Upcoming events

Chicago Gala 2022

The Palmer House Hilton
17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603
Join us on September 10, 2022 at the Palmer House Hilton from 6:00 pm CST. Get your tickets today!

A splash of color and a whole lot of inspiration!

The Chicago community gathered at Barrington Road Pond – Picnic Groves on June 5th for their Carnival of Colors event. Each year, the chapter hosts a 5K walk but this year, it was a far more exciting and colorful event! Participants got to play with colored powder before and after the walk reminiscent of the Indian festival of Holi.

Nag Vaidyanathan, Pratham Chicago Chapter President, said, “The Chicago walk has been a popular event for the community and it’s heartwarming to...
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Nag Vaidyanathan appointed as president of Pratham Chicago

Pratham USA is pleased to announce the appointment of Nag Vaidyanathan as president of our Chicago chapter. Nag will be taking the reins from Srinivas Reddy who led the chapter for the past two challenging pandemic years.

During his term, Srinivas bonded the chapter through regular communication, spearheading fundraising efforts with board and staff members, and pivoting to effective virtual events to keep the Chicago chapter engaged. The chapter saw growth in fundraising in these two years despite refraining from any...
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Pratham selected to receive funding from Impact Challenge for Women & Girls

Pratham Education Foundation has been selected as one of the 34 initiatives worldwide to receive funding support from the Impact Challenge for Women and Girls.

The Impact Challenge for Women and Girls commits $25 million to fund organizations creating pathways to prosperity for women and girls. Over 7,800 applications were submitted by organizations from across the world and were reviewed by a panel of experts from several sectors, after which 34 initiatives were chosen.

Pratham will receive USD$1 million in...
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Pratham CEO Dr. Rukmini Banerji awarded the 2021 Yidan Prize for Education Development

Pratham CEO Dr. Rukmini Banerji has been awarded the 2021 Yidan Prize for Education Development – the world’s highest education accolade – for her work in improving learning outcomes.

The Yidan Prize is an inclusive education award that recognizes individuals or teams who have contributed significantly to the theory and practice of education. It consists of two prizes, working in harmony: the Yidan Prize for Education Research and the Yidan Prize for Education Development. Professor Eric A. Hanushek, Paul and Jean...
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Chicago Community goes the distance for education at the Pratham Chicago 5K Walk

On the morning of Sunday, September 12, Pratham Chicago hosted its annual Chicago 5K Walk at Busse Woods. With over 150 registrations and a great turnout, the 5K Walk was the most successful one to date for the chapter and helped raise awareness and funds for Pratham’s education programs for underprivileged children in India. The walk was also Pratham Chicago’s first in-person event in over a year and was the perfect setting for a fun day out with family and friends while supporting an important cause. Participants were greeted with a...
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Nageswaran Vaidyanathan

Vice President
Alwar Narayanan

Executive Board
  • Rina Akolawala
  • Dilip Bhattacharjee
  • Rahul Bhattad
  • Suren Gupta
  • Shiv Iyer
  • Murugesh Kasilingam
  • Yev Kozachuk
  • Susan Patel
  • Srinivas Reddy
  • Krishnan Saranathan
  • Sanjjeev K. Singh
  • Praveen Sharma