Viney decided to become a teacher soon after she started her schooling at CJM, New Delhi in 1953. Such was the influence of the school on her! Holder of the Masters (University Topper) and PHD degrees in English from Poona University, she was Professor and HOD of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at IIT Bombay where she worked for 23 years. Her close encounters with the complexities of inclusive education in an institute of excellence showed her the dearth of quality education in the lives of those who study in free schools and made her found GREAT Foundation to fill that gap. Author/editor of 10 books and over 90 articles she has served on the panels of UGC, ICSSR and IGNOU. She has pioneered and trained over 7500 teachers through her Effective Teaching and Writing Your Thesis programs.
GKK Singh is a B.Tech ( Silver Medallist) from IIT Bombay and an MBA from IIM Calcutta. After having worked with multinationals like Johnson & Johnson Ltd and Horstmann India ( Baker Guages), he set up Enertech UPS Ltd, a manufacturing company but found his passion in teaching and training. As Director Asian Institute of Quality Management he has trained over 40,000 executives and mentored above 3000 Lean Six Sigma Black Belt projects in India, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and UAE He has taught courses at IIT Bombay and at NIA, SIBM and SIMS in Pune. Singh takes keen interest in school education and helped Viney co-found GREAT Foundation in 2002.
At the age of seven, Utpala spent one year in a village school before returning to education in larger cities. She went on to become an Electronics Engineer and has had a long corporate career in India and abroad. That one year has remained with her as a testimony of education to the masses. She has learnt that though hardships abound, the innate desire to learn combined with the infectious enthusiasm of students is a sustaining force in basic education. Utpala wishes to connect with this enthusiasm and help make learning fun for underprivileged students.
Dr. Shridhar Shukla
Shridhar, the Founder, MD of GS Lab and kPoint holds a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University and a B. Tech. from IIT Bombay. Shridhar started as a faculty member at the Naval Postgraduate School, USA, and advised over 20 Masters and PhD students. Shridhar then served as a Director at Persistent Systems helping its 25-fold growth between 1995 and 2003. Shridhar and his colleagues have incubated kPoint Technologies at GS Lab, known for its award-winning platform for creating and serving “discoverable” videos. He is a 2007 Distinguished Service award recipient from IIT Bombay. Shridhar is interested in increasing the educational opportunities around where he lives through associations with InOpen, GREAT Foundation, Jagriti School for the Blind, and InnoVidya.
R. Venkatesh ( Venky)
Venkatesh is Chief Scientist at Tata Research Development and Design Centre, a TCS innovation facility. He has a Masters in Computer Science and has been with TCS Research for more than 25 years. He has taught Algorithms, Systems Programming and Software Engineering to MSc (CS) students at Pune University. He was the industry representative in the Board of Studies(BoS) of Pune University for several years. BoS is responsible for the syllabus to be followed by all colleges teaching MSc(CS) and Master of Computer Applications (MCA). He Introduced Scratch, a programming tool, in a couple of schools in Pune through a few volunteers from TCS. And this expanded to many more schools in subsequent years. Venkatesh has been a supporter of GREAT Foundation since 2010.
Ravindra Baviskar holds MA and MPM degrees from Pune University and is currently pursuing his Ph.D degree from Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth Pune. He has headed the Departments of Training and Learning at Garware Well Ropes Ltd, Neilsoft and Thermax. Ravindra is a Member of The Executive Committee, ISTD Pune Chapter. He is also a Life member of NHRD. He has founded an NGO called Dynan-Ni-Daan from where he runs Learning Resource Center. He has been a supporter of GREAT Foundation for the last one decade and has joined as its Trustee in 2016.