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Office Bearers

KS. Ramamoorthy - President

Mr. KS. Ramamoorthy is an octogenarian who retired after working with the Governments of Zambia and Botswana in Africa as a Senior Civil Servant for several decades. He was also with the UN as a consultant. KS. Ramamurthy returned home to India in 1999 to engage with one of the most challenged communities in the tribal areas of Vellore district. He started his NGO in 2004 that addresses education, health, environmental and livelihood themes. The activities are focused mainly in five blocks in Vellore District of Tamil Nadu and one village in Uttarkashi District, Uttarakhand.

 

Dr. Balaji Sampath - Founder & Secretary

Dr. Balaji Sampath, a B.Tech in Electronics from IIT Madras. PhD holder in Electronics from Univ. of Maryland, College Park. As a graduate student, he mobilized 500 volunteers and started 25 chapters of Association for India’s Development in the USA. After returning to India and started working fulltime on social issues in 1997 and founded AID India. He worked with Center for Ecology and Rural Development and the People’s Science Movement on health and education programs.

He organized People's Health Assembly Campain in 2000 at a national level. Received several awards for his work in reading and science education - Ashoka Fellowship, Lemelson Innovator’s Award, Rotary Distinguished Service Award. Demonstrate weekly science program for children on TV since Aug 2006. Author of several books and videos on education, science popularization and health.

Dr. Ravishankar Arunachalam - Joint Secretary

Dr. Ravishankar Arunachalam, B. Tech in Electronics from IIT Madras. MS & PhD in Electronics from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. Worked as Advisory Engineer in IBM, Austin. Ravishankar was instrumental in developing the science demo class program and the Ariviyal Anandam programs which are being implemented in schools across the state. Ravishankar, along with Gomathi, developed the Eureka Science Lab-in-a-Box, for which AID India received the MIT Indus Technovator’s Award 2005. Ravishankar has also been instrumental in helping several foundations – like Satyam and Byrraju Foundations - adopt the science experiments program in other states. He is a member of the Tamilnadu State Secondary Education Curriculum Revision Committee and is also a key resource person of the Tamilnadu Science Forum. He is the author of many popular science and math books.

Dhamodharan M - Joint Secretary

B.Sc. Botany and MA, M.Phil in Anthropology from Madras University. Has been part of AID India fulltime since 2000. A self-made first generation graduate from a poor dalit landless family in a remote village in Villupuram, Damodharan is a major source of inspiration for a lot of volunteers and children. He has played a key role in developing the reading program along with Chandra. A terrific organizer, he has also been responsible for developing a strong field base for the organization across the state. He has been the major driving force behind the wide spread implementation of the reading program. He has also been instrumental in initiating and developing the pre-primary program. A team builder by nature, he is much sought after for solving inter-personal problems. He has also been a state coordinator of the Makkal Palli Iyakkam program and is a well known resource person who has trained many NGO workers on primary education activities. AID India was awarded the Pratham 2006 Achievement Award for the reading program developed jointly by Damodharan and Chandra. Damodharan is also the author of a number of children’s books and educational kits.

Chandra Anil - Treasurer

B. Tech in Instrumentation from BITS Pilani. Worked as Hardware Engineer in Wipro, HCL Technologies and SCM Microsystems. Volunteered in AID India’s Education programs when she was working in SCM Microsystems. Quit her job in 2002 to start working fulltime on education programs. She developed the reading program and the reading kit which are being used in schools across the state today. She built up close collaboration between AID India and Pratham on the reading program. Founder Trustee of the Pratham Tamilnadu Education Trust. Consultant to the SSA and UNICEF for the Reading and Math Program. Well known resource person and trainer on primary education for Vidyarambam, Makkal Palli Iyakkam and other NGOs. Author of a large number of children’s books, board games and learning aids. AID India was awarded the Pratham 2006 Achievement Award for the reading program developed by Chandra and Damodharan.

