The governing body is responsible for the management and administration of all affairs of the society. All directors serve selflessly with no compensation; not even sitting fees or travelling costs. All are donors themselves.
Superior governing practices are necessary to handle developments. A well thought out Governance Manual guides operations. Retired members are encouraged to remain involved in the organization’s activities through their continued membership of the society.
We have nine exemplary individuals on our board who work for the society pro bono.
G.K Swamy – Founder & CEO
Swamy has a Master’s degree in Economics from the Madras University. After a long and successful career as an Economist spanning 35 years, he chose to spend his retirement years in the verdant Himalayan foot hills; in 1997 he relocated from Bombay to Uttarakhand.
He and his wife Chinni chose to devote their time and resources to provide constructive interventions for the empowerment of this backward rural community. He has been a true Captain – leading from the front, never losing focus and practicing exemplary standards of code of conduct which practices are now woven into the very fabric of our work culture.
His wife Chinni heads the “Stree Shakti” wing of the Society, which deals with the creation of designer handmade patch worked quilts and other quilted products with the help of over 160 women hailing from villages around Purkal.
Swamy is a regular donor over the years.
P.N Narayanswami (Mohan) – Chairperson
Mr. Narayanaswamy heads his own travel company (Travel Scope India) based in Delhi.
He has been a supporter of PYDS for several years and has introduced many valuable people to the Society who have helped further the cause. His organization Travel Scope supports PYDS with annual contributions. They have been instrumental in providing mentorship and employment opportunities to our Post 12th students who wished to make a career in the tourism sector.
He became the 2nd Chairperson of our Society after our Founder Chairperson Mrs. Praveen Langham decided to retire to permit our Board’s new policy of ensuring retirement by rotation.
Sujit Banerjee – Director
Mr. Sujit Banerjee has worked in the tourism industry for over two decades and currently runs his own travel agency (Yatrik.com) based in Delhi.
He has been one of our pioneer supporters; has been actively promoting our work personally and through contributions from his family members and group of well-wishers. He has mobilized support to equip the society with computers and other useful facilities. He has also mentioned our name as a friend on his company’s website.
He believes strongly in empowering underprivileged rural children through education. His spiritual leanings reaffirm his faith in the power of individual service and helps him pursue true happiness.
Puneet Kashyap – Director
Mr. Puneet Kashyap has had a successful career in the hospitality industry. He was the CEO of an international inbound tour operating company. Our support network and donor base has flourished due to his consistent efforts and belief in an equitable existence. PYDS has benefited greatly through his consistent efforts and positive inputs. His genial nature, patience and understanding of others point of view and an empathetic attitude make him a natural in the service industry as well as in his noble ventures.
Preet Dhupar – Director
Preet Dhupar is the Chief Financial Officer for IKEA in India. She joined IKEA India in April 2014.
Prior to this Preet, was working at BBC Global News India as their Chief Operating Officer. She worked in the BBC in various roles for 14 years. She has also worked with companies such as KPMG, Caltex and Becton Dickinson.
Preet is a qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years of experience in various industries and geographies; exposure to multiple facets of finance and a strong knowledge of global accounting principles and Indian tax laws and practice.
In her personal time, she likes to devote her time in contributing to society. She is a voracious reader and an amateur theatre artist.
She has benefitted the Society immensely by introducing us to many Corporates.
Vijay Toley – Director
Mr. Vijay Toley is the Executive Director of Tex Corp Limited and a Director in various Group companies in India & overseas.
He completed his B.Sc. from Institute of Science Nagpur & finished his M.Sc. in Physics IIT Delhi in 1972. He was also a National Science Talent Scholar. Subsequently, he studied Packaging Technology from Indian Institute of Packaging, Mumbai and worked there for a few years.
Later, he completed his PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad in 1977.
He has been working in various organizations in various capacities & since 1990 been heading operations and technology functions of the Group.
He is keenly interested in working with NGOs and organizations in different fields such as educating the girl child, water conservation, renewable energy, environment & wild life etc. He has been supporting us for nearly a decade now. He has introduced us to many Corporates and friends who are now supporting our cause.
Col. (Retd) Arun Mamgain – Director
Col. Arun Mamgain has had a successful career spanning 33 years in the army as a combat soldier where he trained teams and led from the front twice in operations against Pakistan. Col. Mamgain served as Commandant (head) of Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) Dehra Dun for over seven years. He is also an honorary member of the Board of Advisors of the Old Boys Trust of the RIMC. He is currently working for the TATA group as Project Director, Tata Relief Committee, Uttarakahand.
The range of his profile speaks volumes about his integrity, credibility and commitment to quality education and extending support to the disadvantaged and needy. Col. Mamgain has been providing invaluable local support, making frequent visits to the school to attend functions, greet guests, and motivate PYDS learners He has also organised many annual outbound trips to other States that 60 of our students undertake from year to year.
Sanjeev Shrivastava – Director
An IITian from Roorkee, and a Chemical Engineer by Profession, Sanjeev Srivastava served in Govt and Corporate sectors in senior positions for more than 3 decades. Later, moved by the pathetic condition of several lives, he decided to quit his career to devote his life to serve the nation and the society.
He considers his duty to help uplift and empower the vulnerable sections of the society- women and children. Utilizing his unmatched experience, he is associated with the society to work for planning, strategy and policies of the organization. He visits the Society frequently and keep himself actively involved in several projects.
Lt Gen Shakti Gurung – Director
Lt Gen Shakti Gurung, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, born on 29 Oct 1954, was commissioned in 15 GRENADIERS on 15 Jun 1975. He took over the command of 21 GRENADIERS in Jun 95. In his illustrious career, the Gen Officer has held varied command appointments, Cdr of an Inf Bde, Gen Officer Commanding of an Inf Div and Gen Officer Commanding of a Corps, in intense CI Area. Apart from holding esteemed staff appts in MS Branch and HQ IDS the Gen Officer was Defence Attache in the Embassy of India,Myanmar. For the distinguished services rendered in command, he has been conferred with Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal. The Gen Officer took over the Colonelcy on 01 Oct 2011, and after tenanting the appointment of DG Rtg, he was posted as Military Secretary, at IHQ of MoD (Army). He retired from his service 31 Oct 2014.
He visits the Society frequently and it benefits from his vast experience.