Dr. Mohan Gaikwad
First generation entrepreneur and Chairman of Gaikwad-Patil Group, a successful educationist and astute businessman in real estate, he is basically an academic by inclination. He taught Math to Engineering students as a Professor in an Engineering College in Nagpur before quitting his job nearly a decade ago to follow his own dreams.
He still nurtures the academic within him though – he is currently working on his doctoral thesis in Relativity. He calls it his hobby!
Prof. Sharad Patil
President of Gaikwad-Patil Group of Institutions, Prof. Sharad Patil is himself an academic, activist and writer of repute. He retired from Dr. Punjabrao Deshmukh Agriculture University as a Reader in English, but continues to contribute to social causes as before.
He was known as a firebrand leader in the Shetkari Sanghatana, an organization working on farmers’ issues; was the National President of Akhil Bharatiya Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti, an organization which works towards the eradication of blind faith and promotes rational thought; and contributes as Advisor to Jan Manch, ‘The Peoples’ Forum’, which is an activist organization working on civic issues.
Prof. Patil also writes regularly in dailies of national repute on politics, and social and economic matters.
Dr. Anjali Patil-Gaikwad
The moving force behind Confluence is its Organizing Secretary, Anjali Patil-Gaikwad, also a Professor of English herself. She is also a member of the Trust that runs the Gaikwad-Patil Group of Institutions. A meritorious student throughout her academic career, she holds Masters Degrees in Sociology and Mass Communication besides English. Her experience in language teaching and research prompted her to create a platform that would address not only the problems she herself encountered, but also those that plague ESL / EFL teachers and learners globally.
Apart from being deeply interested in academics, Ms. Patil-Gaikwad is politically and socially active too. She has served as the National Coordinator of the Youth Wing of the Indian Liberal Group which was founded by Minoo Masani, a highly respected Parliamentarian. She also served two terms as Secretary General of Liberal Youth South Asia, a federation of young liberal organizations in the South Asian region. She has been a Senate Member in the Nagpur University and continues to contribute meaningfully in various fields.