Viha was conceived by a team of bright minds committed to creating an innovative approach to pre-school learning in India. They are:

Ms. Alakananda Sen Managing Director and founder Principal of Viha began her career as a primary teacher at The CMR National Public School and then went on to help set up an ICSE school in Bangalore and worked as its Academic Head for a period of three years. She was one of the co-founders of The Deen’s Academy and has functioned as its Academic Head, Director Operations and finally Principal of the Kindergarten wing called -KiDeens.

She is a trained Montessorian and has undergone several other training programmes with The Teacher Foundation (TTF) in its ‘Leadership and Management Programme- HeadLamp, and has completed her Cambridge International Diploma in Teaching from the University of Cambridge.

Ms Sen is a rank holder in Life Sciences from the St. Xavier’s College – Mumbai and a gold medallist in Advertising and Marketing from The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan-New Delhi. She bagged the Hindustan Times medal for creative writing and grade-I in the German Language course conducted by the Goethe Institute (Munich). A music lover, Ms Sen, is trained in Hindustani Classical Music and Rabindra Sangeet and enjoys writing poetry for children.

Committed to creating the perfect haven for pre-primary children, Ms Sen has created a unique curriculum designed to stimulate and equip pre-primary children to apply their skills. She has strategized and devised methods of assessment and evaluation based on the current educational trends and has trained teachers to create teaching modules that thrill and motivate pre-primary learners.

She brings to Viha- her expertise through her Montessori training, the varied and enriching experiences through her teaching and management stints and her passion to create a unique teaching and learning environment for pre-primary children.

RK Misra has a BTech degree from IIT Kanpur, post-graduate in Urban Transport & Management from Tokyo University. RK is a fellow of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Leaders in Development program. He is a fellow of Aspen Global Leadership Network & India Leadership Initiative of Aspen Institute, USA. RK has been a serial Entrepreneur and in recent years has concentrated on projects using the Public Private Participation model, good governance and has been active in rural development projects.

Dr. Ashish Gupta is a co-founder of Helion and serves on the boards of Jivox, Kirusa, MuSigma, and SMS Gupshup. He has co-founded two successful companies – Tavant Technologies and Junglee that pioneered comparison shopping on the internet. He has also worked at Woodside Fund, Oracle Corporation and IBM research. His investments include Daksh (IBM), Odesk, Obongo (AOL), Speedera (Akamai), MakeMyTrip, Merittrac (Manipal Group), and Kaboodle (Hearst).

Ashish is a Kauffman Fellow, holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree from IIT Kanpur where he was awarded the President’s Gold medal. He has authored several patents, publications, and a book by MIT press.

Asha Ganesan Sen has close to 20 years of marketing and market research experience working for corporations such as Maruti Suzuki, Unilever, Nielsen and Synovate. She is currently an Insight Consulting Partner with Brandscapes Worldwide. Asha has a strong interest in training and teaching and has conducted training sessions in Statistics for organisations such as Yahoo and has also taught at Essae Tapmi. She has an ongoing engagement with the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore where she has taught over the last 7 years and is also invited as external examiner for marketing courses.

Asha has an Engineering Degree from the Delhi College of Engineering and an MBA from IIM Bangalore.

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Viha children visit a Whitefield store17 February 2012Mommies day19 October 2012


It was a great CHALLENGE for us to decide on relying on a start-up school called VIHA for the formation years of my son. But I am very happy to state that over the past few months,

Manish Sahi