“Our interventions target those areas where poverty and socio-economic indicators are below the national average”
About Read India
READ establishes Community Library and Resource Centers (READ CLRC) by partnering with rural communities across India.
We are reaching out to these communities through 107 Villages, 18 districts, spread across 9 states through various projects supported by Corporates and Government.
The READ Model is a proven and replicable set of programs which are primarily based on the establishment of Community Library and Resource Centers (CLRCs), with the full consent and involvement of the rural community in which it is located.
Each center is easily accessible, and includes a library, a computer room, a training hall and sections for children and women. The centers organize activities and programs for training the community members in specialized skills. We also recognize their existing abilities, and help members to advance and market them.
Communities have challenges which differ depending on the region, the culture, the language spoken and geographical factors. Common patterns have been found in all communities, with the problems of illiteracy and poverty being most pervasive in many rural villages.
READ India connects with local partners and corporate organizations to provide training programs in vocational skills, as well as introduce efforts to educate and economically empower villagers, and teach them to use technology to enhance their standard of living.
Women and children in particular are given the chance to learn to read and write, and to earn a living out of the skills they acquire from the center. Youngsters are provided with the skill sets and knowledge which can help them determine their choice of livelihood.
READ India’s ultimate aim is to eventually withdraw from the community, by having the community members take ownership of the center and operate it themselves. This will allow them to grow as an independent, responsible and sustainable community.
Currently, READ India has 25 centers located in the states of Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Manipur, Karnataka, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.
READ believes empowering rural communities is critical to alleviating global poverty. We envision a world where individuals, families and entire communities have access to the knowledge, resources and opportunities necessary to build a more prosperous future through Community Library and Resource Centers (READ Centers).
We partner with rural communities in India to create a sustainable model for social and economic transformation
Ms. Geeta Malhotra
READ India Country Director
Geeta has been working with READ India since June 2008 and has helped bring 25 READ Centres (Community Library and Resource Centres) to life in 10 States across India. Geeta constantly performs networking for partnerships and fund-raising, apart from outreach activities to bring the best training and capacity-building programs to READ Centres while overseeing all operations in India. Geeta uses her strong experience, and professional and academic connections to create new opportunities for READ India.
She started her career with Population Foundation of India in 1981. She has been actively working in the development sector to implement a variety of programs in rural Asia, especially on women empowerment, health, youth development, farming, livelihood and ICTs.
She participated in the DASRA Social Impact Leadership Programme 2014-15. She has also participated in the CSC Leaders Programme 2016, organised by Common Purpose and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences.
Ms. Smita Anand Rai
Director of Partnerships and Resource Mobilization
Smita joined READ India in June 2007. She is responsible for developing and nurturing partnerships and acts as an ambassador for READ India programmes to its external partners. Prior to this role, she was managing programmes and operations at READ India. Before joining READ, she worked with PlaNet Finance India, an affiliate international micro-financing institution working in the field of Technical Assistance and Capacity Building. Previously, she worked at HSBC Retail banking as a customer relationship officer. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in International Business.
Mr. Nahid Barbhuiya
Manager of Community Partnerships
Nahid joined READ India in February 2008 and is currently working as our Manager in Community Partnerships. Since then, he has been working with rural communities advocating the READ model and finding suitable community partnerships and setting for READ Centres. He is also responsible for training the local communities on Library Management, selecting the Centre Management Committee and training them for their important role in community participation, and managing READ programmes. To date, he has successfully built 25 Centres and has recently been responsible for providing alternative energy to the READ Centres along with the deployment of Information Communication Technology tools. He is also responsible for advocating for ICT programmes and bringing in suitable ICT partners for the benefits of the Community in rural India. He holds both a B. Sc and MMC (Master of Mass communication) from Assam University, Silchar.
Mr. Kamlesh Kumar Jha
Kamlesh joined READ India in early 2014 as Program Coordinator, with extensive experience in sustainability and information communications technologies (ICTs). He began his career in 1999 in IT Support with KCD Corp. in Kolkata. For a year and a half he served as an IT Executive in East Timor for the UNDP. In mid of 2006 he joined the Drishtee Foundation as a Division Manager accountable for supply chain management, rural education, and micro-finance projects. Kamlesh also worked as a Project Manager with Neurosynaptic, and with Telerad Tech Pvt. Ltd on a telemedicine project.
Mr. Mahipal Singh Rawat
Programme Officer – Multimedia, ICT & Production
Mahipal has been working in the field of Information and Communication Technologies since 1995. His focus has been on using film, television, radio and the internet for the sustainable development of rural and urban communities through education, livelihoods and human rights. Mahipal develops audio-visual tools for community awareness for READ India, and provides training to marginalized communities using ICT tools. He holds a Masters in Rural Development and professional Postgraduate Diplomas in Multimedia.
