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A brief Profile of R. Sreenivasan
R Sreenivasan is one of the founder directors of Career Launcher and Nalanda Foundation. He passionately anchors the movement of creating awareness of quality education and facilitates the spreading of the Indus’ learner-centric philosophy to the interiors of the nation, through school projects including rural schools and community enabling centres, and promotes entrepreneurial leadership through endeavours at Indus World School of business.
He is one of the thought leaders in the country in facilitating education through technology and web. His experiments way back in the year 2002 reached out to scores of children in CBSE schools in the Gulf to excel in competitive entrance exams like IITJEE, and youth in CAT etc while sitting at home. Since then Sreeni’s endeavours in this space, including webinars have benefited millions of students across India. He passionately anchors this space within CL Educate.
Sreeni is a facilitator and a motivator at heart. He crisscrosses the country to network with similar educational and social entrepreneurial initiatives by like-minded organizations that would add immense value to the education movement. He travels for about 200 days a year from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Kutch to Kohima motivating the youth and mentors of the country to help them ‘realize their potential’ in the process that of the nation.
You can get insights into his nationwide talk tours on youth motivation, entrepreneurship mentoring and parenting –
If there is one word to describe him, it is “creative.” With nearly two decades of experience with organizations such as TCS, Sony Corp and Career Launcher, Sreeni brings to education space a rich blend of excellent people-related skills and the unorthodox pedagogy that draws heavily from the arts and theatre. His classes on Leadership and Innovation can make you discover strengths about yourself that you never knew you had.
Sreeni relishes contributing to strategy, innovation and design, business development, quality and last but not the least helping people realize their potential. Apart from Career Launcher (CL Educate) he contributes in a big way to movements like SPIC MACAY, ITIHAAS and several other endeavors in the spaces of Education, Culture and Entrepreneurship.
Sreeni invests time in mentoring a few start-ups as part of incubation lab at Indus World School of business, contributing to streamlining processes at SPIC MACAY (a 30-year old movement in engaging youth in promotion of Indian culture and Music), and participating in movements like SRISTI, Developmental Dialogues in social entrepreneurship space. He also contributes to the endeavours of OFIC, part of Ministry for Overseas Indians, in attracting investments into the country in Education Space.
Education and Work:
Sreeni, as he is called, did his Masters in Computer Applications (MCA) followed by M. Tech (Computer Science) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and went on to work with Tata Consultancy Services, one of the largest software development organizations in the world. During his four-year stint with TCS, he held various responsibilities including project leader for a few projects.
He then went to do his PGDM(MBA equivalent) from Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore, one of the top business schools in the Asia-pacific. He later joined Sony Corporations’ Sony Entertainment Television during its initial phase and held various responsibilities including EA to VP (programming) and to CEO, manager (production), manager (on-air promotions) and was instrumental in streamlining production and reducing costs drastically.
Sreeni then moved to Career Launcher in its inception stage. From being the fourth member of the team he has held responsibilities of Technology, People and Processes, and International Business during the growth phase of Career Launcher. He headed the school and higher education endeavours too, while setting up the initial schools and business school at CL Educate. His enthusiasm is infectious and he is a livewire. He is also seen as the mascot of CL, representing true spirit of CL.
Education and Career facilitation for children and youth; capacity building of families
His passion is pushing people to realize their dreams. He has been one of the most sought after consultants for leading newspapers like The Times of India, Hindustan Times and The Indian Express on careers, having contributed regular columns and as key speaker in seminars. He continues to be a regular on Doordarshan’s (India’s national television) education and career related programs
Sreeni’s motivational talks have inspired a large number of students and he continues to be in demand by the school community – schools, teachers and students. Through his weekly columns and emails he answers numerous queries on careers from far and wide, spread across the age groups of 12 to 60. In the Arabian gulf, he has produced Education Times for Khaleej Times and wrote a weekly column called EduMap, contributed to Gulf Times through his column ‘Career Pathfinder’ and Q&A / feature columns in Gulf News. He contributes immensely to FutureMap, the career facilitation program from CL.
His seminars and workshops – Dream It, Do It!, Think Big, Start small!, Find a winner in your child, Unsung Heroes are most sought after. He does parenting workshops not only in schools but also corporate.
Capacity building of institutions
Sreeni is a regular invitee as a facilitator, speaker and motivator at Education conferences across India and abroad. His sessions on capacity building of schools and teachers are much sought after. Gulf Council for CBSE schools, invited Sreeni to be part of a two-day workshop for all the CBSE principals of the GULF during the Gulf Council Conference held in Doha, Qatar. This workshop was conducted by eminent organizational development expert, Dr T V Rao, ex-professor Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and Chairman, TVRao learning systems.
Capacity building of corporate
Sreeni, a corporate trainer has been a facilitator for CRESTCOM, Denver, US-based, largest executive training corporate in the world with presence in over 55 countries. He invests time in facilitating and training top management of corporate for developing an open environment in their organizations to improve, synergize and harness the resources and to keep ahead of competition. Many an organization has invited Sreeni to motivate their champions to take the giant leap in realizing their renewed vision and mission.
Capacity building of self and, like-minded creative institutions and individuals
Sreeni is a very rare blend of both right and left hemispheres. Sreeni’s interests are varied, and he pursues each one with as much passion –
Sreeni’s Annual Dance Photography festival
- Photography and painting: He has had exhibitions and his collections are displayed at IIMB, Indus World schools and individual collectors; His photography endeavors span the entire length and breadth of India. His flickr stream is http://www.flickr.com/photos/sreenivasan/collections
- Music and Television: He has directed a 52-part series, Sur Sandhya, on Indian classical music for television channel Star Plus, each episode had an eminent musician performing. He is an ardent learner, follower and critic of classical music
- Theatre: He worked with theatre guru, Mr. Barry John, and was a director on the board of Imago Theatre Group. He takes keen interest in children’s theatre movement and has worked closely with Theatre in Education, NSD.
- Dance: While being a good appreciator of dance, he follows and works with eminent classical and contemporary performers; He does shake his legs once in a while in contemporary dance productions;
- Culture propagation: He helps institutions like SPICMACAY, ITIHAAS and that of many a dancer in strategy and execution.
- Traveling and documenting: He is a crazy traveler; with family goes and lives with communities documenting their lives while travelling a few thousand miles on road every year.
- His other passions include sports and physical fitness, architecture and design, heritage walks, blogging and writing, reading autobiographies, car rallying, documentary film-making..
Colors of India features Sreeni’s dance festival – SPANDAN with international and national artists performing more than one dance form.
In short, Sreeni brings with him not only an immense understanding of education space and entrepreneurial endeavors, but also his intense involvement in the spaces of performing and fine arts.