About Us

Team

The following people comprise the Eureka Schools management team.

Chandra Viswanathan, Founder of Eureka Schools Trust and Managing Trustee
B.Tech in Instrumentation from BITS Pilani. Worked as Hardware Engineer in Wipro, HCL Technologies and SCM Microsystems. Volunteered in AID INDIA’s Education programs when she was working in SCM Microsystems. Quit her job in 2002 to start working fulltime on education programs. She developed the reading program and the reading kit which are being used in schools across the state today. She built up close collaboration between AID INDIA and Pratham on the reading program. Founder Trustee of the PrathamTamilnadu Education Trust.Consultant to the SSA and UNICEF for the Reading and Math Program. Well known resource person and trainer on primary education for Vidyarambam, MakkalPalliIyakkam and other NGOs. Author of a large number of children’s books, board games and learning aids. AID INDIA was awarded the Pratham 2006 Achievement Award for the reading program developed by Chandra and Damodharan.

PN Parvathy, Director of Eureka Schools & English Language Learning Expert
B. Com, Masters in Social Work, Madras School of Social Work. Awarded 3-year Young Professional Fellowship by CAPART (Ministry of Rural Development).Also founder and Managing Trustee of Aspire Foundation, an NGO working for education in Dindigul District.Author of several bi-lingual booklets for children. Co-author of research paper published in ‘Innovating EFL Teaching in Asia’ by Palgrave Macmillan. With a strong focus and drive to get poor children to read and speak English, Parvathy has led English learning action research programs in AID INDIA since 2006 and developed innovative English learning materials for rural children. Parvathy is responsible for overall co-ordination of both Eureka Schools

S Gomathi, Founder of Eureka Schools Initiative
M.Sc., M.Phil. in Physics. A well-known resource person in science education, Gomathi is a popular trainer who trains students in many schools and colleges. Started and established Eureka Schools. Gomathi developed the award-winning Eureka Science Lab-in-a-Box which was used to implement a large scale science experiment program in Krishnagiri and Sivagangai Districts. She currently works on developing technology-based science content for children

Balaji Sampath, Advisor
B. Tech in Electronics from IIT Madras. Ph.D. in Electronics from Univ. of Maryland, College Park. As a graduate student, mobilized 500 volunteers and started 25 chapters of Association for India’s Development in the USA. Returned to India and started working fulltime on social issues in 1997. Founded AID INDIA.Author of several books and videos on science and math education.Received Ashoka Fellowship, Lemelson Inventor Award and IIT Distinguished Alumnus Award for Science and Education work.Received the Times of India Social Impact Award from the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh in Oct 2011 for AID’s contribution to India’s development.

A Ravishankar, Advisor
B. Tech in Electronics from IIT Madras. PhD in Electronics from Carnegie Mellon University, USA.Worked as Engineer in IBM, Austin and then Faculty at IIT Madras.Jt. Secretary of AID INDIA.Resigned from IIT-Madras in 2006 to volunteer for AID INDIA.Ravishankar initially worked on and expanded AID INDIA’s Math and Science programs. Member of the Tamil Nadu State Secondary Education Curriculum Revision Committee, played a major role in developing the Tamil Nadu State Math Textbook for Class VI. Currently heading AID INDIA’s large-scale after-school education center program in villages.

Smitha Kalyani, Academic consultant
B. Tech in Computer Science from BITS Pilani. Quit software job in Wipro to volunteer in villages for health and education programs. Worked on starting up education initiatives like Government school quality improvement, libraries and village learning centres in Krishnagiri district. Instrumental in implementing a district wide Science program with the district collector Mr. Santhosh Babu (IAS). Led the education evaluation team in AID INDIA to conduct large scale assessments of children's learning levels. Experienced in research, program documentation and interacting with several large non-profit foundations in India and abroad. Smitha advises Eureka School on defining appropriate academic and non-academic goals both for students and for teachers. Smitha also interfaces and engages with other individuals and institutions in the education arena to help Eureka School improve its curriculum, offer newer learning experiences to the students and adopt best practices in teaching and learning methodologies.

