Pushpa is one of our Senior Coordinators here at Manzil, and has been with us in this role for the last 7 years. She began as an English student here at Manzil in 2008, and quickly joined the Core Team in 2010. Pushpa completed her Bachelor of Arts from Delhi University, and went on to receive a Master in Education from Indira Gandhi National Open University. She credits Manzil for having been a crucial part of her life, and has inspired her love for teaching and facilitating.
Vandana is one of our Senior Coordinators and the Science Coordinator here at Manzil. She recently graduated from Delhi University’s School of Open Learning, where she learned educational tools that she’s brought with her here to Manzil. Vandana is currently in her second week here on the Core Team, making her one of our newest members! She’s been a student at Manzil for the last nine years, taking both English and Math classes during her time here. She credits Manzil for the being the most influential part of her academic life, as well as teaching her a variety of other skills that she uses on a daily basis.
Reena is a Senior Coordinator and the Coordinator of the English program here at Manzil. She recently finished her Bachelor of Arts from Delhi University, and has been a member of the Core Team for the last year. She began as a Math student here at Manzil in 2006, and by 2008 was teaching English to our younger students! Her favorite aspect of Manzil is its familial structure, and for her, it feels like a second home.
Himanshu is the Mathematics Coordinator here at Manzil, as well as teaching Windows, Microsoft Office, and Tally in our computer program. He has been part of the Core group for two weeks, one of the newest additions to our team! He’s currently entering his third year in the Bachelor of Commerce program at Delhi University, as well as having studied in the United States through the Community College Initiative Program scholarship, funded by the U.S Department of State. He’s been a student here at Manzil for the last seven years, and still considers himself a learner. Himanshu loves it here as Manzil, happy to spend entire days in the place he calls his home.
Sakshi is our Student Coordinator at Manzil, and has served in this role for the past year. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Delhi University, after which she joined us here at Manzil as a volunteer before joining the Core Team. Sakshi loves being here at Manzil because of the communal, comfortable environment and the people she works with on a daily basis.
Vikas is our Facility Support Coordinator and Initiative Coordinator here at Manzil. He began as a computer student, but became a core member in only one month! His passion for Manzil and his immediate desire to work on the Core Team stems from his love for the familial nature of Manzil, both amongst the students and the teachers. Vikas graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Uttar Pradesh. Vikas is also a stenographer, and does a large amount of our administrative work here at Manzil.
Tulsi is one of our Senior Coordinators here at Manzil. Over the last nine years she has served a variety of roles here, including student, teacher, volunteer, and, finally, Core Team member, which she has been since April. She left her job as a computer operator to come work here at Manzil full-time because she found her other job unfulfilling, whereas here at Manzil she feels like she’s learning something new every day and is working among people she truly loves. She is thrilled to be able to explore and grow as a person every day. She graduated from Delhi University with a Bachelor of Arts. Tulsi’s favorite part of Manzil has been teaching our learners, and she still teaches computers on top of serving as a Core Member.
Anil is our Accountant and Computer Coordinator here at Manzil, along with running our facilities. He has received his Bachelor of Computers from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), and is current working on his Masters of Computers at IGNOU as well. Anil has been here at Manzil for 17 years, starting as a volunteer in charge of training the computer teachers, along with teaching before joining the Core Team at its inception 10 years ago. Anil has spent so much of his life dedicated to the learners at Manzil, and his daughter, Tusharika, is currently a student here as well.
Ronita is a volunteer core team member here at Manzil. She has an MSc. in Globalization & Development with Distinction from the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester, and a B.A. in International Politics from New York University. Ronita came to Manzil in 2015, from her home in the United States, initially as a volunteer for 4 months. However, she fell in love with the organization and the people, and she’s never left. She supports the core team, looks at the social media, international donor relations, and international volunteers for Manzil. She also teaches the English Discussion class on Fridays. Her favorite part of Manzil is how rather than an organization, its a family that cares for each other.
Anurag is the Chief Coordinator here at Manzil, having served in this role for us since December. Anurag began his time here at Manzil as a music student in 2010, but left after only 27 days because his family didn’t support his love for music. At that point he began volunteering for Manzil. Afterwards, he studied in the U.S for one year on a scholarship he attained through Manzil, and continued volunteering from afar. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from Delhi University, after which he interned with an accounting firm. However, he quickly became disillusioned with that field and rejoined Manzil in 2012 as a volunteer before becoming a Senior Coordinator in 2013. Anurag then went back to university and received his Masters in Social Work, majoring in Human Behavior from Indira Gandhi National Open University. Anurag also founded a band called Manzil Mystics in 2011, which has since blossomed into its own NGO under the Manzil umbrella. Anurag’s favorite aspect of Manzil is that it’s a “school without teachers,” that everyone brings something new to the table and that our experiences are all equally poignant. Anurag also seeks to imbue Manzil and his own life with the teachings of Kabir, a 15th century Indian poet, mystic, and saint, that we are all the world and each have valuable knowledge to contribute to society. Anurag takes pride in having started at a student and working his way up at Manzil, and hopes one day he can teach the student that will do the same and eventually replace him, fulfilling the organic life cycle of leadership here at Manzil.
Ravi Gulati is the person behind everything we do or have learnt in life. A co-founder of Manzil and a graduate from IIM-A, Ravi has given his life to transforming the education system by simply opening the doors of his home in Khan Market to learners. After transforming thousands of lives of people in Delhi, Ravi is now working with government school principals to enhance their capacity of work and effectiveness by facilitating their learning. At present, there are 250 children and youngsters in Manzil between seven and twenty-seven years of age who explore what they want to learn through multiple classes at various levels in English, mathematics, music, computers, painting, dance and theatre. Structured classes with a fixed timetable and schedule are held after school hours. No fee is charged, but one is fined for coming late because in Manzil there is no fee for learning, only not learning! Through this system, Manzil seeks to stress punctuality, and teach students the literal value of time. Another key feature of Manzil is the collective sharing of knowledge and expertise among the participants, which fosters a sense of communal learning that helps people of all skills and disciplines collaborate and grow together.
Uma Rawat is new addition to our team here at Manzil, recently stepping into the role of Events Coordinator for us. Her time at Manzil started in 2009 when she joined the English program after completing 12th class at a government school. From there, she began volunteering as a volunteer at various Manzil events before starting to head the initiatives team in 2013. Through Manzil, Uma was nominated for the International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the U.S Embassy, where she explored civic participation. Alongside her work here at Manzil, Uma is a manager of operations at the lighting consultancy firm Design Matrix. She also works with Delhi Magic Tours and Travels as a tour guide. Uma credits Manzil with helping inspire her love for traveling, Kathak dancing, and helping her develop skills as an organizer and team manager. And she also cites her time at Manzil as a key factor in developing her love for helping people, something she does on a daily basis for all of the students here.