Chairman, Manava Bharati

Capt V.K. Pandey

A veteran of three wars, a doting father , is the principal guide of Manava Bharati. Capt. Pandey spent his youth with the Army, serving at many different battalions, posted at various demanding locations across the nation. Having walked shoulder to shoulder with personnel from across various strata of society, Capt. Pandey realized his next calling – democratizing quality education, for all. This, combined with his memories of 'Anushashan' received at his father, Dr Durga Prasad Pandey's lap, propelled Capt. Pandey to fulfil this new mission. A true Hindustani, Capt. Pandey spent long time lending his voice (and spirit) to a cause he considers vital to the country's progress - improving the quality of education in India and is doing his bit to make education reach every corner of society. A great believer of "karm", decades ago Capt. Pandey also assumed a responsibility towards the less fortunate members of our community. He sought, identified and assisted parent and students who desired a better life, and took them under his fold provided hostel facilities to children of martyred soldiers. He even established another branch of Manava Bharati, called the Manava Bharati Heritage School, in Kaimur (Bihar), to further Dr. Durga Prasad Pandey's vision of providing modern education that incorporates the best aspects from India's ancient traditions of learning. Capt. Pandey continues to be the bedrock of Manava Bharati India International School, ensuring that students are given every opportunity possible to grow educationally, socially and emotionally to become productive human beings who value themselves and respect others. Capt. Pandey balances his stringent work life with vacations to the hills, where mountaineering, trekking and overnight camps revitalise his spirit. In fact, his most favoured rejuvenation routine is a long trek through tall, exquisite deodar trees of a forest in Ranikhet, feeling the cold breeze (and mist) cocoon him, culminating in a cup of steaming tea atop the hill, viewing the peaks of the majestic Himalayas.