TRUSTEES

K. Venkataraju

K. Venkataraju

Trustee

K. Venkataraju is a resident of Chamarajanagar and has retired from government employment. He is a theatre enthusiast, a keen local historian, and deeply engaged in issues related to progressive ideas and civil society activities. He is currently translating the book, ‘Kaifi and I’ into Kannada.
Kala Sunder

Kala Sunder

Trustee

Kala Sunder has a master’s degree in Russian Literature from Moscow University and is a translator and free-lance editor based in Bengaluru. She is active in several social service institutions and has an interest in new pedagogies and learning programmes. Her support to PUNARCHITH stems from her conviction that no one should be denied an education that equips them to improve their lives in every way.
C. Balachandran

C. Balachandran

Trustee

Born in 1970, Tamilnadu & graduated in Architecture from School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, Chennai (1993 batch). Received training under Architect Sri Anil Lal on Appropriate construction technologies at Nizamuddin Building Centre, New Delhi

Practiced Industrial Architecture in South East Asian countries with Quasi Government/private organisations till 1999.

Spent a few years working with Multinational companies like Accenture handling the delivery of IT integration projects in Telecom Industry in Bangalore/North America.

All along, developed a passion towards ‘Sustainability’ as a concept and delved in allied aspects – Cyclic Patterns, Renewability and Simplicity. Have been facilitating the marketing of Organic produce through Prakriti Food, a retail store promoting local food systems, hand made products etc in Mysuru. Handles Construction projects involving natural materials and methods primarily Bamboo and Mud. As a Community Architect, tends to amalgamate the social need and environmental context in Design and infuse appropriate technology during the implementation of the projects.

A R Vasavi

A R Vasavi

Trustee

A.R.Vasavi is a Social Anthropologist who received her master’s degree in sociology from the Dept of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, and a Ph.D in Social Anthropology from Michigan State University. She was a Visiting Professor at Tufts University (Mass, USA), faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and has lectured in several universities across the world. She took premature retirement from the School of Social Sciences, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru, and is currently Secretary at PUNARCHITH. Her areas of interest are alternative education, rural and agrarian studies, sociology of education, sociology of India, and contemporary social theory.

At PUNARCHITH she anchors the Integrated Learning Programme and coordinates the overall activities and work of the organisation.

Resume (pdf)

Selected Publications

The Absent Agriculturist in International Affairs | Engish PDF
Societies in motion | Engish PDF
Re-imagining education | Engish PDF
‘Social Transformative Learning’ In India | Engish PDF | Kannada PDF
Suicides and the making of India’s agrarian distress | Engish PDF
‘The education question’ from the perspective of adivasis: conditions, policies and structures | Engish PDF
The Displaced Threshing Yard 2018 | Engish PDF