Profile of Aruna Subramaniam


Contact details

No. 96, Liberty Acres,
Golden Homes Properties,
Attibele, Bangalore 562107

Tel: +91 9886833665
E-mail: aruna.maniam@gmail.com

Summary of Experience in Social Accounting and Audit

I helped start up the Bangalore chapter of the Centre for Social Initiative and Management (CSIM), a school for social entrepreneurs and the training partner of SAN,UK, in 2007, and currently serve as its Director. This role has given me the opportunity to interact with a wide network of social organisations and social change agents and enriched my own ideas for triggering lasting change.

CSIM has also been instrumental in my training as a social auditor, enabling me to attend a number of panels in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai. I was mentored by Mr Patrick Boase and Mr Alan Kay of Social Audit Network, UK, and chaired the Panel at Sevalaya, a well-known educational institution in the outskirts of Chennai and, most recently, The Community Restaurant at Mumbai. I have also facilitated the writing of social accounts for Mother Earth, Rang De and EnAble India, social enterprises led by Ashoka Fellows and internationally recognized social entrepreneurs.

I hold Masters Degrees in English and in Education. I acquired my M.Ed degree from the Central Institute of Education (CIE), University of Delhiand have taught for over 20 years in India and abroad. Following a three-year stint as a Content Manager at an e-learning company in Hyderabad, I acquired a Postgraduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and NGO Management from CSIM. I have travelled widely across Europe and Africa with my diplomat father and engineer husband, experiences which have underscored my belief that human aspirations are the same everywhere. I feel strongly that everybody should be given the opportunity to realise these aspirations and have drawn on my experience as an educator to set up the Vidyanjali Education Trust, which envisages the use of innovative pedagogical methods to give Indian schoolchildren a solid start in life.