The Founder and Executive President of GREAT Foundation is Dr. Ms. Viney Kirpal. She is a former Professor from IIT Bombay where she taught and headed the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (1974 to 1997).
As Professor she was twice Faculty Advisor, and the teacher of English (for 23 years) for SC/ST students selected under the affirmative action category. She observed many of them to be first generation learners from poor families who would leave IIT mid-way or pass out with a minimum CPI.
Such experiences became the catalyst for her to start GREAT Foundation in 2002 with the mission of providing quality education especially in Science and Math to less privileged children studying in government schools and equipping every undeserved community child to become a professional such as an engineer/scientist/architect/doctor when he or she grew up.