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Amrita Patwardhan

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.

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.

Chitra Bhandari

Chitra works with the Book Development team at Parag. She is a postgraduate in Marketing Management and has carved a niche for herself in the education space through her journey of teaching pre-schoolers. She has created and reviewed lesson plans and the content of EVS textbooks for grades 1-5. She has worked on the Kitablet project extensively as a freelancer, conducting sessions with private and government schools in Delhi, taking its read-aloud sessions to thousands of children.

Chitra is passionate about making good content reach kids in this mayhem of over-information and finds the journey into children’s hearts and minds fascinating. She strongly believes that children deserve honest narratives; the challenge is to deliver that sensitively.

For leisure, Chitra loves to attend live music performances. She enjoys road trips and is an avid foodie. She loves to experiment with different cuisines in the kitchen.

Chitra works with the Book Development team at Parag. She is a postgraduate in Marketing Management and has carved a niche for herself in the education space through her journey of teaching pre-schoolers. She has created and reviewed lesson plans and the content of EVS textbooks for grades 1-5. She has worked on the Kitablet project extensively as a freelancer, conducting sessions with private and government schools in Delhi, taking its read-aloud sessions to thousands of children.

Chitra is passionate about making good content reach kids in this mayhem of over-information and finds the journey into children’s hearts and minds fascinating. She strongly believes that children deserve honest narratives; the challenge is to deliver that sensitively.

For leisure, Chitra loves to attend live music performances. She enjoys road trips and is an avid foodie. She loves to experiment with different cuisines in the kitchen.

Lakshmi Karunakaran

Lakshmi leads Parag’s vision and program implementation country wide across verticals. Previously, at Hasiru Dala, she initiated and led the Buguri Children’s Program setting up community libraries for children of waste pickers across Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. For over a decade now, Lakshmi has worked with children experiencing social exclusion in government schools, special needs schools, remedial schools, and in disadvantaged communities. In an earlier avatar Lakshmi was a communication professional leading countrywide communication initiatives in IT organizations. In 2017, she was an artist in residence at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Warsaw, working on a project on children from abandoned mines in Poland. She was a fellow at the Arts or Good Fellowship 2019 at the Singapore International Foundation. Lakshmi writes regularly for Teacher Plus, a magazine for contemporary teachers. The work at Parag brings together her passion for stories, children’s literature and libraries. She is a self-certified cat slave and lives in Bangalore with her partner and two cats.

Lakshmi leads Parag’s vision and program implementation country wide across verticals. Previously, at Hasiru Dala, she initiated and led the Buguri Children’s Program setting up community libraries for children of waste pickers across Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. For over a decade now, Lakshmi has worked with children experiencing social exclusion in government schools, special needs schools, remedial schools, and in disadvantaged communities. In an earlier avatar Lakshmi was a communication professional leading countrywide communication initiatives in IT organizations. In 2017, she was an artist in residence at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Warsaw, working on a project on children from abandoned mines in Poland. She was a fellow at the Arts or Good Fellowship 2019 at the Singapore International Foundation. Lakshmi writes regularly for Teacher Plus, a magazine for contemporary teachers. The work at Parag brings together her passion for stories, children’s literature and libraries. She is a self-certified cat slave and lives in Bangalore with her partner and two cats.

Nidhi Qazi

Nidhi is part of the Professional Development vertical. She comes with a rich experience of and insights about facilitating courses, teacher trainings and is here to add value to Parag’s vision of nurturing library educators. Committed to the public education system and ensuring a fruitful learning experience for teachers and herself remains at the core of her work.
She started her journey in education space with Eklavya, Bhopal, then Heritage School, Delhi and then Language and Learning Foundation (LLF), Delhi. Her areas of work have been teacher education in Early Literacy, pedagogy for ECE programmes.
When not working, she enjoys reading Hindi literature, writing free verses, engaging with Hindustani Sangeet and watching movies of various kinds.
Pondering upon questions of existence, universal conditions of people, understanding life are all part of her everyday being.

Nidhi is part of the Professional Development vertical. She comes with a rich experience of and insights about facilitating courses, teacher trainings and is here to add value to Parag’s vision of nurturing library educators. Committed to the public education system and ensuring a fruitful learning experience for teachers and herself remains at the core of her work.
She started her journey in education space with Eklavya, Bhopal, then Heritage School, Delhi and then Language and Learning Foundation (LLF), Delhi. Her areas of work have been teacher education in Early Literacy, pedagogy for ECE programmes.
When not working, she enjoys reading Hindi literature, writing free verses, engaging with Hindustani Sangeet and watching movies of various kinds.
Pondering upon questions of existence, universal conditions of people, understanding life are all part of her everyday being.

Nitu

Nitu Singh

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.

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 Bajaj

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.

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 Singh

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.

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

Proma Basu Roy

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 Parag’s Library Programs. 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.

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 Parag’s Library Programs. 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.

Reva Moghe

Reva leads communications for Parag. In the past, she has helped in strengthening communication strategies for various organizations and has successfully led marketing and outreach. She has helped 60+ Civil Society Organizations build a strong digital footprint with the support from Welthungerhilfe. She holds a Bachelors in Commerce and an MBA.

Reva strongly believes that reading transcends boundaries. She loves to volunteer and travel.

Reva leads communications for Parag. In the past, she has helped in strengthening communication strategies for various organizations and has successfully led marketing and outreach. She has helped 60+ Civil Society Organizations build a strong digital footprint with the support from Welthungerhilfe. She holds a Bachelors in Commerce and an MBA.

Reva strongly believes that reading transcends boundaries. She loves to volunteer and travel.

sonika

Sonika Kaushik

Sonika serves as the Lead for Professional Development vertical of Parag Initiative including the Library Educator’s Course in Hindi and the Children’s Library Course. As the core lead faculty, Sonika oversees implementation, content and strategic direction of the courses. Her areas of interest include development of literacy in the early years, literature for young children and academic development of teachers of young children. She led the Mathura Pilot Project, Reading Development Cell at the National Council of Educational Research and Training as one of the core team members. Her work with the reading and early literacy programmes at the NCERT spans nearly a decade. Sonika started her career as a primary school teacher in a village in Rajasthan and has taught in primary schools in Delhi for about six years. She has taught papers on pedagogy of language and children’s literature as a faculty at the Department of Elementary Education, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi. She has been involved extensively in-service programmes for teachers and teacher educators. She has designed and taught a paper on early language and literacy as guest faculty at I Am A Teacher. She has served on committees for textbook development (Delhi government, Hindi textbooks post-NCF), review of textbooks and review of children’s literature and committees for curriculum development of teacher education programmes. She has been a member of the Advisory Board to Room to Read. She holds a doctoral degree in education- early literacy from University of Delhi and was awarded the post-doctoral fellowship by the Indian Council of Social Science Research in 2019.

Sonika serves as the Lead for Professional Development vertical of Parag Initiative including the Library Educator’s Course in Hindi and the Children’s Library Course. As the core lead faculty, Sonika oversees implementation, content and strategic direction of the courses. Her areas of interest include development of literacy in the early years, literature for young children and academic development of teachers of young children. She led the Mathura Pilot Project, Reading Development Cell at the National Council of Educational Research and Training as one of the core team members. Her work with the reading and early literacy programmes at the NCERT spans nearly a decade. Sonika started her career as a primary school teacher in a village in Rajasthan and has taught in primary schools in Delhi for about six years. She has taught papers on pedagogy of language and children’s literature as a faculty at the Department of Elementary Education, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi. She has been involved extensively in-service programmes for teachers and teacher educators. She has designed and taught a paper on early language and literacy as guest faculty at I Am A Teacher. She has served on committees for textbook development (Delhi government, Hindi textbooks post-NCF), review of textbooks and review of children’s literature and committees for curriculum development of teacher education programmes. She has been a member of the Advisory Board to Room to Read. She holds a doctoral degree in education- early literacy from University of Delhi and was awarded the post-doctoral fellowship by the Indian Council of Social Science Research in 2019.

Suraj Shikhare

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.

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.

Tuhina Sharma

Tuhina is a part of the Book Development Team at Parag. She holds a Master’s in Social Work- Children and Families, from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Over the past 3 years of her journey in the development sector, she has worked closely with children and their stakeholders across different settings- including municipal schools and Child Care Institutions. With a deep interest in children’s literature, reading and theatre, she is driven towards safeguarding and ensuring children’s rights by building engaging and imaginative learning environments.

When not working, she enjoys taking long walks, journaling and painting.

Tuhina is a part of the Book Development Team at Parag. She holds a Master’s in Social Work- Children and Families, from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Over the past 3 years of her journey in the development sector, she has worked closely with children and their stakeholders across different settings- including municipal schools and Child Care Institutions. With a deep interest in children’s literature, reading and theatre, she is driven towards safeguarding and ensuring children’s rights by building engaging and imaginative learning environments.

When not working, she enjoys taking long walks, journaling and painting.

Vivek Thakur

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.

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.