About Us

Gramothhan is a Non-For Profit Organization registered under Indian Trust Act. Gramothhan is an initiative for overall rural development. A group of young social change maker had started this organization from December 2016 and it’s registered under Indian Trust act in the month of August 2017. All seven board members have the experiences of working with community and different subjects including educational development. And also have knowledge of working in different states we believe in education could be an vital tool for sustainable life

Their major focus areas of work are


Where we work

We work at Ullunda Block of Sonepur District of Odisha. Majority of the population have minimal access to modern amenities. Ullunda is the only block where tribal population is existing with a high number of Sonepur District.


Around 35% people are dependent on seasonal migration to other district/states as a daily wage worker. As a result of which their children left school or are dropouts. This seasonal migration affects their learning to great extent. So our intention is to fill this gap of their learning.


93% population of Sonepur (Subarnapur) district in Odisha lives in rural areas with 35% of the population belonging to backward classes and 46% population illiterate. As per the ASER 2016 report 32% of standard 5 th cannot read the standard first level text in between, and among them only 44% student are can do subtraction. 26% student cant recognized two digit number.


The model at Gramothhan will be a demonstrative setup which can be used and implemented across Odisha which faces similar issues at broader level and will be able to bring all key stakeholders (children, teacher, administration, community, and youth etc.) at a common platform for the change of society.


Co-Founder/Trustees

Mr. Pratap Kumar Pradhan – Co-founder & Program Head

Pratap completed Master of Social Work from Karve Institute of Social Service, Pune. Pratap is an education sector contributor with over 4 years of experiences across development sector, skill development and education with strong desire and commitment to contribute to the tribal and rural education. He has been working in Maoist affected tribal Chhattisgarh since 2015 as a School Transformation Facilitator and as a Teacher for improving academic level in schools. He is also working on designing a framework around the same. He has been associated with BachpanBanao, Shiksharth and now GRAMOTHHAN. He also is a member of National Youth Project of Odisha. He is also associated as a Volunteer Consultant to small size Non-Profit Organization.

Mr. Aswini Kumar Sathpathy – Co-founder & Program Lead

A Bachelor in Social work form Utkal University, Bhubaneswar and Master of Social Work form Karve Institute of Social Service, Pune. Aswini is passionate about working with children. He is a creative writer and likes trying new ways of engaging with children. Recently he learnt clay art, origami for children. He has 4 years of experience working in development sector. Since July 2017 he full time engaged with GRAMOTHHAN. Being passionate about his work, he has been consistently working with children and is our expert at how children in the region think, behave and react.

Mr. Niten Kumar Mohanta – Co-founder & Program Lead

With over 3 years of experience in Livelihood and Education sector. Niten is passionate about working with children and community engagement. He is creative thinker, story teller. He has written 12 short stories for children in Oriya and Santhali (A dialect spoken mostly by the tribes of Mayurbhanj). He has completed his Bachelor in Social Work from VISWASS and MA in Development Practice from Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. And he has been working at PRAJAYATNA, Jharkhand and now is also working in GRAMOTHHAN. Being very passionate about his work, he has been consistently working with children.

Mr. Sheshadev Khamari – Co-founder & Program Lead

A Bachelor in Social Work from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar and Master in Youth Development from Rajiv Gandhi National of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Chennai. Sheshadev is a Child Specialist, focusing on child education in GRAMOTHHAN. He primarily handles exploring and planning of how we learn Joyful Learning and Creativity through locally available resources, and Child Engagement Practice out of daily routine in community. Apart from that he also designs plans for Community Libraries based project, Storytelling, Art, and Craft in Library Centres and also collects local stories interesting for children. He has worked in Ranchi, Jharkhand and presently working in Sonepur, Odisha with an overall experience of 2.5 years. Along with that at GRAMOTHHAN, he handles the role of Volunteer Management.

Sudarshan Chhotoray – Core Team Member & Mentor

A 47 years old, is a Bhubaneswar based Development Analyst and Critic on Sociology, Economy and Current trends. He has a long stint in Journalism, has worked in all spheres of Media since last 20 years.Has done his MA (English) and Degree in Mass Communication. He was leading, Odisha Chapter of Campaign for Survival and Dignity which brought Forest Right Act 2006. He is also Vice President of Mumbai based People’s Media Platform. Since 2006, he is working on Climate Change and Migration issues. He has made 15 Documentary Films on Social Issues like Water Rights, RTI, Livelihood, Displacement, Migration etc. An expert hand in Climate Change, DRR, Migration and Media; also Director of FOCUS ODISHA FOUNDATION, an organization on Action Research, Advocacy and Development Planning.

Ashish Kumar Srivastava - Member

Engineer turned education 14 years of experiences across technology and education through Infosys, NIIT and his current venture Skiksharth. He has extensive expertise in technology and education with respect to content and curriculum.

Pranith Simha Rulamreddy - Member

Ex-IISER students with strong experiences in rural education through 5 years old educational venture Bachpan Banao.