Mr.Dileep Kumar Jha
Dileep joined READ India in 2014 as Admin and Finance Assistant, and was later promoted to Finance Officer. He is responsible for day-to-day accounting, maintaining accounts in Tally/Quick Books, maintaining financial records, budgeting, managing petty cash, financial reporting, and auditing for the READ India office. Prior to joining READ, Dileep worked in two Chartered Accounting firms as Accounts Assistant. Dileep has a degree in B. Com (Honours) (Correspondence) from Delhi University. He is also pursuing an M.Com degree though Distance Education.
Sanjeev Kumar has been with READ India as an Office Assistant since July 2012 and is currently working as Coordinator. He has been responsible for providing support to office activities at the READ Office and sometimes at the READ Centers. Previously he worked with the Digital Empowerment Foundation and North-East Development Foundation and has more than 12 years of experience in management of day-to-day office operations.
Programme Officer – M&E
Shivam joined READ in 2014. He is responsible for Monitoring and Evaluation of projects and their execution on field. His work primarily focuses on conducting baselines, impact assessments and developing evaluation frameworks for the programmes. He also manages activities under programmes of READ so that their effective implementation can be realized. He was recognized among top 50 interns of the country for exemplary contribution of work from National Human Rights Commission. He completed his Masters in Development Studies from Amity University and has great inclination towards giving back to the society.
Mr. Bhairab Giri Goswami
System and ICT Administrator
Bhairab joined READ India in June 2016 as System and ICT Administrator, with experience in information communication technologies (ICTs). He began his career in 1986 in IT Support with Development Alternatives, New Delhi. Over 15 years he served as a Network Administrator in Development Alternatives, New Delhi. In September 2006 he joined the OneWorld Foundation as a Graphic Designer cum System Administrator. Bhairab also worked as a Information Associate with Development Alternatives for its ENVIS Project sponsored by Ministry of Environment & Forests. Currently, he is responsible for Advanced ICT Training at READ Centers, system administration, conducting skill tests for trained participants, graphic designing, and so on.
Mr. Prashant Shrivastava
Accounts and Administration Coordinator
Prashant Shrivastava joined READ India in 2016 as the Accounts and Administration Coordinator and is responsible for working profiles, verifying bills and vouchers received from partners, assisting the Finance Officer in all taxation related work – TDS, Filing of returns, etc. He also helps in the preparation of financial reports for submission to respective donors. Prashant earned his PGDFM from Jaipur National University in 2012. Previously, he has served as a Sr. Accounts Coordinator at Learning Links Foundation.
MR. JAY VIKRAM BAKSHI
Mr. Jay Vikram Bakshi is founder president of DIGIQOM SOLUTIONS, a leading social media communications, and advocacy consulting firm, focused on enabling corporate, institutions and governments across the world- communicate for results. He is senior management professional with a track record of over 25 years in media, marketing, and corporate communications.
In addition to spearheading innovation in Telecom, software, and Brand creation, Jay has been associated with social causes and development organizations as the leader of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in Corporates he served in. He holds honorary positions at Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Alumni, and selection committee member, CSC Leaders, HRH Prince Philip Trust, UK, Advisor, and Business Community Foundation India.
MS. SOHINI BHATTACHARYA
Sohini Bhattacharya is an intrepid intrapreneur and social change enthusiast who has 20+ years of experience in the development sector. Currently, she is Vice-President, Resource Mobilisation at Breakthrough, a global human rights organization. Sohini leads Resource Mobilisation to establish a strong resource base, sustainability and as part of the global management team, help Breakthrough strategizes, build a movement, transform into a professional organization and scale-up globally.
As the director for partnerships for South Asia Ashoka Innovators for the Public, she handled all strategic partnerships in India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal, and assists the global development team in institution building and development. Previously, as the director for a venture in India, she expanded Ashoka’s program and fellowships in the country, provided leadership to the venture team and created a platform for Ashoka and social entrepreneurship in the country. She also was a consultant for the Ashoka Fellows program and helped set up a second Ashoka Fellow in Sanhita.
Prior to joining Ashoka in 2000, Ms. Bhattacharya worked in the field of economic development with a special focus on women. As a program officer at the Child In Need Institute (CINI), she worked to launch a new income-generation and micro-credit program for rural women. She sits on the board of CREA, an organization working to enhance women’s leadership.Sohini also serves on the advisory board of Aakar Social Ventures, and Dastkar, a national organization working with crafts and craftspeople.
MS. KALPANA DASGUPTA
Ms. Kalpana Dasgupta career as a librarian started in 1965 and she has worked in the largest libraries in India, serving as Head of the National Library of India for 12 years. was Director of the Central Secretariat Library of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, and has served as Director of the Delhi Public Library. She served as the first women President of the Indian Library Association (ILA) from 2000-2002.
Ms. Dasgupta was a chairperson of the working group on libraries of the national knowledge commission and she also acted as an advisor for the library sector in national knowledge commission. She worked in the international federation of library association and institution (IFLA) and was Indian representative in the regional standing committee for Asia and OCEANIA for 4 years. She is presently serving as Advisory Board Member to READ India and has been associated with READ since inception. She has a Post Graduate degree in Political Science from Patna University, India and Master of Science in Library Science from Syracuse University, USA.
