Shri Jagadish Prasad Naik is an entrepreneur who has been in the business of infrastructure development and construction for the last twenty years. His firm, D.N. Homes, is an established market leader in this field in Odisha, with many mega projects like DN OxyPark to its credit. An astute visionary, who believes in integrating latest technologies and best practices in all his projects, Shri Naik, being the son of a teacher, holds education very close to his heart. He has always envisioned the setting-up of a world class school in Odisha, and, it is this vision, which lies at the core of the Dasarathi Naik Foundation for Excellence.
Panchami Manoo Ukil is an MA in Economics, and is a well-known birdwatcher and wildlife photographer of the country. She pioneered community bird watching in Odisha in 2012, with, The Bhubaneswar Bird Walks, in order to foster awareness of the natural world around us, and the threats facing birds, wildlife, and natural habitats. She has been featured by Discovery Channel in their programme on Odisha, and is the only woman from Odisha, to be featured, in Sanctuary Asia’s special issue titled, “Women for our Wilds”. She works closely with renowned ornithologists in India and abroad, and writes on environment issues for magazines and journals. She is passionate about educating children on “green” issues and strongly feels that children need to get away from obsession with modern gadgetry and bond with the outdoors. Panchami regularly conducts bird walks and nature walks for children and talks to them about how small steps can contribute towards a greener planet. In this context, she believes that concern for environment and green practices must be integrally interwoven with the curriculum in educational institutions, so that the future generation understands the importance of minimizing their carbon footprints. Panchami is currently Chairperson, Ila Panda Centre for Arts, an art foundation that works towards promoting contemporary odia artists at national and international arenas. She is also translating her grandmother, Sahitya Akademi awardee Nirmala Devi’s collection of poetry, into English.
Ratnamala Swain, Director, DN Homes, is a qualified architect and the first woman in Odisha to step into the construction industry as an entrepreneur. A formidable and popular student leader during her college days, she carved a niche in a male-dominated industry, inspiring many other women to follow her footsteps. She is a well-known poet, and, author, and has been the editor of the widely circulated literary magazine, “Chitra”, for ten years. Having educated both her children in famous international schools of India, Ms. Swain dreamt of setting up a school of similar standards in Odisha, where children of our state could access best quality mentoring and education.
Ms. Minati Naik holds a Master’s Degree & M.Phil in Social Anthropology. She has a PGDM in Journalism & Mass communication, as well as, an MBA in HR & Marketing Management. She was a senior faculty at the Centre for Social Science and Research. With the backing of a vast array of educational degrees and teaching experience, Ms. Naik is extremely keen to contribute towards the field of education, as she feels that, a sound education goes a long way in nurturing young minds in the right direction.
A contagious smile, a motherly tenderness and genuineness, Ms. Suneeta Mohanty has followed her dream and passion of working with children. She is a PG Diploma In Teaching from Amity Centre for Educational Research and Training and has been trained and certified in various innovative methods of teaching and enhanced study in dealing with children. Her years of experience in early childhood education brings new insights and alternative ways into the teaching -learning process, thereby stimulating the joy of experiential learning and nurturing the natural instincts of the little ones to grow up into responsible individuals. She is a hands-on professional and believes in team cohesiveness. A Masters in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations she has worked in various corporate houses across India.
With more than 10 years of working experience in the education industry, Swagatika Dash has in-depth knowledge in project and office management. She is proficient in the technical vocabulary of this sector and possesses fine advocacy skills with intensive knowledge on various counselling models. She is well-versed in affiliation and accreditation processes as well as quality assessment and coordination.
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