Varanasi team

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Om Prakash

Om Prakash Ram’s story is one of relentless perseverance to go against all odds to get an education. Hailing from Panagarh west Bengal, Om was born into a humble household; his father was an iron cutter (cutting parts of old vehicles) and mother made and sold ‘bidis‘. The family’s income wasn’t more than a Rs 100 per day.

He recalls the humiliation of having to pick up cow dung for cooking as his family was the only one in Panagarh to have no cooking gas. But he had the will to excel. He pushed through all the taunts from his classmates and worked hard. However, his dreams came to a screeching halt when his father said he can afford to pay for his education only till Class X. He was nearing 60 and could no longer do the hard physical labour he was used to.

Today, Om has completed his MA in Hindi and a year-long course in German from Bardawan University. He also has a B.Ed from Kurukshetra University. He has working experience in rural village’s community, government schools and private schools

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Dulali Malakar

Being born in a family that believed girls to be a burden on the shoulder, Dulali was not allowed to complete her education. She was married before she could reach 7th grade.

When she tried to convince her in-laws to allow her to continue her education, they burned her books and didn’t allow her to step out. Since then she vowed to provide better education to children and protect them from facing the similar conditions. With no academic qualifications by her side, she started developing her teaching methods and to experiment the same, she started giving private tuitions at her home. Soon she was swarmed by kids from nearby areas.

She played a key role in setting up the Dream World at Sonebhadra district in Uttar Pradesh, and today she is the caretaker.

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Anshu Kumar

Born and brought up in Bihar, Anshu belongs to a small town named Jamui. After completing his B.Tech in EEE from NIT Hamirpur, he has worked for Verizon for around 3 years. Tired of his monotonous life in software sector, he decided to pursue his MBA in marketing from Symbiosis, Pune. He is very passionate about bringing a change in education system especially in states like Bihar and U.P. His parents have moved to Varanasi recently and therefore he helps in the on ground execution of plans and fund raising as well.

He is passionate about music and has performed as a vocalist on many occasions. He dreams of a young and agile India and therefore puts his efforts in shaping the future of kids who will make the country reach new heights.

National team

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Arvind Chaubey

Born in Rihand Nagar, Arvind has traveled widely from UP to UK. Currently he is in Pearl City- Hyderabad, working in Capegemini Consulting. Earlier he worked with Infosys for more than 6 years a Technology Analyst. Starting from a small town, Rihand Nagar and then moving to London, he has witnessed diversity of culture, education, and living style. He is actively involved in many NGOs and trying to contribute towards nation-building.

As a co-founder, he has seen Divaswapna growing from a small kid to a young boy. He focuses on the operations and strategy for growth of Divaswapna. His hobbies include travelling, online games and photography.

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Alok Kumar

Alok was born in a small village in Buxar in Bihar. No electrictity, no pucca roads – filled his early childhood with true colors of rural India.With father in a transferable government job,Alok got an opportunity to enjoy the Bengali culture with Bengali Rasogulla and maach-bhat and explor the adivasi lifestyle of Sonebhadra district,U.P. After graduating from IIT BHU in 2005 and working in companies like Wipro and Indus Valley Partners, he is currently employed with United HealthGroup, Gurgaon.

Bitten by the bug of social entrepreneurship and with a strong passion to contribute towards nation building, he is one of the founding members of Divaswapna. He enjoys exploring and understanding the education systems and frameworks of different countries. He focuses on the educational infrastructure of the organization.

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Vibha Joshi

Vibha brings 8 years of her experience with Jagriti Yatra, an NGO to promote entrepreneurship among youth. She headed Selections, along with overlooking programming and operations for the Yatra. Previously she worked with pharmaceutical MNCs in the area of Research and Product development. She holds a Master’s degree in Microbiology from the Mumbai University.

As one of the core team members, she is passionate about designing a ‘fun-filled’curriculum for the Day-dreamers and taking care of our human resources.A qualified news reader for All India Radio, keen astronomer and music lover she has a strong passion for children’s education and believes in the vision of Divaswapna.

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Adarsh Shekhar

Born in Bihar and brought up in Jharkhand, Adarsh spent his childhood in a small neighborhood, away from the glitz and glamor of a big city. A firm believer in ‘one step at a time’, he moved to Ranchi, Jharkhand for his 10+2, and then to IIT Kharagpur for his undergraduate degree. Currently, he is pursuing PhD in Materials Science from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA. His passion for theater and acting, which originated in Kharagpur, led him to join ‘Vidushak’, an indian theater group at USC of which he is the president since 2009. A lower middle class upbringing has kept him rooted to Indian culture and values.

He is one of the core team members of Divaswapna. He looks after fundraising in the USA, and supports the team with new ideas to scale up the organization.

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Ashutosh Kumar

Born and brought up in Bengal, Ashutosh hails from a small village of Bihar. And currently lives in the ‘maximum city’. After graduating from IIT Kharagpur in 2007, he joined a software firm in Chennai and worked there for almost a year. The realisation that this is not his cup of tea dawned upon him soon, and he left his plush corporate career to explore something exciting and meaningful. He joined Jagriti Yatra to awaken the spirit of entrepreneurship among the youth of nation. He led the Yatra for 3 years. Now he is on the Board of Jagriti, helping the organization with the growth strategy. The colors of the rural and urban India have shaped his personality. He has great passion for nation-building.

He is one of the co-founders of Divaswapna, and looks after the fundraising and sustainability of the organization. Theatre, travelling, and reading books are his hobbies

Advisors

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Amit Mantri

Amit Mantri is the co-founder of 2Point2 Capital, a SEBI-registered Portfolio Management Services provider. Amit has over 6 years of investing experience across private equity and public markets.

He has earlier served as a Vice-President at Hornbill Capital, a Mumbai based hedge fund. Hornbill is co-sponsored by Orchid Asia which manages US$ 3.0 billion of equity capital for Asia. Prior to Hornbill, he was part of the private equity investment team at IDFC Alternatives and Zephyr Peacock. At Zephyr Peacock, Amit worked on transactions in the logistics, IT infrastructure services, pharmaceuticals, clean-tech and financial distribution industry. He has served on the Board of 20Cube Logistics as an Alternate Director and was part of the team that launched Sri Lanka’s first private equity fund.

Amit has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and a B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. He is also a CFA® charterholder.

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Rohit Gupta

Born in Kanpur, UP and brought up in Jaipur, Rajasthan, Rohit belonged to a lower middle class family. He worked his way up from neighborhood schools to IIT Kharagpur and is now working as a Partner in New York, in a boutique consulting firm advising global banks and financial institutions. He has 10 years of experience in area of strategy development and problem solving by leveraging advance data analytics.  He also co-founded a portfolio management and investing firm in 2011 which operates in Indian Equity markets with an objective of long term value creation. Having grown from lower middle class family in a tier-B city, spent 5 years in Kharagpur and 10 years in millennium city of India and USA, he is a core believer of “Indian Growth Story” and understands the importance of education in shaping the nations future. He has been partnering with other institutions working in similar space for last 5 years by enabling more and more kids to join the mission of education to uncover their future dreams.

He understands the value of achievements in life and firmly believes that “Life is all about opportunities, some people are fortunate enough to get them”.

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