ifsar team


Deepak and Amita

They are the co-founders of the Institute of Fundamental Studies and Research in Bikaner.
Having travelled extensively in the desert districts of Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Churu, Barmer, Nagaur and Jodhpur, they have over a decade of experience in extending fundamental education to children, esp. girl children from marginalised communities living in some of the most isolated settlements of the Thar. Besides, they have designed, developed and managed innovative residential schools for unlettered adolescent girls living in inaccessible arid places close to Pakistan border.

Amita is an excellent community mobiliser and has implemented various community development programmes. She has imparted training and counseling to adolescent girls, women, traditional birth attendants and elected PRI representatives from rural areas in issues pertaining to health and hygiene, family welfare programmes, water harvesting techniques and self help groups. She was also involved in the betterment of the socio economic conditions of women waste-pickers living in the slums.

Manoj Kumar Singh

Manoj Kumar is one of the co-founders of the Institute of Fundamental Studies and Research in Bikaner. He has a legal background and has masters degrees in Labour laws besides having done research work in the doctrine of basic structure and constitutional jurisprudence, Theories of Divorce in their Judicial Interpretation and on child labour. An Associate Member, Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi and Member,  District Legal Services Authority, he has coordinated extensively with the Labour Department to rehabilitate child labours in the districts of Bikaner, Churu and Jhunjhunu.

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Venky Natarajan

Venky Natarajan is the Managing Partner at Lok Capital. Lok Capital is a bottom of the pyramid investment fund focusing in financial services, healthcare and education. Venky is currently on the board of Ujjivan financial services, Asirvad Microfinance and Suryoday Microfinance. Venky has 15 years of experience spanning venture capital, manufacturing, design and marketing in the financial services and semiconductor industry. Venky has an MBA from Cornell University, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University and a Bachelors in Instrumentation Engineering degree from Annamalai University.

Kesavan Ananthakrishnan
Kesavan Ananthakrishnan is the Managing Director of Krishna Companies, Madurai which is a prominent player in automobile component industries. He is also the Director at Rubber Park, a cluster industry based in Madurai. A core team member in National Waterways Development Council (NAWAD), Kesavan has done his Engineering from University of Missouri Rolla, USA.


Ganesh has a wide ranging experience working with several organisations in various capacities. For over a decade, he discharged his duties as a programme coordinator and was instrumental in raising funds for leading NGOs based at Madurai and was also involved in the rehabilitation of street children. He has managed a Juvenile Home for destitute girl children and has handled counselling for such children. He was also responsible for managing an automobile workshop and Training centre meant for such children. He’s led a team of boys to Denmark and participated in imparting them training in Bakery Products, eventually leading to the setting of 3 bakery units in Madurai. A keen enthusiast of Volleyball and soccer, Ganesh holds a masters in Public Administration and is currently the Manager, HR for Aparajitha Corporate Services (P) Ltd.

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