• Ajaya Kaushik

    Senior Manager, Academics

    Ajaya Kaushik manages Academic Affairs and Speaker Series at Vedica. Before joining Vedica, she was handling Quality Assurance and Mobile Applications projects and Marketing in Team Computers. She is a Young India Fellow from the batch of 2016 and completed her bachelors in B.Sc(Honors) Chemistry from Ramjas College, University of Delhi. She is interested in performing theatre.

    • Favourite book that you've read so far?
      Kite Runner, The Argumentative Indian, Love in the time of Cholera, Books by Saadat Hasan Manto
    • A song/album that I always go back to listen to?
      Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Bryan Adams, Queens
    • Favourite comfort food?
      Salad/ Gobhi Parantha/ Kheer
    • One quirk people would be surprised to find out about you?
      I enjoy watching wrestling fights
  • Anuradha Das Mathur

    Founder & Dean

    Anuradha Das Mathur is Founding Dean of Vedica Scholars Programme for Women. She is Founder and Director of 9.9 Media, one of India’s fastest growing niche media companies, which believes in raising the bar for higher education through publications like EDU that helps decision makers at higher education institutions govern their institutions smartly. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, she ran Businessworld, one of India’s most widely read business magazines and worked for The Economist Group. Anuradha was selected as one of 25 young, talented, emerging global woman leaders for the prestigious Global Emerging Women Leader’s Programme, offered by Fortune magazine and the US State Department. Her passion for improving women’s participation in the workforce took root during this programme and has led to pioneering ventures such as The Foundation for Working Women, a platform where public policy, infrastructure and awareness come together to help women ‘live their choice to work’.

  • Deepa Kumar

    Associate Director, Careers and Student Affairs

    Deepa is Associate Director, Careers and Student Affairs at Vedica. With a Masters in Literature, she comes with over 20 years of experience in Business Development, across various industries, spanning from Hospitality to FMCG. In her last assignment, she was heading sales for brands like Kraft, Horlicks, Sensodyne etc., for UAE. Deepa loves to travel, experience new cultures and enjoys good food.

    • Favourite book that you've read so far?
      The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
    • A song/album that I always go back to listen to?
      Andrea Bocelli, Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel, Pink Floyd -Coming Back to Life
    • Favourite comfort food?
      Dal chawal, aloo sabzi, dahi.
    • One quirk people would be surprised to find out about you?
      I have selective OCD
  • Inara Khan

    Assistant Manager in Marketing and Admissions

    Inara is a graduate in Mathematics from LSR, Batch of 2018. After completing her graduation she joined Vedica as a Coordinator in the Admissions and Marketing team. Her work usually involves interacting with many prospective studens and their parents where she acquaints them with Vedica's mission and vision. Apart from work, she likes listening to country music as well as rhythm and blues. Despite her logical background, she believes in appreciating the randomness of nature and she likes to capture it through photography. She is known as the best photographer in her office.

    • Favourite book that you've read so far?
      The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha
    • A song/album that I always go back to listen to?
      The Night We Met by Lord Huron
    • Favourite comfort food?
      Biryani with Lehsun Chutney & Shami Kebab
    • One quirk people would be surprised to find out about you?
      I can scream better than any blonde in a horror movie.
  • Moksha Agarwal

    Programme Lead

    Moksha is a Journalism graduate from the Lady Shri Ram College for Women and a Young India Fellow. Before joining Vedica as a Programme Lead, she spent two years mentoring high-school students as a Writing and Counseling Specialist at Athena Education, a Gurgaon-based consultancy firm. Moksha enjoys silence, sarcasm, learning about (baby) animals, and soaking in the sun with some music on. She also likes writing and drawing terrible sketches.

    • Favourite book that you've read so far?
      The Book of Mirdad by Mikhail Naimy
    • A song/album that I always go back to listen to?
      Bluebird by Lane 8
    • Favourite comfort food?
      Rajma Chawal
    • One quirk people would be surprised to find out about you?
      I'm a sucker for socks
  • Monica Wadhwa

    Executive Assistant & Manager - Director’s office

    Monica Wadhwa is the Executive Assistant and Manager - Director's office. A Humanities graduate from Delhi University, Monica is a multitasking juggernaut with many tricks up her sleeve. Nicknamed Moni"Can" by the Vedica Team, she singlehandedly supports the Dean's Office of Vedica Scholar's Programme for Women. She is a devout practitioner of Buddhism and reveres Sai Baba, which is a unique blend of religious practices. Monica draws her energy from her family. Her daughter is the most precious person in the world and her aide, and her mother is a constant pillar of support and comfort. She loves sharing stories from her life and has a comedic timing like none other.

