Dr. Vasudha Prakash is a social entrepreneur and professional academician who holds a doctorate in Special Education from Rutgers University. Dr. Prakash brings with her a proven track record of success in the field of special education and learning disabilities. She has been instrumental in raising and increasing awareness of the need for resources for children with special needs. Under her guidance, the V-Excel Educational Trust now services around 450 children in Chennai and 4,400 in the rural areas of Tamil Nadu. Dr. Prakash is also a professional counselor who devotes a lot of her time to counseling parents of children with special needs. Her counseling services also extend to issues concerning adolescents and young professionals.
She has conducted several professional workshops and seminars in companies such as InfoSys, Cognizant Technologies, and the Lifeline Group of Hospitals.
She writes extensively and has maintained weekly columns in the Indian Express. She also makes regular appearances on TV and radio where she provides advice and guidance on special education and life skills, while advocating and championing the rights of equality of people with disabilities.
B. Sundari, M.A., B.Ed.
Mrs. B. Sundari is a tireless administrator and worker who is able to bridge the divide between governmental, private, and NGO sectors with consummate ease and professionalism. She was the Chief Administrative Officer and PRO for the prestigious Padma Seshadri Schools in Chennai, India for 40 years. She brings a wide array of experiences in the administrative and operational aspects of running a school. She has been a pioneer in getting the Government of India to entrust V-Excel with 10 school blocks in the Villupuram District of Tamil Nadu under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) Program.
She oversees the conducting of medical camps, appliance distribution camps, and special events in these areas. She is also the contact person for accounting, audit, and all financial and legal issues of the Trust. She provides valuable input and direction in the day-to-day management issues of all initiatives that the Trust undertakes.
Ajita Panshikar, M.Sc., MBA
Mrs. Ajita Panshikar, our Vice President - Strategic Development, is a M.Sc. in Statistics and a post graduate in Business Management. She's a successful marketing professional who gave up her lucrative, high profile job in the corporate sector when she met with the team at V-Excel and saw their unconditional dedication in educating mentally and developmentally challenged children. Her focus at V-Excel Educational Trust is systematizing NGO operations, assessing and raising resources for ensuring uninterrupted services to the challenged children. She has built her knowledge in this field and works on various developmental activities essential for expansion.
Ajita's positive, fair, analytical approach brings in objectivity and a holistic perspective for planning and implementation of our programs. She plays a crucial role in all our key decisions and is committed to widening the reach of specialized services.
Gita Bhalla, B.Ed.
Mrs. Gita Bhalla, Associate Director , has been the principal of Kaleidoscope Learning Center and is a graduate followed by a B.Ed degree in Special Education from Delhi university, along with over 32 years of experience working with a cross-section of children with severe to mild disabilities. She has significant experience in child development and psychology. Her training ground has been Spastic Society of Karnataka where she had an opportunity to work for about twelve years with children having special needs from different socio-economic profiles. Her association with V-Excel Educational Trust is as old as the school itself.
Her philosophy related to practical living needs of a special child and her thoroughness in work has given a quality edge to our school program which is widely acknowledged in Chennai as a pivotal organization in Special Education.Her effervescent personality, commitment, and unique sense of purpose are keys to making our school a superlative platform for learning. Gita is also one of our ace trainers for Resource Development and Training Workshops. She has completed six years of attending the International Post Graduate Medical Training conducted by the Anthroposophical Medical Society of India and has incorporated the curative education curriculum in her school for the last six years.
Program Director - Vocational and Rehabilitation Services
Mrs. Usha Rajagopal is the managing Trustee of ESVI Sarada Foundation a Public Charitable Trust engaged in providing educational and medical relief for the poor and needy in addition to rural development programs.
A Commerce graduate by qualification Mrs. Rajagopal has brought to bear great organising capabilities from her school days. Besides, by virtue of her humane qualities, she has taken active part in helping people around her. Presently she is heading the Vocational Training Unit at the Research and Rehabilitation Centre of V-Excel run in association with ESVI Sarada foundation. She has been a part of this unit in its planning, growth, as well as the programs for the trainees from its inception in 2007.
Jayanthi Vishwanath, M.Sc., M. Phil.
Regional Director - West
Mrs. Jayanthi Vishwanath, Regional Director - West, holds a Master of Philosophy and PG degree in Biochemistry. She has worked in both corporate and academic sectors. During her tenure with V-Excel, Chennai, she worked as course co-ordinator for Diploma course in Special Education.
Her forte lies in teaching, planning, public relations and administration. As an answer to the V-Excel Management's vision to develop satellite centers in small towns and cities of India in service of the disability sector, she was instrumental in starting the first satellite center of V-Excel in Nashik, Maharashtra. Periodically, she has been contributing articles for a column called "Exceptional Child" in Nashik Times, a supplementary edition from "The Times of India" group.
The training center in Nashik began its operations on April 2, 2011. Thereafter, a special school was started in June 2013. In June 2016, the Vocational training programme called Youth Empowerment Services (YES) for young people with disabilities was started. Jayanthi was also a catalyst in incepting the V- Excel Satellite Learning Center in Solapur in November 2014.
Parimal Pandit, M.A. Psychology
Program Director - Counseling And Assesments
Parimal Pandit is a trained Clinical Psychologist and Counsellor who has 20+ years of professional experience in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pune and is a govt certified psychological counsellor. Her responsibilities at V-Excel are varied. She has recently taken over as Program Director for Resource Development and Counselling. She does consultations, guidance and assessment for children who have learning issues or behavioural and developmental problems. Many initiatives for parents were started by her like the art therapy and biography group workshops along with individual counselling for parents of children with special needs across all our centres. She also started the individual and group play therapy for children of the school to express themselves and get healing through non directive play.
