Vikas Arya, a DAV Alumnus, leads the team as the Honorary Secretary. He holds an MBA from IIM-Bangalore and is also a Chartered Accountant. Prior to joining DAV in 2016, Vikas spent over a decade in the Financial Services domain, working with International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group), Gaja Capital Partners, Crisil and General Motors.
In addition, he has learnt various aspects of the Vedic philosophy at the DarshanYogMahavidyalaya, Gujarat. He has also authored a series of Value education books for the children, titled – ‘Fostering Vedic Values’
Shanthy Asokan M.Sc, B.Ed is a seasoned educator in Biology with an illustrious career in the field of education, spanning over 35 years. Her mastery in Biology has facilitated students to achieve great academic goals like CBSE merit certificates in AISSCE and DBT scholarships at the National level. Observing her notable contribution, CBSE conferred her with the key position of Subject Expert in Biology from Chennai region. Determined and focused to establish moral values primarily, in the students, her mission was always to synchronise academics with character education. As an Educator and a true Academician, she has epitomized learning, as she strongly believes that learning forms the nucleus of a teacher’s life.
Malliga Sridhar, M.Sc.B.Ed., M.Phil has served as the Principal of both DAV Girls and DAV Boys Senior Secondary Schools at Mogappair. She has been a passionate teacher and an educationist for 35 years. Her journey in the educational field cuts across different geographies and environments – CBSE, Cambridge syllabus and Engineering Mathematics. She has been teaching Mathematics at DAV Mogappair since 2003 and earlier taught at Kendriya Vidyalayas in Delhi, Kerala & Madhya Pradesh; at an International School in Dubai and at Bharath Engineering College, Chennai
Dr. P Ravi, the former Regional Director of National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) Chennai is an eminent educationist with over 35 years of experience. He was groomed as a teacher from RIE (NCERT) and has served in prestigious institutions such as KVS, NVS & NIOS. He excelled in the nuances of the education system as teacher and administrator in both formal and open/distance learning. His significant contributions in NVS fetched him the Best Principal Award. He established the NIOS regional centre at Chennai in 2013 and helped increase the visibility of NIOS for the benefit of people of Tamil Nadu & Puducherry.
Principal - Boys Senior Secondary School, Gopalapuram
Chitra Raghavan M.Sc., M.Phil.,B.Ed. started her illustrious teaching career in the year 1992 as PGT in Physics. An M.Phil in Nuclear Physics from the University of Madras, her first stint as Principal was for a period of 9 years before she joined D.A.V. Boys Gopalapuram in the year 2005 as PGT (Physics). With her signature teaching style of systematic and rigorous schedule, learning by doing and experiential learning method, she always encourages students to give their best and the best they did give – with an impressive record of 87% of students scoring A1 and A2 on an average in Class XII Board Examination in Physics, every year.
Mr. M. Karuppiah, M.Sc., M.Ed., is a dedicated teacher, teaching Mathematics for more than 23 years. He did his Masters in Mathematics and Education from Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli. His career as a teacher began in 1997 at DAV Higher secondary school, Gopalapuram and he later became the Principal of DAV BHEL school, Ranipet in 2017. His expertise in teaching Mathematics has helped more than 100 students to score centum and he has been maintaining a class average of not less than 85 percent. His deep commitment to education ensures a child-centered approach while taking a genuine interest in students’ cognitive, social and mental growth.
Principal - Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Gill Nagar
Nandhini M.Sc., M.Ed., is a professionally qualified educationist with more than twenty five years of experience as a Life Science teacher. Having functioned as a facilitator in enabling students to achieve academic excellence by inculcating innovative methods of instruction, she has taken the role of Principal of the school in 2019. Endowed with a positive attitude and non-judgmental outlook, she is a perfectionist who adheres strictly to virtues of punctuality and discipline and is one who firmly believes that ‘Teaching is not a Profession but a Vocation, because, A Teacher affects Eternity’.
