|Air Marshal Denzel Keelor
Chairman│Board of Trustees
Aviation Consultant, Retired IAF Air Marshal, a war veteran & former president of YMCA
Air Marshal Keelor strongly supports the notion of education as a starting point of everything and if education is provided to the underprivileged children, they will become the builders of a progressive nation.
“There is a general consensus that the root of most of our problems in the social sector is the lack of education in the underprivileged section of our society. Though the government is addressing itself to this particular problem, there is a need to augment this effort with a determined effort, no matter how small it is from our society and from us in general.”
Air Marshal Keelor recipient of the prestigious Veer Chakra (1965), Kirti Chakra (1978), AtiVishishtSeva Medal (1986) and ParamVishishtSeva Medal (1989).
|Captain Indraani Singh
Pilot, Commander at Air India
An airline pilot for over 30 years, Capt. Singh has been with Literacy India since 1996, an initiative which started with just 5 children then and is now benefitting to over 55,000 children and women in over 10 states of India. She strongly enforces the 3E’s principle – Empowerment, Education and Employment and dedicates her time enthusiastically around several of Literacy India’s initiatives.
“There is a point in our lives where we want to do something that makes a difference to the world. Choosing that difference among multiple options is always based on that difference, implicit or explicit. When it’s time to payback the country ‘there is a time to involve others and a time to simply take control’. The choice to be made – to be a jawan or a soldier to defend the country’s borders or focus on a number of pertinent issues the country’s been facing and needed support: population, poverty, hunger, health and illiteracy. We know what the choice has been.”
Capt. Singh is a recipient of International Congress for Women’s Godfrey Philip special award for Bravery in social cause and Women Achievers Award (2009); first woman in Asia to fly Airbus 320 and world’s first woman commander on wide bodied Airbus 300.
|Rajpal Singh Duggal
Trustee│Board of Trustees
Group President, Corporate Strategy & Retail Business at Oxigen
A financial wizard, Mr. Duggal helps Literacy India in budgeting and structuring various initiative and projects undertaken. He has extensive experience in social work and has closely worked with many missionaries of charity.
“Our education should help and head to economic growth of the country and what better way to contribute to the society other than reaching out to thousands of underprivileged children and groom them to be good citizens of the country.”
Trustee│Board of Trustees
Vice President, Fortune Global Select
An hotelier by profession, Mr. Kalia is dedicated to building vocational skills of the youth and undertakes several projects in training and developing the skillset using his experience.
“With changing times, there should be innovation in educational model as well. We should look at futuristic vocational skill training. The focus should be providing employment in the country.”