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Smt. Daggubati Purandeswari
Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development
Govt. of India
Smt. Daggubati Purandeswari - Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development
She was first elected to the 14th Lok Sabha from Bapatla parliamentary constituency in Andhra Pradesh in 2004 and successfully completed her full term. Subsequently, she contested the general elections of 2009 from Visakhapatnam parliamentary constituency and became victorious with huge majority of votes.

From the very initial year she proved to be an effective and dedicated Member of Parliament by bringing to the fore several problems relating to agriculture, education, public health, science & technology, mother-child welfare, natural calamities, and the problems faced by weavers and artisans in the country. She raised these issues forcefully in the House for appropriate redress.

She impressively participated in debate on various bills such as 'Domestic Violence Bill, Hindu Succession [Amendment] Bill, and the Bill on the establishment of special courts exclusively for trying cases of women to name a few' and made meaningful contributions. In appreciation of her performance in Parliament, the Asian Age adjudged her as the best Parliamentarian for 2004-'05.

Her speeches and addresses on different issues at the international fora gave ample evidence of the force and facility with which she could project various problems concerning the overall welfare of mankind with full sense of justice to all. In recognition of this quality she was often nominated on several panels for making a final draft on the decisions and deliberations of various international conferences. She played a lead-role on such occasions and her amendments and suggestions were mostly included in the final draft.

Being an extempore orator, a woman in quest of innovative life-style, a great visionary and having accomplished the global recognition, she was honoured with an invitation from Mrs. Laura Bush and addressed the White House symposium on 'Advancing Global Literacy' .
Padma Bhushan Sri. Anna Hazare
Social Activist
Padma Bhushan Sri. Anna Hazare - Social Activist
Kisan Baburao Hazare , popularly known as Anna Hazare ( January 15, 1940 ), is an Indian social activist who is especially recognized for his contribution to the development of Ralegan Siddhi, a village in Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, India and his efforts for establishing it as a model village, for which he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by Govt. of India, in 1992. He is also one of the leading figures who championed the cause of Right to Information Act in India for his crusade towards fighting corruption in public offices.

A former soldier in the Indian army, Anna is well known and respected for upgrading the ecology and economy of the village of Ralegan Siddhi which is located in the drought prone Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra state. The erstwhile barren village has metamorphosed into a unique model of rural development due to its effective water conservation methods, which made the villagers self-sufficient. Earlier, the same village witnessed alcoholism, utter poverty and migration to urban slums. Inspired by Hazare's unique approach of salvaging a hopeless village, the state government has implemented the ` Model Village ' scheme as part of its official strategy. Hazare is now synonymous with rural development in India .
Swami Agnivesh
Swami Agnivesh is an Indian polemicist and prominent Arya Samaj scholar and social activist, best known for his work against bonded labour through Bonded Labour Liberation Front, which he founded in 1981. He is the founder and president of the 'World Council of Arya Samaj.

Born as Shyam Vepa Rao, on September 21, 1939, in Sakti. He received his degrees in Law and Economics from Calcutta], thereafter he became a lecturer of Business Management in St. Xavier's College, Calcutta, India, from 1963 to 1968. In 1968, he left his home and job at Calcutta and went to Haryana, and joined the Arya Samaj, a Hindu reformist movement, and on March 25, 1970, he took to monastic orders, sanyas, under Arya Samaj, on the same day he also founded 'Arya Sabha', a political party based on Arya Samaj principles.

In 1977, he became a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Haryana, and a State Minister for Education, 1979-1982. In 1981, while still a minister, he founded the Bonded Labour Liberation Front, which continues to fight against bonded labour in India, especially in the quarries in and around Delhi, and he has remained its Chairperson ever since.

He is also the chairperson of the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary forms of Slave and is the recipient of several awards which include Right Livelihood 2004 - Sweden (known as alternative Nobel prize) and the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award.
Maulna Mahmood Madani
Leader, Jamiat- Ulama- i - Hind
Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)
Maulna Mahmood Madani - Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)
Maulana Mahmood Madani represents the third generation of a century old legacy of struggle for freedom, equality, social justice and human rights . His grand father, Maulana Syed Hussain Ahmad Madani, the great Scholar of Islamic theology, a teacher of Prophet's tradition in Prophet's Mosque at Medina, and in Darul Uloom Deoband, devoted his life to the struggle for freedom

After graduation from Darul Uloom Deoband in 1992 he took to business for fulfillment of his economic needs but this didn't deter him from devoting full time and energy to social and political activities. He started his political career by joining Samajwadi Party of which he soon became All India National Secretary and central Council member. He was elected to Rajya Sabha form U.P in March 2006 and at present he is a Sitting member.

