Namital Lal

Principal, Guru Nanak Foundation Public School, Mohali

As a former Principal of Doon Valley Public School, Nalagarh, Ms Namita las has been a great reputation proved through her hard work, strict discipline and vast experience by inducting changes in curriculum and teaching practices. She has added value to the various organizations she has worked in. Her professional experience includes teaching in schools such as the Kingswood Public School, Mehatpur; St Joseph High School, Chandigarh; Sri Aurobindo Public School, Baddi; Founder Principal, Doon Valley Public School, Nalagarh; St. Kabir Public School, Chandigarh, which have not only enhanced her academic skills but have also helped her in framing curriculum; adopting innovative teaching methods, taking new challenges at every step and overseeing and coordinating with a team of teachers.

Her special skills include effective communication; insight into activity based teaching; good administrative capabilities; as well as good coordinating, motivating and guiding team members through personal example. Her academic qualifications include a BSC degree and LLB from HPU, Shimla, BeD from Annamalai University and MA English from HPU, Shimla. Her hobbies are reading books and listening to music.

Dr. Vikas Dogra

Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla

With a Doctorate in Mass Communication, Dr Vikas Dogra has more than 15 years experience in the field of Mass Communication and Journalism. His work experience includes as a Consultant for various organizations and departments; has worked as a rapporteur for the Himalayan Chief Minister's Conclave on Climate Change in Shimla; as an editorial consultant for Sudershan Frank and (Voice of Himachal).

His credentials also include various research papers, conferences, workshops and seminars. His academic activities comprise written course material for journalism and mass communication courses (distance learning) as well as guest

faculty in communication departments at few universities. He also has experience in designing course curricula for Post Graduate Journalism & Mass Communication courses. His additional activities as the Coordinator of the Placement Cell, engaged in finding internship and job placements for HP Students and In charge of the laboratory journal of the department – HILL BEAT add colour to his persona.

Manju Sood

Former Primary Teacher, Hainault Public School, Shimla

An Arts graduate and with a Diploma in Kathak Dance Mrs Manju Sood has been a passionate human being while teaching with a motto of serving humanity and helping the needy and poor. Her fanatical interest in dancing, music, writing and poetry has been the guiding lights for her 25 years of teaching experience. A long and fruitful association with children, not only in educating them but being an active member of the cultural department made her a favourite person and also resulted in her winning many awards as the 'Best Teacher'.

As a student she herself excelled in studies and won the National Scholarship for First Position in HP Board in Fine Arts Group. Her experience and sound knowledge has led to invitations from various schools and associations to judge competitions such as debates, declamations, fancy dress competitions, etc.

Sonal Sood

Teacher (TGT Social Science & English), MRA DAV Sr. Sec. Public School, Solan.

With over 13 years experience in teaching Mrs Sonal Bhoil has won many accolades such as the International Avantika Award. Being the HOD of the Social Science Department she is also the editor of her school magazine, in-charge of the examination wing as well as the CCE master trainer. She has been especially appointed by the CBSE Board to check examination papers for Social Science.

She is dedicated and passionate about teaching, and takes every step to boost the morale and confidence of her students, while adopting a positive attitude and a friendly behaviour when dealing with her students.

Ram Gopal Sood

President, Rotary, Mid Town Shimla

A Graduate in Arts, Mr Ram Gopal has always had an enthusiastic interest in sports. Beginning as a cricket captain of SDB College in 1973, he was also the sports secretary of DAV School. As the champion of Billards and Snooker he represented Himachal Pradesh in Nationals for nearly 15 years, which also gained him the position of the Honourable Secretary of Billiards.

Association for eight years from 1987 to 1994. As an active member of the Rotary Mid Town Shimla, he takes over as the President of the Club for the year 2013-2014. He is well recognized in the business circles too as he is the President of Lakkar Bazar Business Association. With a keen interest in music, cricket and snooker, serving humanity is closest to his heart.

Raj Gopal Sud

Retired, Deputy Director Horticulture, Shimla

An Edwardian, Mr Raj Gopal Sud did his B.Sc (Agriculture) specialization in Pomology (1974) and soon joined the Department of Horticulture, Himachal Pradesh in 1975 as the Horticulture Inspector, Dharampur, Distt. Mandi and thereafter served in various capacities at Development Block, Chopal; and as Deputy Director Horticulture (East Zone) Shimla. He also delegated his duties as the Subject Matter Specialist, Directorate of Horticulture and Model Floriculture Centre, Mahogbag (Chail) before finally retiring as the Deputy Director Horticulture, Shimla after putting in almost 35 years of service.

