Of all the water that exists on our planet, around 97% is salt water. Of the 3% or so of fresh water available, almost half of it remains frozen in glaciers, ice caps, or deep underground aquifers. Yes – just around 1.5% is available for our use, making every drop count. Further, with continuing population growth and industrial growth, demand continues to escalate in a supply-constrained domain.

Improving the Lives in Rural India by Technology-enabled Solutions


WHEELS Water Council aspires to become ‘trusted partners’ to catalyze holistic rural resurgence through Collaborative Governance for rural infrastructure and, integrated water conservation and management with technology as the enabler.


Interventions for use of appropriate technology in the country at scale with collaborative multi-stakeholder partnerships, leverage best practices spanning academia, scientific and research organizations, IITs, social enterprises, grassroots organizations, Industry, and others.

The Water Management Portal is a technology tool to connect Development Partners with the government at the village level, in a seamless & harmonious manner. The HP Pilot project provides the Proof of Concept. It has been released for Visitor access to ensure public visibility and scrutiny. It is designed for replication and scalability and is available to Development Partners and Government Agencies as a foundational block that can be built upon, as required.

Project Overview of Collaborative Governance - WHEELS Water Council (WCC)

Team Leaders

Mrs. Gauri Kumar

Gauri Kumar

Gauri Kumar is a Chairperson of WHEELS Water Council, Retd. member of the 1979 batch of Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Former Secretary to Govt of India & Former Chairperson, Public Sector Enterprises Board, Govt. of India.  In the course of her distinguished career, she served as Secretary to Government of India, in the Union Ministry of Labour & Employment, the Cabinet Secretariat and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (Border Management). She served as Member/Chairperson of the Public Enterprises Selection Board, post her retirement. She has served in various capacities in the Union Ministries of Mines, Environment and Forests, Finance and Textiles. While serving with the Government of Gujarat, Mrs Kumar has held the positions of Principal Secretary, Urban Development; Principal Secretary, Industries & Mines; Industries Commissioner and Secretary, Education Department. The Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2009 was held under her stewardship.

Gauri Kumar holds a Master in Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She was awarded the Littauer Fellowship by Harvard University, for her commitment to excellence, academic achievement, and public service. She is also the recipient of seven gold medals by Lucknow University, for exceptional academic distinction during her Master’s study in Mathematics. She is currently an Independent Director on the Boards of several distinguished companies and has been appointed by the Chief Vigilance Commissioner to serve as Independent External Monitor for two organisations. She is the Founder Trustee of VayahVikas, an organization for the elderly, based in Bengaluru.

She is a Member of the Board of Governors of Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration, Ahmedabad.She is the Delhi Public School (DPS) Society nominee on the Management Committees of several DPS schools in Gujarat and UP. She is a Special Invitee to the Management Committee of the Bangalore Chamber of Industry & Commerce (BCIC). She chairs the Water Council constituted by the WHEELS Global Foundation (a pan IIT philanthropic arm). A Pilot Project for Integrated Water Management, based on Scientific Data and Evidence-based Decision Support System, has been launched in Himachal Pradesh. It aspires to create a model of collaborative governance for holistic rural resurgence.

She is the Founder of an Edu tech startup which has launched an integrated Learning Platform for the education eco-system, encompassing teachers, students, parents, and schools. It’s positioned as a medium for making quality education accessible at scale. She has contributed a chapter on ‘Industry and Labour’ in the recently published book ‘Accelerating India: 7 Years of Modi Government’, edited by Shri K J Alphons, Member of Parliament, and a foreword by Shri Ajit Doval, National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister of India.

Yogesh Andlay

Yogesh Andlay is a founding team member of several leading well-known companies in the IT, consultancy, and education fields. He is the Co-founder of Nucleus Software, Grows Talent Co Ltd., and School of Inspired Leadership. Yogesh, the alumnus of the IITD 1979 batch, was President of the IIT Delhi Alumni Association during the year 2006-07. He has also been an active participant in PanIIT Alumni activities. Yogesh serves on the board of SOIL – School of Inspired Leadership (www.soilindia.net).