Acknowledging his social and political activities, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, elected him as president . During his tenure as such, the conferences, meetings and programmes organized in various places proved very successful and drew unprecedented numbers of people running into millions. During Gujarat Earthquake his splendid work for relief and rehabilitation of victims and innovative and most constructive projects in the field of social welfare, Health and education, namely children village, mobile dispensaries, child & maternity hospital, women polytechnics and girls hostel won him many laurels from all corners. His work made the Jamiat Community all over the country recognize his worth and he was elected to become the General Secretary of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind on 24th Dec. 2001. He resigned from General Secretary Post in March 2008 and opted for serving Jamiat as its Executive member. He is regarded as the leader of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind.
His most important recent achievement is the role that he played in launching the anti terrorist campaign through the width and breadth of the country. He has been instrumental in getting Fatwa passed by Deoband Clergy. Besides organizing about 40 anti terrorism conferences all over the country the massive public gatherings in May 2008 at Ramlila Ground of Delhi, in November 2008 at Hyderabad and in February 2009 at Mumbai have helped in mobilizing Muslim Masses and Ulema against terrorism.
Padmashri Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant
Dancer, Choreographer
Founder Shankarananda Kalakshetra
Padmashri Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant - Dancer, Choreographer
Dancer, choreographer, writer, scholar and cultural commentator, Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant, with an acclaimed and intense body of artistic work, continues to stretch the outer realms of artistic endeavor, using the grammar, idiom and space-time construct of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, making it at once contemporary and communicative.

A breathtaking performer, brilliant choreographer and erudite scholar, Ananda has polished her art to a fine pitch, where the rigor and intensity of training, deep dedication and commitment meets a finely tuned intellect, that blends with ease traditional structures with contemporary inputs.

She was conferred with the prestigious Padmashri, in 2007 by His Excellency the President of India, Shri APJ Abdul Kalam in recognition of her distinguished service in the field of art.

She was also conferred with the sought after title of Nritya Choodamani by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, the Kalaimamani from the Govt of Tamil Nadu and the Kalaratna from the Govt of Andhra Pradesh.

Trained under Rukmini Devi Arundale at Kalakshetra, Ananda holds a Masters Degree in Archaeology and History, an M. Phil in Art History (Development of Bharatanatyam - Role of Kalakshetra), and a PhD in Tourism. Her deep interest in scholarly inquiry and research has seen her conceive, organise and chair conferences and seminars on dance, art and its related areas. A Colloquium on 'Bharatanatyam in the New Millenium' in 1999 and 'Criticism in Performing Arts' in 2002, are some of the conferences organised by her.

She is also a much sought after speaker on dance, art addressing social issues, classical arts in a contemporary society, gender issues, women studies, multi tasking, climate change and breast cancer.
Ms. Anjum Babukhan
Director, Glendale Academy International
Ms. Anujum Babukhan - Director, Glendale Academy International
A perfect blend of excellence, leadership experience and intelligent accomplishments, Anjum Babukhan has to her educational assets, her honors in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago, Illinois, USA. This young psychology graduate worked under various research teams and moved on with a distinction to complete her M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Instructional Leadership from the University of Illionois at Chicago.

Professionally, Anjum is the Education Chairperson of Young Indians (Yi), Hyderabad Chapter of CII (Confederation of Indian Industries) and was responsible in setting up Young Indians (Yi) Club Akshara for the first time in Hyderabad. She is the former chairperson of the Young Women's Wing of Young Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FLO). She has represented India in various International leadership conferences abroad including World Academy for Art and Science, MLT and WISE.

Anjum has won many accolades and awards some of which were signed by President Reagan and President Bush. Her crystallized thought processes can be witnessed through her freelance write-ups on 'intelligence' and 'parenting' in Hyderabad Times and other prominent newspapers and magazines. Her Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) workshops on Parenting, Education and Personal Skills are a must amongst the educated class. She is an empowering Teacher Trainer and has to her credit many a teacher orientation workshops in Multiple Intelligences, Brain Compatible Learning and Early Childhood Education.