    • Favourite book that you've read so far?
      You can Win by Shiv Khera
    • A song/album that I always go back to listen to?
      Yeh Nayan Dare Dare
    • Favourite comfort food?
      Mutton ra ra and Kadhi Chawal
    • One quirk people would be surprised to find out about you?
      It drives me crazy when people order meat on Tuesdays and Thursdays because, I only eat vegetarian food on these two days of the week
  • Nandini Bagai

    Associate Director, Academics

    Nandini is an advisor to the academic team at Vedica. She is an educator by profession with experience both in general and special education. She has two degrees in Education, a general and a special ed B.Ed. In her previous engagements, she has been a class teacher as well as resource room professional helping students with learning gaps cope with curricular needs. Recently she completed her MBA in Social Sector Entrepreneurship and was working with an NGO involved in creating and disseminating inclusive curriculum content and practices with state Government schools and other educational organisations. She was involved in creating teaching content for English language literacy across grades, as well as planning and conducting training sessions for teachers on inclusive teaching. She is fond of writing for children and crafting is her passion. She relaxes by devouring murder mysteries.

    • Favourite book that you've read so far?
      Crooked House- Agatha Christie
    • A song/album that I always go back to listen to?
      Best of Eagles
    • Favourite comfort food?
      Varan bhaat
    • One quirk people would be surprised to find out about you?
      I keep forgetting dates like when my children were born
  • Om Prakash

    Hostel Warden

    Om Prakash is the Hostel Warden; he is one of founding programme team member of Vedica. He’s graduated from Delhi University, Om Prakash found passion and love for education, exploring things for self-development. Om Prakash has 8-9 years of experience in different administration role, before Vedica he worked precisely for YIF and for 5 years in United Health Group as Senior Associate. His key responsibilities in Vedica are to take care of hostel wellbeing, safety, security, hygiene and comfort of Scholars. His dedication, love and care towards Scholars and Hostel is unmatched, his friendly and ‘not so typical warden style’ give Scholars a different level of comfort in hostel. Om Prakash loves reading, listening old/new songs, watching movies and series and always seek knowledge.

    • Favourite book that you've read so far?
      Manto & Chugtai's Short Stories, Hermann Hesse's Sidhartha
    • A song/album that I always go back to listen to?
      Mohd. Rafi, Kishore Kumar, All Gulzar & RD Burman Compositions e.g. Mera Kuch Samaan. Mohit Chauhan, Bob Dylan's Blowing In The Wind.
    • Favourite comfort food?
      Dal Chawal, Chole Chawal, ultimate TEA lover.
    • One quirk people would be surprised to find out about you?
      -
  • Pradeep Khatana

    Assistant Manager - IT Infra

    Pradeep is the System Administrator with The Vedica Scholars Programme for Women, working with aiding the digital marketing initiatives, academic coordination and overviewing the complete IT infrastructure of both the hostel and the campus. Proficient with different aspects of computer science, he displays an ever-burning fire to grow, learn and develop his skills and work ethic continually.

    • Favourite book that you've read so far?
      Godan By Munshi Premchand
    • A song/album that I always go back to listen to?
      Apna Time aayega/Akshay Kumar
    • Favourite comfort food?
      Paratha with Makhan & curd
    • One quirk people would be surprised to find out about you?
      Watching Wrestling, Comedy and talent Shows
  • Pushkar Sarkar

    Writing Tutor and Teaching Assistant

    Pushkar joined Vedica as part of the Vedica Writing and Communication Center in order to pursue a career in education. He is currently completing a distance learning degree at Indira Gandhi National Open University and spends his free time reading, writing and playing basketball.

    • Favourite book that you've read so far?
      Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    • A song/album that I always go back to listen to?
      I like listening to my mother sing
    • Favourite comfort food?
      None
    • One quirk people would be surprised to find out about you?
      I bury the mosquitoes I kill
  • RAHUL LALCHANDANI

    Assistant Director, Marketing & Admissions

    Rahul Lalchandani is the Assistant Director, Marketing and Admissions at Vedica. A Statistics graduate from Delhi University, Rahul found his love for all-things-digital in his little stint with Ogilvy & Mather right after college. He has now managed and led digital campaigns with over 20 universities & colleges in India in the last 4 years. His key duties at Vedica are to preserve the institute's ethos, build the brand's digital footprints and engage the millennial community on social media. Topics of Interest - digital marketing, design & aesthetics, The Beatles, cinema, food & intra-country travel.

