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Dr. Neerja Sharma

Dr. Neerja Sharma assumed the role of Managing Trustee on July 16, 2016.  She joined PDEI Trust on June 10, 2006.

Neerja Sharma, Ph.D., was Associate Professor at the Department of Human Development and Childhood Studies, Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, India, up to October 2015. Her areas of teaching, research, extension, and publication are-early childhood education, adolescence, psycho-social well-being across the life-span, children with disability and their families, inclusive education, and research methods. She has taught courses in Human Development, Developmental Disabilities, and Child & Adolescent Well Being at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her areas of academic interest include counselling and early intervention. Neerja Sharma has guided doctoral theses in the areas of emotional competence, child language, adoption, developmental disabilities, inclusive education, children’s television, and childhood creativity. She has authored three books Understanding Adolescence, Identity of the Adolescent Girl, and Evaluating Children in Primary Education. She has edited The Social Ecology of Disability, and co-edited Human Ecology and Family Sciences; and Researching Families and Children- Culturally Appropriate Methods. Neerja Sharma was on the Reference Group of the International Association of Universities (2010-2015) as an expert on linkage of  higher education/ research with the goals of Education For All. She is Manager at an eminent private school of Delhi.

Dr. Annie Koshi

Dr. Koshi joined the Trust on March 20, 2010. She is Principal of St. Mary's School, New Delhi. A devoted social worker, she actively advocates the cause of the disabled and has worked hard to introduce an Inclusive education system which involves a schooling where physically, mentally, emotionally and financially-challenged children study in the mainstream, a school where 'difference' is accepted and celebrated. As a social activist, she has been instrumental in bringing in legislation to change methods of assessment for the visually-challenged in the Board Examinations as well as legislation that restrains the use of Government school teachers for out of schoolwork like election duty and census. Ms. Koshi received the prestigious National Award for Teachers, conferred by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, in the year 2004. She has also been felicitated by the National Literacy Mission for her leadership in the field of literacy, awarded the National Child Care Award, India Development Education Award and the Freelance Journalists & Writers' Association Award, twice, for her contributions in the fields of education, art and culture. She has authored various books and writes poetry.

Mr. Vinod C. Khanna

Mr. Khanna launched Pratham Delhi Education Initiative (PDEI) in 1999 and was its first Managing Trustee. He is retired member of Indian Foreign Service and has served as India’s ambassador to Cuba, Indonesia and Bhutan. Mr. Khanna holds degree from Oxford University and has studied law from University of Delhi.

He is Honorary Executive Chairman of Council for Social Development and Principal Consultant of Tech Mahindra Foundation.

Prof. Shyam Menon

Prof. Menon joined the PDEI Trust on August 18, 2012. He is with the Ambedkar University, Delhi since August 2008 as its first Vice Chancellor.

Prof. Menon has been a Professor at the Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi since 1994. He had been Dean, Faculty of Education and the Proctor of the University of Delhi. He had earlier been Director, School of Education, Indira Gandhi National Open University and a Professor at the Central Institute of Educational Technology, NCERT. He had also taught at the M.S. University of Baroda for several years.

Much of his work has been in Curriculum Studies, Higher Education and Teacher Education. He edited the journal, Perspectives in Education, for many years. He is at present on the international advisory board of Comparative Education, Teaching Education and Asia Pacific Journal of Education. He is currently on the Task Force on Access and Equity in Higher Education constituted by the International Association of Universities.

Dr. Divya Jalan

Dr. Divya joined Pratham Delhi Education Initiative as a Trustee on 25 April, 2015.

She has been a member of the General Council and Trustee of Common Cause since June 1999. Her professional work is in the area of education. She is committed to influencing policy makers, teachers and communities to create inclusive educational structures, regardless of the extent of economic disadvantages and disabilities that children may come with. She was educated at Calcutta University and University of London and did her doctoral work through SNDT University, Mumbai. She is a founder member of Action for Ability Development and Inclusion (AADI), and is on the executive boards of several Organizations, including the Rehabilitation Council of India and the Goodearth Education Foundation. She is also a member of the Advisory Council of Association for Childhood Education International, Washington, D.C.

Mr. P.K Tripathi

Mr. P.K Tripathi joined the PDEI Trust on 25 April, 2015

He served Public Grievances Commission as a Chairman in 2013. He is a 1977 batch IAS Officer of AGMUT Cadre. He did his BA and MA (Political Science) from Allahabad University with Gold Medal for highest marks in Political Science at under-graduate level in the University. Before joining the Indian Administrative Service, he also served as a Lecturer in Political Science at Lucknow University. He has served in Union Territories including Arunachal Pradesh and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. He has experience of Municipal Governance having served as Secretary, NDMC and Commissioner (Land), Delhi Development Authority. He has held important positions in the Government of India such as Director, Total Literacy Campaign (National Literacy Mission), Department of Education, Ministry of HRD and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. He has also held different positions in Government of Delhi like Commissioner (Sales Tax), CEO (Delhi Jal Board) and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Delhi along with the additional charges of Principal Secretary (Commonwealth Games / Tourism/ Administrative Reforms). He superannuated as Chief Secretary Govt. NCT of Delhi in 2012.

Mr. Rishi Sethi

Mr. Rishi Sethi joined the Trust on September 9, 2017. He is an Advocate with legal firm Sethi and Associates. He practices at the High Court of Delhi and in District court and Tribunal.

Dr. Ritu Varma

Dr. Ritu Varma joined the Pratham Delhi Trust on September 9, 2017. She holds PhD in Political Science from Delhi University. She has been the Project Manager at Spring dale Education Society since 2007 and is on the board of Spring dale School, Jaipur.

The Trustees who retired, after completing their respective terms or resigned, rendering distinguished services to the PDEI Trust are as follows:

  1. Ms. Farah Naqvi, Educationist
  2. Mr. Satish Kaura, Chairmen & Managing Director, Samtel Corporate Office
  3. Mr. P. P. Chauhan, IAS (Retd.)
  4. Mr. B.G. Varghese, Senior Journalist.
  5. Mr. Lalit Narula, Chairman, Narula’s
  6. Ms. Manju Bharatram, Founder, Sri Ram Schools
  7. Ms. Brinda Singh, Social Worker
  8. Ms. Vimala Ramachandran, Educationist
  9. Ms. Ramni Narula, ICICI Bank
  10. Mr. Vinay Shankar, IAS (Retd.)
  11. Mr. M. Rajan, Senior Executive (Retd.), UNICEF
  12. Ms. C.P Sujaya, IAS (Retd.)
  13. Mr. Sandeep Malhotra, ICICI Bank
  14. Ms. Rebecca Mammen John, Senior Advocate, High Court of Delhi
  15. Mr Vikram Lal, Trustee, Vikram Sarabhai Foundation
  16. Mr. Ashok Mahindra, Former Treasurer and Vice-President, WWF India
  17. Ms. Shailaja Chandra, Chairperson, Delhi Public Grievances Commission
  18. Mr. Romesh Kapoor, Honorary Financial Advisor, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Trust
  19. Dr. Venita Kaul, Director, Centre for Early Childhood Education and Development, Ambedkar University, Delhi
  20. Mr. Syed Shahid Mahdi, Vice President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)
  21. Prof. R. Govinda, Former Vice Chancellor, National University of Educational Planning and Administration


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