Executive Committee

Smt. Ankita Gupta


Smt. Ankita is a co-founder and President of Namaste Public, anorganisation that reaches 100 primary school age children in Uttar Pradesh every year.
He acquired a Master degree in Philosophy at the D.D.U. Gorakhpur University  in 2006, while teaching at the University of Gorakhpur, he started mass scale work for Women literacy in the Rural areas of Sant Kabeer Nagar District of Uttar Pradesh as a part of the National Literacy Mission. In 2012, Namaste Public was setup to address problems of universal primary education in Uttar Pradesh. Smt Ankita has since then led the development of the organisation and its programs. Namaste Public has several mass-scale innovations such as the Status of Primary Education Report in the area of assessment and the Read Public movement in the delivery of education for the underprivileged to its credit.

Shashwat Dwivedi

Vice President

Shashwat Dwivedi has been with Namaste Public since 2012. He  is a member of the national leadership team of the organization. Until recently, he was responsible for Namaste Public's programs and activities in several major states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.  Shashwat Dwivedi has extensive field experience both in program implementation as well as in assessment, evaluation, survey and research.

Initially trained as an economist in India, he did his Graduation at St. Stephen's College. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Jaipuria Institute of Management. He did his doctoral work at the Population Research Center at the University of Meghalay. Orginally from Deoria,Shashwat Dwivedi is now based in Lucknow.

Shashwat Dwivedi has  led the  Status of Primary Education Report (SPER) effort since it was launched in April 2012. 

In 2008,Shashwat Dwivedi  was awarded the Maulana Abul Kalam Shiksha Puraskar by the Sakshat Foundation.He has represented Namaste Public at a variety of national and international forums.He is currently an   Asstt.Professor at City College of Management, Lucknow.

Praveen K. Gupt

Secretary / Manager

Mr.Praveen K .Gupt is founder manager /secretary of the Organization.He is rightly acclaimed as a thinker and a scholar. He is well regarded for his diligence and his academic approach to work, as well as his accessibility and his unassuming demeanour.He is a renowned Lecturer of Political Science.He had attached in various colleges and universities.

Praveen K. Gupt  was born on July 07, 1981, in a village in the Sant Kabeer  Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh . Mr. Gupt completed his Matriculation examination from the local school in 1996. His academic career took him from Uttar Pradesh, University of Lucknow, where he earned a First Class Master Degree in Political Science in 2004. Mr. Gupt following  this with  Ph.D. in Rural Development  from Lucknow University since2010. His book, “National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in the Context of Rural Development”  was an early critique of India’s Rural employment scheme.

Mr.Gupt’s academic credentials were burnished by the years he spent on the faculty of Baba Saheb Bheem Rao Ambedkar Law College Lucknow and the prestigious City Academy Group of Colleges.  At present he is  Senior Research Fellow in Lucknow University.

Akshay Mishra

President , Human Resource Development Committee

Akshay Mishra has been associated with Namaste Public Welfare Society since April 2013 and has contributed immensely  towards the goal of the organization. He has previously completed  his Graduation from Lucknow University, Luckow and currently pursuing Post Graduation from Ram Mnohar Lohiya Awadh University, Ayodhya. He was Captain of State Level Cricket Team of Uttar Pradesh (Under 17) and also received various scholarships in Education. Presently he is working for quality in education sector..

        He is responsible for organizing  all programmes and events related to Education, Rural Development, Women Empowerment, Health & Sanitation, Environment Protection and Democratic Values.

Pankaj K. Tiwari


Pankaj  K. Tiwari is a renowned Asstt. Professor  at RIET, Lucknow. He holds  M. Phil Degree in Geography  & Education.

Pankaj  has 10 years of experienceas an education and social activist. He co-founded Namaste Public Welfare Society in 2012 and is responsible for the direct programs in Lucknow, as well as the Namaste Public Council for Vulnerable Section across Uttar Pradesh. In addition to his work at Namaste Public, he is Ex-Faculty member, Asha Smriti College of Education, Lucknow.

"Sagar Singh" Babloo


Sagar Singh has been working with Namaste Public since 2012 and has handled various responsibilities in these Months.  He is currently responsible for setting up the District Resource Centres in various District of Uttar Pradesh, and is also working on building the capacities of the Namaste Public national team. He is interested in developing  material for rural people  and innovative rural  modules.

Nidhi Mishra

Unit Head

Nidhi Mishra has been one of the leaders of the teaching-learning innovations in Namaste Public.  Mobilizing communities and catalyzing schools to deliver basic learning on scale has been one of her primary interests.  Her work in 2009-2010, in the Private schools in the Several blocks of Lucknow was a precursor to the large-scale Namaste Public-Private partnerships that emerged thereafter in many District. Today Nidhi is responsible for Namaste Public’s work in some district and she heads Namaste Public's Content and Curriculum Unit. Prior to joining Namaste Public, Nidhi worked for many years as a social Activist.

Vinay Siraunjiya

Media Manager

Vinay, a Law graduate of Lucknow University, was volunteering with Namaste Public while he worked as a Law consultant in a leading global consultancy firm . He is eternally grateful to Praveen K .Gupt  to have introduced him to this wonderful organization. Having now come on board full time, he helps with technology infrastructure, business processes and back office activities. He is also responsible for charting out the strategy and future direction of Namaste Public along with each of the heads and reviewing and monitoring the performance of each Office.

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