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Lalitendra Bhartiya

Lalitendra holds an experience of 15+ years in operations management, new project development and implementation, liasoning and advocacy with the government and district administration. Prior to SHIKSHA Initiative, he worked as an Assistant Manager at Dr. Reddy’s Foundation overlooking their projects. He has also worked as a Project Coordinator with Literacy India, where he has supported in implementation of the program across various districts. Lalitendra was actively involved as a field coordinator with TERI (The Energy and Research Institute). In SHIKSHA Initiative, he is leading operations along with managing a diverse set of field teams. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication along with Bachelor of Education.

Vijay Anand Verma

Vijay holds an experience of 25+ years in the social sector with an expertise in elementary education, adult literacy and project management. Prior to joining SHIKSHA Initiative, he has worked with Bharti Foundation as a Project Head (Quality Support Program) in Rajasthan and Delhi. He has served as an Executive Director at National Coalition for Education. He has also worked at Room to Read India Trust as State Coordinator for Madhya Pradesh. Vijay has also been involved as Research Associate at State Resource Center for Adult and Continuing Education. In SHIKSHA Initiative, Vijay leads the adult literacy program- SHIKSHA+ through development of strategies and processes for effective implementation of the program. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology and English.

Pranjal Kumar Baruah

Pranjal holds 21+ years on industry experience in the field of IT Project Management and IT Infra Management. He has also served as technology consultant and technical solution provider in several of his roles. He is a qualified Software engineer with a Master’s Degree in Science. He is also a Microsoft certified Trainer, Professional Developer and Technology Specialist along with being a certified Oracle and ITILv2 professional. In SHIKSHA Initiative, Pranjal is heading the IT vertical of the program and supporting in technology integration and solution development. He leads a versatile team of ICT Content Developers, Graphic Designers, Business Analyst and Solution Architect.

Preeti Sharma

With Master’s in Development Studies and Masters of Business Administration in Human Resources, Preeti Sharma has worked extensively in the field of education, youth development, health and livelihood over the span of 20+ years. Preeti has also been a part of the developer’s team of TARA Akshar Plus, one of the most successful literacy programs. She joined SHIKSHA Initiative in 2016 and is currently leading the Academic Team with complete focus on designing educational interventions to uplift education standards in primary schools in the country. She has played in pivotal role in designing need based programs like – SHIKSHA Ki Goonj and SHIKSHA Kiran.

Mayank Sinha

An alumnus of Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad and with a Master’s of Science degree in Mathematics-Operations Research from University of Allahabad, Mayank is astute management professional with over 20+ years of experience in the domains of ITeS, ICT, Education, Operations domains. Skilled in project Management, Mayank has worked with Zee Learning and Educomp Solutions before joining SHIKSHA Initiative as an Associate General Manager. In SHIKSHA Initiative, Mayank is leading and managing Expansion Project of SHIKSHA Initiative that runs in collaboration with the Government of Uttar Pradesh. His expertise in developing business strategies, cost optimization, new project development & implementation, process reengineering and liasoning with senior government functionaries has led to an exponential growth of SHIKSHA Initiative in multiple districts of Uttar Pradesh.