Sridhar Rajagopalan

  • Sridhar Rajagopalan

    MD & Co-founder of Educational Initiatives, Mindspark Centres

    Sridhar Rajagopalan, Managing Director of Educational Initiatives (EI), is an educational entrepreneur who has helped change the way student learning outcomes are seen in India. After a brief stint at IBM India, Sridhar co-founded and ran Eklavya School in Ahmedabad for 6 years. In 2001, Sridhar founded EI which researches and creates diagnostic assessments and offers ASSET, India’s largest diagnostic assessment for private schools. EI’s ASSET test is taken by over 350,000 students in India and neighbouring countries, the Middle East and Singapore. Mindspark, EI’s adaptive learning program is used by over 80,000 students in India, the Middle East and the USA. In 2006, India Today carried a cover story titled ‘What’s Wrong with our Teaching?’ based on EI’s study on student learning in India’s 5 largest metros. EI also works with government schools in about 20 of its 28 states. In 2009, EI’s Student Learning Study with support by Google, Inc. provided the most detailed picture yet of student learning levels in 19 Indian states. EI is or has been involved in largest scale student and teacher assessment projects aimed at measurable learning improvement in Bhutan, the city of Mumbai and the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana and Gujarat. EI’s partners in these projects include the World Bank, UNICEF and McKinsey & Co. Sridhar is a member of various central and state government committees related to assessment and learning including most recently the committee for devising model rules for the Right to Education Act in Gujarat. He is a member of NCERT’s National Expert Group on Assessment in Elementary Education (NEGAEE) and has been a member of the Joint Review Mission of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. He is a board member of Central Square Foundation, Delhi, a trustee of Pratham, Gujarat and a member of the Global Advisory Council of the GEMS group.