Vision & Mission
A new India with sustainable and vibrant rural communities.
To develop 10,000 rural entrepreneurs from amongst ex-soilders, youth and women.
Why Gramonnati ?
India is among the youngest countries in the world with a median age of 29 years by 2020 (50% Indians are less than 25 years in age). This is potentially an enormous demographic dividend in a world that is rapidly aging.
To this, we could add the fact that 68% of India lives in its villages, and that they need to develop at a much faster rate for India to be truly and sustainably developed in coming decades. Rural development, with an aim of boosting rural economy and generation of employment locally in villages is already one of the most critical areas identified by the Government at all levels. Numerous policies and programs are being implemented with varying degrees of success.
We believe that in coming years, an ever-larger share of employment opportunities will be in rural areas. Gramonnati, accordingly, aims to focus on supporting rural transformation through technology, skills and entrepreneurship.
- Right use of technology to help communities to leap-frog to the latest ideas and innovation.
- Skill development to help people to become self - employable.
- Rural Entrepreneurship to help them become job-creators instead of job-seekers. We aim to select and train ex-soldiers, youth and women to be rural entrepreneurs.
To develop rural entrepreneurs and grass-root leaders to transform villages for greater self-reliance.
Structure & Execution
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Ved Prakash Sharma
VP Sharma (Co-founder and CEO) is a Technology professional with over 32 years of global experience in Telecommunications and Networking. He served in Indian Army for 16 years before transitioning to corporate world in 2001. He is experienced in organisational and business transformation having setup, managed and transformed global service delivery organisations for companies like Airtel, Ericsson, Nokia and Cisco. He also volunteers with Sri Aurobindo Society (www.aurosociety.org), a global not-for-profit NGO based out of Pondicherry.
ShyamKaluve (Co-founder and CTO) has over 24 years of professional experience and is currently serving as Director of Software Engineering at Cisco Systems and has been part of Cisco’s CSR and community development efforts for over a decade. He is very passionate about use of technology in education, healthcare and sustainable development. He is on a long leave to focus on Gramonnati activities.
Suresh Subbarao (Co-founder and COO) has strong roots in rural Karnataka and is very passionate about sustainable development with social justice. He believes in resource conservation and living lightly on the earth. He is a 17-year veteran at Cisco systems and has held responsibilities in Engineering, Services and IT. He has been a member of the Cisco India Civic Council - the steering body for Cisco's CSR activities. He is currently on a two-year sabbatical to work with Gramonnati.
Brig Rakesh Kaul
Brig Rakesh Kaul has over 33 years of distinguished military experience. He is from Corps of Signals and has led major communications and networking projects for the Army over the years. He is also a wild life and nature enthusiast and has a post-graduation in eco-tourism. He has been instrumental in helping Gramonnati to conceptualize its approach for “path-to-entrepreneurship” program for ex-soldiers. Post his recent retirement from the Army, he has taken up responsibility for setting up and managing all Gramonnati Kendras in Central, North and West India from May 2018.
Vandana Malaiya is passionate about women empowerment and has been working in this area with women at her work place for the last 20+ years. She is now working with underprivileged women to help them develop as micro-entrepreneurs through Self-Help Group model. Hailing from an agriculturist family, she is keen on extending it to rural women engaged in agriculture.She comes with extensive experience of over 30 years in the IT Industry, both as an entrepreneur as well as a change leader in a large corporate. She has worked in companies like DCM Data Systems, VeriFone, EximSoft (which she co-founded) and IBM.
Anuradha Roy has 36 years of experience in Steel Authority of India Ltd, in the marketing wing. She has worked in policy formulation and implementation, interfacing with the Ministry of Steel and it’s allied wings like Joint Plant Committee. As a person from the business side of the company, she was project leader for ERP implementation in the marketing wing of the company. She is a good communicator and very keen to help rural communities develop self-reliance through technology initiatives.