At V-Excel we also run a counselling desk for corporate companies and along with her team, she runs the program as well as workshops on parenting, life work balance etc. She also provides counselling services for adults with emotional and psychological problem. Parimal is also a Lecturer in our various teacher training Special Education programs. She recently got certified as Anthroposophic Psychotherapist and is third in India to receive this certification. She has kept herself updated with a four year course as Biographical Consultant which is an internally recognized course which deals with people and organization's life story to overcome blocks in development.
Her prior experiences include tenures at the Maharashtra Institute of Mental Health, Ashnaa Health and Counselling Centre and at the Shishuvan Primary School. In these organizations she was responsible for providing counselling services, conducting group interventions, and teaching a variety of courses in psychology, psycho-diagnostics and psychotherapy.
Lalitha Sridhar, BPT
Mrs. Lalitha Sridhar started her career as a physiotherapist in various hospitals in clinical intervention. She worked as a senior therapist at the Alzahra Medical Centre, Dubai and was the head of the therapy department at the Al Noor Training Centre for children with special needs in Dubai for 8 years. She has been involved in the whole process of assessment goal-setting and training staff of multi-disciplinary teams. Mrs. Sridhar has handled children with various early childhood development delays and cerebral palsy and syndromes.
In V-Excel, Mrs. Sridhar has been involved in setting up the Early Intervention Unit on the principles of sensory integration and neuro-developmental therapy. Her core areas are assessment, formulating development indices, setting of goals, effective therapy, planning work with regular schools on inclusion, providing training for teachers, parent counseling and training, and training staff of multi-disciplinary teams.
Lekshmi Ramesh, B. Com., B. Ed.
Lekshmi Ramesh started her career as a teacher, she commenced her journey as a special educator after completed her Intensive Training Programme in Dyslexia by from Madras Dyslexia Association (MDA) and from the transactional Analyst, Ms. Sashi Chandran in 1996. She worked with children with special needs for more than 18 years and a qualified facilitator for children with learning disabilities.
She worked in Vivekalaya Matriculation School , Coimbatore as a special educator for 9 years. She then joined Trivandrum International School as the Learning Support Co-ordinator where she set up a resource centre . She also was part of the Resource centre in Muscat during her stay for a year. She worked as the Resource person in Global Public School, Cochin for two years.
It was when she moved to Mumbai, got an opportunity to work with the famous developmental pediatrician Dr. Samir Dalwai and his team of therapists. She was involved in assessments, formulation of therapy plans, meeting parents and also curriculum planning. Her team got the best scientific paper award for the IR paper on the relationship between therapy and performance of children with special needs.
A B. Com graduate with B. Ed , she is currently pursuing MA Psychology.
Her ambition is to bring about positive change in the lives of children with special needs through innovative methods of remediation.
Gayathri Suryanarayanan, B.Sc.
Gayathri Suryanarayanan .
Rama Nagarajan, M.A.
Deepa Kameshwaran, B.Com.
Coordinator - Vocational Training
Meera Suresh, M.A., B.Ed.
Meera Suresh is a Post graduate in Psychology and a B Ed with English and Psychology as her core subjects. Her main subject of teaching is English, Social Science, sports activities, dancing and other co- curricular activities. She has played a major role in counselling students in their adolescent stages. Was an active member in the preparation of the CCE Model assessment pattern for CBSE schools.
She has received the Best Coordinator award for the Republic day parade at Delhi while representing the South Zone Cultural centre-Government of Tamilnadu. The award was handed over by the then Governor of Tamilnadu Mrs. Fathima Beevi.
This was followed by a few years as a National trainer Pan India for spoken English and Soft Skills. My flair for spoken language made the company allow me to travel from Punjab to Kerala and Gujarat to West Bengal. Was a Panel member for the ISO certification for Veta- a Spoken English training Institute.
Was a Domain Lead Educational Partnership - and planned the Orientation and Review of Teachers in the classroom set up. This was for EZ Vidya Chrysalis curriculum, an activity based Teaching learning curriculum. Have been involved in the Cross selling, up selling and signing up of the curriculum in various school across Tamilnadu. Has been an SME in the preparation of the Social science curriculum for classes 1 to 5 of the chrysalis curriculum
Has been involved in the development, training and following up of the teachers, Principals, corporate officials after the Orientation on need based soft skill training.
Currently working with V-Excel educational trust providing my expertise in the Teacher training program for Special Educators - The course is in Collaboration with Annamalai University and Tech Mahindra Foundation
AGM - Administration
Senior Manager - Media and Public Relations
Coordinator - Early Intervention Program
Mallika Swaminathan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science and a post graduate diploma in Home Science. She also holds a diploma in Special Education (Autism Spectrum Disorder) from V-Excel’s Academic Teaching Excellence (ATE) program in collaboration with Manipal University which has RCI accreditation. She has a passion for teaching young children.
Mrs. Swaminathan has worked as a primary teacher in Jaigopal Garodia Vivekananda Vidyalaya and at the Head start Learning Centre (an inclusive school) and privately with many under-privileged children, prior to taking up as a special educator at V-Excel in 2010, in the EI Unit. As a special educator and co-ordinator, her responsibilities include the implementation of V-Excel’s EI programme. Mrs. Swaminathan was also a part of the core team which developed study material for special education courses offered by Annamalai University and she served as faculty for Diploma in Inclusive Education course.