Vidya & Child is a project managed by Jayaprakash Narayan Memorial Trust registered as a Public Charitable Trust in New Delhi, India. Sri Jayaprakash Narayan was one of the political thinkers of Modern India. He was involved deeply in the independence struggle under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and his entire life was devoted to ushering in a new socio-political order, which would bring both freedom and equality to all. People, who believe in his ideals and the work that he did, have constituted the Trust in his memory.
The Trust’s objective is to undertake development work for the underprivileged who do not have access to basic amenities like drinking water, health and sanitation facilities & education facilities for children.
Registered as a Public Charitable Trust
Registered u/s 12 A of IT Act as a Charitable Institution
80G IT exemption available to Individual Donors
Registered under FCRA
Vidya & Child is run by Jayaprakash Narayan Memorial Trust, which comprises 8 trustees, out of which 5 are actively involved in the running of the organisation. Members of the trust come from diverse professional and personal backgrounds, but they all share their compassion for the underprivileged child.
Board of Trustees
Mr. Prem Prakash Verma (nephew of Sri Jayaprakash Narayan) has been a social activist for the last 15 Years, working on issues of Organic Farming, Development of Government Hospitals and models of sustainable and alternate development in the State of Jharkhand, India.
Mr. Verma also writes on various development issues impacting the social and religious fabric of the country.
He was earlier a Technocrat Entrepreneur who built and managed a Cold Rolled Steel Sections manufacturing unit in the State of Bihar, India for over 25 years.
Mr. Verma is one of the Founder Trustees of Vidya & Child and has lent his diverse experience in forming the plan and strategy of the organisation.
B.Tech (IIT Kharagpur)
Retired Technocrat Entrepreneur
Ms. Supriya Akhaury is the Founder Trustee and Director of project Vidya & Child. She started the organisation with 2 children which is now reaching out to over 1600 children across 5 locations. She volunteers full time to the organisation and manages the overall functioning of the organisation.
Earlier she has over 9 years of Financial Consulting experience to various corporate.
Ms. Supriya Akhaury is also on the Internal Complaints Committee of two corporates as per the compliance of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013
B.Com (Kolkata University)
Director Vidya & Child
Earlier Financial Consultant
Mr. Mohan Kumar has been a Trustee since 2001. He was invited to be a part of the Board for his extent of Corporate Network as well as diverse experience.
Mr. Mohan Kumar has had intensive Sales, Marketing as well as Business Development Experience in various corporate houses.
He brings to the organisation his skills in drawing up strategic plans as well as giving advice on improvement of processes.
His own contacts have helped in bringing various donors contacts to the organisation.
B.Tech (NIIT Trichy)
MBA (IIM Bangalore)
Over 25 years experience in various corporate houses – Michelin, Swatch, Yonex, Eicher amongst others.
Ms. Ruchi Shah joined Vidya & Child as a Volunteer in 2001 and was inducted in as a Trustee. She volunteers full time to the organisation.
She specifically oversees the academic programmes as well as the Fund Raising Activities of the organisation apart from being a part of the core team formulating and reviewing the programmes of the organisation.
Prior to joining the social sector, Ms. Ruchi Shah has had over 6 years experience in the Advertising Industry in the Marketing and Client Servicing Sector.
She brings to the organisation her skills and interest in diverse academic programmes, alternate methodology in activity based learning as well as process orientation and approach in all programmes.
B. Pharma (BITMesra)
MBA (NMIMS, Mumbai)
Associate Director, Vidya & Child
Earlier Experience in Advertising Industry
Mr. Toshak Vaid joined as a Trustee in 2005.
Mr Toshak Vaid has had over 23 years of experience in managing his own very successful Carpet Export House.
His primary role has been of introducing people and organization like Concern India Foundation to Vidya & Child. Concern India is one of the biggest funders of programmes of Vidya & Child.
B.Tech (IIT BHU)
MBA (IIM Bangalore)
Over 23 years experience in managing own Carpet Export House
Ms. Kakul Gupta was the first volunteer to join Vidya & Child as a teacher in 1999.
She was inducted as a Trustee in 2005.
Ms. Kakul Gupta is Associate Director of Vidya & Child and manages the HR functions and After School Support Programmes of Vidya & Child, apart from being a part of the core team formulating and reviewing the programmes of the organisation.
Over 17 years experience in social sector with Vidya & Child
Ms. Deviyani Chatterjee joined Vidya & Child in 2000 as Head of School Programme [earlier referred to Non-Formal Education].She was inducted as a Trustee in 2005. She volunteers full time to the organisation.
Ms.Chatterjee is Programme Director of Vidya & Child and manages the School Programme of all centres of Vidya & Child apart from being a part of the core team formulating and reviewing the programmes of the organisation.
She was headmistress of DPS [Delhi Public School], Mathura Road, Delhi. She has over 35years of teaching and administrative experience in schools.
She brings to the organisation her vast experience in teaching and managing primary and elementary school children. She also directly manages the English academic interventions.
Over 35 years experience of teaching and managing private schools
Mr. Rahul Akhaury has been involved as a volunteer since the inception of Vidya & Child. He was involved in overall planning and implementation and was inducted as a Trustee in 2015.
Mr. Akhaury is also the Founder & President of Ed2Net Learning, Inc. It provides online education to K-12 schools in the US. He is also Chairman, Vernajyoti Educare, a Section 25 Company, providing employment linked vocation training to rural youth in India.
Mr. Akhaury is involved in academic programmes as well as teacher enablement with the objective of improving holistic understanding of each child.
MBA (IIM Bangalore)
Over 25 years experience of management consulting and education