Floriculture has been his forte for almost 20 years where he motivated growers of the state

to take up flower cultivation as a commercial venture. He has been an active organizer of the Flower Shows held at state level since 1994 . Mr Sud also provides expertise in the judging of the Shimla Annual Flower Shows organized by Shimla Amateur Garden and Environment Society (SAGES) and Sood Sabha Shimla. He has represented Himachal Pradesh in the International Flora held at New Delhi and Pune and won the Third Prize for the HP State in Booth display category.

Sarika Singh

Author, Poet and Teacher

A teacher and trainer for creative writing (encompassing its various genre), Sarika Singh is blessed with a creative mind, with a natural flair for training and communicating with children. Always spellbound by the power of language and ink, she has been penning her thoughts since early days. Her passion for literature since childhood and lack of availability of scripted lessons to enhance creative in writing has motivated her to conduct writing workshops for children; a drive she has been pursuing since year 2000. Her ‘grammar-skills’ workshops are also appreciated by one and all. She believes that creative writing is not only therapeutic but also improves a child’s overall writing ability and opens him to a world of self expression.

A management professional, having completed her Business English from University of Cambridge, she is currently based in New Delhi.

She has also worked in the editorial wing of Encyclopaedia Britannica & is an active member of Poetry Society Australia; Poet & Critic; Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children; Sahitya Akademi; Italian Culture Center; The Indus Entrepreneurs, etc. She has authored a series of tutorial books called ‘Poetry Writing Made Simple- Book I & II’ by a leading publisher of educational books. Apart from her studio in New Delhi, her creative writing workshops are held frequently at India Habitat Center, British Council, Italian Cultural Center, various Consulates and quite a few schools and organizations.

Vijay Kumar Sharma

Lead SEQ, ADOBE, New Delhi

A software professional, Mr Vijay Sharma manages the quality of product deliveries of consumer software's in ADOBE. With over eight years of strong experience in Software Quality Management and he has worked on a diverse portfolio of software solutions in different domains. Populary known among friends as VJ, he is also an acclaimed Photographer and Digital Imaging Consultant.

He is the founding member of Photography related communities PHOTO JOURNEY and Indian Lightroomers. He hails from Himachal and having been brought up amidst imposing natural beauty of the Himalayas his desire to capture its beauty led to an interest in photography.

He has since then honed his skills through a professional photography course and intense practice. Apart from nature photography, he also dabbles in architecture, product, and sports photography. VJ is also Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom and has been actively working with different organizations in India to take workshops on Lightroom, HDRs, Color Management and Black&White processing.

Simar Onkar

Director, Great LIFE - Applied Psychology Services, Chandigarh

With a multifaceted interests in various streams, namely, Applied Psychology, English Literature, Science, Astronomy, Fine Art Photography, Directing Plays and Documentary Films, Calligraphy, Mr Simar Onkar is living them all with great enthusiasm. Nothing has deterred his spirit from pursuing his dreams and he continues to do so with keen passion. Being a Gold Medalist in MA Psychology, he is helping schools and children in various ways.

His various projects include the launching and managing the editorial content of magazines for Spice Telecom and The Indian Express. He has written, edited, and marketed books for Encylopaedia Britannica, New Delhi.

Dr.Alok Sharma

MD [Obstetrics and Gynaecology], MICOG, DHA. Registrar, Kamla Nehru State Hospital for Mother and Child, IGMC, Shimla

An MBBS graduate from Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), Shimla in 1997 and a PG degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from Kamla Nehru State hospital for Mother & Child, IGMC, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India in 2010, Dr Alok is dedicatedly working as a Registrar in the same Institution. He is the Founder Secretary of the Indian Menopause Society, Shimla Chapter and Indian Fertility Society – Himachal Pradesh Chapter. He is the National Coordinator of Sexual Medicine Committee of Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) and North Zone Coordinator of Perinatology, Safe Motherhood, MTP and Young Talent Promotion Committee FOGSI. He was the Treasurer of Indian Medical Association - Shimla Chapter.

Dr Alok has attended 39 conferences as Faculty; 28 as Delegate and 19 Workshops as National Faculty. He is an active member of various academic and professional bodies. He has published many articles in various National and International journals. He is not only active clinically but is also performing his duties for the upliftment of women in the society. The keys to his success are integrity, ethics, empathy, patience and continuous improvement. His career objective is to face challenges and drive to succeed.