Thara Sridhar, Donor Relations
MBA from National Institute of Technology, Trichy and B. Sc. Physics. Quit 12-year corporate career at Oracle (OFSS) to work on education programs for rural children. Manages education initiative programs in villages. Works on communication, public relations and managing corporate and donor relationships for Eureka School. Also leads the content development for technology based initiatives for children to learn to read and speak English.

A Tarnas, Co-ordinator, Administration
B. Sc. (Maths), M.A. (Economics), M. Ed. High School math teacher for 20 years and Higher Secondary School Headmaster for 13 years. Utilizing his rich teaching experience, Tarnas Sir conducts math enrichment classes at Eureka Schools to improve logical reasoning skills of students and motivates them to think out of the box. He is a valuable mentor to our school team on school administration.

Revathi Devraj, Co-ordinator - Academics
B. Ed., M. A. Anthropology and B. Sc. Home Science from Madras University. Revathi has taught home Science and Biology for 8 years. Revathi has a passion for working with kindergarten children. She has trained hundreds of Balwadi teachers in an all-inclusive pre-primary curriculum and been instrumental in developing a comprehensive Balwadi kit which has been used in over 100 Government balwadis and private nursery schools. Revathi co-ordinates Science, Social Science and kindergarten curriculum development and teacher training at Eureka Schools.

Vivekanandan Raghuraman, Co-ordinator - Evaluation
M. Sc. Applied Psychology, Dip.In Mental Health and Hygiene, Vivek has been involved in Eureka Schools administration and donor relations since 2008. Having a keen interest to work with children and a strong belief that "Every Student can Learn, Just not on the Same Day, or the Same Way” Vivek is responsible for designing and conducting periodic assessments for students. He analyzes the data and presents it to teachers with recommendations on strategies to ensure that every child attains the skills expected for his/her class by the end of the academic year.

Nalini Christy, English Content Trainer
She has been with AID INDIA since 2008, working directly with children to improve their basic skills in reading, arithmetic and English. She was one of the best implementers of AID INDIA’s Ready to Read English program in Government schools. With a keen interest to learn and teach English, Nalini has grown into a good English trainer. She visits Eureka Schools frequently to train teachers and conducts English classes.

 
 Latest Events

The children of Eureka School, Vembakkam celebrated the Science Day with a lot of fervor and enthusiasm at their School premises on February 28th, 2015. They displayed some science models and did demonstrations of simple science concepts with the help of their teachers. They had displays in 4 rooms. The first room had some simple experiments like optical illusion, Archimedes principle, Air Pressure and the children used simplest of simple articles like discarded carton boxes, plastic bottles, soaps, pepper powder etc.

Eureka School, Vembakkam celebrated their Math Fest on Dec. 13th, commemorating the birthday of celebrated math genius, Srinivasa Ramanujan. Children in classes 1 to 5 visited 'skill stalls' manned by volunteers and received 'star stickers' of different colours on their tickets for every skill achieved.

"ABC Nee Vaasi!", a unique game showto showcase the students’ English reading skills of students. This game show was conducted on Nov. 30th at Sir.PT.Thyagaraya Hall in Chennai. All 96 students studying in Classes 1 to 5 in Eureka School Venketrayanpettai participated in this game show.

 
Testimonials

Eureka School- Through my eyes!

I have been volunteering for Eureka Schools for over a year and a half and I have been completely in awe each time I visit the school with innovative teaching methodologies! I had the opportunity the visit the school in Vembakkam for the first time a couple of weeks back. Tucked away in a village near Vembakkam in the Kanchipuram district, the school stood out in its bright yellow contours, a unique identification of the school. The children were looking dapper in their sports uniform representing the different houses and greeting us with pleasantries!

Wishes for New Year 2015 from Narasimhan, Eureka School patron

I got introduced to Eureka Schools by Chandra (also one of its founding members) quite some years back. It was started with a motivation to provide low-cost, yet high-quality education to rural children. The school though based on Samacheer Kalvi (Tamilnadu State Board Syllabus), emphasises on learning through simple games and fun activities. The teaching method, materials do encourage, motivate children to learn and most importantly make them to attend schools without any fear or inhibition.