• Anand Pathak

    close Senior Project Manager

    Anand has the responsibility of maintaining and managing all facility management operations and maintenance. Anand joined the Dakshana family in January 2022 as Senior Project Manager (MEP, HVAC). He is managing the Dakshana valley expansion plan for 2021-27.  [READ MORE]

    Anand has graduated with a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the NIT Kurukshetra (Haryana). He has notable experience of 8 years. He has worked in various roles with different services and manufacturing companies, such as Solar Energy Corporation of India, Power Trading Corporation of India, and Kanpur Plastipak Limited.He enjoys solving puzzles and playing games like badminton and cricket. He loves trekking and traveling.

  • Anjali Kumari


    Anjali has joined Dakshana in February 2022 as nurse and compassionately takes care of the health of the scholars in the Dakshana Valley campus. [READ MORE]

    She is very caring and loving person.

  • Ankit Raj Srivastava

    close State Program Co-ordinator - Uttar Pradesh

    Ankit is State Program Coordinator for Uttar Pradesh. He has been a part of the Dakshana family since December 2021. He has 11 years of experience in the government and public sector. [READ MORE]

    Ankit has completed his B.Tech from GBTU, Uttar Pradesh. He also holds an Executive MBA in Information Technology.Ankit’s responsibility is to spread awareness about the Dakshana JEE/NEET One-Year Residential Scholarship Program among the students at government schools in the state.

  • Chetan Jaiswal

    close State Program Co-ordinator - Rajasthan

    Chetan Jaiswal joined Dakshana as State Program Co-ordinator for Rajasthan in January 2022. He has completed his B.E. and M. Tech. in Electrical Engineering in 2008. He has also completed an MBA in Operations Management from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. He has work experience of 14 years with the ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth and Career Point. [READ MORE]

    He loves and works for the welfare of society.

  • Deepak Waghmare

    close Accountant

    Deepak Waghmare joined Dakshana Foundation in November 2015 and has been handling payroll and accounts management. [READ MORE]

    He has completed his Govt. Diploma in Co-operation & Accountancy (GDC & A) course and is currently pursuing executive course in Company Secretary.
    Deepak worked as an accounts executive in a manufacuturing company for 4 years before he joined Dakshana.
    Deepak likes to meditate, swim and listen to music. He also participated in University level cricket competition during college.

  • Dil Bahadur Mahatara

    close Kitchen Manager

    Dil Bahadur has been part of the Dakshana family since February 2021 and is responsible for all the food preparation, safety, staff management, cost-control, and related activities at Dakshana Valley. Dil Bahadur Mahatara has 13+ years of experience in catering services as a hotel manager and executive chef and has progressive leadership experience. He is very passionate about his work in kitchen management. [READ MORE]

    Dil Bahadur’s family consists of his parents, wife, daughter, and son. He is passionate about playing cricket and football.

  • Jitendra Singh

    close Sr. Program Manager Academic Operation

    Jitendra Singh Joined Dakshana as a Sr. Program Manager Academic Operation in September 2022. He is responsible for managing all APCs, making Weekly schedule, scholars counselling, scholar’s related issues & all ground activity. [READ MORE]

    He has professional work experience with multiple coaching institutes. Prior joining Dakshana he was working with Aakash Educational Services Limited & before that he was working with FII JEE Limited institute. He has more than 9+ years experience.

    He loves to play cricket and love to singing.

  • Kamdev Choudhary

    close Academic Program Co-ordinator - JNV Bengaluru Urban

    Kamdev joined Dakshana as Academic Program Coordinator at CoE JNV Bengaluru Urban in May 2022. [READ MORE]

    He is alumni of JNV Ranchi and graduated in B.Sc Mathematics from Ranchi University.

    He is passionate about technology and innovation. He loves to explore new things and travel to new places.

  • Kamal Kant Sharma

    close APC - JNV Pune

    Kamal Kant joined Dakshana as APC intern in July 2022 in JNV Bangalore Urban and is working as APC in JNV Pune. [READ MORE]

    He completed BCA from Dr. Hari Singh Gour University, Sagar in June 2022.