    • Favourite book that you've read so far?
      Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
    • A song/album that I always go back to listen to?
      In My Life by The Beatles
    • Favourite comfort food?
      Fried aloo and kadak chai
    • One quirk people would be surprised to find out about you?
      I like to cross roads
  • RUCHI MAHAJAN

    COO and Director

    Ruchi Mahajan is the COO and Director at Vedica. Numbers and processes come to her naturally and she is passionate about executing and growing a business idea she truly believes in! An MBA in Finance, Ruchi brings vast experience in the field of education and financial services. She spent her early years working for mutual funds -- she was a core member of a Canadian mutual fund setting up operations in India. She moved on to head the Delhi Office for Sun F &C Mutual Fund, which was later acquired by Principal Financial Group. Her passion for academics led her to teach and mentor students. Before joining Vedica she got an opportunity to conceptualise and set up an education institute in the finance space. An easy-going and friendly person, she loves to be with people. She enjoys cooking at her leisure, likes to party, travel and spend time with family. Mother of two teenagers, and working with the millennials now, she has somehow managed to keep her cool at all times!

    • Favourite book that you've read so far?
      Many Lives Many Masters, Brian L Weiss
    • A song/album that I always go back to listen to?
      My 80s playlist...
    • Favourite comfort food?
      Fried Food
    • One quirk people would be surprised to find out about you?
      I can sometimes be too observant!
  • Satya Prakash

    Assistant Manager, IT & Infrastructure

    Satya Prakash is from a beautiful town in Bihar, which he lovingly calls his 'Nani House'. Having done a PG Diploma in video editing, he takes a keen interest in photography and videography. He started his career with a short stint at T series, after which he moved on to Sri. Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication. He has also worked in a news channel and has done his fair share of freenlance work as well, before joining The Vedica Scholars Programme for Women almost 2 years ago. He single-handedly transformed Vedica's infrastructure and takes immense pride in his association with the vision of Vedica. He is a huge fan of Ghazals and is committed to bringing a change in the society.

    • Favourite book that you've read so far?
      Gavan by Prem Chand
    • A song/album that I always go back to listen to?
      Ghazal- Chithi na Koi Sandesh by Jagjit Singh
    • Favourite comfort food?
      Kheer Poori and Dum Aalo
    • One quirk people would be surprised to find out about you?
      I love being around people who can converse and I also love any opportunity for social work
  • Shaina Singh

    Senior Manager, Strategy & Dean's office

    Shaina works as a Senior Manager, Strategy & Dean's office. An MBA graduate from ISB, Hyderabad, she has worked in Alco-beverage and Travel & Tourism industry. A national level tennis player and a closeted RJ and writer, Shaina enjoys traveling, dancing, reading mythology and watching movies .

    • Favourite book that you've read so far?
      'Palace of Illusions' by Chitra Devkaruni
    • A song/album that I always go back to listen to?
      Loose by Nelly Furtado
    • Favourite comfort food?
      Varan bhaat
    • One quirk people would be surprised to find out about you?
      I am good with remembering dates and stuff. Also love acting and great at pretending I am in a bollywood movie
  • Snehi Gupta

    Coordinator, Careers and Development

    Having graduated from the Young India Fellowship recently, Snehi is working as a Coordinator in the Careers and Development team at Vedica. Her under-graduation thesis, ‘Architectural Intervention in Gendered Spaces’, is what prompted her to associate with Vedica. She’s an architect by education, but prefers putting together words and colors more than walls. Owing to her interest in multiple projects at once, she’s always in the process of learning, unlearning and relearning. Usually found in oversized clothes painting galaxies and drawing mandalas. She also enjoys canceled plans, laughing at her own jokes, and wishes to own a rotating library someday.

    • Favourite book that you've read so far?
      A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    • A song/album that I always go back to listen to?
      Space Song by Beach House
    • Favourite comfort food?
      Khichdi for the win
    • One quirk people would be surprised to find out about you?
      I can sometimes add up numbers really fast in my head (which comes in handy while playing hand cricket)
  • Varun Sharma

    Manager Strategy and Dean’s Office

    Varun Sharma is Manager - Strategy and Dean’s Office at Vedica. He completed his Bachelors in Management Studies from SSCBS, University of Delhi and went on to work with KPMG India in their Deal Strategy team where he worked with clients in the consume retail landscape of India. To pursue his curiosity in subjects such as literature, history, art, social sciences, he went on to pursue the Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University after which he joined the Cancer Care team at Tata Trust’s as a Program Officer. He worked there to manage the establishment and setting up of hospitals and diagnostic testing labs across the country. Born and brought up in Delhi, Varun has always loved exploring various parts of his city in search of the best food in his free time. He enjoys going out for a run every once in a while if food isn’t on his agenda and is also a gaming enthusiast.

    • Favourite book that you've read so far?
      The Nickel Boys - Colson Whitehead
    • A song/album that I always go back to listen to?
      Big Shot - Billy Joel
    • Favourite comfort food?
      All food is comfort food (except anything with mushrooms)
    • One quirk people would be surprised to find out about you?
      I remember every scene and dialogue of The Dark Knight