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.

Our Trustees & Advisory

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.

Core Team

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 over 12 years of experience in IT - Software Development and is currently working with Fidelity Investments as Principal Software Engineer.

Kavitha LM

With Pragati since 2004

Kavitha graduated from PESIT, Bangalore in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication engineering. Her experience lies in Networking, Security and Telecom domains and is currently working with Unisys, Bangalore as Engineering Manager.

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.

Shalini R

With Pragati since 2005

She is graduated from National Degree College with a degree in Computer Applications, 2013. And completed PG in Computer applications through distance education. She also holds product management certification from ISB. She is working with Qualitrix as Project Lead and has over 10 years of experience in IT.

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

Divya shree

With Pragati since 2008

Divya has completed MCA from IGNOU and have 5+ years of experience in Software Testing domain and is currently working as Senior Test Automation Engineer at Cerner Health care.

Our Volunteers

Our scholars are now working professionals and proud volunteers of Pragati.

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, Marvell Inc and latest at Nvidia

Rakshitha V

With Pragati since 2008

Rakshitha is graduated from BMS Degree College for Women in bachelor's degree in Commerce. She has over 5 years of experience and working with Ernst & Young LLP, as a Senior Analyst.

Siddarth P

With Pragati since 2008

Siddharth completed his CA in 2019 and is now a Practicing Chartered Accountant.


With Pragati since 2011

Uma graduated from University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering in 2020. She is currently working as software test engineer at Cisco.

Sagar CS

With Pragati since 2012

Sagar completed his Bachelors of Engineering in 2019 and is currently working with Halodoc Id as Software Development Engineer.

Bharadwaj Bhat

With Pragati since 2013

Bharadwaj Bhat is a software engineer currently working at Tracxn Technologies.

Poojashree K

With Pragati since 2013

Pooja graduated from University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering in 2021 and is currently working in Oracle India Pvt ltd as Programmer Analyst.

Ashwini S K

With Pragati since 2015

Ashwini graduated from Vijaya College in 2021 with a Bachelor's in Commerce and is currently pursuing her CA finals and articleship at MDA and Co., Bangalore

KumarSwamy R

With Pragati since 2014

Kumarswamy has completed his Bachelors in Engineering in 2022 and started to work as an Associate Software Engineer Bosch

Ananya R

With Pragati since 2014

Ananya has completed her bachelors of Engineering in EI stream in 2021. She is currently working as Programmer Analyst trainee at Cognizant.

Hemavathi S

With Pragati since 2014

Hema is pursuing Masters degree in Physics at Maharani Cluster University

Malini Pai N

With Pragati since 2014

Malini graduated from Christ University, Bangalore in 2021. Her area of specialization is Finance and Accounting.
She is working as an Audit associate at KPMG KGS, Bangalore.


With Pragati since 2015

She has completed BCOM from PES University and currently working as Analyst in KPMG global services Pvt Ltd

Sahana T

With Pragati since 2016

Sahana has completed her B. Tech in Presidency University and Currently working in Quinnox as Software Engineer.

Priyanka L P

With Pragati since 2016

Priyanka completed her Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering from ACS College of Engineering and is currently working in Capgemini as an analyst.

Anjali S

With Pragati since 2016

She has completed Bcom from Seshadripuram Institute of Commerce and Management and currently taking coaching for CAT-2024.


With Pragati since 2015

She has completed BE from Global Academy of Technology and currently working as developer in Mercedes Benz Research and Development


With Pragati since 2021

She completed BCOM from BMS College for womens and currently working as operation associate in Veriza Revaluation Pvt Ltd

Sourabh Sagar

With Pragati since 2023

Working as Embedded Engineer in Chelsio Communication.

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