Rotary South Asia Literacy Summit 2015

"Inviting Rotarians, Spouses, Inner Wheel Club Members, Rotaractors, Volunteers and Partners to join the movement for Total Literacy & Quality Education in South Asia."

13th-15th February 2015, The Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune


Details of Some Eminent Speakers for the Summit

RIPE K. R. Ravindran
A Rotarian since 1974

RIPE K. R. Ravindran, a Rotarian since 1974, he has served RI as treasurer; director; Foundation trustee; committee member, vice chair, and chair; task force member; RI training leader; and district governor.

As his country's national PolioPlus chair, Ravindran headed a task force consisting of the government, UNICEF, and Rotary and worked closely with UNICEF to successfully negotiate a ceasefire with the northern militants during National Immunization Days. He also chaired the Schools Reawakening project, sponsored by Rotary clubs and districts in Sri Lanka, to rebuild 25 tsunami-devastated schools to benefit 15,000 children.

PRID Noraseth Pathmanand
Managing Director of Sinovest Enterprises Ltd.

PRID Noraseth Pathmanand, was the RI Director in 2005-07 from Thailand. He is the Managing Director of Sinovest Enterprises Ltd. He is a member of the Advisory Council of SASIN Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. A member of the Rotary Club of Bangrak since 1984, Noraseth has served RI as District Governor; International Assembly discussion leader, Committee Member, Vice Chair, and Chair; task force Coordinator and RI Training Leader. He has received RI's Service above Self Award as well as The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and its Distinguished Service Award.

Sang Koo Yun
Chair of the Korean National Trust Cultural Heritage Committee

Sang Koo Yun, RI Director, has been president of Dongsuh Corporation, an architectural materials trading and engineering firm, since 1985. He is chair of the Korean National Trust Cultural Heritage Committee and its foundation and a steering committee member of the International Organization of National Trusts.

A Rotarian since 1987, Yun has served RI as a Future Vision trainer, member of the Reach Out to Africa Ad Hoc Committee, resource group zone coordinator, RI training leader, and Rotary’s centennial district governor. He co-chairs the Keep Mongolia Green Project Committee for Zones 9 and 10A.

Dr. Shantha Sinha
Leading Anti-Child Labour Campaigner and Activist

Dr. Shantha Sinha, leading anti-child labour campaigner and activist is the winner of this year's Ramon Magsaysay Award.

Her MV Foundation has been instrumental in freeing child labourers in Andhra Pradesh and enrolling them in schools. She has also actively campaigned for policy reforms with regard to child labour. The foundation's efforts have ensured that around 100,000 children in the 5-14-year age-group were withdrawn from work and sent to school. They are also working to strengthen government schools in 500 villages. Their current focus is on the girl-child and children engaged as bonded labourers.

Padma Bhushan Faqir Chand Kohli
Master Strategist and Visionary

Padma Bhushan Faqir Chand Kohli, is a master strategist and visionary whose systematic building of TCS created a pioneering IT giant and laid the ground work for the rise of a $100 billion Indian IT industry.

When he saw the problem of adult illiteracy in India, he started working on designing a solution. He based it on innovative teaching and a deep understanding of the processes of cognition and learning. This led to a Computer Based Functional Literacy package, which teaches one to read in any of the Indian languages within 35-40 hours, at an average total cost of Rs 100/- per person.

Prof. (Dr.) Shantaram Balwant Mujumdar
Founder and President of Symbiosis Society, a Multinational Educational and Cultural Centre

Prof. (Dr.) Shantaram Balwant Mujumdar, is the Founder and President of Symbiosis Society, a multinational educational and cultural centre. A distinguished academician and educationist, he is also the Chancellor of Symbiosis International University. He was awarded the Padma Shri in year 2005 and Padma Bhushan in year 2012.

Deeply touched by the hardships suffered by Foreign students - especially Afro Asian students - studying in Pune, he established 'SYMBIOSIS' with a view to help them and provide them a 'Home away from Home'. He soon realized that education is the best medium for promoting International understanding. He, therefore, started establishing educational institutions Imparting quality instruction in diverse disciplines e.g. Management, Law, IT, Computers, Bio-Medical Science, Engineering, International Business, Geo-Informatics, Photography etc. Presently, Symbiosis has 40 Institutions and about 30000 students from all States of India and 80 foreign counties.

Dr. Achyuta Samanta
Social Entrepreneur and Philanthropist of Art

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, is a social entrepreneur and philanthropist of Art of Giving in the Indian state of Odisha. He is the founder of KIIT Group of Institutions which includes KIIT University and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS).

Dr. Samanta’s conviction that education can get tribal’s out of poverty has led to the establishment of a small institution which has now turned into KISS – the largest residential institution for 22,500 tribal children where they are provided with food, accommodation, healthcare and education from KG to PG absolutely free. KISS is now recognised as a successful model of tribal empowerment through education not only in the country, but also all over the world.

Mr. Devendra Fadnavis
Hon'ble Chief Minister, Maharashtra

Mr. Mustafir Rahman
Hon'ble Minister Primary & Mass Education, Bangladesh

Ruchira Gupta
Founder of Apne Aap

Shaheen Mistri
CEO of Teach for India

Sunita Gandhi
Founder of Council for Global Education

Total Registration - 1174


PRIP Kalyan Banerjee
Chief Advisor

PRIP Raja Saboo

RID P. T. Prabhakar
Convenor, RILM Summit

PRID Shekhar Mehta
Convenor, RILM Summit

RIDE Manoj Desai
Ignite RILM Orientation

PDG Mahesh Kotbagi
Rotary South Asia
Literacy Summit

PDG Deepak Purohit
Ignite RILM Orientation

DG Vivek Aranha
Host District Governor
RID 3131

PDG Deepak Shikarpur
Rotary South Asia
Literacy Summit

PDG Anirudha Roy Chowdhury
Ignite RILM Orientation
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