We are a group of like minded professionals from various walks of life who have come together to put our skills, experience to some good use in making a small contribution to the larger society that we belong to. We have founded Computer Shiksha as a purely charitable organization devoted to bridging the digital divide in our country.
Computer Shiksha is a trust formed under the Indian Trust Act of 1882, vide registration no. 6884, dated 14th June 2012. The trustees are
- Rakesh Suri – President
- Swapnalekha Basak – Secretary
- S.K. Bose – Treasurer
Dr. Rakesh Suri, an engineer from BITS Pilani and a PhD from AMU, is a man with many missions. After 29 years in the IT industry with the last assignment being CEO of IT division, DCM Ltd. Dr. Suri launched his own Investor backed US market focused RPO in February 2007. He also engages in teaching in business schools subjects like Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics. He has been the Initiator of Computer Shiksha and continues to be its prime driver. Amongst his colleagues he is known for his incredible sense of humour and innate ability to laugh (mind you not smile!) his way through all kinds of situations however tricky they might be!
Swapnalekha Basak is a businesswoman, engineer, manager, teacher, counselor and a writer – all rolled into one. An electrical engineer from HBTI Kanpur and a PGDBM from IMT Ghaziabad she has been a practicing manager of Human Resources in top corporations of the country across diverse industries like media, telecom and IT. In her over 17 year career, she has been in HR leadership roles in global organizations like STAR TV, Reliance, and GTL. Her last corporate assignment was as Head – HR, SAS India. Now with a Certificate in Counseling from Oxford University she divides her time between building her organization, counseling students and executives, teaching at various management schools and writing. She devotes a large chunk of her time to General Management of Computer Shiksha especially fund raising furthering partnering arrangements and all forms of Internal & External communication.
S.K. Bose is as accomplished a manager of the corporate world as a trainer in transcendental meditation. A Masters in Political Science and a management graduate from IIFT he rose to be the Managing Director of Nigeria Asbestos Cement Products Ltd, Nigeria in 1986. After that he lead India Gypsum a joint venture between Hyderabad Industries Ltd. (Birla Group) and the Government of Nigeria as its Managing Director from 1986 to 2000 and became instrumental in pioneering Gypsum Plaster Board Industry in India. Initiated into Sidha Samadhi Yoga (SSY), conducted by Rishi Samskruti Vidhya Kendra, a yoga education foundation he is now the founder President of Acem India, the Indian arm of ACEM International Norway. He is a trainer now who does management retreats for senior executives in the industry largely centered around using Yoga to manage stress in life. He has been a friend, philosopher and guide to the team from its days of inception.
Lochan & Co. (www.lochanco.com) is a large firm which provides services to the Corporate Sector, International Agencies, Central Government, State Governments and Non Profit Organizations in India and at International level as well. They have worked for agencies like United Nations, World Bank, Global Fund and various Governments all over the Asia Pacific and Africa region. They have conducted project audits of numerous international NGOs like Action Aid Myanmar, HelpAge International, Link Emergency Aid and Development, The Lutheran World Federation, Mercy Corps, Oxfam Great Britain, Relief International, Save the Children, Solidarites, CARE and World Vision. Lochan & Co. takes care of Computer Shiksha’s entire legal and statutory compliance as well as accounting processes.
Brijesh Pathak is a Masters in Computer Science and an expert at delivering secure resilient systems on time and budget to meet diverse business needs. Brijesh has been instrumental in acquisition of all our IT hardware and establishment of systems for the smooth functioning of the class complete with notebooks, LCD projector, extension boards, wireless network, inverter, generator etc. He is our first port of call for any advice as well as issues on technology. His quiet unassuming demeanor totally understates the crucial role he plays in our success in delivering education in a seamless manner.
Madhu Bahl is an Electronic & Telecommunication engineer with more than 25 years of experience in teaching IT skills to a wide range of audience ranging from school kids to senior corporate executives. As a Trainer and Training Consultant she has been associated with schools like City Montessori School, training institutes like NIIT, Polytechnics like Pant Polytechnic and management campuses like IIPM. She has been the one to conceptualize the entire Course curriculum for our programs and standardize the delivery of courses. Computer Shiksha is delivering on the strong foundations that she built in terms of the course structure and processes for up skilling of our trainers to deliver quality education. She continues to build our course to customize it to the diverse audiences that we intend catering to.
Rajesh Gulati a B.Sc. (Hons) and MBA has worked in the corporate sector for 16 years in various roles including that of a Profit Centre Head in his last assignment. He has extensive experience in the Telecom, Services and Yellow Pages Industry in India. Since 2003, he has been running his own Consultancy Company in the real estate sector and now he also sits on the Board of a couple of eminent Real Estate Development Companies of NCR. Rajesh is now a part of the core committee of Computer Shiksha and contributes among many other things to the Fund Raising efforts. He is also a passionate member of Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) the Indian affiliate of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a global association of grassroots organizations that seeks to promote the values of peace and respect for all people
Arjun Verma grew up in the small town of Jagraon where he finished his schooling in 1958. He went on to complete his Junior College in Arya College Ludhiana in 1960. After this he started working in LIC (The Life Insurance Corporation of India) in 1960 a job which he continued till 1971 as their Development Officer. He made a transition to being an entrepreneur a job which he has kept till now. He started with exporting Bicycle, Hosiery, Handmade Carpets etc. and continued to do this till 1983 at which point he moved to the United States of America. In the US too he continued to grow his business till 2006 when he retired from it actively handing it over to others. He came back and settled down in Gurgaon, where he continues to put his passion in an entrepreneurial spirit to the education of small children. He is an honorary member of a Govt middle school management committee and his involvement has driven discipline and delivery in an otherwise poorly managed school. Now he spends four days of a week managing Computer Shiksha operations. His age is deceptive and his enthusiasm is as infectious as can be.
