Aripana Foundation is a grassroots NGO based in Darbhanga, which works for the development of North Bihar.

It is named after an integral aspect of the Mithila culture, the Aripana – the floor drawings and home-art adorning Maithil homes. Aripana is an inseparable part of the Maithil people’s lives, heralding new beginnings, auspiciousness, joy and celebration.

Colonel P M Jha (Retd.)

Managing Trustee

Colonel Jha completed his medical training from Ranchi Medical College and joined the Indian Army in 1984. During his tenure he served across multiple locations in the country, including the Northern, North-Eastern and the Western border regions; as well as in the Middle-East, on deputation. Throughout his career, he also continued to provide voluntary medical services to unreached communities of North Bihar.

After 31 years of distinguished service in the Armed Forces, his passion for and understanding of public health in rural India, especially Bihar, led him to co-found Aripana Foundation, where he presently serves as the Managing Trustee and the Director of its Public Health vertical.

Avinash Kumar

Trustee

Avinash leads Education and Communication at Wipro Foundation, The Education program he leads at Wipro partners with a network of 140+ educational civil society organizations, and supports them in building deeper capacities to work on school education reform in a sustained manner. He also oversees

Avinash has a Masters degree in Education from Azim Premji University and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University. He serves as a Trustee of Aripana Foundation and an advisor on its program strategy. 

Jamuna Inamdar

Program Director

Jamuna has over 15 years of experience working with various NGOs. She started her career as a Program Officer, Training and Development, at Railway Children, a UK based NGO, engaging with street children and their caregiving staff at various locations across India. Thereafter, as part of Azim Premji Foundation, she facilitated education leadership & management programmes for state and district level government education functionaries as well as teachers, in the states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand. Jamuna is a co-founder of Aripana Foundation, where she presently serves as Program Director of the Education and Arts & Culture verticals. 

Sanjay Jha

Program Manager

An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Sanjay completed his graduation in Economics and Masters in Social Work from the University of Delhi. He has been associated with many social sector organizations and has worked in the domains of education, community development and environment. His areas of expertise are youth leadership and training design and facilitation. Sanjay is the founder of Himalayan Weekenders, an organization committed to promoting outdoor leadership among youth through trekking. An avid sportsperson and marathoner himself, he believes in the philosophy of ‘Sports for Change’ and motivates youth to pick up sports.

A polyglot, having a good understanding of the language ecosystem, he currently leads the project ‘Development of tools and technology in the Maithili Language’ at Aripana Foundation and is committed to bringing about a transformational change in the usage of Maithili language.

Dhiraj Kumar

Program Officer

Dhiraj coordinates the K-12 educational program of Aripana Foundation and supports the Aripana Fellows. In addition to that, he also plays an active role in the ‘Development of Maithili tools and technology’ project.

Before joining Aripana, Dhiraj was associated with Going to School, where he worked with school-students to enhance their entrepreneurial and 21st century skills. Prior to this, he was associated with Piramal Foundation where he worked with the children of underprivileged sections of society in Thane and Mumbai, to enhance their learning capabilities and skills through various innovative learning methods. He had also successfully raised funds and set up learning centers for the students of slum areas in Mumbai. Dhiraj has a degree in Education and a Bachelors in Science.

Sandeep Jha

Accounts and Admin Officer

Sandeep handles Accounts and Office Administration at Aripana Foundation. Prior to joining Aripana, he has worked for over 10 years in various companies such as the K Raheja Corp and the Estée Lauder Companies.

Rupam Dev

Fellow

Rupam is an Aripana Education Fellow. Before joining the Fellowship, Rupam has had over ten years of work experience, including six years as a teacher. She has a degree in Education and a Masters in the Arts. Rupam is passionate about developmental issues and the role of Civil Society Organizations in societal development.

Anjali Thakur

Fellow

Anjali is an Aripana Education Fellow. She is specially interested in setting up and harnessing the potential of libraries in schools and science education. Anjali also has an interest in law and policy.

Abhinav Bose

Fellow

Abhinav is an Aripana Education Fellow. With a great eye for detail and a penchant for designing spaces that are warm and happy in which children enjoy spending their time, he plays an active role in the Aripana Learning Center. He is also interested in sports and physical education and considers them an important part of every child’s educational experience.

Kanhaiya Kumar

Resource Person

Kanhaiya has a Masters in Political Science. He supports educational programs and events at Aripana Foundation.

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