Professor Venerable Samdhong Rinpoche, was born on 5 Nov 1939 in Jol, Eastern Tibet. At the age of five, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the 4th Samdhong Rinpoche and enthroned in Gaden Dechenling Monastery at Jol. In the aftermath of the armed repression of the peaceful uprising in Tibet, he escaped to India. At that time he was just 20. From 1971 to 1988 he was the Principal of Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS, Varanasi). From 1988 to 2001 he worked as the Director of the same institute. He was specially appointed by His Holiness as one of the members of Tibetan Parliament –in-Exile. The house in turn, unanimously elected him as its Speaker. In 2001, he became the first democratically elected Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister), with an overwhelming majority support of nearly 85% of the total votes cast. In 2006, he was reelected for the second time.
Yogesh Mohanji Gupta was born on 6th January, 1951. He is the Founder and Chairman of IIMT Group of Colleges, Meerut and Gr. NOIDA. A visionary and a true philanthropist at heart, he is running 18 colleges with more than 20,000 students and 3,000 staff members. He is a trailblazing academician with more than 3 decades of experience, with a flair for the all round development of under privileged people. He has been bestowed with many awards like the Meerut Ratan Award (2000), Glory of India award (2009), Best Entrepreneur (2013) etc. He was nominated as District Governor for the year 2008-09 of Rotary District and is presently serving as the Vice Chairman of Federation of Association of Management of Unaided Professional Education Institutions of India.
Professor Avinash C. Pandey is the Former Vice Chancellor, Bundelkhand University, Jhansi and was the Former Professor and Founder and Head of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Former Coordinator- KBCAOS, MNSCOSS, IIDS, University of Allahabad, Principal Investigator- Nanotechnology Application Centre, KBCAOS, MNSCOSS. He has completed his education in MSc (Physics), MS. (Mathematics), MBA (Marketing), D Phil (Magneto-hydrodynamic instability of Inhomogeneous fluid), M Tech (Genetic Algorithm Computer Science and Engineering) and a Diploma in French. His expertise and scientific interests lie in nano-science and nanotechnology, materials science, physics with ION-beams, mathematical modeling, non-linear dynamics, atmospheric and ocean Sciences. Prof. Panday moved to Jhansi in 2012 as the Vice Chancellor of Bundelkhand University. He has published more than 175 research papers in international journals, has 13 patents to his name and 20 book chapters/monograms. Till date he had guided 22 PhD students.
Professor Venerable Geshe Ngwang Samten was born in 1956. He moved to India in 1959 with his parents after the Chinese occupation of Tibet. He completed his early education at Central School for Tibetans in Chandgiri, Orissa and later on earned the title of Shashtri and Acharya at the Central University for Tibetan Studies at Sarnath. Thereafter he joined the Gaden Shartse Mundgod, in Karnataka where he received his monastic education. He received the Geshe Dhorampa and later the Geshe Lharampa, a degree equivalent to PhD in the modern education system. Professor Samten has published a number of books and co-authored and translated many books on philosophy too. Professor Samten lectures students and academicians at both national and international platforms. He was awarded the Padam Shri by the President of India in the year 2008 for his unparalleled publications and his service in the fields of literature and education. He is currently serving as the Vice-Chancellor at the Central University for Tibetan Studies at Sarnath, Varanasi.
Anshu Sahi, M Sc Botany, MEd , B Ed, Retired as the Principal, Army School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi. She is presently working as a Consultant with Teachersity, New Delhi, imparting Service Training to Teachers and Principals. As an academician, her major task was to produce with the collaborative assistant of the staff improvement in the curricular, co-curricular performance of the children and improve the discipline and infrastructure of the school. With her efforts, the school scored the best result in 2013 since its inception in 1953. She believed that the challenge for a principal is to work as an integrated team so as the school is perceived by others as not only the number one education provider but also as a provider for holistic development of students. She has a long career in education and school development with curriculum experience in science and specialization in classroom management, integrated value based learning, creative thinking, multiple intelligences and development of life skills to prepare students for the 21st century.
Alok Bajpai, Psychiatry and follower of Gandhian philosophy, Physics, Film, Music, Literature and Teaching are some of the things that occupy him. Dr Bajpai trained in Psychiatry after completing his medical education from NIMHANS, Bangalore. He joined the Regency Hospital in Kanpur as a Senior Consultant after which he moved to Australia as a Consultant in Psychiatry. He has established a unique ‘child and adolescent mental health centre’ in Kanpur and conducts workshops and camps in a number of cities in India to spread awareness about childhood problems and diseases. His “No Kidding” workshop gained a lot of popularity in Chennai. He is also a consultant psychiatrist to the students of IIT Kanpur. Apart from this, he is a regular columnist who writes about issues related to psychiatry and sexuality. Cinema is also a field where Dr Bajpai has left his mark. After completing a short film course at FTII, Pune and a script writing & film appreciation course in Perth, Australia, he started “The Auter”, a modular workshop developed for an introduction to cinema at the school and college level. He regularly anchors a Multimedia Interactive Programme called “An hour with the Mahatma” for schools and colleges to help students understand more about Gandhian Literature and Philosophy. His workshops ‘What Krishna meant’ and ‘Human Investment-Mahabharata Lessons’, based on Gita became very popular among the people. An informal group call Chaupal is also run where art and music lovers brainstorm on various literature and art fields.
