Janyaa, a 501c(3) organization set up in 2009, focuses on developing creative problem solving skills in rural kids in India. The name, Janyaa, which translates to “life” appropriately fits with the vision of this organization.
As envisioned by founder, Venu Nadella, the kids educated from the principles of Janyaa are empowered to make progressive changes to their immediate communities and can help advance socio-economic state of their country.
- Janyaa is founded on a key finding “We retain 5% of a lecture, 50% of what we see and hear, 80% of what we experience”
- Hands-on learning of the concepts & teaching how the concepts are important in real life makes learning fun and excites the imagination.
- A child understands the concepts better, and also able to retain them longer.
Till recently he served as the Secretary-General / CEO of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Bengaluru. Currently, he is busy with mentoring many start-ups and advising organizations/Universities on many issues of business interest. He writes regularly on International relations in Indian print media and participates in discussions on TV channels.
Having experienced the education system in the United States and also in India, the contrasting styles were quite obvious. The idea of making learning fun and interactive was what drew him to Janyaa. The passion and dedication of the founder, Venu and the rest of the team is what keeps him excited and involved.
Dr. Kilaru went to medical school at Guntur Medical College, in Guntur, India. He subsequently trained at world-class institutions on both coasts in general surgery, plastic surgery, hand surgery and microsurgery. He was on Staff at the USC Plastic Surgery Division in Los Angeles, before moving to the Bay Area. He has been in the Bay area in Private practice for the past 14 years. Prasad has also completed MBA from the Wharton School of Business. In addition to being involved with several business ventures, he is on the Board of Non profit organizations both here and in India.
Being a volleyball player herself, she drove the efforts and played a key role in bringing over 70 teams. Since then annual volleyball tournament has become a tradition for Janyaa.
Apart from playing a key role in all fundraising events, she also worked with Venu in defining the processes for Janyaa, establishing partnerships and working on program execution. Without Usha, Janyaa wouldn’t be where it is.
She holds a Masters Degree in Software Engineering from San Jose State University and under graduate degree in Computer Science and engineering from National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India. She currently works as a Platinum Engineer at SAP, Palo Alto. She loves to play basketball with her 6 year old son and read books whenever time permits.
She joined SAP Labs, Palo Alto in 2001. During this time, the thoughts of under-privileged children disinterested in science and math always bothered her. Her goal to do something to change the way children learn was the driving force behind her creating Janyaa. She founded Janyaa in 2009 and started working with a small team of colleagues.
Her rooted belief is that by just teaching the concepts in a simple, practical and fun way so that children can relate to their daily life – a monumental shift can be achieved in learning. Her dedication and inspiration bought this very important teaching solution to primary focus.
Most recently, Murali was CMO and SVP of Product at ActiveVideo. He was instrumental in positioning the company to gain broad market penetration for a disruptive cloud virtualization technology leading to an acquisition of the firm.
Murali resides in Silicon Valley with his wife and two young girls. His support of Janyaa’s mission stems from the belief that to transform communities at large, innovation in STEM education must engage through hands-on experiments that reach the masses and not just the social elite.
Dan leads PTSOS, an organization providing support to new physics teachers. A video of one of the PTSOS workshops about gravity went viral on YouTube and now has over 26 million views. Dan has done workshops and developed curriculum for NASA, the USGS, the SETI Institute, the SCCOE, EnCorps, and NMSI.
Dan was selected by NASA to be an Airborne Ambassador for Astronomy and flew into the stratosphere aboard NASA’s Sofia 747. Prior to becoming a teacher Dan was an aerospace engineer for Lockheed/Martin where he developed advanced space systems. Dan has a BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois, a Physical Science teaching credential from San Jose State University, and a Master’s in Instructional Technology from the American College of Education.
She played an active roll in leading the Destination Imagination and Tech Challenge Teams.
This helped reinforce her belief that children are innately curious, inquisitive and innovative, thus providing an opportunity to learn arts, scientific concepts and principles helps them better understand and become keenly aware of the world around them, growing up to be conscious citizens.
She is interested in hiking, biking, dancing and conscious consumption of resources
Shibu’s experience spans working in the United States, India and Germany. He currently works as Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer at Veritas Technologies.