Under her mentorship, there is a lot more emphasis on the 'learning' and a lot less emphasis on the 'teaching'. She equips teachers with all the teaching tools required to enhance their skills and expertise in teaching. She is respected for her high level of professional integrity, articulation and commitment to the cause of Education, Enrichment and Empowerment.
Ms. Karuna Gopal
President, Foundation for Futuristic Cities,
Mrs. Karuna Gopal - President Foundation for Futuristic Cities
Karuna Gopal is the President of Foundation for Futuristic Cities. FFC is into Urban Advisory Services in the areas of City Visioning, City Branding Institutional Reforms, E- Governance implementation, Stakeholder alignment and Strategic Communication for driving the reform agenda.
Prior to urban foray, she was the Founder President of Confluence Consulting , a Strategy Consulting firm with a portfolio of clients ranging from Multinationals to homegrown Indian firms cutting across IT , Telecom , Manufacturing , Biotech/ Informatics, Pharma and Knowledgesectors.
Gopal served on the Public Policy panel of CII and Hyderabad Management Association. Lectures at MDPs targeted at Policy Makers, Corporate Leaders at Indian Institute of Management (IIM - A), Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) and Centre for Good Governance (CGG). She was a Faculty / Mentor for WBI (World Bank Institute)/ ASCI Urban Management Certification Programme. She has also addressed many a seminar organised by GOI, CII and FICCI.

Believing that instruments aimed at cosmetic changes rarely rectify the systemic problems of Indian Cities and questioning the very paradigm on which they rely, her organisation is developing Knowledge Products and a Knowledge Management Framework for accelerating Urban Transformation.
Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, MLA
Founder President, Lok Satta Party.
Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, MLA - Founder President, Lok Satta Party.
Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, widely known as JP, is currently an MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) from Kukatpally constituency in Andhra Pradesh and the president of Lok Satta (party) He is also a former Indian public administrator, a social reformer and a columnist. He is well known for his role in bringing electoral reforms and for his columns on democracy in leading Indian daily newspapers.

JP, a physician, joined public administration after making it to I.A.S. in 1980 standing all India second. He worked on agriculture, irrigation, technology and youth rehabilitation projects in various capacities in various districts of Andhra Pradesh. He had an eventful 16-year-long career in the government.

In spite of achievements as an Indian administration officer, Dr. JP’s experience in government convinced him that the faulty governance process is the biggest hurdle in India’s path of progress. He resigned from the I.A.S in 1996, as he wanted to work on grass roots for good governance. Jayaprakash, an optimistic individual, talks about the efficacy of reforms in the governance, Economy of Andhra Pradesh among several other issues on various platforms in educational and political institutes. He emphasizes that democracy is for the people, of the people and by the people.

He started the Lok Satta political party in 2006 with clean politics and good governance and improvement of the Economy of Andhra Pradesh as the main agenda. While launching the political party, he stated that this party aimed to enrich the political scenario in India with its true spirit and felt that it would be considered as an alternative to any other political party, since it aimed to create a true and faithful political picture in India.
Ashish Garg
Asia Regional Coordinator GESCI
Ashish Garg - Asia Regional Coordinator GESCI
An educationist by profession, Ashish Garg has more than 10 years experience in education, with specific expertise in the ICT4E domain. Prior to joining GeSCI, Ashish worked with World Links as the India head of the World Bank supported World Links programme. She launched the World Links Professional Development Programme on Integration of ICT in Education for Schools, impacting teacher training methodologies in more than 100 schools across several Indian states. Ashish has set up community development projects focusing on the provision of sustainable entrepreneurial livelihood mechanisms for women and youth. Ashish has also worked with Intel, Schoolnet and Times of India to further the role of technology in education. Ashish has been a regular advocate and speaker at National and International forums for ICT4E and ICT4D. Ashish holds an MBA and is a gold medallist in English Hons with a national scholarship award and a degree in Education. She also holds a post -graduate diploma in Human resource management
Mr. Syed Sultan Ahmed
Founder, Activity India .
Mr. Syed Sultan Ahmed - Founder, Activity India
He is the man behind some of India 's biggest children's events like Horlicks Wiz kids, Pogo Funtakshari, Classmate Young Author Contest etc. He hosts children's events as a hobby and is very popular with children and educators across the country. A Chemical Engineer by qualification Sultan chose to work with children.

