Namrata Jha is the Director of the Institute of International Education’s New Delhi office. Namrata joined IIE in 2009 and had been in her current position since 2011. She brings 14 years of experience in Leadership Development, Capacity Building, Communication and Program Management. Acknowledged for her integrity, high professional standards, “big-picture” vision and sensitivity to manage projects with commitment, passion and creativity, Namrata is a recipient of the coveted Business School Affaire & Dewang Mehta Business School Award for Leadership in Education and has been featured at Forbes. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Delhi School of Social Work, Delhi University and a B.A. in Psychology. Read her blog posts about the Verizon Innovative Learning Program.

The Power of Mentoring

The Verizon Innovative Learning Program (VILP) has achieved yet another milestone! Forty Verizon volunteers went through a kick-start workshop to begin the mentoring process for VILP girls.

Engendering STEM Education, Part II

The Joint Entrance Exam 2012 report states that the percentage of girls admitted to the Indian Institutes of Technology has decreased from 9.9 percent in 2011 to 9.7 percent in 2012. In continuation of the need assessment plan for the pilot program to be launched in Southern India, the IIE team set out for another site visit in December 2013.

Introducing the Girls’ STEM Education Program in India

In an attempt to remove barriers and encourage girls’ to enter STEM fields, IIE’s New Delhi office officially began the planning phase for a pilot program to be launched early in 2014. To kick off the need assessment, I was joined by the education technology expert Ms. Vasanta to visit Hyderabad, the bustling capital of Andhra Pradesh in South of India.