In 2014-2015, Trina took a year-long sabbatical from Ashoka to become an Atlas Corps Fellow working with American Express, Philanthropy, in Washington, D.C. and New York on the American Express Leadership Academy Alumni Network for nonprofit leaders. In 2012, she was featured by The Week magazine in London as one of the top 30 most inspirational leaders of the year for her work with Kranti. Talukdar holds a master’s degree in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work from Christ University in Bangalore, and a bachelor’s degree in English, Political Science and Sociology from St. Xavier’s College in Kolkata.
Topic: "Unschooling and Parenting"
Abhijit has 15 years of experience in the field of Media and Entertainment. He has national and international experience in visual effects for local and Hollywood movies and Motion Capture Animation experience for Triple-A Computer Games. His work has taken him all over the world from places like Vancouver in the far west, to Bangkok in the far East, to Dubai in the middle. Since the birth of their first child they have left their life of endless work and focused solely on the upbringing of their children and creating shared learning spaces for homeschooling families wherever they go. As of now they have two children aged 10 and 3 who have been Homeschooled since birth. The children have never gone to any school or institute ever.