We are a company that is as passionate about education as we are about science and technology. Dwindling number of scientists and movements like Make in India has been primarily because of lack of right exposure across the spectrum of education. Mango Education wishes to build an ecosystem that promotes the culture of science and computer science that could help create a generation of researchers and innovators.
Obuli Chandran after graduating from PSG College of Technology as a Textile Engineer was a busy guy travelling across India, meeting businessmen and attending meetings. He was so busy that he did not realize it had consumed 4 years. He loved travelling and in that way he was happy, but his childhood days of constantly learning and being curious was hampered. He was always fascinated with Physics, but his love started growing on him as he started reading about the Stories of Carl Sagan, Newton, Albert Einstein while travelling. One fine day he took the decision of breaking-up with busy routine safe life for the love of Physics. Following the words of Feynman, he decided to get better at Physics by Teaching kids. The path later was not easy. He started Atom Academy and was lost in the world of Marks. He started realizing that his way of teaching is appreciable but everybody expects coaching, which he doesn’t admire. But parents were keen on coaching their kids for getting more marks. This consumed another 3 year, fighting the battle within and with the world.
Meanwhile, Arumugham, a Computer Science Graduate from Coimbatore was happily living his dream, working in a tech startup. He always aspired to be an Entrepreneur and as soon he left to Bengaluru from Coimbatore, he joined like-minded people and started up Get2Galaxy, a technology based startup that helped organizations hire engineering college graduates. He was overwhelmed by the uncertainty of working in a startup and was living the life of continuous learning. But he did not realize the addiction that grows being an Engineer and Entrepreneur, problem solving. His problem solving addiction slowly started transcending from Virtual World (Building Technology) to the real world. He started observing that no matter how effective the Assessment software they built, the ability to find a suitable Engineer was challenging. He realized there is lack of passion of problem solving and Engineers graduating did have no love for Engineering itself. This he felt is a bigger problem and realized that it has to be solved from first principle. So he decided to work with younger kids of 10yrs - 15yrs, where the mind is curious and open to learn. With a hard heart, he bid adieu to the Get2galaxy family and moved back to Coimbatore on the pursuit of discovering the path of Educator. He then started volunteering in NGOs, Schools and meeting Education Entrepreneur to know more about Education.
Again just like Obuli Chandran his years back in Coimbatore were also hard and challenging. Multiple failed attempts from building an app to teach social studies to assembling an affordable computer broke him financially and mentally.
As a ray of Hope he gets invited to a Smart City event in Coimbatore where like-minded citizen group got to meet and discuss. In one such Group with Education Enthusiast is where Arumugham met Obuli Chandran.
They both realized that being an Educator and Entrepreneur is extremely hard and needs collaboration. They felt that all the Educators should join together towards building a progressive future in Education. Keeping their differences aside, with a common vision to work on Education they started Mango Education.
What we believe?
- Kids are self learners. You don’t teach them, just build an ideal environment for kids to blossom.
- Building ideal environment is a teamwork. The team with parent, educator, mentor and fellow like-minded learners.
- Kids are smarter than adults. Adults have to work hard to keep up with kids.
- Wisdom sharing is important in the highly connected 21st century, knowledge is googlable but Wisdom only comes with Experience.
- Learning is beyond classrooms. Travel, Failure, Mistakes, Meeting like minded & passionate people makes all the difference.
- Teaching is a creative process and the educator is an artist. You cannot compare Leonardo Da Vinci with Picasso. Every educator is unique and need the freedom to express.
- Curriculum is just a plan. Planning is important, but not the plan itself.
- Learning Science & Technology is like a Sport. You have both the fun side and the hard side.
- Mistakes and Failures are more important than Success.
- You don’t just like the subject, you love the subject
Co-founder, Science Communicator
Love changes Everything. Love for Astronomy changed him from an Engineer to Science Educator. Other than Educating kids he is addicted to Reading Science books and blames Feynman, Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye and other Science educators for his love for Science. No wonder he is known by his friends as ‘Obuli, The Science Guy’. A proud PSG tech Alumnus.