Prof (Dr) Ashish Agarwal, D Litt, PhD, MBA, M Com, FCA, NET, DISA, LLB, was born on 16th January, 1961. A man from commerce background, he has been training and sculpting the students for the Chartered Accountancy. Besides his 26 years of academic contributions he has received distinct appreciations from many professional bodies like ICAI, ITBA etc. In his quest to spread knowledge, he has insisted his colleagues and students to go the extra mile and lighten the way, not only for oneself but for others alike.
Deepti Gulati is a social activist engaged in numerous activities since 1993. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Arts with English, Anthropology and Economics in 1982 from Awadh Girls Degree College, Lucknow and then pursued Diploma in Travel and Tourism, from IT College Lucknow followed by Diploma in Computer Application. Currently she is serving as the Secretary of the U.P. Science Centre, District and Regional Coordinator for National Children’s Science Congress, Secretary Science Centre Jhansi and Coordinator for Art of Living Bureau of Communications for Western U.P. She has also been on board of Governors of NCSTC- Network-, Core Group Member of Sujan Samooh – a volunteer organization formed for the clean green and encroachment free Jhansi, Coordinator of SPIC MACAY, Coordinator and Financial Facilitator Art of Living, Jhansi, Project coordinator for Hunger project for Integrated Family Planning Services (IFPS), along with being involved in many other social welfare activities for women, children and the poor. She has dedicated herself to the development of the society spiritually, scientifically and socially.
Ravi Bakshi is a life member of Kalayanam Karti and the treasurer of Antrarastrya Bharat Tibet Sayhog Samiti, Meerut. He graduated from Lucknow University in 1978.
Deeksha Gulati- is a lawyer with a BSL.LLB and LLM from Pune University, with extensive experience in research, advocacy and training on women rights. She has also been a part of writing resource books and producing posters on laws related to women and children that have been widely disseminated across India. She has written and presently papers on social issues at international and national forums. Presently she is working as a consultant in AyurGyan Nyas.
Curriculum Designing Team
Harveen Ahluwalia - has done B.Sc, B.Ed in her qualification. She had a distinguished career spanning four decades as a Teacher, Academic Head Junior School, Director Pre- Primary School, Administrator, Curriculum Developer and now Master Trainer. She has work to set up various Primary and Pre-Primary Schools. She was Academic Head of Junior School at The Assam Valley School- Sonitpur, Coordinator of Junior School, Kasiga School-Dehra Dun, Director at Campus Nursery School, University of Rajasthan -Jaipur, Coordinator at Disha A Resource Centre for the Disabled – Jaipur, The Air Force School – New Delhi, Loreto Convent – Tara Hall - Shimla. She worked with Teachers and Administrators to develop methodologies to enrich quality education for the formative years in the child’s life. She has also held Teacher training workshops in schools like Scindia School, Gwalior, Choitram School, Indore, Vidhya Devi Jindal School, Hissar, The Manthan School, Noida. She has conducted academic auditing of schools to further enhance the development and provide a more enriching environment for both teacher and taught.Integrated children with special needs in mainstream education and successfully developed appropriate strategies and pedagogies. Awarded Rao Tula Ram Award for Excellence in Social Work by Her Highness Rani Padmani Devi Ji of Jaipur. Founder member of Akshara school for the under privileged children in the slums of Jaipur.
Ms Trapti Rai - is a lawyer and media person by qualification and an educationist by passion. She has done her B.A. LLB from National Institute of Law University, Bhopal PG Diploma in TV Journalism from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi in 2005 where she was awarded a 100% scholarship by Star News that included campus placement in Star News, Mumbai. Her introduction to the field of education was while working with National Institute of Open Schooling, Delhi and has gained experience as a life skills trainer on various projects that included curriculum development, capacity building workshops for lesson writers and teachers, development of question paper etc. As the founder of her own organization ‘Open Doors’, she seeks to approach the education system with a fresh perspective to make a difference. She conducts numerous skill building workshops for students, teachers, counselors and other stake holders.
Abhinav Hanson - is a M.A, B.A in Mass Communication & Journalism from Bundelkhand University.He is currently working with AyurGyan Nyas as an Senior Administrative Assistant.