Team

Our team is made up of a handful of people at Azim Premji Foundation and a host of partner organizations and enthusiastic individuals. And you of course!

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Arun

Calm, positive, pleasant and easily approachable, Arun, the present leader of the Academics and Pedagogy team, provides academic guidance to the portal as a member of the Kannada editorial team. Arun had earlier been the head of Teacher Portal for more than a year. Arun enjoys art, music and painting. “Each of us thrives for self – development” is what Arun believes in.

Divya Choudary

Following her heart has been a priority – tempered by logic and reason. Geography, travel and the world within books are what she finds fascinating. Divya is a part of the Teacher Plus editorial team and as the editor of the English section of the portal, she selects and validates resources and collaborates with other content partners. “It’s true!” she says, about what Somerset Maugham had written on life  –  if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it. 

Jaikumar Mariappa

Sincere, friendly and outspoken Jaikumar is the editor of the Kannada section of the portal and responsible for the selection and validation of resources. He is also a poet, a writer of short stories, and the translator of a wide range of subjects from various fields and a literary critic. His other passions are cooking, photography teaching and reading world epics. He believes language should connect people instead of being a barrier and cherishes the “visva manava” culture of a  global citizen which in essence, means being a person who is not confined within the man-made walls that divide people.

Juny K Wilfred

Open, frank, rebellious and imaginative, Juny is the visual and interactive designer of the team.  A voracious reader, Juny also loves drawing, watching films, listening to music and cycling around the town. He takes his power nap in the afternoon very seriously and hardly ever misses it!

Mujahid

Mujahid is the Educational Technologist in the team who looks after the technology innovation and applications possible in the field of education. He co-ordinates the maintenance, promotion and content development for the Teachers of India portal. He is particularly interested in mobile learning and has been involved with Mobile based projects in the past. 

A theoretical practitioner and a liberal orthodox in the social technical domain, Mujahid’s hobbies include reading (not only writing), cooking which follows no rules, travelling and unravelling new places and culture.

“ Be yourself, everyone else is already taken” is Mujahid’s take on life.

Rajesh Utsahi

As the editor of the Hindi section of the Portal team, Rajesh selects, validates and creates content and collaborates with other content partners. He is a person with a scientific perspective and critical thinking. Rajesh had edited Chakmak, (a publication of Eklavya ) as well as “Gullak” and “Palash”, the two magazines of the Dept. of Education, Madhya Pradesh, in the past. He hadeen a resource person for Nalanda, Room to read and the Department of Education, Madhya Pradesh government. He lives in search of his mission in life.

Rajkishore

Rajkishore creates and curates resources for the portal. He has been a science communicator and a recreational math enthusiast in the world’s largest mobile science exhibition train. He taught Coordinated Sciences, Mathematics, Global Perspectives at The Blue Mountain School, Ooty.  

“Doer alone learneth” is what he believes in.

RamG Vallath

RamG Vallath as he is known loves life. He brings with him years of experience in the corporate world and the real world. He is passionate about education. In his spare time, when he is not solving math or physics  problems, he is reading up on history or mythology. He loves to tell absurd and wacky stories to children and has recently become a published author. He heads the publications team.

Ramnik Mohan

Ramnik is a part of the Editorial Team of the Hindi Section of the Teachers’ Portal. He identifies (and occasionally creates) resources for the Portal, and validates, translates, edits the identified resources in tune with the standards expected of the Portal. With a doctoral degree in English Literature, Ramnik taught in a college for about 25 years before seeking voluntary retirement to seek pastures new. Socially committed to progressive causes and a fervent advocate of people-to-people contact between India and Pakistan, he has been working in this arena for quite some years now. He has also worked with Total Literacy Campaigns, edited a quarterly magazine of the State Resource Centre, Haryana for over 10 years and, been associated with institutions such as ‘Digantar’ in the field of education. ‘Work to the best of your ability, and move on’ is what he believes in.

Ravi Babu

Ravi Babu is the confident and optimistic “technical problem solver”of the team. He is involved with the creation of websites as well as creating static and animated graphics. His hobbies include listening to Illayaraja’s music, watching old movies from the ‘80s and the ‘90s, reading and playing chess. Being self-motivated,  Ravi Babu works hard and likes a sound sleep in the weekend.  "To err is human, to really foul things up you need a computer" is Ravi Babu’s humorous take on technology!

Sriparna

Imaginative and rebellious, Sriparna is a subject matter expert in the team. She creates resources, helps in documentation and collaborates with content partners. She likes reading, writing poetry, travelling, films, music and food (for the body and the soul). "For as this appalling ocean surrounds the verdant land, so in the soul of man there lies one insular Tahiti, full of peace and joy, but encompassed by all the horrors of the half known life” is a quotation from Herman Melville that appeals to her. 

Usha

Passionate, committed and open minded, Usha is the Editor of Teacher Plus, which looks after the English Language section of the Teachers of India portal. A mother, mentor, manager and home-maker, Usha loves writing, reading, films, word-games and travelling. “I am forgetful to a fault but committed to not forgetting”, says Usha about one of her traits. "If you don’t have the strength to impose your own terms upon life, then you must accept the terms it offers you" is her firm belief.