A visionary with a mission, he has a passion to make a difference in the lives of people. A certified NLP Practitioner he holds a master trainer degree from Dale Carnegie Institute USA . He is a trained counselor, public speaking coach and an expert in Innovative school management. Sultan is a much sought after trainer in communication and life skills. His cheerful and friendly nature makes him a delight to work with.

A first generation entrepreneur, his amazing marketing and management skills have enabled him to start 3 successful companies that work with children's development, events and media.
J.M. Lyngdoh
Former Chief Election Commissioner of India
Ramon Magsaysay Awardee
J.M. Lyngdoh - Former Chief Election Commissioner of India
J.M. Lyngdoh was Chief Election Commissioner of India from June 14, 2001 to February 7, 2004. He was awarded the Ramon  Magsaysay Award for government service in recognition of his contribution to strengthening the foundations of secular democracy in India. Lyngdoh hails from the northeastern state of Meghalaya, completed his education in Delhi and entered the elite Indian Administrative Service when he was twenty-two. J.M. Lyngdoh has been hailed for making the Election Commission's (E.C.) constitutional obligation to hold free and fair elections its major obsession. He served as Secretary, Coordination and Public Grievances, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India.
Sridhar Muppidi
Founder Education for Free
J.M. Lyngdoh - Former Chief Election Commissioner of India
Sridhar is the Founder of Education For Free Foundation, it is a nonprofit charitable organization based in Hyderabad, India, dedicated in making quality education reachable to all and by all.

The Education For Free program stresses on the conviction that "children learn better when they see things happening around them." It aims at harnessing technology to spread education far and wide and thus addressing a critical problem of adequately distributing resources such as teachers, knowledge, learning materials and experience.

This program also introduces a platform for the entire teaching community in discussing various pedagogical resources and the efficacy of a variety of teaching methods and materials.

Sridhar is also the CEO of Purple Talk, Inc( ), It is conceived as a single provider of all major mobile application solutions for both mobile users and app developers, to that end it provides an ad network, a gaming community, development consulting, etc..

Apart from Purple Talk, Sridhar founded PanTerra Networks ( which has built a unique technology that would address the entire range of communications needs of a small or medium sized business. For instance, advanced telephony and collaboration features are not within the reach of SMBs and PanTerra's mission was to create a platform that seamlessly integrates all communication aspects for a small business conveniently and affordably. Today, PanTerra is an established on-demand, unified communications service provider, making a difference for a large number of SMBs.

Sridhar is a computer science graduate from Osmania University.
Mr. Raja
Tollywood Actor
Social Worker
Mr. Raja - Tollywood Actor, Social Worker
Raja, is a leading Tollywwod Actor,  he made his debut in the film O chinndana, he won many accolades for his performance. He was well known for his performance in the film Anand, which became a big hit in the year 2004. Raja is a part of several Social Service Organisations and runs a charitable trust.

He is very Passionate of Youth Led Change and Youth participation in community service, he has been invited to speak at several forums.
Kanthimathi Kannan
ounder President, The Right to Walk Foundation (
Kanthimathi Kannan - ounder President, The Right to Walk Foundation (
Kanthimathi Kannan is the founder of the Right to Walk Foundation, an NGO based in Hyderabad that is dedicated to making the roads of the city pedestrian friendly. She has been unrelenting in her fight for pedestrian rights and is a well known figure with the local media in Hyderabad and the Municipal Corporation alike. Her work in bringing to the fore the issues relating to the roads in the city of Hyderabad and the positive externalities of having footpaths has been recognized and lauded by international organizations such as the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations Environment Protection Agency.

Simultaneously with spreading awareness about the problems involved and increasing the membership of the Foundation, Mrs Kannan has been using the RTI Act to gather the necessary information on the issue. Till date she has filed more than 50 RTI petitions seeking information from the concerned authorities. The Right to Walk Foundation is also the first organisation to bring up the issue of pedestrian friendly cities as a facet of human rights and it has filed a petition with the State Human Rights Commission seeking redressal.

This erstwhile educational expert and MBA from Osmania University has but a solitary dream -  to one day be able to take a tour of the city of Hyderabad, a city she was born and brought up in, on foot, without putting her life and limbs in peril!
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