Our Team

One of the best things about Pragati are the people behind it. It is a mixture of like-minded individuals who came together and started it and the scholars who have now joined back as mentors and volunteers.

The very idea of fulfilling a collective responsibility towards society by providing educational assistance coupled with mentoring and career guidance is truly inspiring and the longevity of Pragati serves as a testimony to the vision of its founders. We strive to cater to all-round development of its scholars including moral support, public speaking, social responsibility,discipline and awareness.

Mr. Surya Rao

B.Tech - IIT Madras, MBA - IIM Bangalore

Founded Pragati in 2002.
Surya Rao has worked with Planning Commission, New Delhi, Software industry and in various roles in Engineering industry

Mr. Vijay K

B.Tech – IIT Madras

Pragati Trustee since 2003.Worked with L&T at Mumbai and Bangalore for 10 years.
Co-founded Ajax Engineering in 1983 and served as Managing Director.Since retirement he has remained engaged in Strategic business development and CSR activities.

Mr. Tej Arora

B.Tech -IIT Madras, MS -UC Davis

Tej Arora is associated with Pragati as Trustee since the beginning.
He has been involved in Software Development in various capacities at different companies, including Netscape, Yahoo, Oracle and several startups.

Dinesh Nehete

Ph.D. in Physics - University of Pune

Pragati Core Team Member since 2004. He worked for about 20 years in High performance computing with C-DAC, Tata Elxsi.
He co-founded En-Reach Learning LLP and shifted his career from SW to psychology of development.

Mr. Santosh Nedungadi

With Pragati since 2004

Santosh Nedungadi has been associated with Pragati for the over 10 years as a Trustee. He is a businessman with interest in trading. He is the Founder President of Rotary, Bangalore Cantonment. Presently serving as a Trustee of the Teacher Foundation and Lotus & Chrysanthemum Trust.

Kavitha LM

With Pragati since 2004

Kavitha graduated from PESIT, Bangalore in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication engineering. She has over 10 years of experience in Networking and Telecom domain and is currently working with Unisys, Bangalore as Lead Engineer.

Ambika Nagarajaiah

With Pragati since 2007

Ambika graduated from University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering,
Bangalore in 2010. Her area of specialization is Electronics & Communication.
She has been working in Zebra technologies(Formerly Motorola), Bangalore as Lead Engineer in Wireless LAN.

Deepak Janardhana

With Pragati since 2003

Deepak graduated from Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bangalore in 2009 in the field of Electronics & Communication Engineering. He has worked with Infosys and JDA Software and is currently works as a Senior Application Developer at Great West Global.

Mahesh Ramesh

With Pragati since 2003

Mahesh completed B.E in Electronics & Communication at R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore in 2009. He worked at ARM Inc till 2012 and later on graduated with M.S. degree from Purdue University, USA in 2014. Since then, he has been involved in chip design at Broadcom, AMD and latest at Marvell Inc.

Shalini Raghunath

With Pragati since 2005

Shalini graduated from National Degree College with a degree in Computer Applications in 2013. And completed post graduation in Computer applications. She is working with Qualitrix as Sr Lead Engineer in Software testing and has over 6 years of experience.

Sajith PM

With Pragati since 2005

Sajith graduated from BMSCE, Bangalore in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering. He has over 6 years of experience in Software Research and Development and is currently working as Senior R&D engineer at Microfocus, Bangalore.

Harshitha Rathnakar

With Pragati since 2008

Harshitha graduated from University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering branch in 2014. She is currently working as SW Developer at Oracle India Private Limited