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Our Trustees

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Dr. Virginia (Ginny) Shrivastava

President (Social Worker)

Dr. Ginny Shrivastava is of the founders of Astha Sansthan and has played key role in establishing various organizations like Ekal Nari Sakti Sangathan and BARC Trust. She has been working on various issues related to women, tribals and other oppressed sections of society in Rajasthan since 1970. She completed her Masters in Adult Education from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1970. Dr. Ginny Shrivastava doctoral thesis completed in 1980 was on "Non-formal education programs for women in India".

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Dr. Pradeep Bhargav

Secretary, Academician

Dr. Pradeep Bhargava recently retired is a Professor from the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak (MP). Previously, he has been a faculty at Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur from 1987 to 2007 and also at G B Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad. He holds a PhD in Economics from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. He has published articles in various Indian and international journals. He has led multiple policy dialogues with the state and central governments and multilateral agencies.

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Ms. Sharda Jain

Treasurer (Accountant)

Ms. Sharda Jain has worked as accounts and finance coordinator in Astha Sansthan for more than 30 years. She has led the overall financial activities of Astha and has extensive experience of preparing annual budget of the organization, accounts and financial reports for donor agencies, tax compliance, accounting and auditing requirements the organization.

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Ms. Aditi Mehta

IAS (Retired Govt. Official)

Ms. Aditi Mehta is a Retired Government Official. She is M. A (Economics), MBA (Administration) from Harvard University. During her tenure as IAS, she held various important positions in Administration, Finance and Social Sector in the Government of Rajasthan and retired as Additional Chief Secretary from the Government of Rajasthan.

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Ms. Barkha Mathur


Barkha Mathur is a Senior Sub Editor in NDTV Convergence, which controls all NDTV websites and microsites. She writes for NDTV’s long-running campaign ‘Banega Swasth India’ which aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country like malnutrition, anemia, diahorrea and other such diseases and highlights the importance of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), environment and programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Prior to NDTV, Barkha was with BARC for almost five years as a Budget Analyst. Barkha has done MA Communication from Doon University, Dehradun.

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