    Biggest motivation behind joining Dakshana he feels is, quality education should be provided to all the needy students which Dakshana is already doing.

    He is towards learning and experiencing new things and likes to explore new things. As a computer application student he likes to design pages using HTML,CSS and JS.

    He is very keen on following geopolitical issues happening around the globe and loves to read and write poems in my free time. He also likes to play cricket and travel in hilly areas.

  • Lohit Vakada

    close State Program Co-ordinator - Andhra Pradesh & Telangana

    Lohit joined Dakshana for creating awareness about the Dakshana scholarship program in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. [READ MORE]

    Lohit Vakada is a young social professional. He has completed his Master of Arts in Sociology and Social Anthropology from TISS, Guwahati. Along with that, he has also completed a PG Diploma in Tribal Development Management from NIRD & PR, Hyderabad. Lohit has good knowledge in various development fields, such as social research, understanding social issues, and important concerns of Indian society.He is passionate about working in the development sector. Lohit is creative and loves his interactions with students.

  • Madhumita Haldar

    close Assistant Manager - Fundraising and Donor Relations

    Madhumita Haldar is an Assistant Manager at Dakshana Valley. [READ MORE]

    Madhumita’s birthplace is Koraput, Odisha. She holds a Bachelor’s in Science degree from Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology. She has also worked as an intern at Koraput Organic, an agriprenuer farm.Madhumita is very energetic and has a very good work ethic. She firmly believes in quality education, formal or informal. She believes knowledge is power and hence joined this institution with enthusiasm.
    Develop goals and plans for fundraising.
    Identify and explore donor pools.
    Researching fundraising opportunities and writing grant applications to companies and relevant bodies.
    Preparing quarterly budgets.
    Building relationships with major donors.
    Preparing monthly reports to update the board on progress on the fundraising front.

  • Madhuri Kalekar

    close Outreach Executive

    Madhuri joined the Dakshana Foundation in December 2021. Before joining Dakshana, she was working in a consulting firm. [READ MORE]

    Madhuri has recently completed her graduation in commerce from Savitribai Phule Pune University. She is a great admirer of Dakshana’s leadership team. As a learner, it is?a great opportunity for her to learn as well as to attain new knowledge and skills that will help her in the future.Madhuri belongs to a joint family. She likes to cook vegetarian food. She is passionate about playing badminton and cricket. She believes in helping and growing together with each other.

  • Mangesh Malave

    close Assistant to CEO

    Mangesh is a part of the admin team responsible for assisting the account team, HR team, and handling ad hoc office support duties and projects assigned by the management. He joined Dakshana as an Admin Assistant in September 2021. He is responsible for organizing meetings, producing reports and presentations for meetings with the CEO, and assisting in the daily routine of the CEO at Dakshana Valley, Pune. [READ MORE]

    He has completed his bachelor’s in commerce from Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Before joining Dakshana, he was a part of Swami Vivekanand Pratishthan, Pune (social organization), and ALFL Pvt. Ltd., Pune.He loves to play cricket and volleyball. He also likes traveling to new places and always likes to learn new things for self-improvement.

  • Maruti Londhe

    close Housekeeping In-Charge

    Maruti Londhe has been with Dakshana ever since the Dakshana Valley was bought in Kadus in 2014. He is in charge of House Keeping of the campus. [READ MORE]

    Maruti, as he is popularly known, is a native of Pune and has completed his matriculation. Maruti likes to play cricket, Kho-Kho, and Kabbadi and is very passionate about hygiene, cleaning & admin activity for Valley.