Project Directors

Gowri

B.Sc. Physics and MBA from Shrimathi Indira Gandhi College. She worked as the Team Lead in Placement Place, as Process Associate in MAFOI Consulting and as HR Executive in CDFI. She also freelanced with the Tamilnadu Foundation. Gowri has been playing an important role in handling our HR requirements apart from looking at our Children’s Scholarship program and the Eureka SuperKidz program.

 

Padmini Srinivasan

Bachelors in Pharmacy, Masters in Psychology and PG Diploma in Human Rights. Padmini worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 2.5 years and then 4 years in the banking industry – both as a trainer. She then moved into the non-profit sector in 2007. Initially she joined as a trainer and played a key role in training our field teams in English teaching. Soon after, she moved into project planning and donor reporting function and today handles this role for the Eureka SuperKidz team.

Radha Aravamudan

B.E., BITS Pilani, Masters in Engineering from San Jose State Univ. Was working as Senior Software Engineer in Cypress Semiconductors, before and quit to work full time on the rural education program. Has contributed significantly to content development across programs, especially Primary math. Has been instrumental in conceptualizing and designing workbooks which are very popular with children.

 

Srinivasan M

Diploma in Electronics and Communications from the Central Polytechnic Chennai, Web Design Certificate from Loyola College. Srinivasan got involved with the Literacy campaign when he was still a student. He was part of the coordination team for the state wide Arivoli Literacy Campaigns in early 1990s. He was primarily involved in mobilizing communities to participate in the mass literacy efforts. He started a local newspaper in Mylapore 'Mailai Seythigal'. He then worked for 2 years in an eco friendly Leather Technology project in CERD at Pondicherry – helping set up village enterprises. Then he joined the Tamilnadu Science Forum and worked as the Editor of Thulir – A well known monthly children’s science magazine – for 8 years. In partnership with a few friends, he started a book design and publishing company called Fineline. He has been coordinating libraries across the state partnering with several NGOs on libraries and other programs.

Thothadri Srinivasan

Thothadri was working with Infosys for 15 years as a Program Manager in Financial Services unit. He was also spear-heading Infosys Chennai's CSR Wing SNEHAM for around 10+ years. He has been volunteering with AID from 2002 onwards. During 2010, he took a sabbatical for 6 months to work full-time with Eureka and got inspired by their mission on imparting quality education to poor rural children. He has joined Eureka full-time from July 2013 and working as a Project Director responsible for managing after-school centres in Chennai and manage couple of partnership programs with Govt/Govt-aided schools. He was also instrumental in promoting Eureka's brand in social networks during the last year or so.

Project Coordinators

Anbazhagi TK

Certificate in Food and Child Nutrition, Tirupattur College. Currently doing her MA (correspondence) in Sociology.Anbazhagi comes from an extremely poor landless family in a remote village in Vellore district. She joined the literacy campaign in her village as a volunteer. Looking at her commitment, she was appointed as the cluster and then block coordinator for the literacy program. She then worked for 3 years as the Block Heath Coordinator for an Action Research Community Health Project in 30 villages. Anbazhagi joined as the district coordinator for Kanchipuram and has been a very effective organizer. She brings a very strong sense of community participation in all aspects of her work. She is also a very hard worker who puts in a lot of thought into every step she takes. She has the capacity to take along a lot of different people which is very useful in scaling up an effort.

Murugesh M

MA Tamil, Annamalai University. Volunteer with the Tamilnadu Progressive Writers Association. Worked with children’s support centers with the Tamilnadu Science Forum. Worked with the World Bank project Puthuvazhvu. Well known Poet and Writer. An extremely well networked motivator, Murugesh has been able to draw in a large number of volunteers and fulltimers into the reading programs. He also maintains very good contacts with the district education department and ensures that we get very good support at all levels. His interest in writing for children as well as building up libraries is a major support for the organization.

Raja Pandian

Joined as a young teenager just out of school. Played a very important role in developing content for Tamil reading skill.Was involved in training and monitoring of Govt school teachers for the PadippumInikkum reading program. He stepped into a leadership role of building a strong base in Trichy district and coordinating several field programs there. Liasoned with the Government education officials and the Collector on several programs. He is now one of the most valuable and youngest leaders of the organization.