Principal - Girls Senior Secondary School, Gopalapuram
An erudite scholar, Principal V. Padma, M.Sc., B.Ed., M.A., M.Phil has been leading the school since July 2018. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, a Masters degree in English and an M.Phil in Psychology so it’s not surprising that she is skilled in identifying problems and brainstorming potential solutions in the course of her day-to-day routine. She has served in various capacities at D.A.V., where she joined as a Maths & Science teacher, and then moved on to become the Headmistress and the Principal in D.A.V. Matric Mogappair. She strongly believes in clarity in communication with parents and the staff under her, and keeping with changing times embraces innovation in teaching methodology.
Ramana Velavan M.Sc., M.Ed has been with D.A.V. for over 20 years. He joined as a Science teacher in 1998 in D.A.V. Sr Sec School, Mogappair, and was promoted to PGT – Biology and transferred to D.A.V. Matric Hr Sec School, Mogappair in 2005. Thereafter, he was promoted to Headmaster in 2017 and then as the Principal in July 2018. His earnest dream and strong desire is to lift the institution to glowing heights both in the field of education and extra – curricular activities especially in NCC, Sports and Games. He has successfully completed the NCC pre Commission Course at Officers Training Academy at Nagpur and after undergoing three refresher courses, he has been promoted to Chief Officer.
Principal - Girls Senior Secondary School, Mogappair
Radha Subramanian M.Sc., B.Ed., began her teaching career in the year 1994 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Nagpur. She has a Masters degree in Chemistry and a Bachelors degree in education. She joined the D.A.V. Senior Secondary School (boys), Mogappair in 2003 as a chemistry teacher and took up over as Principal of D.A.V. Sr. Secondary School in May 2019. Her educational philosophy is based on her strong belief that all students can learn and excel if there is a positive learning environment, a committed and focused educational team, an encouraging community and a supportive family.
Principal - Boys Senior Secondary School, Mogappair
Uma Parvathy, M.Sc., B.Ed is a Dietician and a teacher. After highschool, she dived deep into the study of nutrition for five years and even worked in the Emergency ward of Vijaya Health Centre. Though she started her teaching career at the Madras Medical Mission in the department of Clinical Nutrition, she realised that her interest lay in working with children. She joined DAV Boys School, Mogappair in 1996 and has been teaching English, Science, and Social Science subjects. She finds teaching children delightful as it kindles the childlike spirit in her and inspires her to give her best everyday.
Mrs. Bina has graduated in B.A. English Literature from Bharathiar University and has also completed Montessori, Kindergarten and Nursery teacher training programme in Chennai.
She has 15 years of teaching experience with the Nursery children in reputed schools in Ooty and in Chennai. She also worked in a CDC centre in California. She is currently serving as Headmistress of D.A.V. Nursery school, Gopalapuram
Lakshmi Ramesh has 27 years of work experience in varied domains and has been with DAV Shikshanam since its inception in 2017. Having begun her career as an associate partner for a bank, she along with her husband soon started a Marketing and advertising Company which had an employee count of more than a hundred. Her extensive experience as an entrepreneur liaising with EPCs – manufacturers and suppliers as well as various Government and Corporate entities has given her enormous capacity to work across domains and sectors.
Nandakumar M.Phil, M.Ed was President of the Tamil Nadu Association of Matriculation Schools and their managements (an umbrella organization of more than 9,000 schools) for a period of 7 years. He has served in senior positions for 13 years with two schools consistently ranked 1 & 2 in India – Dhirubhai Ambani Int’l School, Ecole Mondiale WS & Oberoi Int’l School. He was the founder director of CBSE’s first Nodal Centre in SE Asia and currently heads Datta Educational Consultants, which has been instrumental in the setting up of reputed schools across India and acts as Consultant for IBO, CIE and Private CBSE & CISCE Schools.
Vidya Murali is a HR professional with more than two decades of intensive experience across the spectrum of Human Resource activities. In her role as consultant, she has enabled several Organizations to transform their talent strategy and adopt robust people practices. Vidya has been part of the HR Leadership team in leading multi-national Organizations, including Cognizant where she was responsible for the People Development function. She is certified in Executive Assessments from Saville & Holdsworth UK. In her corporate HR leadership role, Vidya was responsible for conceptualizing and implementing the first set of Assessment centers for the IT industry in India.