SOIL has been recognized as a pioneer in leadership education and has won laurels for its unique approach to leadership development. It is founded on five pillars of mindfulness, ethics, compassion, diversity, and sustainability. Yogesh has been an advisor to the Millennium Alliance program of FICCI. Millennium Alliance is a fund set up jointly by USAID, DST, DFID (UKAID), and several other organizations. In the last five years, Millennium Alliance has supported more than 120 social sector innovations impacting about 10 million people. These have been selected from amongst about 5,000 applicants who applied for this catalytic funding. These enterprises have been in the field of education, healthcare, agriculture, energy, water, sanitation, etc. In addition, he served as a Co-Chair of the Startup Committee of FICCI and a member of the Science and Technology Board of FICCI. He is a sought-after mentor by the entrepreneurs incubated at FICCI-supported incubators and accelerators. Yogesh is an active participant in Mission Samriddhi. Mission Samriddhi is a Social Development and Acceleration project in India. Yogesh is a member of the Executive Council of Mission Samriddhi. Yogesh serves on the board of WHEELS Charitable Foundation. He is a member of the team working on the Pilot Project for Integrated Water Management based on Scientific Data and Evidence for Himachal Pradesh. Yogesh is a certified Executive Coach.

Sushil Bhatia

Dr. Sushil Bhatia is the President of Anu Data Inc. He pursued his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay in 1966 and later Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1972.

Recollecting memories associated with IIT Bombay, he said, “Those were the days. First time out of my parents’ house and living by myself. Making new friends, playing, teasing, bonding, having fun along with learning technical skills. Learning to learn technology as well as dealing with people”.

Mansi Sharma

Mansi Sharma is a Research Associate at Mission Samriddhi, a social impact enterprise operating to build findings for the organization to achieve its goal of holistic human development at various levels. As a communications associate, she works to bridge the gap between people and the organization, both internally and externally.

Building a structure where exchanging ideas is smooth and creates efficiency. She is an experienced project coordinator who has worked with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India with decent skills in the International Affairs Industry holding considerable knowledge about the theories of IR. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Hons. from Delhi University and did her Masters in International Relations from Anglia Ruskin University, the UK.

Team Members

Ambassador Pradeep KapurExecutive Director, Smart Village Development Framework (SVDF) – WGF, Former Ambassador of India & Secretary – Govt of India
Suresh ShenoyPresident – WHEELS Global Foundation, President – Alyxtech Inc.
Ashank DesaiChairperson – WGF India, Co-founder & Former Chairperson – Mastek
SmitaSiddhantiProgram Director (Livelihood) – WHEELS Global Foundation, President – EnDyna Inc.
Prof. Ranjan Kumar GhoshAssociate Professor, Center for Management in Agriculture – IIM Ahmedabad
Ratan AgarwalBoard Member – WGF, Co-founder & Managing Partner – CARBON Group Global
Pradeep NadkarniSecretary – WHEELS Global Foundation, Founder – Paradigm Inc.


Dr. Raj ShahChairman – HealthCare Council – WHEELS Global Foundation
Mr. Kewal NohriaCEO Co-Founder, World BPO/ITO Forum
Mr. Shantilal MutthaFounder, Shantilal Muttha Foundation
Prof Sudhir JainVice-Chancellor, Banaras Hindu University
Mr. Joseph FernandesPresident and Co-Founder – IIT-IIT.org
Mr. Sundar KamathSenior VP (Technology), CTO – Sanmina Corporation
Mr. Apoorva OzaCEO – Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP, India)
Prof Ajit ChaturvediDirector – IIT-Roorkee
Dr. Bhakti DeviNational President of Water Resources Council
Mr. Kartik KilachandExecutive Chairman – IITians Influencing India’s Transformation
Dr. Prakasam TataExecutive Director – Center for the Transformation of Waste Technology
Mr. Dunu RoyChemical Engineer, Social Scientist & Political Ecologist
Dr. Cecilia TortajadaProfessor in Practice – Environmental Innovation, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, UK, and Editor in Chief, International Journal of Water Resources Development
Sh Asit K. BiswasRecipient – Stockholm Water Prize, Founder – Third World Centre for Water Management, Distinguished Visiting Professor – Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy
Sh R. k. MalhotraConsultant – World Bank

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