Aajay K Chauhan - Founder Trustee
An English Honors, History and Public administration graduate,
Aajay is also a proud Alumni of Shree Ram Center 1984, Delhi.
Aajay has a major stint in Theater, Film and Television Industry, for 28 years, started at SNDT University for 3 consecutive years. He has been a versatile innovative and dynamic media and entertainment industry leader with deep experience in Creative content development,heading projects, television programming with NSD children’s workshop at age fourteen to teaching theatre, production, operations and direct response television culminating in launch of EL T.V.(94, Zee group) and TVC Online , India’s first 24 hours sky shopping channel.
In 2007 Aajay got introduced to Waldorf Education and his life took a turn, finding his destiny work of serving the child. He has spent his last 13 years learning Anthroposophy, Waldorf Education, Bio Dynamic farming and other related impulses, in various trainings and courses.
Passionately putting a team together and finding like minded think tanks, CSETT- Center for Steiner education and teachers training, came into being in 2010 and eventually EET(Education for Emancipation Trust) and Inodai Waldorf School was born in 2011.
Over the last 13 years he has carried the shared vision and life force of this team which has one dream… taking Waldorf Education to every child possible in India and Southeast Asia.
He has done orientations and helped many Waldorf initiatives across India and UAE.
Indu Chauhan - Founder Trustee
Indu is a Commerce graduate from Mumbai University. Starting with Marketing and administrative roles, she held senior positions in Global Tele systems, Business India Exhibitions and Surlux Pharmaceuticals.
Searching for the right school for her children she found Waldorf Education and since has been deeply involved. She got enrolled in the teachers training course to understand the philosophy and the curriculum herself in 2007 and joined as a kindergarten teacher but then her interest in Biodynamic agriculture inspired her to become a gardening teacher in the middle school.
Indu, as a founder trustee of EET, took care of the administration of the school in its initial years.
For further understanding in agriculture she did her courses in Biodynamic agriculture. Natural farming, panchgavya farming and treatments, and Agnihotri farming and has been working towards the understanding the deep bond of the child and environment.
As a gardening teacher for middle and upper school and mentor to lower school, she has a deep understanding of developing stages of children from kindergarten to teenagers.
Manali Mehta - Founder Trustee
Manali Mehta is a science graduate and has done her B.Ed.
She has taught Maths and Science in High School. She was the Principal of a Pre-school in Juhu.
She has been involved in Waldorf education since the time her children started going to a Waldorf School and is a member of EET.
She has attended many workshops on Waldorf Kindergarten. She has organized and conducted sessions on Waldorf Education during early childhood.
Bindu Chowdary - Founder Trustee
Ph.d (International Politics), M.Phil, M.A.(Political Science), M.A.(Sociology), Diploma in Higher Education, Diploma in Journalism & Public Relations, Diploma in Naturopathy, Certificate Courses (till M- II) in German Language from Max Mueller Bhavan.
She worked as a College Principal for eight years in Mumbai. Before that, she was the Head of the Department of Political Science in a college, a recognized Post-Graduate Teacher at the University of Mumbai. She was also a member of the Board of Studies for Political Science at the University of Mumbai and at St.Xavier’s College, Mumbai.
She is one of the founder-members of the first Waldorf school in Mumbai, Tridha and now, is a member of EET. She is also a life member of Sanskrit Bharati Mandiram at Lonavala, an institute that promotes the learning of Sanskrit and is a faculty member of the IGNOU centre there. She is the Initiator of Council for Essential Learning & Research which conducts workshops for students, teachers & parents. She is also a trustee of Jigyasu Trust which promotes Vedic Mathematics along with other educational programmes.
She has been trained into Waldorf system of education and taught Hindi in the Tridha school in Mumbai. She has attended Khandala Teacher Training Seminars for many years, and has also attended workshops on Waldorf Education in Hyderabad & Switzerland.
She is, currently, the Facilitator, for the School & Centre for Steiner Education & Teacher Training, Mumbai.
In November 2009, she was invited by a Waldorf School in Thailand to conduct a four week, two hours daily, sessions on Bhagavad Gita for Grade 11 and sessions for parents on ‘Understanding the Child’ for three Saturdays. In 2011, she was also invited by a school in Germany for High school students and by an institute for adults with special needs in Switzerland to present the Indian culture.
Seshadri Desikan - Founder Trustee
Seshadri Desikan has completed his B.tech from REC, Tiruchirappalli and M.tech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi. He worked in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry for about seven years before starting his own manufacturing unit in 1985.
His association with Waldorf Education began when his daughter joined the first Waldorf School in Mumbai, Tridha in the year 2000. His involvement in the school affairs steadily deepened and he took up teaching Physics for Grade 6 in the year 2005 and chemistry in the following year. He also became one of the trustees of the school and a faculty in the Steiner Education course being held there.
He has attended Khandala Teacher Training Seminars for many years, and has also attended workshops on Waldorf Education in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai & Switzerland.
He has conducted many sessions about Waldorf education for parents in various places in Mumabi before starting Inodai. He conducted the Steiner Education course in Pune for two years, every Sunday & every Saturday under the aegis of Centre for Steiner Education & Teacher Training. He is the mentor for Grade III, IV & V teachers at Inodai.
He is a member and the Chairperson of Education for Emancipation Trust which runs the school.
Padmini Seshadri - Founder Trustee
Padmini Seshadri did her B.A while being a volunteer teacher to children in the slums of Dharavi, helping in the homes for the aged and remand homes.
After completing her graduation, her decision to immerse herself fulltime in social work led her to work for eight years- two years in the tribal belts of Chattisgarh and six years in the remote jungles of Assam working for women and children’s rights and starting primary and night schools there.
She discovered Waldorf education through Aban Bana when she was searching for alternative schooling system. Her interest in this method made her attend the Waldorf Education seminars in Khandala for three consecutive years. In the year 2000, she also attended a whole year intensive training in the Fundamentals of Waldorf Education at Tridha teacher training course, Mumbai. . She has also attended workshops on Waldorf Education in Hyderabad, Bangalore & Switzerland.
She was a sports teacher in Tridha school in Mumbai, while completing her advanced training inWaldorf education in Mumbai and completed her sports training in Michael Hall, London. In 2008, she travelled to Europe specically to observe Waldorf schools from grades 1 to 12.
She conducts teacher training sessions and helps the Waldorf initiatives. She hsas conducted workshops on Waldorf education in Malaysia, Hongkong and India (Bangalore, Pune & Pondicherry).
She is a member of EET and mentors Grade I & II Class teachers.
Apeksha Chowdary - De Facto Trustee
Apeksha Chowdary is a commerce graduate and has done a Diploma in Travel & Tourism. She has attended Khandala Teacher Training Seminars for many years, and has also attended workshops on Waldorf Education in Hyderabad, Chennai & Switzerland.
She is a member of the core team in Sadhana, an All India Association for Waldorf Kindergarten.
She has visited many Waldorf Kindergartens in London and Switzerland.
She became the first Waldorf Kindergarten teacher in Mumbai when she joined Tridha school in the year 2000 and continued there till 2011. She joined Inodai Waldorf School in June 2011 as a mentor for Kindergarten teachers and a Co-ordinator for various activities in School.
She has been conducting workshops/sessions on ‘Understanding theWaldorf Kindergarten’ in various schools in Mumbai, Delhi & Pune. She is a mentor for Kindergarten teachers at Inodai Waldorf School and is a handwork teacher for Grade classes in the school.