The Core Team of Shikshantar consists of the Chairperson, Minoti Bahri, the Team Director, Sanjay Prakash, and the Education Director, Sunil Batra.
Minoti Bahri, Hospitality Management (IHM, Pusa, Delhi) has been working in areas of school education, design and hospitality development for the past 25 years. She is Founder and Managing Trustee , Shikshantar School, Gurgaon and Promoter Director , Unitech
Engaged in areas of curriculum development, innovation in evaluation systems, teacher education, parent and child counseling and systems design in school environments, Minoti is particularly committed to establishing a viable learning culture that is progressive, guided by an inner faith in the learner and sensitive to the environment and all beings. As an entrepreneur in hospitality and education sectors, Nurturance, Inclusiveness, Detailing, New possibilities, Organic growth, Humour and Peace are her tools as she works towards creating learning environments that are real, thoughtful and meaningful for children, parents, educational leaders and teachers.
In the hospitality sector her focus has been on recognizing and developing individual strengths to dove tail them with organizational needs. Hence creating via the Club Patio chain, units where service is warm and personal moving towards innovative, progressive standards of excellence.
Minoti has in the past actively taught at Mirambika- New Delhi. Facilitated teacher and self-developmental workshops at The Krishnamurthi School- Benaras, Chirag and various other NGO’s working in areas of self– development and counseling. She has been a resource person for NGO’s working in literacy programs for first generation learners.
Minoti is also a keen photographer and pursues active parallel interests in indian classical dance (odissi) , building and landscape design and poetry writing.
Sanjay Prakash, B. Arch., A.I.I.A., is a practicing architect with a commitment to energy-conscious architecture, eco-friendly design, people’s participation in planning, music and production design. Mr. Prakash’s participative and community managed architecture work includes rural schools in Rajasthan (Lok Jumbish), Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Orissa. His architectural work in the field of education includes a research center cum school (Mirambika), an ashram hostel (Tapasya), children’s home for juvenile justice (Prayas), five engineering colleges and two higher secondary schools, a hotel management college, a ghat (Indus river), four hospitals, medical dispensaries, an integrated sports complex, factories, resorts, residences, offices and warehouses. Mr. Prakash also worked on distance education and rural connectivity for TARAhaat.com. He is on the managing committee of Mirambika Free Progress School and on the advisory board of Deepayan Vidya Niketan. Mr. Prakash is planning/designing a number of public engineering Institutes, such as Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi, Delhi Technological University, Delhi, and Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur.
Sunil Batra, M.A., Child Psychology and Education (Erikson Institute, Chicago) has been facilitating learner-friendly education for more than two decades as a practitioner, academic and researcher, specialising in nurturing institutional practices from Nursery to Class XII.
As the Founder Director Education of Shikshantar, Gurgaon, Sunil works closely with school leaders, teachers, children and parents.
Sunil was also the Founder Director Education of Deepayan Vidya Niketan in North Delhi. As an advisor, he has been engaged in restructuring low fee paying and high income aided and unaided schools.
Sunil has been instrumental in designing and teaching courses on Education Leadership at three universities in India – Delhi University, TISS Mumbai and Ambedkar University, Delhi where he is Adjunct Faculty. Sunil is also a Mentor for the National Centre for School Leadership initiated by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA).
Sunil has been a resource person for multilateral funding agencies, government programmes and NGOs at various state and central levels. He has presented papers with wide appreciation at various national and international conferences. He has a few publications to his credit including newspaper editorials.
Sunil is the Founder Director of Shiksharth, a not-for-profit organisation committed to enable collaborative learning about learner-friendly education.
Sunil also connects with the world of children through theatre, children’s literature, poetry and adventure sports.