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 has been a social activist for the last 15 years, working on issues like 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.
Formerly, he was a Technocrat Entrepreneur, building and managing a manufacturing unit for cold-rolled steel sections in Bihar, India, for over 25 years.
Mr. Verma is one of the Founder Trustees and has lent his diverse experience in forming the plan and strategy of this organisation.
B.Tech (IIT Kharagpur)
Retired Technocrat Entrepreneur
Ms. Supriya Akhaury is the Founder Trustee and Director of Vidya & Child. The organisation, which started with two children, is now reaching out to over 1800 children across 5 locations.
She volunteers full time to the organisation and manages the overall functioning of the organisation.
Additionally, she has over 9 years of Financial Consulting experience to various corporate entities.
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
Ms. Devyani Chatterji joined Vidya & Child in 2000 as the Head of School Programme [earlier referred to as Non-Formal Education]. She was inducted as a Trustee in 2005. She volunteers full time to the organisation.
As the Programme Director of Vidya & Child, she manages the school programme of all centres of Vidya & Child and also formulates and reviews the programmes of the organization as a whole.
She was headmistress of DPS [Delhi Public School], Mathura Road, Delhi. She has over 35 years 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. 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.
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
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 of experience in management consulting and education
Mr. Venkat Krishnan has 29 years of global corporate experience with leading IT companies, predominantly with Cognizant Technologies, wherein he has lead verticals of Engineering & Manufacturing in India and US.
He is expected to help steer Vidya & Child in its fundraising efforts and creative development of children. He is a keen guitarist and runs marathons for fundraising.
Over 29 years of global corporate experience
Mr. Prakash Seshadri Nathan has 30 years of professional experience with organisations such as Nuclear Power Corporation, ABB and IL&FS. Over the last couple of decades, he has held senior leadership positions in managing the development of Private Infrastructure projects in India especially in the area of Clean Water and Clean Energy.
Since 2019, Prakash has been building a second career focused on sharing his experience as a Consultant and Mentor. In addition to the above, he is passionate about education and the career of young professionals. Prakash has been involved with Vidya & Child as a Trustee since 2017 in the area of fundraising and setting strategic direction.
B Tech (College of Engineering, Trivandrum)
PGDM (IIM Bangalore)
Over 25 years of experience in various corporate houses