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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.