MAJOR GENERAL SURAT SANDHU
Maj. Sandhu is Malaysian born and schooled. On his return, he joined the Indian Army. After serving for 34 years he took early retirement to serve the development sector. He was CEO of Help Age India from 1997 to 2001, during this period he tripled its fundraising. He has been a fundraising consultant with Oxfam GB in the UK and to various national and international organizations. Surat is Chair of the Kusuma Foundation and the Wellness Trust. He is Advisor and Board Member of various organizations. From 2005-09 he was the Chair of the South Asian Fund Raising Group (SAFRG) and has given a great impetus to fundraising capacity building in South Asia. Mr. Surat is a passionate fundraising consultant, trainer, and advisor and is widely traveled and well connected. He is also Executive Director of concept Development Consultants.
MR. ASHIS SANYAL
Mr. Ashis Sanyal is the former Senior Director of the Department of Information Technology for the Government of India. He brings more than thirty-seven years of experience in communications, engineering and information communications technology to the READ team. Mr. Sanyal started his professional career as an Engineer in the Ministry of Communications of the Government of India and has worked in the Ministry in various capacities in the areas of radio spectrum management and related fields, terrestrial microwave and satellite communication network planning and management.
Mr. Sanyal has published more than 45 technical papers in various areas of Electronics, Communication Engineering, System Design and e-Governance activities in Indian and international journals. He has delivered more than 2000 hours of Capacity Building tutorials on various aspects of e-Governance and related areas to the State Government officials and Workshops, Conferences, Seminars etc. He is also Consulting Editor for e-Governance and Good Governance Magazines. Ashis has a Masters of Technology degree in Microwave Communications Engineering from Calcutta University, India.
DR. B. SHADRACH
Dr. B. Shadrach advises the Indian Public Library Movement (IPLM). He helps the IPLM to devise the right strategies and partnerships towards building momentum for the nascent movement that aims to be the ‘voice’ of the Indian public librarians and other stakeholders involved in reviving public libraries in India.
Dr. Shadrach is also the Asia Coordinator for the World Wide Web Foundation for its Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) program. In this capacity, he helps to build coalitions of private, public and civil society organizations to advance the shared aim of affordable access to both mobile and fixed-line internet in Asia. Dr. Shadrach also consults for the Global Libraries Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in their program in India.
MR. PRAVEEN AGGARWAL
Praveen Aggarwal has experience of over 30 years in managing overall businesses, corporate & public affairs, corporate social responsibility in South West Asia. He has worked in leadership positions in several organizations including Swades Foundation, Coca-Cola India and South West Asia, Jain Satellite Television, MGF Group and has successfully conceptualized and implemented a strategic roadmap for driving CSR and corporate affairs for sustainable businesses besides managing P&L.
Praveen has been part of various prestigious forums and committees during his entire tenure. He has successfully led National Rural Development Committee of CII on behalf of President and CEO. He was a member of National Water Committee of CII, Water Management Council of CII. He led the Environment Committee of FICCI on behalf of President and CEO, Coca-Cola India and was a member of trade association/ govt. committees on drafting the national voluntary CSR guidelines, green building standards etc. He also holds a Ph.D. in Management and CSR from Singhania University.
Currently, he is CEO at Action Alliance for Recycling Beverage Carton and also co-founded the organization called Consocia Advisory. He also sits in the Advisory boards in the NGOs- VSO India and FUEL(Friends Union for Energising Lives).
MR. P. JAYARAJAN
Mr. P. Jayarajan was Head of the British Council Libraries in India between 1997 and 2004, the first non-British to hold this position, and was responsible for managing the Council’s largest and most successful library network in the world. Mr. Jayarajan was founder-librarian of the Hyderabad library, the Chief Librarian of the prestigious management institute, the Xavier Labor Relations Institute. He has served as a consultant for Nepalese Administrative Staff College, Kathmandu and 7 Regional Engineering Colleges (now National Institute of Technology) in India to help modernize and revive them. He was conferred an MBE (Member of the British Empire) by the Queen of England in 2001. After retirement in 2004, has been engaged in consultancy and advisory work with various governmental and private institutions. He is a Member of the Delhi Library Board and Executive Committee and also sits in the board of IPLM.
MR. AMITABH SINGHAL
He is the Founder/Director of Telxess Consulting Services Pvt. Ltd. He was a Founder and former President of Internet Service Providers Association of India and helped push Internet privatization in 1998. He was also a Founder, CEO of National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), which runs Internet Exchanges. He was also on the Expert Group of the Prime Minister’s Committee on Telecom and IT Convergence back in 1999-2000, where he helped in ushering in the privatization of International Gateways.
In 2008, he helped and operated the Delhi Disaster Management Authority’s 24×7 Emergency Operations Center tasked with organizing a response to citizen’s calls on natural and/or man-made disasters. He holds a Law degree, PG in Marketing and Certificate in Corporate Directorship (where his dissertation was on Building High-Performance Boards).
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