Mr. Apoorvanand is a professor of Hindi at the University of Delhi since the year 2004. He started his teaching career at T.P.S. College, Patna, a constituent unit of Magadh University. In 1999, he joined Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha. He was part of the core group that designed the National Curriculum Framework for School Education in 2005 and was a member of the national Focus Group on Teaching of Indian Languages formed by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT). He has worked with the Committee to Advise on Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education in India under the Chairmanship of Professor Yash Pal. Created by the Government of India in 2008, the committee worked to craft a new vision plan for the sector of higher education in India.
He has published two books of essays in literary criticism: SUNDAR KA SWAPNA and SAHITYA KA EKANT. His critical essays have appeared in all major Hindi journals. Apart from his academic and literary writings, he also contributes columns in Indian Newspapers and magazines on the issues of education, culture, communalism, violence and human rights.
Ms. Ghazala Jamil has had a 4 year long career in social work and development, engaging with various organisations on full-time, freelance or pro-bono basis. In 2008 she took an academic turn and is now working as Assistant Professor at Department of Social Work (Delhi School of Social Work), University of Delhi. She is also a Visiting Faculty at SPA (School of Planning and Architecture), New Delhi. She teaches courses related to PoliticalTheory, Urban Planning and Governance, Social Movements, and Peace and Conflict Studies. Ghazala is based in Delhi.
As a social work educator her field practice engagements are with homeless adults and children. Her other academic interests include materiality and spatiality of culture, and post colonial feminism. She has conducted several research and evaluation studies. Her research and teaching approach is interdisciplinary and founded upon Critical Theory. Ghazala has recently completed her doctoral work on Muslims in Delhi and is the author of a forthcoming book on Muslim women in India being published by Cambridge University Press.
Mr. Satyam Shrivastava, Treasurer is working with a NGO viz. SRUTI for over 7 years. He is associated several people’s movement that are active in various states of India. He is coordinating perspective building initiatives via activities like Activist School and Theatre of the Oppressed.
A Master of Philosophy in Hindi comparative literature from Wardha, Satyam enjoys writing on various political issues. Satyam was secretary of Progressive Writers Association for 3 years. Satyam is an active member of Dhanak.
Mrs. Shabana Siddiqui Rai, Secretary is a trained professional Counseling Psychologist in Delhi. She holds professional expertise in all kinds of Psychometric Assessments and Psychotherapies with an experience of more than 10 years in the field of testing and counseling. She has worked with different NGOs (Salam Baalak Trust, Action for Autism, etc.), Hospitals (Kasturba Medical College-Manipal; IHBAS-Delhi), institutions (National Inst. for Mentally Handicap, National Instt. for Hearing Handicap, Child Guidance Center, etc.) and many more. Currently she is working with D.A.V. as a School Counselor in Delhi. She is a member of AISCAP (Association of Indian School Counselors and Allied Professionals) and is an active member of DHANAK.
Mrs. Bharti Sharma, President has a career span of three and a half decades. She worked within the University System as well as under other dispensations. She was Chairperson of Domestic Worker Rights Campaign & Child Welfare Committee at Nirmal Chaya Complex, Jail Road, New Delhi. She was Associate Professor in Department of Social Work, Jamia Millia Islamia and Associate Professor and Head in Department of Social Work, North-Eastern Hill University, Mizoram. She was also Lecturer in Department of Home Science, Zirtiri Women’s College, Aizawl, Mizoram & Department of Sociology, University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Her publications encompass a book on Juvenile Delinquency; Reports and Articles in the areas of Social Work Education; Community Mental Health and Peoples’ Participation. She has been advisor, consultant and member of several state and national level committees and boards.
Mr. Asif Iqbal is Co-founder and General Secretary of Dhanak of Humanity. He has work experience of 16 years on crucial multi-sectoral issues of social development and change, which was gained by him by working with various stakeholders consisting of national and international organizations, individuals, people’s organizations and campaigns of repute. He was primarily associated with issues of right to natural livelihood resources, governance, livelihood, child rights, health etc. He also worked closely with several community based organizations located in the remote areas of India.
Ms. Purnima Gupta, Vice-President
Ms. Sheeba Aslam Fehmi