OUR FOUNDERS

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Pankaj Jain

PhD, Molecular Biophysics (MBU), IISc

Pankaj worked on directed evolution for his PhD and postdoctoral research on Neuroscience behind stress at InStem, Bangalore. Along with his research, he has been actively involved in the field of school education for 7 years and has driven several social and environmental projects in the past. He is a ‘Mentor for Change’ for Atal Tinkering Labs and also coordinated the mentoring programme for PRODIGY, gifted education programme. A life-long learner and explorer, he aims to achieve an enriched and stress-alleviating environment in the schools

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Tarun Choubisa

PhD, Electrical Communication Engineering (ECE), IISc

During his PhD, Tarun developed an algorithm to classify humans and big-cats using machine learning. He is the recipient of Mission10X Dale Carnegie certification for High Impact Teaching Skills and a 'Mentor for Change' for Atal Tinkering Labs. He was an instructor for the Dream India camp which follows Summerhill philosophy. He has coordinated the mentoring program for Gifted Education Project by NIAS and also mentoring a mentee. He has organized along with others a couple of "Startup Weekend events (54 hour entrepreneurship weekend event)." He is a fellow of “Crayons of hope”. He is very passionate about improving the life-quality of people by education, awareness and networking.

Our Core Team

Shiv Kumar

PhD, Electrical Communication Engineering (ECE), IISc

Shiv obtained his PhD from Electronics and Communications Engineering Department in IISc. He has a keen interest in math teaching and wants to ensure that every student of mathematics realises its beauty; the beauty which has been attracting some of the best minds of humanity.

Mrinal Shah

PhD, Microbiology, National University of Singapore

Mrinal did her PhD in microbiology from Mechanobiology Institute at the National University of Singapore. During and since her PhD she has worked with several science education and communication platforms. She has received training in curriculum design and pedagogies. She has interviewed many Indian women scientists and written articles about them which have been published on thelifeofscience.com and magazines like The Wire. She has jointly authored a book chapter exploring the gender gap in Indian science for Brookings India, a policy think tank. She dreams to make science education relevant and engaging for school students.

Ashwin Guha

PhD, Computer Science and Automation (CSA), IISc

Ashwin has completed his PhD at the Department of Computer Science and Automation, IISc on spectral theory for hypergraphs. He completed his Masters at IISc and his B.Tech at NIT-Trichy. He is an ardent student of mathematics and has handled classes for a diverse group, from middle school students to masters students. He was the Subject Topper for Secondary School Maths at Teaching Professionals Olympiad 2018, organized by CENTA.

Jayabharathy Ranganathan

PhD student, Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES), IISc

Jayabharathy is finishing her PhD at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc on the behaviour of blackbuck antelope. While pursuing research she got interested in alternative schooling philosophy and assisted for a year in a waldorf kindergarten in Bangalore. She is interested in exploring ways to make learning a creative and engaging process.

Our Consultants

Shravan S K

Shravan completed his B.E. from BMS College of Engineering in Bangalore and has worked on VM Placement in Data Centres for his Masters in IISc. He has been volunteering in government schools since 3 years. He left his job in Nvidia to pursue his interest in education with S2S

Manohar G M

Manohar has completed his M.Sc. in BioTechnology from Jnana Bharathi, Bengaluru. He is the secretary for halliLabs, an NGO for inculcating scientific temperament in a fun way which also emphasizes inquiry based learning among rural kids of all age groups. He occasionally conducts workshops on research-based teaching methods for college lecturers. He is a freelance science writer for Research Matters.