• Anand Pathak

    close Project Manager – MEPF & Maintenance

    Anand Pathak assumed the role of Project Manager – MEPF & Maintenance at the Dakshana Foundation in 2022. In this capacity, he is responsible for strategizing, overseeing, and regulating construction activities across Dakshana Foundation's project sites. Additionally, he takes charge of supervising the overall maintenance operations at Dakshana Valley. He holds a pivotal role in the planning and execution of Dakshana Valley's expansion, as outlined in the Master Plan 2035. [READ MORE]

    Anand Pathak earned his B. Tech degree from the National Institute of Kurukshetra in 2013. Prior to his tenure with Dakshana Foundation, he gained valuable experience with esteemed organizations in the power infrastructure sector, including PTC India and the Solar Energy Corporation of India. Anand has successfully overseen the delivery of essential facilities such as an express feeder, a lecture hall block, and a hostel for 136 girls at Dakshana. With a total of 9 years of experience in projects and the power sector, he brings a wealth of expertise to his role.

    Beyond his professional pursuits, Anand enjoys outdoor activities such as trekking and traveling, as well as being an avid cricket enthusiast

  • 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.

  • Arun Shelke

    close Academic Program Coordinator – JNV Bangalore Urban

    Arun belongs to Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is an alumnus of JNV Bhopal and Dakshana Foundation- JNV Bundi batch (2014-16). He has completed B.Tech. from IIT Delhi in Chemical Engineering. [READ MORE]

    He loves sports very much and he was a gold medallist in Football in college. He loves to play other sports such as Volleyball, Hockey, Badminton & cricket. He loves to eat & travel with friends.

  • 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.

  • Kamdev Choudhary

    close Academic Officer - Dakshana Valley

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

    He was transferred to Dakshana Valley in September 2023. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Mahesh D. Panmand

    close Maintenance In-Charge IT & Communication

    Mahesh has joined Dakshana in August 2023 as Maintenance In-Charge IT & Communication. [READ MORE]

    He has Diploma in Computer Hardware and Networking.

  • Mohit T.

    close Assistant Program Manager - CSR Partnerships and Fundraising

    Mohit has completed his Master of Arts in Social Work (Community Organization & Development Practice) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, he is B.Tech in Automobile Engineering from Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research. He completed Diploma in Human Resource Management from Madras School of Social Work, and a Global Financial Markets Professional from BSE Institute Ltd. [READ MORE]

    Mohit worked in investment banks such as Barclays and BNP Paribas before pursuing his MSW. While he was a student at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, he served society through various internships in human resources, community development, health and sanitation, education, and other fields.

    Mohit is a passionate learner who enjoys learning new curriculum, as well as a football player and a capital market enthusiast.

  • 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.

  • Prashant Kadam

    close Store In Charge

    Prashant joined Dakshana in July 2023 as Store In Charge. He has completed a B.Sc. Agriculture from VNMKV Parbhani University. [READ MORE]

    He is passionate about his work and responsibilities in Store activities and management.

    he loves to take long walks, listen to music as well as play cricket.

  • 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 & AISSEE (Dakshana CSR Program)

    Rajita has completed a Mechanical Engineering degree from Pune University. She is a teaching assistant for the CSR program that Dakshana runs for 5th standard kids from nearby villages at Dakshana Valley. The students prepare for the Jawahar Navoday Vidyalaya Selection Test (JNVST) and other competitive exams for the 5th class. This program was started in 2018, and Rajita has been a part of it 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 4-yr old son.

  • Ramesan Thuruthuppalli

    close Academic Program Coordinator - Dakshana Valley

    Sub Ramesan Thuruthippalli joined the Dakshana Foundation in August 2022 as an Academic Program Coordinator and he is from Kerala. [READ MORE]

    Sub Ramesan Thuruthippali worked in the Indian Army(Corps of Military Police ) for 26 years. He served 1 year for the Foreign country UNDOF ( The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force).He got the best service award at UNDOF.

    Sub Ramesan Thuruthippalli completed 6 months of Commando Training at NSG center Manesar. He served 3 years COAS(Chief of the Army Staff) bodyguard and he got a COAS commendation and an Appreciation certificate.

    He is a hard-working person and a self-motivated. He enjoys watching movies and drawing, also he is the best player in volleyball.

  • 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 Database Engineer

    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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