Management Team

Pratham Mysore is guided by a Board of Trustees and Advisors from varied backgrounds and experiences. A profile of the members.

Managing Trustee

Ashvini Ranjan

Mr. Ashvini Ranjan is the Managing Trustee of Pratham Mysore. Besides overseeing general administration and everyday issues, he is into strategic planning, analysis and expansion of all programmes since inception. He heads the Pratham Team of programmes. A post graduate from the University of Mysore, Ashvini Ranjan began his career as a teacher at the University before venturing into business. He is currently the Managing Director of A. J. Polymers Private Limited, Mysore.

Founder Trustee

Shashi Ranjan

Ms. Shashi Ranjan is the Founder Trustee of Pratham Mysore and is actively involved with Pratham's community based programs. She is a science graduate from Bangalore University and is associated with Bapuji Children Home, an orphanage for children at Mysore. She is an active Director of A. J. Stationery Private Limited, Mysore, a company manufacturing office and student stationary.


Dr. T. Padmini

Dr. T. Padmini is a Ph.D. in education specializing in the area of cognitive development of children. Retired from the Department of studies in Education, University of Mysore, Mysore after serving as Professor of Education and Chairperson, was awarded Emeritus Professorship for 2005-07 by the University Grant's Commission. Being instrumental in the design and development of curriculum for Pratham programmes, Dr. T. Padmini handles all academic issues including Research & Development work in Pratham Mysore.


A.K. Ranganathan

A practicing Chartered Accountant by profession with over 25 years of experience, Mr. Ranganathan A. K. is involved with many charitable institutions as an honorary Trustee/Auditor. As a Trustee - Treasurer, A. K. Ranganthan is involved in financial management and accounts at Pratham Mysore.


Ashok Rao

Mr. Ashok Rao is an Engineer (BE from NITK & MS from UMASS, US) having worked 25+ years for Rockwell International - US, Bosch - India & Germany & Automotive Axles. Since 2014, he runs K G K Engineering (a startup) in the manufacturing space. He is an active member of CII at State & Region level. He is active in the professional educational space. He is the Chairperson of Technical Education Quality Improvement Board of NIE since 2012.


Sheshadri Anandrao

has a Post Graduate degree in Economics. Started his career in Family Planning Association of India and worked in the areas of adolescent and youth related issues. He was instrumental in designing, developing and leading projects on Population and family life education. He has been associated with Pratham Mysore since 2002 and overseeing operations, mobilizing communities and catalyzing schools to deliver basic learning on scale and building the capacities of Pratham team. Also Involved in planning and management of resources of the organization.


Dr. Bhamy. V. Shenoy

Dr. Bhamy Shenoy is an advisor to Pratham Mysore on programme implementation. He handles all donor relationships and assists in mobilizing resources and building liaisoning with funding institutions, corporates and the government. He is associated with many NGOs and is actively involved in consumer movement in Mysore. An energy consultant by profession, Dr. Shenoy is an IITian and holds a Ph.D. in Management.


Dr. Nirmal Prakash

Prof. Nirmala C Prakash has forty one years of teaching experience coupled with research at the university level. She has served as professor and chairperson, Dept.of English ,Director, School of Humanities and Dean (Study Centres) at Karnataka State Open University. She has published four books and several research papers. Some of the prestigious awards she has earned are UGC's Indo -French Social Scientist Fellowship. Prof. Nirmala has special interest in developing soft skills, motivating students and devising inspirational classroom strategies to exploit the optimum potential of adult learners.


Dr. Mahesh Rao Ph.D.

Dr. Mahesh Rao Ph.D. Is a Engineering graduate from SJCE, Mysore with a Masters Degree from the University of Windsor, Canada and a Doctorate in Robotics from the University of Vyoming, USA. While employed at Intel he was awarded the Intel Achievement Award for his contribution to the 440BX chipset During 2001 he started his own company Aspire Communications Pvt Ltd in SMysore. After selling his businesses, he is currently working as Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator at Maharaja Institute of Technology responsible for their M Tech program in Signal Processing.