Aanchal works with Parag as a Communication Manager. A Master’s in Development Communication from Delhi University, she has previously worked with Digital Empowerment Foundation as a Senior Communication officer developing communication material and providing digital literacy training to tribal and marginalized communities that have never been exposed to digital tools and technology. Aanchal has travelled across rural India in the last couple of years to understand diverse people, culture and languages and the grassroots interactions motivates her to contribute towards positive social change. Apart from everyday duties and responsibilities, Aanchal loves traveling and aspires to build her own tree house one day.
Amrita has led development and implementation of two five year strategic plans for Education. She has represented the Trusts on National Mission on Libraries, has been on committees appointed by Ministry of Human Resource Development and National Council for Education Research and Training to review national programmes. Amrita was a teacher in a primary school, volunteered as a teacher educator in tribal schools and researched impact of displacement on children at Clark University, United States. Amrita has done her MPhil in Education from Delhi University. Early literacy, children’s literacy and social justice are her areas of special interest.
Navnit leads the Library programme at Parag. His work entails building an overall strategy for libraries and strengthen the government school system. He holds a Rural Management degree from KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. Navnit has years of experience in the education sector, with extensive work in rural and elementary education, Governance and policy, community development and development communication. Prior to joining the Trusts, he has worked with Bharti Foundation, Azim Premji Foundation and United Nations Development Program. He is a writer, a poet with dozen of short stories published for adults in leading Hindi magazines and newspapers. He holds special interests in contemporary literature and creative writing. Navnit enjoys working with children, teachers and communities. He likes to travel and read books.
Nitu anchors the Library Educator’s Course (LEC) and works as a faculty. She also coordinates professional development and capacity building at Parag. She works closely with multiple state governments for strengthening capacity of professionals in education sector. Prior to joining Parag, she worked with the Literacy and Library Programme of Room to Read. Nitu began her career as a teacher-educator with District Institute of Education & Training, Madhya Pradesh. She has contributed articles on library and education in different educational journals. Her areas of interest are library, early literacy, reading and teacher’s education. She enjoys reading fiction and biographical narratives. Nitu loves to tell stories to children in the library and engages them with books. She likes traveling and observing local culture and history. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and English literature and has a keen interest in weaving stories through stitching and re-use of trash for library displays.
Parul leads Kitablet, the digital library initiative. She studied Computer Science at Delhi Institute of Technology and Management at IIM Bangalore. She worked in technology companies in engineering and management roles, but gradually found her way to use her qualifications in her area of passion – world of learning and education. She lives in Bangalore. Her interest in curation extends beyond Kitablet and in her free time she enjoys the company of handpicked movies, songs, plays and books. Parag has helped her get back to reading and a book now often finds its way to her hand every day.
Priyanka leads Parag’s book development, and is an integral educator, children’s author and storyteller. She has worked in the field of education for the last 15 years. Earlier, she worked with Mirambika Free Progress School, New Delhi and The Heritage School, Gurgaon as an educator, worked in publishing with Suryastra, and has conducted storytelling sessions across India in collaboration with UNESCO, Times Foundation, Salaam Baalak Trust, Jaipur Literary Festival Outreach, Pratham, The LAMO Trust and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts. She is passionate about education and endeavors to inspire children in an imaginative and engaging environment.
Proma is committed to working for education since the onset of her work-life. Books, reading and the library is where she finds heart. She works for the Big Little Book Award and Library Programme in Gadchiroli. She has studied Education for her Bachelors from Calcutta University and Education (Elementary) for Masters from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. In the past, Proma has worked for teacher education, curriculum development and reading programmes both in rural and urban India. She has also worked as a researcher for research programmes of the MHRD, Unicef, ITC and other research organizations.
Swaha leads Parag. She loves reading and libraries and thus the lines between work and pleasure are often blurred. She enjoys meeting people, especially people with stories to tell and share. A World Bank scholar, Swaha has a Masters in International Education and Development from the University of Sussex. She was a development journalist for six years and travelled across India and wrote extensively on education policy, health and child rights. At home she tries out new books with her precocious preschooler. She misses writing for herself, and hopes to find time for it someday.
Suraj leads Parag’s Accounts and Grant Management. He has worked in the field of Finance and accounts for the last 15 years. Earlier, He worked with Save the Children India for 8 years and prior to this he has worked with Pratham for 4 years. He has a good hold over the functioning of non-profit organizations. He did bachelors of Commerce from Mumbai University and Masters in Business Administration (Executive) from Indian Management Institute. He has knowledge about seeking assignments in Accounts, Finance, Audit, Taxation, Budgeting, Financial Planning, Fund Management, Costing, Bank Reconciliation, Internal Control, Asset Management, Variance Analysis, MIS Reporting, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable.
Vivek works with Parag as a Library Manager, in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. His key responsibilities focus on managing the Parag library programme which is a part of the Trust’s Integrated Rural Upliftment Programme (IRUP). He holds a Masters’ degree in Management and in Education. Vivek began his career in education as a fellow at Azim Premji foundation, wherein he worked closely with government functionaries, teachers and children of Uttrakhand and Chhattisgarh. He finds interest in Education and Public Policies. He enjoys travelling, spirituality and engages himself in exploring how local available resources can be utilised to teach subjects. Working and being around children motivates him very much.