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Leadership Team


Leadership Team

Ms. Chitra Awasthi is the Founder of Rit Foundation. She has been working as an educationist with children and young adults for the past 25 years. She has been writing since she was in school. While still in school, she started a sociological journal called Samaajshatreeya Sansad(The Parliament of Sociology). She has done translation work for the Govt. of India in 1988-1990 and wrote content on management for the Indira Gandhi National Open Universities. She has been acclaimed in the academic circle for her psychological insights and profound knowledge of holistic living solutions. With a postgraduate degree, a university topper, in Sociology from Kanpur University, and Ph.D degree from Kingsbridge University, U.S. she has authored a wide range of books on sociology and allied subjects. Her books are being widely used as textbooks in Universities in India.

When Chitra started her first project in Chuckkle.com, it proved to be a tough call from sustenance point of view since the concept was new and they were constrained by the financial limitations. But the kind of response that the project started getting, it was quite easy a road map to make it a paid site. However, she resisted the temptation to make it a paid website since it would have been anti-thesis of giving something back to the society if you charge kids who are interested in the website.

She has headed research teams for DITE (a government of India educational initiative) in an extensive research report covering the Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand. She has also done research projects.

She is presently heading two companies and one non-governmental organization --Trident Education (content writing, data processing and educational institutions etc), Rit International(web magazines, educational events and content development) and Rit Foundation(largely education for the underprivileged) She has also written content for websites, on subjects including education, spirituality, cinema, management and psychology. She is general secretary of ACME, secretary Inner Wheel International, Delhi, honorary member of SHE worldwide.

However, her main thrust has always been on religion and spirituality. An avid reader of spiritual literature of the Indian tradition, she has translated, edited and authored hidden treasures into different languages from English, Sanskrit and Hindi. Rit International is her maiden business venture. However, she intends to further facilitate the spread of the very same knowledge among the children who are less fortunate to get benefit from the quality education and knowledge. An important endeavor in this direction is her novel project, Shiksha Aapke Dwaar.

Academic achievements in last few months - In 2012, she presented a research paper at the First PSYSOC Conference at Antalya, Turkey. In January 2013, she spoke at the IIIrd WEASC Congress held in New Delhi. She spoke on deschooling and how an alternative model may be found in the form of the gurukula system of ancient India. In July 2013, she spoke in Colombo about awareness of domestic violence-related violence. She spoke at the European Sociological Association Conference on Sociology held in August 2013. She is also the Vice-President of the Association for Composite and Modern Education.