Expert Committee

Ms. Anuradha Prabhudesai,
Counseling Psychologist & MBTI Practitioner

Anuradha specializes in vocational guidance and career counseling and is a walking encyclopedia of various courses, colleges, and career options. Along with regular career guidance, she has also developed specialized career guidance modules for children with Learning Disabilities as well as Intellectual Deficits.

Ms. Shital Ravi,
Counseling Psychologist

As a psychologist, Shital's forte lies in personality assessments, psychometric evaluations, individual counseling and therapy. She has considerable experience in child and adolescent psychotherapy. She is also the head psychologist at Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School, and has spear-headed and managed inclusive education and counselling at the school for the last 18 years.

Ms Samindara Sawant,
Clinical Psychology

Samindara specializes in psycho-diagnostics and clinical assessments and has considerable experience in child, adolescent, marriage as well as family psychotherapy. Samindara has extensive experience in conducting workshops and training and has worked with various populations like students, parents, employees, teachers and so forth. She is also experienced in competency mapping, assessment and development centers, performance management, competency development, psychometric test development and so forth.

Ms. Radika Kulkarni,
Counseling Psychologist

Radhika has a Masters in Counseling Psychology. She has an acute inclination toward psychometric evaluations - assessments, Career guidance and counseling brought together with her love for children and education. She strives to widen her strengths through constant learning and dedication.


Mr SV Ranganath IAS,

Shri.S.V.Ranganath is former Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka. He is the non- executive Chairman of IFCI.

Shri Ranganath belongs to IAS (Karnataka-75) Cadre. He has worked as a Civil Servant in various capacities both in Government of India and Government of Karnataka.

He was the Chairman, Indian Coffee Board, Resident Director at Indian Investment Centre, Abu Dhabi, Principal Secretary to Chief Ministers of Karnataka, Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser in the Department of Space and also as the Member [Finance] to the Space Commission, Atomic Energy Commission and Earth Commission.

Dr. K R S Murthy,

Dr K.R.S. Murthy is a former Director of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He has been active in management education for nearly three decades. He is a gold medallist from Mysore University.

Professor Murthy worked in industry for nearly a decade before taking up studies in management.

After his Masters in Statistics from Mysore University, he obtained a Masters in Management from Sloan School of Management, M.I.T., and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, Boston, U.S.A., before joining the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad as Professor of Business Policy. He initiated electives in public enterprise management in the post graduate programme. He has taught in the Post Graduate, Executive Development, Doctoral and Faculty Development Programmes in IIMA.

He was also the first director of the Institute of Rural Management, at Anand.

Professor Samir Kumar Brahmachari,

Professor Samir Brahmachari is an Indian biophysicist and Former Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Former Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India. He is the Founder Director of Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), New Delhi, India. He is the Chief Mentor of Open Source for Drug Discovery (OSDD) Project. He is the recipient of J C Bose Fellowship Award, DST (2012). He started his academic career as a Research Associate at the Molecular Biophysics unit in Indian Institute of Science and went on to become professor. He was then appointed as the Director of CSIR- Center for Biochemical Technology (CBT) . As the Director of CBT he was instrumental in re-establishing it as the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology- an institute where genomics and informatics have been seamlessly integrate

Professor Arun Nigavekar,

Professor Arun Nigavekar, is a well known Physicist and renowned educationist with 45 years of experience. His significant contributions have been use of technology for enhancement of utility and quality of higher education and internationalization of higher education. The path breaking one being an initiation of concept of Quality in Higher Education, for which he was aptly called as a father of quality movement in higher education in India by none other than the Former President of India, Honorable Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

He was Chairman and Vice Chairman of UGC between 2000 & 2005. He was Vice Chancellor of University of Pune, a university that attained a status of University with potential for Excellence under his leadership.

He received Life Time Achievement Awards from Higher Education Federation and Surydatta Institute. He has won several honors notably being UNESCO Honor, Swami Vivekanand Award, Shiromani award and Delhi Ratan Award.

Executive Team

Mr Subramanya BN,

Mr. Subramanya B.N. , is a chartered accountant having more than 30 years of professional experience.

He is the founder of B.N.Subramanya & Co., Chartered Accountant firm specializes in management consultancy, audits and tax advisory services.

He has experience in collaborating with foreign entities and multinational organisations with business interests in education, health care, engineering and information technology. He is on the Board of Management of M.S.Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences. He is also associated with Gokula Education Foundation as an Advisor for over three decades.

Mr.Muralidhar Ponnaluri,

CEO of ERA Foundation, Muralidhar Ponnaluri ( Murali) is responsible for leading change, driving growth and ensuring sustainability.

Murali has extensive leadership experience in providing direction and mentoring diverse teams in both product and services organisations.His core expertise lies in setting up business capabilities ,building competencies and implementing market strategy for companies looking to scale operations.

Previously Murali had a key role at setting up country wide operations and scaling technology support for rural and community hospitals. He has served as Director Strategy for Grainger, Managing Director at Trianz , and COO at Hindustan Times .

Murali believes that the vision of ERA Foundation aligns well with his personal mission—to improve quality of higher education and ensure access and opportunity to students across India.

Murali is a Mechanical Engineer and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar.