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). Trained and practiced as a family counsellor at Sanjivini Society for Mental Health, New Delhi and as a Facilitator in Integral Education at Mirambika, New Delhi . Minoti’s formal journey with education sector started in 1996 when she facilitated children’s workshop at Rajghat-The Krishnamurthi School-Benaras & soon thereafter joined Mirambika, New Delhi as a teacher facilitator where she extensively trained and practiced principles of Integral Education, Human Values and Free Progress. Currently engaged in areas of curriculum development, innovative evaluation systems, teacher education, parent and child counselling and systems design for school. Minoti has established a viable learning culture that is progressive, guided by an inner faith in the learner, sensitive to environmental needs and all beings. As an entrepreneur in hospitality and education sectors, Nurturance, Inclusiveness, Detailing, New possibilities, Organic growth, Aesthetics and Humour are her tools as she works towards creating learning environments that are Simple, 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 dovetail them with organizational needs. Hence creating via the Club Patio chain, units where service is warm, personal, moving towards innovative, progressive standards of excellence. Minoti is also a keen photographer and pursues active parallel interests in Indian classical dance (Odissi), building/landscape/horticulture development, buddhist studies 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. Over the years, he has integrated all his work with the practice of new urbanism and sustainability in his professional and personal life. 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, and various other building projects.] Mr. Prakash also worked on distance education and rural connectivity for tarahaat.com. He was on the managing committee of Mirambika Free Progress School and on the advisory board of Deepayan Vidya Niketan. Mr. Prakash has planned/designed a number of public engineering Institutes, such as Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi, Delhi Technological University, Delhi, and Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur. His name and work is mentioned in the twentieth edition of one of the main reference works in architectural history, “A History of Architecture” by Sir Bannister Fletcher.
Sunil Batra M.A., Child Psychology and Education (Erikson Institute, Chicago) has facilitated learner-friendly education for more than two decades as a practitioner, academic and researcher, specialising in nurturing institutional practices from Nursery to Class XII. Sunil was also the Founder Director Education of Deepayan Vidya Niketan in North Delhi. As an advisor, he 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 was Adjunct Faculty. Sunil was also a Mentor for the National Centre for School Leadership initiated by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA). Sunil was a resource person for multilateral funding agencies, government programmes and NGOs at various state and central levels. He presented papers with wide appreciation at various national and international conferences. He has a few publications to his credit including newspaper editorial. On sabbatical for health reasons.
He is currently on sabbatical for health reasons