Ameer always aspired to be an entrepreneur. The pursuit made him explore sales, strategies, business development to operations. He always says “Learning and growth are proportional. So learn every day”. With his past learning, he is currently exploring if all that can be automated using digital media. His meticulous planning with creative campaigns is amplifying Mango Education’s visibility on digital platforms.
Operations and Finance
A person who believes learning anything and everything is fun. A continuous learner with bunch of dreams and ambitions lined up. Currently declared by universities as engineer and manager in operations who is also learning to write, click, and sketch. Declares herself as a Tamil poet.
Kalki is a buddy that everybody needs. From checking servers to keeping track of accounts to sending right message to right parent. Kalki does all. The only team member that works 24x7. Kalki is still under supervision of Karthik, soon to be autonomous workaholic.
Design and Content
Samyuktha is an Architect turned Educator. Her love for nature, led her to the discovery of Sustainability. Since then from Architecture to basic livelihood she strives towards it. She has a strong belief in Communities and believes only Community-led approach can lead to change in Education. Other than supporting Mango Education, she is busy constructing her own 'Earth Bag' Home
Co-founder, Business Development
Aaru has a diverse experience from building technology, teaching at NGO, to working with venture capitalist firm in the education sector. He believes that K-12 education lacks different “school of thought” and it needs people with diverse background contributing. His earlier entrepreneurial stint was at a Bangalore based startup called Get2Galaxy which was one of the winners of Power of Ideas 2012.
Having a degree in Electrical engineering, she is experimenting and learning marketing nuances to become a strategist in future. She enjoys observing people and understanding motives. She also loves roving the mountains, bird watching, and driving.
Aasif is also an Engineer turned Educator. His love for Education and working with kids made him leave Accenture and pursue his journey as an Educator. His management skills are complemented with his love for Photography, Traveling and Writing. He currently takes care of Operation and critical business decisions. His Mantra "Don't do good work, do great work" keeps us working harder.
Karthik is an engineer, gamer, author, and a techie who wanders the realms of the inter-webs, exploring and learning. He is the creator of the science encyclopedia Swyde. He loves communicating science online at his website, Geekswipe. At Mango Education, he sparks web applications and takes care of the tech stack. He is also a community moderator at Mango's Kids Ask Network.
Gowtham, a mechanical engineer, has always been an explorer. He had a year stint in an R&D firm that does product design. He realised that Design is not a day job sitting on a laptop, it needs field work talking to every stakeholder from customer to the individual who does welding. He strongly believe only when individual spend time with different people, one gets better at design. Currently, he is doing a gap year program from Auroville. With his dream to become a restaurateur and an wducator, he is exploring teaching kids, learning to cook, bake, and farm.
Siva is a strong promoter and contributor of open source technology and tools. He strongly believes that open source is the way to go about for a country like India. Through Mango Education he wishes to promote open source education and provide affordable quality education for all.
Anuradha ma'am is a 2nd Generation Educator and her experience in Education varies for more than 35 years. Ever since her childhood she imagined herself to be an Educator and she is living her dream till date. Her Education philosophy is highly influenced by Maria Montessori and Gijubhai Badheka. She believes in Indigenous model of Education and often emphasizes that only support Educators can give kids is letting them be "Happy"
Sanjay is a native of Bangalore and he earned a PhD from Mysore University featuring bats and rodents. He is the Editor of a monthly conservation and taxonomy journal called Journal of Threatened Taxa’. He runs two South Asian networks, for amphibian and reptile researchers and field workers, assists with other taxon networks such as invertebrates and pollinators as well as bats and rodents. He is an expert in Red List assessment and categorisation, has facilitated more than 18 conservation assessment workshops (C.A.M.P.s), and has assisted in the assessment of more than 3000 taxa in South Asia.
Aravindan R is a software professional with 22 years of industry experience. He has studied Masters in Computer Applications and Masters in Social Work.
His passion lies in helping the under privileged in education and healthcare. For several years, he has been volunteering with non profits and now running a non-profit in healthcare. He also has keen interest in photography. He advises Mango on education models and technology education curriculum.