V.D. Bhasin a mechanical engineer from AMU has had a long stint in the corporate world in the automotive industry and the last corporate position he held was that of Vice President, Hyundai. Post retirement from the industry he donned the entrepreneur’s hat and now his company is a Consultant to the likes of General Motors.Besides supporting various other NGOs, Mr. Bhasin is a trustee of the NGO, Sankalp (the NGO which runs two of our partner schools) too. After seeing Computer Shiksha’s work at the two schools he inspired us and also helped us to expand our operations to where it would make the maximum impact – which is making Class XI-XII students computer literate. He actively worked to help us build partnerships with the two municipal schools in Gurgaon. His advice and guidance are invaluable and his passion for the cause of education amongst children is infectious. Consider this – currently he has enrolled himself in P.G. Psychological Counseling so that he can develop specific courses and initiatives for the children of NGO schools to develop a positive attitude towards life.
ManMohan Thandi began his Corporate career in California after graduating in Finance from San Jose State University. He has been working as an Independent Financial Advisor for the last seven years and his focus remains Debt and Equity markets. ManMohan feels India’s growth story would be successful only if there is social inclusiveness. According to him, that can only be done by providing the socially and economically weaker population a chance for better earning opportunities. Better earning opportunities can come only with education He has therefore decided to work on the quality of education in the country. He has now committed himself to Computer Shiksha’s commitment to bridge the digital divide.
Srini Rao Currently Regional Sales Director at Newtec Singapore, Srini Rao is a versatile and experienced Marketing and Business Development professional with an exemplary track record spanning nearly 30 years across Asia. Srini is an MMS from BITS Pilani and has been with large technology driven organizations throughout his entire career. Strongly believing that enabling the next generation in India to learn the digital way of doing things will have a deep and positive impact on the future of the country, he has taken on the cause of Computer Shiksha, and now works to raise awareness and support from potential donor individuals and organizations.
Sumit Malhotra is a hotelier by training and a technocrat by profession. Along with his 3 Year Diploma from IHM Bhopal, he went on to do his Graduate Degree in Commerce from University of Delhi and Post Graduate Qualifications in Management from IGNOU. He is a Black Belt in Six Sigma & has been involved with startups and green field projects during his past employments before turning to the entrepreneurial spirit. He has worked with companies like STAR TV, GE Capital & Times of India in various avatars. Sumit is currently the CEO of Interactive World – a Website Development Company & Internet Marketing Agency.
Sumit is working on technology enabled pedagogy for Computer Shiksha which will make the quality of training agnostic to the quality of the trainer. This will help us scale our operations and also enhance the quality of the training too. He also helps in management of school operations on Fridays and Saturdays.
Arvind Agrawal a BE ( Hons) from BITS Pilani, India, Arvind Agrawal has 30 years of experience in the Technology Industry working in senior positions for well-known multinationals like HP, Philips, IBM and Digital in a variety of roles ranging from heading a Country operation to heading a large Business Unit. He is well known in the Middle East region having run several well-diversified companies, and launched successful start-ups and turned around several companies. Currently he is the CEO of Pragma Technologies and founder of a number of Technology companies under this Group of companies.
Vivek Ladha graduated in Electrical & Electronics from BITS, Pilani in 1983 and completed his MS Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University. After a decade in technical & management roles in the USA he returned to India in 1995. He now runs an engineering organization in Bawal, Haryana which is on its way to becoming the world’s leading stand-alone Copper Rod producers by employing and setting standards for adoption of environment friendly technologies.
Raj Singh is a management professional with deep experience in managing, founding and exiting businesses. He has 35 years of experience with companies across the industry and grew through Sales & Marketing, Operations, Finance to finally earn a board level position in an IT organization where he gained immense corporate exposure dealing with techno legal affairs of the company and also raising funds for their new projects. Since then Raj has been entrepreneurial in his ventures and has successfully founded 4 businesses till now. Raj guides the leadership team on the essentials of organization building ground up.
Anil Kumar Singhal brings more than 40 years of leadership experience to the team, having built his career at DCM Data Systems Pvt. Ltd. a pioneer of the computing industry in India. He has degrees in Electronics and Management.
His experience spans the entire range of business activities; from design to procurement to production to sales, to managing and leading large teams at India’s first computer manufacturing firm.
He supports Computer Shiksha by taking care of all procurement issues.
How did it all start?
It was 15th March 2012 when we came together to articulate our dream of contributing to the community and do our bit to build our nation. We are a team of professionals with a varied background, most of which lies in the domain of Management, Education and IT. For long, individually each of us has been driven by an innate need to do something for the community but could never get down to it. The main reason why most things ended as a non starter was because of most of what we wanted to do required engagement with communities at the grass root level – something we did not know how to start and where to start from. It was once driving past a pavement school in Gurgaon that one of us got this idea that why not put our might into what we could do well – which is IT, Education and Management and offer Computer Literacy programs as a service to schools who are already gainfully and successfully engaging with communities. A small meeting with Ghar Angna (a pavement school in Sector 56 in Gurgaon) made it look possible and very exciting too. And thus was born what we call Computer Shiksha today.