Rucha Pande is co-leader of the Punjab Education Collective and Chief Operating Officer at Mantra4Change, a non-profit driving systemic transformation within the Indian public school system. Mantra operates in Andra Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, and its goal is to ensure that every child receives an enriching learning experience. Previously, she headed the design team at Mantra since 2017, and she was awarded the Genpact Social Impact Fellowship in 2019. A graduate of M.A. in Education from the Azim Premji University, Rucha specializes in designing programmes for scale.
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Punjab Education Collective
The Punjab Education Collective exists to transform the public education system of the state of Punjab, India, and improve its educational standards against global benchmarks. It does this by identifying challenges faced by stakeholders on the ground and then co-creating solutions to improve the educational experience.
It is a collective of four organizations in the education space working together to impact 2.3 million students across 19,000 government schools in Punjab. Its co-created programmes involve parents, teachers, school and district administrators, NGOs, the private sector and young people themselves. These programmes aim to design solutions that leverage open technology to work at scale.