  • Md. Shahnwaj Alam

    close Academic Program Coordinator - JNV Bundi

    Md. Alam joined Dakshana as an Academic Program Coordinator in December 2021. Currently, he is an Academic Program Coordinator at CoE JNV Bundi to manage the 2-year JEE batch. [READ MORE]

    Md. Alam is a Navodaya alumnus. He was a JNV student at JNV Jamtara, Jharkhand in the 2011–2018 session. He is pursuing his B. Tech (Final Year) in Computer Science Engineering from JUT Jharkhand.Md. Alam is passionate about his work and always welcomes different situations. He enjoys reading various disciplines of philosophy, psychology, and sociology. He loves to write about mentoring and guidance. He also likes road trips. He loves to explore and learn about the history and culture of India. 

  • Md. Hasibul Rahman

    close State Program Co-ordinator - Bihar

    Hasibul is State Program Coordinator - Bihar. He serves as a Dakshana Representative in Bihar and works to spread awareness about the Dakshana program & mission with the schools and students. He has been part of the Dakshana family since December 2021. [READ MORE]

    Hasibul has completed an MBA with a specialization in marketing from Global Business School, Delhi. He has nine years of experience with national and international organizations. He has served in state-level and district-level positions in the past with various organizations to work on education, health, community development, gender rights, and HIV/AIDS.

  • Murlidhar Bhange

    close Maintainance Staff

    Muralidhar Bhange has been with Dakshana ever since the Dakshana Valley was bought in Kadus in 2014. [READ MORE]

    He is in charge of electrical maintenance and water management of the campus. Muralibhau, as he is popularly known, is a native of Pune and has completed his intermediate education in Arts. Muralibhau likes to play cricket and is very passionate about maintenance of electrical infrastructure.

  • Narendra Anekar

    close Assistant Project Manager

    Narendra is Assistant Project Manager (Planning) at Dakshana and plays a vital role in all the construction activities related to design, schedule, infrastructure, and expansion taking place at Dakshana Valley. [READ MORE]

    He is an architect and construction manager. He has graduated from NIT Bhopal in Urban Planning and Architecture and completed his post-graduation from NICMAR, Pune. He has experience in project management and coordination of large-scale projects in Bengaluru.Narendra has a special interest in painting, playing the flute, and tattooing.

  • Nilesh Vedpathak

    close Accountant

    Nilesh Vedpathak joined Dakshana in April 2022 as an accountant. [READ MORE]

    He has experience in construction accounting. Before Dakshana, Nilesh was working with a construction company since last 10 years.Nilesh like reading novels, history of ancient civilizations & foreign affairs.

  • Pradeep Kadam

    close Site Engineer- Dakshana Valley

    Pradeep Kadam has been a part of the Dakshana family since May 2018. He holds a BE degree in Civil Engineering from Pune University. [READ MORE]

    He is the Site Engineer at Dakshana and an important part of all the construction activity related to the infrastructure expansion taking place at Dakshana Valley.

    Pradeep also takes care of civil related maintenance work on the Dakshana campus.

  • Raj Kumar

    close Academic Program Coordinator - JNV Lucknow

    Raj works as the academic program coordinator at JNV Lucknow. Raj is a JNV alumnus. He did his schooling at JNV Bijnor and completed his B.Tech from Awadh University (Faizabad) in 2019. His role is to take care of the academics of the scholars to achieve their goals. [READ MORE]

    His biggest motivation to join Dakshana is his belief in the fact that education of all types leads to the growth of individuals and the nation. He loves to explore new things to learn.

  • Rajita Gunjal

    close Teaching Assistant- JNVST (Dakshana CSR Program)

    Rajita has completed Mechanical Engineering degree from Pune University. Rajita is a teaching assistant for the CSR program that Dakshana runs for the 5th standard kids from nearby villages at Dakshana valley. Students prepare for the JNVST - an entrance test for JNV. This program was started in 2018. Rajita is part of this program since its inception. [READ MORE]

    Rajita chose to work with Dakshana because she resonates with Dakshana’s cause and believes in the impact that is being achieved. Rajita’s family consists of her in-laws, husband and 2-yr old son.

