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A Vision for Change

KAIVALYA, a word with roots in Indian spiritual thought, literally means ‘freedom from a conditioned existence’. Drawing from this concept, Kaivalya Education Foundation (KEF) envisions liberation from the country’s problems by creating a generation of social change leaders who have the vision and courage to create large-scale sustainable impact at the grassroots.

Supported by Piramal Foundation

Fellowship has been supported from the very beginning by the Piramal Foundation. The Piramal Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation established in 2006. Through the pursuit of practical innovations for India's development, it aims to create replicable solutions to some of our nation's most pressing challenges. Its method is based on a belief that talented young people when challenged to address the country's most common development issues, will find innovative solutions that are relevant, cost effective, and applicable to the nation at large. Their primary areas of focus include democratizing healthcare, sustainable solutions and rural employability among other worthy causes. The foundation’s emphasis on engaging young people and finding systemic solutions for the delivery of quality education resonates with Kaivalya’s objectives.
The Piramal Foundation has been a key supporter of the Fellowship: funding the launch of the Fellowship in 2008, providing access to the organisational development and marketing experts that work with Piramal Healthcare and giving invaluable input on strategic questions.

KEF is given strategic insights and direction by an eminent board with a wealth of accumulated experience in institution building and management. The Board provides insights from the business, finance, education and social sectors to help the Foundation reach its stated objectives.

Aditya Natraj


Aditya qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked as a corporate finance consultant for KPMG before working in senior management and business development in Europe. On returning to India, he took over and grew Pratham Gujarat into the state’s largest educational not-for-profit and subsequently launched the Gandhi Fellowship and Kaivalya Education Foundation (KEF) in 2008. Aditya is an Education Expert for Monitor Consulting and an Advisory Board Member for Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work in Mumbai. He has an MBA from INSEAD in France. He is the founder of Kaivalya Education Foundation.

Anubha Khanna

Program Director - Jhunjhunu Operations

Anubha has worked for 16 years with progressive organisations in the field of Organisation Development and Human Resources. She has designed Institutional processes, developed and implemented leadership development curriculum and set up processes for people capability development. She also supports an educational institution with their Institutional processes, management and staff capacity development. She is an MBA from Bombay University and certified trainer on programs related to self, team and leadership development.

Manmohan Singh

Program Director - Government, Mumbai Operations, and Public Relations

Manmohan has over 10 years of experience ranging from leadership development, systemic change, start-ups, large scale transformation projects and non-profit management. Previously, he has worked with regional, national and international institutions like, WHO, UNICEF, MSF, PRATHAM, Rotary & Red Cross. Manmohan is a Founding Member of Kaivalya Education Foundation. Currently, he is working as a Program Director – Government & Mumbai Operation. He has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Conflict Analysis and Peace-building from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi.

Monal Jayaram

Program Director - SLDP Curriculum Design Team

Monal has a background in fine art and design, and worked as a faculty member of MS University and the National Institute of Design before joining Pratham Gujarat. At Pratham she gained five years of experience of curriculum development while co-managing the urban program. Monal has an MA in Fine Arts from MSU.

Nandita Raval

Program Director – Gujarat Operations

Nandita graduated from Ekalavya Teacher Training Institute before becoming the Vice Principal for a primary school. She coordinated 500 remedial classes across 30 rural and urban locations in Gujarat for Pratham for 5 years prior to working on Gandhi Fellowship. She is a part of the organisation’s Ahmedabad Team and especially adept at handling Government relations and program design. She has an M.Ed from Gujarat University.

Niraj Lele

Program Director – Udaipur, Dungarpur and Churu Operations

Post his engineering, a little more than a decade ago, Niraj ventured into development sector as an explorer. He served at Ramakrishna Mission for more than 2 years. The appeal of the social sector made him seek professional expertise and he managed to graduate with masters in social work from TISS. He has been in education sector since then and is currently managing the tribal location of Udaipur Dungarpur in Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership. His other interests lie in nurturing youth leadership and he has as such been keenly involved with Gandhi Fellowship from its initial days.

Tripti Vyas

Program Director - Fellowship Curriculum Design Team

Tripti taught English literature to undergraduates, at a college affiliated to the University of Mumbai for over 12 years, before deciding to move out from the abstractions of theory to try her hand at practice: at getting things done. This led to stints in publishing and arts funding. After heading the editorial team at IMS Publications Mumbai, she moved to the India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore, as their Head of Programs. Now with KEF, she manages the Gandhi Fellowship Program.

Vivek Sharma

Program Director - Fellowship Alumni Program

Vivek was previously Program Director with Pratham, a leading NGO working on universalizing elementary education and creating school improvement programs. While working on Pratham’s footprint in the northern states, he set up learning enhancement programs in government schools Punjab, Himachal, Uttarakhand. Trained as a journalist, he spent over a decade working for a cross-section of Indian media. He has also been part of some unique business, IT and Telecom start-ups.

Anand Oak

Program Director - Human Resource and Leadership Development

With more than three decades of work experience and a Ph.D in Physics, Dr Anand Oak is associated with KEF since June 2011. Having worked for leaders from Information Technology, Industrial Electronics and Management Institutions, Dr Oak found his true calling with children and their development. After having pursued the same as a hobby for decades, he finally took it up professionally 5 years ago. Dr Oak’s current role at KEF focuses on Leadership Development and Learning Processes.

Bindi Dharia

Program Director - Technology

Bindi has joined the team as the program director for technology. She is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, with a focus in social enterprise and education. While in business school she worked with One Laptop per Child over summer and more recently did a project with the Shiv Nadar Foundation in Delhi. She has worked with Arcelor Mittal for four years in operations as an automation engineer before business school. She has done her masters in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and bachelors in electronics and telecommunications engineering from Mumbai University.

Rohit Talwar

Program Director - Marketing

As core team member of Pratham Gujarat, Rohit was involved in Urban/Rural primary education initiatives and fund-raising to support Gujarat programmes. Then he moved to United Kingdom for further study in business management and finance. Post his study he has set up his business in UK and as an entrepreneur managed business for 6 years. He has an MSW from Sardar Patel University, Gujarat and MBA from University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK.