• Colonel Virender Haryal

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    Colonel Virender Kumar Haryal comes to Dakshana with a rich experience of 39 years in the Indian Army. He has performed various roles, technical and non-technical, during his service - right from strategic, logistic and operational planning to disaster management and security & administration. [READ MORE]

    He was a liaison officer between the Indian Military Training Team and the Royal Bhutanese Army from March to December 2000.

    Colonel has a deep and diverse experience in admin and management which includes appraisal and promotions, canteen stores dept. management, budgeting at NCC, discipline and vigilance, etc.

    He has a unique flair of developing and implementing innovative practices for organisational improvement. He has a competent and dynamic nature with excellent communication and organisational skills.

  • Colonel Ram K. Sharma

    close Chief Executive Officer

    Colonel Ram K. Sharma joined the National Defence Academy in December 1957, after high school from Colvin Taluqdars’ College, Lucknow. After four years of training, including one year at IMA, Dehradun, he was commissioned in the Regiment of Artillery. He took early retirement in 1993, after having front-line experience in three wars. [READ MORE]

    He started his own business after hanging up the uniform. After a successful stint of nearly six years, due to a personal tragedy, he decided to close the business. He has since been trying to contribute towards the education of bright but needy students. Dakshana was the natural follow-through after meeting Mohnish Pabrai in April 2009.

  • Commander Arun Kumar Mishra

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    Commander Arun Kumar Mishra is an alumnus of National Defence Academy and IIT Kharagpur. He joined Indian Navy in 1994, got his B. Tech degree from Naval College of Engineering and later went on to graduate with an M.Tech from IIT Kharagpur. He was also selected for TMC and holds PGDMS from Jamnalal Bajaj University. [READ MORE]

    Cdr. Mishra has a distinguished Naval service of twenty-two years. During his Naval career, he has served as instructor at the Naval College of Engineering, Production Manager at Naval Dockyard, Marine Engineer Officer of frontline warships, and Staff Engineer Officer at Naval Headquarter. Commander Mishra has been awarded with commendation from Chief of Naval staff and Commander-in- Chief (Eastern Command).

  • Sharmila Pai

    close Chief Operating Officer

    Sharmila Pai joined Dakshana in January 2010 after spending 20+ years in the corporate world. She brought with her a wealth of experience and a very compassionate nature. She has spent the past seven years at Dakshana and has handled the Dakshana 2-year coaching program and DAAN (Dakshana Alumni Network) with maximum efficiency. [READ MORE]

    Sharmila’s previous employment was as Head–Operations, Sara Beattie Group, India, in the education arm. Prior to that, she was editor of the Super Junior Times, India’s only exclusive monthly newspaper for children and spent 15 years in the field of advertising, communications, and publishing.

    Pai enjoys herself among scholars and alumni alike and is fully committed to her work at Dakshana. Besides work, she enjoys travelling, reading and music. Sharmila believes that being humane is the greatest virtue that can dispel any darkness in the world.

News & Events

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    Summer Internships at The Dakshana Foundation

    The Dakshana Foundation is seeking to bring on 1-3 interns who would spend the summer drilling down on initiatives underway by a number of NGOs in India to try to improve education outcomes in government schools across India in 6th through 12th standard. Some NGOs like Khan Academy are doing this via developing content that can be delivered through [READ MORE]
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    JDST 2018 Result (Shortlisted Students for Interview)

    The results of the Joint Dakshana Selection Test (JDST) held on December 17, 2017 are out!!! The students shortlisted at the JDST for personal interviews will receive a confirmation email on their email ID (provided during online registration) with a copy to the respective school’s email ID. The result is not published here on the […] [READ MORE]
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    Dakshana- 10th annual Recognition Day on December 26, 2017

    The Dakshana Foundation celebrated its 10th annual Recognition Day on December 26, 2017. The first family of Dakshana, Mohnish Pabrai, Harina Kapoor and daughters Monsoon and Momachi was present to commemorate the event. The Chief Guest and Keynote speaker of the function was Padmashri Dr. Deepak Phatak, Subrao Nilekani Chair Professor of the Kanwa [READ MORE]
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    Mohnish Pabrai on ‘philanthropy and investing’ at Best Ideas 2018.

    Mohnish Pabrai, founder and chairman, The Dakshana Foundation, on Manual of Ideas (MOI) Global, a community of intelligent investors united by a passion of lifelong learning. Here is the interview during Best Ideas 2018, an online conference where Mohnish talks on philanthropy and investing. Mohnish Pabrai on Philanthropy YouTube link: https://www [READ MORE]

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