Pratham Mysore is guided by a Board of Trustees and Advisors from varied backgrounds and experiences. A profile of the members.
Mr. Ashvini Ranjan is the Managing Trustee of Pratham Mysore. Besides overseeing general administration and everyday issues, he is into strategic planning, analysis and expansion of all programmes since inception. He heads the Pratham Team of programmes. A post graduate from the University of Mysore, Ashvini Ranjan began his career as a teacher at the University before venturing into business. He is currently the Managing Director of A. J. Polymers Private Limited, Mysore.
Mr. Ashok Rao is an Engineer (BE from NITK & MS from UMASS, US) having worked 25+ years for Rockwell International - US, Bosch - India & Germany & Automotive Axles. Since 2014, he runs K G K Engineering (a startup) in the manufacturing space. He is an active member of CII at State & Region level. He is active in the professional educational space. He is the Chairperson of Technical Education Quality Improvement Board of NIE since 2012.
Anil Kotari is a successful businessman and an active social worker. He has been serving as a volunteer in a number of charitable and philanthropic institutions. He is associated as a convener with Mysore’s “Roti Bank” which fights hunger by delivering daily meals to the needy .He has been associated with the Mysore Chapter of “Aashayen Foundation” and is involved in activities that are directly aimed at achieving access to quality education.
A practicing Chartered Accountant by profession with over 25 years of experience, Mr. Ranganathan A. K. is involved with many charitable institutions as an honorary Trustee/Auditor. As a Trustee - Treasurer, A. K. Ranganthan is involved in financial management and accounts at Pratham Mysore.
Dr. T. Padmini
Dr. T. Padmini is a Ph.D. in education specializing in the area of cognitive development of children. Retired from the Department of studies in Education, University of Mysore, Mysore after serving as Professor of Education and Chairperson, was awarded Emeritus Professorship for 2005-07 by the University Grant's Commission. Being instrumental in the design and development of curriculum for Pratham programmes, Dr. T. Padmini handles all academic issues including Research & Development work in Pratham Mysore.
Dr. Bhamy. V. Shenoy
Dr. Bhamy Shenoy is an advisor to Pratham Mysore having been associated with it since its inception and has been exploring for strategies to transform India’e Education sector. He was associated with Pratham USA when it was being established in late 90s in Houston. He has served as a governing council member of Manipal Institute of Technology, and currently a governing council member of Nitte Engineering College. He has developed a program, “True Education” to ignite critical thinking in students and to motivate students to get involved in socially relevant projects. He is associated with many NGOs ( Trustee of Gurugram based Sehgal Foundation, and Delhi based Consumer Voice) and is actively involved in consumer movement in Mysore having been the founding working president of Mysore Grahakara Parishat. An international energy consultant by profession, Dr. Shenoy is an IITian and holds a Ph.D. in Management.
Dr. Nirmal Prakash
Prof. Nirmala C Prakash has forty one years of teaching experience coupled with research at the university level. She has served as professor and chairperson, Dept.of English ,Director, School of Humanities and Dean (Study Centres) at Karnataka State Open University. She has published four books and several research papers. Some of the prestigious awards she has earned are UGC's Indo -French Social Scientist Fellowship. Prof. Nirmala has special interest in developing soft skills, motivating students and devising inspirational classroom strategies to exploit the optimum potential of adult learners.
Ms. Shashi Ranjan is the Founder Trustee of Pratham Mysore and is actively involved with Pratham's community based programs. She is a science graduate from Bangalore University and is associated with Bapuji Children Home, an orphanage for children at Mysore. She is an active Director of A. J. Stationery Private Limited, Mysore, a company manufacturing office and student stationary.
Sheshadri Anandrao has a Post Graduate degree in Economics. Started his career in Family Planning Association of India and worked in the areas of adolescent and youth related issues. He was instrumental in designing, developing and leading projects on Population and family life education. He has been associated with Pratham Mysore since 2002 and overseeing operations, mobilizing communities and catalyzing schools to deliver basic learning on scale and building the capacities of Pratham team. Also Involved in planning and management of resources of the organization.