Dr. Manjunath, an alumnus of DAV Boys Gopalapuram (1981) is a Technical and Professional Consultant specialising in the Energy sector. He completed his engineering and further a Masters and Ph.D. in Engineering from IIT-Madras. His professional experience spans 30 years across several MNCs in the capacities of CEO and Managing Director and he currently serves as a Board Member and Management Advisor for several companies. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, practical value-based education, mentoring and engaging with and nurturing young minds.
A dedicated and a dynamic educator with more than 4 decades of teaching and administrative experience in several prestigious educational institutions, Smt. Vasantha Balasubramanian was the founder Principal of D.A.V. Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Gill Nagar. She has served as a resource person in training Chemistry teachers of the state and has coauthored Chemistry Text Books for leading Publishers. A recipient of the Dr. Radhakrishnan State Award, she was also a member of the Board of Secondary Education, Government of Tamil Nadu. Extremely committed to every task she undertakes, her mantra for success has always been, “Give your Best and a Little more”
With over 20 years of experience across media, communication and events, Hamsavani Raman has worked with internationally reputed companies across industries like banking, IT, manufacturing, hospitality and media.
An artist and a Trainer, she extensively uses the arts as a tool to design experiential learning workshops that address behavioural skills. She also creates training content and facilitates sessions.
A graduate from Law College Madras in 1994, Vasuvenkat has been in active law practice in Appellate and Original Sides before the Madras High Court. He has work experience in the areas of Civil, Writ, Arbitration, Taxation and Company Law litigation. He also appears before Subordinate courts in Labour and Industrial Law cases, civil suits, consumer disputes etc. Besides litigation practice, he takes interest in learning about Indic culture and theology. Running marathons is his recreational activity.
Sudarshan Ramabadran is a writer, columnist, blogger and contributor with over 9 years of work experience in the field of communication, journalism and think tanks in India. He has previously worked with the New Indian Express news daily in Chennai. He has authored the book, ‘Good Governance: People’s Voice’ published by the Government of Gujarat in 2013. His core areas of study and interests include History, Public Diplomacy and Strategic Studies. He has completed the Professional Fellows Program – a premier fellowship program run by the US State Department. In 2016, he founded the Tamil Nadu Young Thinkers Forum, an independent bi-partisan forum committed to elevating the quality of public discourse in Tamil Nadu.
A post-graduate in Mathematics and an M.B.A. (HR) holder, Karthikeyan Subramaniam has 24 years of multi-cultural experience in Banking & Credit Cards, Healthcare, Retirement Systems, Manufacturing, Retails industries and has served in senior tech positions. He has been heading the IT Dept at DAV from 2018.
Head – Gaana Vidyapeeth (School of Music) & eShiksha
Guhaprasath Subramanian is a highly analytical and process-oriented IT consultant and a Music composer with over 30 years of experience. He is the founder of C2C Media studios, a post-production team which specializes in audio production. He has a Grade 8 certification in Vocal Music and Keyboard and has extensive experience in choral training. As a Choral Trainer, His Choral group ‘Anjali’ of D.A.V. Matric Mogappair has won Seven National choral singing awards. He is also the founder of ‘Vijayatarangini’ the choir of D.A.V Matric Gill Nagar.
R. Kanjana B.Sc, M.P.Ed., is passionate about sports and yoga and excited to teach it to her students. She has completed her Graduation in Chemistry, Post Graduation in Physical education and also cleared the S.L.E.T and UGC exams. She has spent over 20 years as a physical education teacher nurturing young talents in sports and teaching yoga. She is especially passionate about the game of basketball and has coached her team to victories in numerous tournaments at the State as well as National levels. She is also an avid practitioner of yoga and has a Postgraduate degree in Yoga from the Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University, Chennai.