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Who we are

The Equity Foundation was registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 on 26th March 2003. The Organisation is also registered under 80-G, 12-A and FCRA.

The Forum consists of Executive committee and advisory committee.

Executive Committee  


ghost 12Dr. Renu Ranjan (Chairperson)

Head of Department

P.G. Center of Sociology

Magadh Mahila College

Patna University

Phone:  09334128460


Dr. Renu Ranjan is the Head of department PG Center of Sociology Magadh Mahila College Patna University Bihar since 1974. She did her master thesis on socioeconomic characteristics of Non-voters in Bihar and obtained her PhD in 1984. Her substantive research focuses on Scheduled caste community. She is a leading figure and Professor of eminence in gender studies, and writes on issues of women, equality and difference with a special reference to the study of social change.  She has been  instrumental in introducing two Vocational Courses on Women Studies and Population and Development in Sociology Department.

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Ms. Nina Srivastava (Executive Director)

Phone: + (0) 612- 2270171

                                                                                                                                                          Ms. Srivastava is a Political Science Honors Graduate from Patna Women’s college. She was employed as Development Executive and Documentation officer with the Swiss Red Cross Programme Coaching Unit [SRC-PCU], Patna, India from June 1999 till January 2002. She is an ex-Member of Steering Committee on Women & Child Development for Planning Commission of India (2007-2012). She has earlier worked as an Assistant Supervisor in the Access Services, Olin and Uris Library, Cornell University, an Ivy League University in United States of America from July 1996 to August 1998. She has also worked as the State Point Person Bihar for the Leadership for Result Programme (L4R) of UNDP-TAHA in collaboration with HIV & Human Development Resource Network (HDRN). She has over 10 publications in different newspapers and journals which include ‘Denial of existence’- a case study on the plight of ‘musahar’ women in the most backward areas of Bihar.

ghost 12Manju Srivastava (Finance Controller)

Phone: 0612- 2283621

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       She is a Bachelor of Political Science and is actively associated with the activities of the Foundation.

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Dr. Madhurima Raj (Member)

Phone:  09431084505

E-mail: madhurimaraj16@gmail.com


She has done her Masters in History from Patna Women’s College. A postgraduate diploma holder in Journalism and Mass Communication Indira Gandhi National Open University {IGNOU}, she was previously working as an Ad-hoc Lecturer for Women Studies in Magadh Mahila College, Patna University. She is a PhD on ‘Violence and the vocabulary of resistance’: a study in women’s history in the context of 20th century Bihar’. She is also a News Broadcaster in All India Radio & News telecaster in  Doordarshan, Patna. She pursues her interest in freelance journalism.

10459_463260853725351_1303507472_nDr. Rachna Sahay (Member)

Phone: + (0)612- 2273727 [H]

E-mail: rachnasahay@gmail.com

                                                                                                                                                                          She is a Master and PhD. in Zoology from Patna University and presently working as a Lecturer in the Department of Zoology in Patna Women’s College.

rita diMs. Rita Varma (Member)

Phone: + (0) 612-2270516


                                                                                                                                                She is a Bachelor in History. She is working for the social upliftment of women belonging to Tharu tribe in   Champaran district. She is also passionately working for the physically handicapped people in West Champaran district of Bihar.

ghost 12Ms. Tushima S. (Member)

Phone: + 91-657- 6450561

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            She is an Honors Graduate in English. A diploma holder from National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) and E- Commerce from National Institute of Information Technology.

 Advisory Committee


ghost_person_60x60_v1Professor Walter Hauser

Professor Emeritus
Modern History
University of Virginia

herringProfessor Ronald J. Herring

Professor of Government
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Chair, Department of Government, 
Director, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies l996-2002 and
John S. Knight Professor of International Relations


Professor Stuart Corbridge

Provost and Deputy Director of  LSE
 Asia Research Center
Pro-Director for research and external relations,
London School of  Economics.

He is a member of the Court of Governors and Council. As pro-director, his major areas of responsibility include the promotion and development of the School’s external activities and relations, strategic alliances, research and academic innovation, and alternative income streams. He serves as chair or is an active member of the principal committees in these areas. His academic research is focused on governance issues in eastern India, the political economy of international development and the history of development thought.

Professor Anne Phillips FBAAnne-Phillips

Professor of Gender Theory
The Gender Institute and Government Department
London School of Economics
Advisory Board Member
Center for the Study of Human Rights
London School of Economics

Anne Phillips is Professor of Political and Gender Theory in the LSE Gender Institute and the Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government. She is also Director of the Gender Institute. A leading figure in feminist political theory, she writes on issues of democracy and representation, equality, multiculturalism, and difference. Anne is also a faculty member in the Department of Government, where she holds the Graham Wallas Chair in Political Science.


Dr Wendy Sigle-Rushton

Center for Analysis of Social Exclusion, Social Policy Department
London School of Economics

Dr Sigle-Rushton is an economic demographer and has worked on a variety of issues related to child fostering, child health and single parenthood in both historical and contemporary societies. Her recent publications have focused on the potential impact of proposed welfare reform policies in the US and the living arrangements of new parents. Dr Sigle-Rushton’s current research interests include the social networks and social isolation of young adults who have been in care as children or who became young parents, with a particular emphasis on the differences by gender. She has also carried out comparative work on lifetime gender and motherhood gaps in pay and on policies that attempt to address work life balance.