  • Ratnesh Mothe

    close Maintenance In charge

    Ratnesh is a very lively person with a pleasant personality. He joined Dakshana in August 2021. He is an information technology graduate with vast experience in the fields of information integrity and privacy. He ensures that the information risks and controls are in check. [READ MORE]

  • Rupali Dhotre

    close Academic Program Coordinator - Dakshana Valley

    I am Rupali Dhotre. I have completed my MSc in Mathematics at Savitribai Phule Pune University. I worked for 2 years with Sahyadri Academy as a Quantitative aptitude & Reasoning teacher. My hobbies are listening to music, reading historical books. I love to work with the Dakshana Foundation [READ MORE]

  • Sabyasachi Sahu

    close Academic Officer

    Sabyasachi completed his Bachelors in Education (B.Ed) from Acharya Nagarjuna University, Andhra Pradesh and has also cleared the Odisha Teacher Eligibility Test (TET). [READ MORE]

    Before joining Dakshana, he was a teacher at S.A.P.S.S. School, Odisha. At Dakshana, he is involved with the Academics team on JEE/NEET registration, scholars’ profile, test co-ordination, and in tracking academic progress at Dakshana Valley, Pune. He loves to read general knowledge books and travel to new places.


  • Sandeep Tiwari

    close Web Developer

    Sandeep Joined Dakshana as a Computer Science Engineer in 2022. Now he works as Web Developer Among His educational qualification, he has B.E in Information technology and master's in Computer Technology & Applications. [READ MORE]

    He has professional work experience with multiple startups across several industries and he has problem – solving and innovative ideas skills.

    Apart from this Sandeep likes Cricket, travel, and book reading.

  • Shashikant Nehere

    close Academic Officer

    Shashikant handles the academic scheduling of the 1-year scholarship program at the Dakshana Valley, Pune. [READ MORE]

    His responsibilities include monitoring schedule of lectures, conducting tests, generating results, etc. Shashi has completed his education at Rambhau Mhalagi Vidyalaya, Kadus. He joined Dakshana in May 2016. Shashi has had experience of 10 years in the hospitality industry. Shashi’s family consists of his parents, wife and they are blessed with a daughter.

  • Sunistha Singh

    close Academic Program Co-ordionator - JNV Bengaluru Rural

    Sunistha joined Dakshana as an Academic program coordinator at CoE JNV Bengaluru Rural in September 2022.She is hardworking postgraduate, specialized in Plant science from MJP Rohilkhand University, Bareilly (U.P.). [READ MORE]

    She has experience of 6 months in SRMS Institute of medical sciences, Bareilly as an Admission coordinator.

    She is quick learner and ready to take new challenges required to perform better. She loves to explore new things and travelling.

  • Thomas Chacko

    close Academic Program Coordinator - JNV Kottayam

    Thomas has been an Academic Program Coordinator at COE JNV Kottayam since March 2021. He hails from the Idukki district in Kerala. [READ MORE]

    He completed his M.A in Literature from Madras University in 2010. He used to run an English-medium school in Andhra Pradesh for 15 years. He worked as an assistant professor at V.R.S. & Y.R.N. Engineering College in Chirala, Andhra Pradesh. His hobbies include listening to music and playing the Tabla.

  • Vishal Dattatray Gunjal

    close Dakshana Coordinator - Database

    Vishal Dattatray Gunjal has completed his B.E. in E&TC from Pune University. Vishal has worked with some big names in the industry such as LG Electronics before joining Dakshana in 2020. [READ MORE]

    Vishal chose to work with Dakshana because he resonates with Dakshana’s cause and believes in the impact that is achieved. Vishal’s job involves creating awareness about the Dakshana scholarship program among students of government schools in Maharashtra. As a part of his job, Vishal liaises with state and district education officers. He is passionate about Volleyball and is a National Volleyball player. Vishal’s family consists of his parents, wife and he is blessed with a son. Vishal’s wife, Rajita, also helps with the Dakshana CSR program being run in the Kadus village school where we help students prepare for the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test (JNVST) & All India Sainik School Entrance Exam (AISSEE).

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