Governance

Vidya Vanam is governed by Bhuvana Foundation (India), which is dedicated to serving the underprivileged and marginalised sections of society in rural India. It’s efforts are focused in the areas of education and vocational training. 

The foundation is registered under Section 12AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961, vide C.No. 627/07-08 dated 06-12-2007.  Donations are exempt under Sec 80g of the Income Tax Act, 1961.  Bhuvana Foundation is also authorised to receive foreign donations under the FCRA Act, 2010 vide Registration No. 075901291.

Board of Directors

Ms. Bhooma Parthasarathy
President

Is the Director of the Thirumalai Charity Trust. Along with her friends and family. she set up the Thirumalai Mission Hospital, for primary and secondary healthcare. She was instrumental in setting up the three Vedavalli Vidyalaya Schools, which she helps manage.

Ms. Prema Rangachary
Secretary & Director of Vidya Vanam

Trained in Oxford, the U.K., to teach English as Second Language, she has long promoted the need to advance novel changes in the curriculum and to foster education especially in regions where resources are limited. As director of the school, she has engineered innovative programmes by which art can enhance the understanding of language and sciences.

Dr. Subramanian Sriram
Ex Officio Member

Is an internationally recognised neuroscientist currently holding the William Weaver Chair in Experimental Neurology at Vanderbilt Medical Centre, Nashville, TN, USA. He has recognised the needs of the underprivileged in India and has dedicated his time and resources to the formation and development of Vidya Vanam.

Mr. Narayanan Subramaniam
Member

Is a Senior Director of Engineering & Principal Architect  Hybrid Cloud Management at Nutanix. He
has 27 years of Technology Leadership experience spanning the Telecom/Networking, Data Centre Infrastructure, SaaS, and Electric Mobility domains. He is a member of the IEEE Bangalore Section & Computer Society Executive Committee as Co-Chair for Humanitarian Technologies & Climate Action. He is passionate about Sustainable Living, Renewables, and Climate Action.  

Ms. Jayashree Raman
Member

Is an architect & co-founder of Studio 29, a Coimbatore-based architectural & design consultancy firm which believes in simplicity & sustainability. She works closely with young architects, interns & students to help them realize their full potential.

Mr. Manish L. Shah
Member

Is currently running their family business in Coimbatore. They have a 100 year history in Coimbatore. Manish envisioned himself to be part of a institution where he can change the lives of the lesser privileged.

Mr. Keshav N. Desiraju
Member

was a policymaker with the Government of India. He led policymaking in health, education, agriculture, irrigation, and power at the national and state levels. He retired from government service in May 2015, He is on the board of several organisations such as the Centre for Equity Studies, New Delhi and SCARF, AHPSR, WHO among others.