Ms. Meera Mishra

Chief Country Co-coordinator 
IFAD India Country Office
New Delhi

She was earlier responsible for overall policy research and plan as technical partner in the implementation of Avahan, the India AIDS Initiative of the Bill and Melinda gates Foundation. She was previously Senior Policy Specialist, HIV/AIDS Practice Team, UNDP Regional Center  (Colombo), Senior Program Officer, UNDP HIV and Development Program for South and North East Asia, New Delhi, India, Specialist Migrant Rehabilitation Officer, Sydney, Australia, Resettlement Expert, World Bank National Highway Project, India, Specialist, Adolescent and Reproductive Health, CEDPA ( Center for Development and Population Activities), India, President , Akanksha Samiti, Agra, India, Consultant , UNICEF, Lucknow, India, Consultant, NOVIB, India, Specialist Community Participation and Community Health, Indo- Dutch Environmental and Institutional Development Project, Kanpur, India.

Subhashini_AliMs. Subhashini Ali

Ex-Member of Parliament
Social Activist
Member- All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA)

She is an Indian politician and a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). She is the President of the All India Democratic Women’s Association. Subhashini Ali is the daughter of Colonel Prem Sehgal and Captain Lakshmi Sehgal.


flaviaMs. Flavia Agnes

Activist Lawyer in Maharashtra High Court
Visiting Professor
National Law School Bangalore

She is a women’s rights lawyer.  A pioneer of the women’s movement, she has worked consistently on issues of gender and law reforms. As co-founder of  MAJLIS, a legal and cultural resource center, her primary engagement has been to provide quality legal services to women and children.She has played an important role in bringing women’s rights to the forefront within the legal system and in contextualizing issues of gender and identity.


MOHANTYMr. N.R. Mohanty

Director, Jagran Institute of Mass Communication
Ex- editor of Times of India and Hindustan Times

He is the Director of Jagran Institute of Management and Mass Communication (JIMMC) which was established by the Jagran Education Foundation, of the Jagran Group; in 2004 is a platform for students to acquire practical skills along with a strong theoretical base in different branches of media, Print Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, Advertising, PR and Event Management etc.

PAYAL Ms. Payal Kumar
Registrar and Professor (Management)
The Glocal University
New Delhi

She is a professional journalist with a decade of experience, who graduated to the academic publishing industry as Vice President Editorial and Production, SAGE India for six years, while also dabbling in academics. She was responsible for setting up the editorial department for Manya Princeton Review. At present  she is Registrar and Professor (Management) @ the Glocal University New Delhi.


PRANAVMr. Pranav Chowdhary

Senior Correspondent
The Times of India



Consultants/Resource Person


Professor Saileshwar Sati Prasad

Retired Head of Department of English

Patna University

Mr. Raghuvansh Kumar Sinha

Ex- Secretary

Department of Panchayati Raj

Adviser, State Election Authority


Dr. Rakesh Chaubey

Eminent Researcher

Ms. Shahina Perveen

The Hunger Project

Ms. Anjita Sinha

Senior Reporter

Rashtriya Sahara, Bihar

Rajiv Ranjan

Control and Compliance Focal at IBM India

New Delhi Area, India

Information Technology and Services Industry


                          Administrative Wing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

photo-for-website2Rahul Kumar

Chief Operating Officer

Phone: + (0) 612- 2270171

E-mail: rahul5017@gmail.com

                                                                                                                              Rahul Kumar is a gold medalist in MA in Labour & Social welfare from Patna University. He has been associated with the Organisation since 2006. In his capacity as the Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for stream-lining the planning; monitoring documentation and management services of the Organisation. He reviews project implementation and works as a liaison officers between Equity foundation & different stake holders. He is involved in capacity development of field staffs. As a part of his official responsibility he ensures the accuracy and timeliness of financial reports prepared by the Finance section and also prepares budget. He is also associated with the ‘Empowering Rural Women Programme’ supported by Jamset ji Tata Trust as its review and monitoring officer. He is also actively associated with field based researches carried by the Organisation. He has been actively involved in organising workshops and seminars on behalf of Equity Foundation.


DipendraDipendra Kumar

Manager Programme


Dipendra is a Masters in Rural Management & Development and a Graduate in Commerce from Patna University. He has been associated with the Equity Foundation since 2006 and is working in the capacity of Manager Programmes. He is also currently working as the Project Coordinator of ‘Empowering Rural Women Programme’ in Madhubani, supported by Jamset ji Tata Trust. He has conducted several training for elected representatives of Panchayats on behalf of the Organisation. From time to time he has also led the team of field Researchers on behalf of the Organisation.

b l raju1  B.L.Raju (C.A)


Proprieter, B.L.Raju & Co. Chartered Accountants


He is an Ex-Charirman of Patna branch of The Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI Bihar). He has a long term experience of Accounting, Auditing, (Including Statutory, Internal, Revenue, Concurrent/ Pre Audit etc.) Taxation, Costing, MIS, Preparations of Project Report, Setting up of Accounting System, Consultancy Work etc. The Firm has been offering its services to Nationalised Banks, Co-operative Institutions, Government & Semi Govt. Institutions.  Besides this, the Firm is also offering consultancy services to Selective Individual / Institutional Clients on Various matters including taxation, Appraisal of Project viability, Bank Finance, Selection of Organizational Structure etc.


saurabh 1Kumar Saurabh

Manager Finance



A student of Commerce background, he is appearing for the Integrated Professional Competence Course (IPCC) from The Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI). He has a four year work experience in the field of Accounting, Auditing, (Including Statutory, Internal, Revenue, Taxation, Concurrent/ Pre -Audit etc.).

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Sunil Kumar

Sumit Kumar

Office Staffs

Mr. Mahesh (Peon)

Mrs. Ramdulari (Peon)


Mr. Neerad


Mr Pawan


Hindustan, Bihar




Mr. Pankaj Agrawal

Mr. Vikas Agrawal (Agrawal Cards)

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