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The Team

Brief Profile of Digantar Team

George Cheriyan, Executive Director

George Cheriyan

George has four decades of experience in the development sector, both in South and North India, conceptualizing and managing several projects both in traditional and non-traditional development issues. He has proven experience in policy advocacy, national campaigns, and administration. Very good communicator and has excellent writing skills. George holds a BSc degree (Physics), a Masters in Public Administration, and a PG Diploma in Social Development (Canada). Assumed the responsibility as Executive Director of Digantar, since June 1, 2023

Hari Narayan Karol, Chief Accountant

Hari Narayan Karol

Hari Narayan is a resident of Sanganer, Jaipur, Rajasthan. He has been working at Digantar for the last 33 years, handling various responsibilities related to Digantar's library, store, office, and accounts. He currently holds the position of Chief Accountant and Office In-charge.

Noratmal Pareek, Community Coordinator, Vidyalaya

oratmal Pareek

Noratmal has been associated with Digantar Vidyalaya for the last 30 years. He has provided academic support to the teachers of Digantar Vidyalaya as well as to other organisations. Currently, he is working as the coordinator, responsible for ensuring a better relationship with the community, improving the school's functioning, conducting teacher training, developing teaching materials, and coordinating with every member of the school, in addition to classroom teaching. He holds an M.A. in Sociology and is presently settled in Jaipur.

Hemant Kumar Sharma, Academic Coordinator, Vidyalaya

Hemant Kumar Sharma

Hemant has been working with the children and teachers of Digantar Vidyalaya on various aspects of education for the last approximately 20 years. His areas of focus include teaching children, training teachers, and providing academic support to the teachers' group. In addition to these responsibilities, he also offers academic assistance to teachers from other organisations. Currently, he holds the position of coordinator at Digantar Vidyalaya. He has a B.Ed. degree and a Master's Degree in Sociology. He is presently residing in Jaipur.

Pragya Shrivastava, Coordinator-TARU

Pragya Srivastava

Pragya has been engaged in the field of education for over a decade. Her experience encompasses classroom teaching at primary and secondary levels, development of Teaching-Learning materials & modules, and facilitating in-service Teacher Education programmes, and providing grassroots support to teachers. She has previously worked in Eklavya and Azim Premji Foundation. She coordinates capacity-buildingprogrammes within TARU. Pragya holds a B.Sc., M.Sc. in Physics, and M.Ed. from Azim Premji University, Bangalore, along with a B.Ed.