It is exciting that besides my various science and social interests, and the overriding ambition towards contributing to my country and its people, my passion to be involved in inspiring young lives has found an opportune moment in my being placed in your School Managing Committee of Vishwashanti Gurukal Schools. I look forward to seek in this opportunity a mutually eventful and rewarding experience.

Having completed my post graduation in science, I obtained my Doctorate in marine biology from Karnatak University, Dharwad. While my participation in the activities of the ‘Biodiesel Society Executive Committee’ and ‘Navachetana’ give critical expression to the country’s social issues, my support to ‘Kalabharathi’ is a learning experience in promoting the values of art, culture and heritage and has inspired me to develop a network of potential patrons and artistes.

Being a part of the Indian Institute of Science enabled me to be a collaborator in the documentation of its flora in a published book and to be a Founding Member of the exhilerating ‘Science Club’ for children.

My present job as Editor of ‘Resonance – journal of science education’, published by the Indian Academy of Sciences, caters to the pedagogical interests of students and researchers and is an outcome of a larger science education initiative of India’s science academies to serve science students and teachers. The Academies, among other ongoing programmes, make recommendations to various agencies of the Government, such as the Planning Commission, Ministry of HRD and the UGC for improving science education at the higher levels. Additionally, the Academies actively advise and assist in the details of some of the components of the INSPIRE programme of the DST. Thereby significantly enhancing in impact and prestige the determining role of the academies in science education.

SUJATHA MOHAN KUMAR

Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore

August 2014

LAKSHMI KUMAR is a well known Educationist and Interculturalist.

Her expertise spans from establishing quality schools, building teams, developing educational processes and initiating best practices – for both school and higher education.

She is the Director of Pradnya Niketan Education Society, which runs - The Orchid School in Pune and An Engineering College in Solapur, Maharashtra.

As the Founder Director of Orchid School and the visionary for educational process that is meaningful and relevant, she strives to bring teaching practices, methods, curriculum in alignment with today’s generation of learners. She specializes in Life Skill Education for young adults.

For the Technical college, she works in the area of developing employability quotient for the students.

She is a certified cross cultural Training Consultant. She has trained International assignees on cross cultural competence and business processes.

Ms. Kumar has specialized in training culture workers mainly from Sweden – teachers, social workers, lawyers, nurses and doctors – to work with multicultural communities. She has been a coordinator and academic supervisor for Sweden-India Project based in Orebro University for last twenty years.

Contact E-mail: lakshmikumar62@gmail.com

Contact number -0091 9823018488

Dr. Asawari is currently Project Director of MIT School of Education & Research, Principal of MIT Vishwashanti Gurukul Teacher‘s Training Academy, B. Ed College, Loni Kalbhor, Pune, as well as Head, MITSOE&R, Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Pune.

She has total 21 years of teaching experience, wherein for 12 years, she taught Physics to students at under graduation level and for last 9½ years she is actively involved in the field of Teacher Education and trainings. She is also online subject matter expert with Texila American University’s School of Education, Guyana, South America.

She firmly believe in lifelong learning, keeping in view this aspect; she has completed Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers & Trainers (CIDTT) with Distinction and also is Programme Leader for Cambridge International Certificate in Teaching and Learning.

She is also pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education from IGNOU. She has 10 research papers to my credit published in National and International journals with ISSN / ISBN no. respectively.

She had received the ‘Staff Exchange Award’ from UKIERI to visit University of Stirling, Scotland, UK for Collaborating in the exchange, development and delivery professional teacher education and educational leadership. She was instrumental in receiving 3 grant-in-aids for Research Projects from ICSSR, New Delhi, India for her current institution.

Her forte is Educational Psychology, Educational Philosophy and Action Research. She regularly conduct workshops for teacher trainees, educators and educational leaders on:

  • Reflective Teaching,
  • Effective Teaching Through Active Learning,
  • Understanding Learners,
  • Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation System,
  • Life Skills Education,
  • Personality Development,
  • Stress Management & Time Management
  • Advanced Pedagogy
  • Inclusive Education & Learning Difficulties

Dr. K. Indira is an educationist with over 25 years of experience. She has been a Senior Associate Inspector associated with the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau since 2008. She is a qualified teacher and has a professional qualification from the University of Cambridge. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Sociology and a Master’s degree in Sociology.

Her doctorate degree is in Organisational Behaviour and she has specialised in Leadership Training. She has taught English and Social Studies in schools in India and in the Middle East. As Education Officer, she has experience of working with public and private schools across India. She has also been involved in accreditation of CBSE schools in India.

Dr. Indira has vast experience of inspecting schools within India and in the Middle East. She has conducted baseline studies, audits and school inspections of more than 300 schools. She has inspected a wide range of schools offering the UAE, Philippino, UK, US and Indian curricula.