Samundeeswari V

B. Com from AAA College, Vellore and Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education from IGNOU University.Has been the Vellore district coordinator for Muthucharam Savings Group Network.Has been the district coordinator for the Action Research Community Health Project. She is one of the core members of the organization who has been responsible for building it up. Samundeswari is a terrific organizer – she has been instrumental in starting off field programs in many new locations – Tiruvanamalai District, Kanchipuram District, Krishnagiri District, Sivagangai District and Vellore District! She has the unique ability of going to a completely new place, staying there for 5-6 months and building up a very strong and committed team of volunteers and fulltimers who can carry the work forward without her!

Eureka Schools

Gomathi S - Founder

M.Sc., M.Phil. in Physics. A well-known resource person in science education, Gomathi is a popular trainer who trains students in many schools and colleges. Started and established Eureka Schools. Gomathi developed the award-winning Eureka Science Lab-in-a-Box which was used to implement a large scale science experiment program in Krishnagiri and Sivagangai Districts. She currently works on developing technology-based science content for children.

 

Parvathy PN - Director & English Language Learning Expert

B. Com, Masters in Social Work, Madras School of Social Work. Awarded 3-year Young Professional Fellowship by CAPART (Ministry of Rural Development). Also founder and Managing Trustee of Aspire Foundation, an NGO working for education in Dindigul District. Author of several bi-lingual booklets for children. Co-author of research paper published in ‘Innovating EFL Teaching in Asia’ by Palgrave Macmillan. With a strong focus and drive to get poor children to read and speak English, Parvathy has led English learning action research programs in AID INDIA since 2006 and developed innovative English learning materials for rural children. Parvathy is responsible for overall co-ordination of both Eureka Schools.

Smitha Kalyani - Academic Consultant

B. Tech in Computer Science from BITS Pilani. Quit software job in Wipro to volunteer in villages for health and education programs. Worked on starting up education initiatives like Government school quality improvement, libraries and village learning centres in Krishnagiri district. Instrumental in implementing a district wide Science program with the district collector Mr. Santhosh Babu (IAS). Led the education evaluation team in AID INDIA to conduct large scale assessments of children's learning levels. Experienced in research, program documentation and interacting with several large non-profit foundations in India and abroad. Smitha advises Eureka School on defining appropriate academic and non-academic goals both for students and for teachers. Smitha also interfaces and engages with other individuals and institutions in the education arena to help Eureka School improve its curriculum, offer newer learning experiences to the students and adopt best practices in teaching and learning methodologies.

Eureka Books

Lokesh J - Coordinator

BBA from Madras University and MBA from Anna University. Family poverty pushed Lokesh into working at the age of 15. He had already worked in a stationary shop, as a delivery boy and as an office boy in several companies before joining AID India at the age of 19 as a field coordinator in 2003. Even as he was working with AID India, he re-started his education and joined BBA in Madras University. Within a few months, he suggested the idea of starting a seperate unit for producing and publishing our books & materials so that the cost of production can be reduced. Accordingly, the unit started functioning from 2007.

Finance

Kumar MA - Director

Retired as Senior Bank Manager at the Canara Bank. Head of Regional Bank Staff Training College – Specialist ISO Process Training. Founded and Managed an Interior Decoration Company for 4 years. He oversees financial management for the organization.

 

 

Volunteer & Intern

Selva Ganapathy - Coordinator

Selva Ganapathy works with IIT Madras, Chemical Engineering Dept, as a Technical Superindentent& has been volunteering with us since 2004. He has been instrumental in coordinating a lot of volunteers to contribute their time in our programs and also have mobilized a lot of people to adopt Eureka SuperKidz villages. Selva also organizes Eureka Run every year to raise funds as well as awareness about Eureka Programs. Selva was awarded the Volunteer hero of the year 2014.

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