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Mr. Ajay Gupta

Ajay Gupta is an edupreneur and philanthropist. He has founded several ventures to provide quality education for all age groups, ranging from play school to college. His brand Bachpan Play School runs 1000 play schools in India. Another brand, Academic Heights Public School runs around 100 formal schools.

His sincere interest and vision for providing high-quality education led him to co-found Rishihood University. He has inspired self-belief in people by being a living example of achieving through his own efforts. He is known for his futuristic and innovative ideas. He lives in Delhi with his family.

Dr. Mahesh Gupta

Dr Mahesh Gupta is a radiologists, serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the founder of Satyakiran healthcare and Must & More Diagnostics. He manages dozens of healthcare centres across the country, serving hundreds of people every day.

In his keen interest to create innovative leaders for the future, he co-founded Rishihood University. He mentors several youth and startups for creating an impact. He is an active member of the Indian Medical Association and leads the city chapter. Dr Gupta graduated from Medical College Rohtak and lives in Sonipat with his family. Like him, his family is deeply engaged in the noble profession of healthcare.

Mr. H P Mangla

H P Mangla is a self-made business tycoon and philanthropist. His varied business interests include hotels, real estate, food processing and more. As a philanthropist, he has set up educational organizations such as Gateway Education and Rishihood University. He is also setting up schools in Delhi and Goa to provide quality education to more students.

He is known for his sharp business acumen and a humorous nature. H P Mangla actively supports numerous social and community initiatives. He lives with his family in Sonipat.

Mr. Rakesh Aggarwal

Rakesh Aggarwal is an architect, educationist and social worker. He is the president of Gateway Education, providing education to more than 2000 full-time students. He has setup four educational campuses in his journey as an educationist. His architectural firm is known for honest and reliable services in design, planning, real estate consulting and project management.

Rakesh co-founded Rishihood University to give shape to his dream of creating a world-class university in India. He supports and volunteers with several social organizations to bring a positive change in the society. He graduated an architect from Chandigarh College of Architecture and belongs to Sonipat.

Mr. Sahil Aggarwal

Sahil Aggarwal is a public thinker and educationist. He is the co-founder of Rishihood University. After graduating from IIT Delhi, he co-founded Vision India Foundation, a nation-building initiative to create public leaders and currently serves as its director. He has a keen interest in public policy, governance and diplomacy for which he also did a Masters from Jindal Global University.

Sahil likes to work on strategic and institutional ideas. He has co-authored a book on public policy, co-designed a card game on politics, and keeps writing for newspapers and web magazines. He grew up in Sonipat, Haryana and now lives in Delhi with his family.

Ms. Soumya Garg

Soumya Aggarwal is a young woman leader and public policy enthusiast. She curate the Change Agents Network at Vision India Foundation and serves as the executive director of Gateway Education. She has developed Manifesto, a card game on politics. She has also written several articles in newspapers and web magazines on important national issues.

She likes to conceptualize and implement new initiatives for youth leadership. Soumya graduated from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University in Sociology. She grew up in Ghaziabad and now lives in Delhi with her family.


Mr. Kaushik Akiwatkar
Director (Development & Operations)

Kaushik Akiwatkar is an academician, researcher and an entrepreneurship enthusiast. He is working with a group of philanthropists to setup Rishihood University as Director for Development & Operations.

In past, he has worked with Gujarat Technological University (GTU), Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) and Youth Connect Magazine. He pursued his bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and Master’s in Post Graduate Diploma in Management with marketing as specialization. He holds an honorary position as a member of the board of studies at Swarnim Startup & Innovation University, Gujarat to help develop course curriculum.

Kaushik was part of the Startup revolution in Gujarat and played a key role in various policy level decisions of the Gujarat Government related to Education and startups. He has also published papers on Education system, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. His sincere interest in education and dream to build world-class university led him to join Rishihood University. He grew up in Ahmedabad and now lives in Delhi.