The Narayana Schools is the brainchild of Dr. Ponguru Narayana, who has been dedicated to making education more accessible since 1979. He wants to make sure that every child in India has the basic foundational skills to become successful in the future. The school has been providing students with education, life skills and other important facilities to help them achieve greater things.
Born in 1956, Dr. Narayana hails from Haranathapuram, Nellore. After completing his higher studies (M.Sc. and PhD), he started to work part-time as a lecturer at VR College, Nellore. During this period, he learned about all the strengths and weaknesses of the Indian education system.
In 1979, he started the Narayana Tuition Centre in a small rented room. What started as a tuition centre with 5 students has become Asia's largest educational institution. There are more than 800+ schools, colleges, coaching centres, and professional colleges spread across 230+ Cities in 23 Indian states. These are supported by 50000+ educators who are constantly teaching and guiding 600000+ students.
Dr. Ponguru Narayana also served as the Cabinet Minister for Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Urban Water Supply and the Urban Planning Department. He applied his critical thinking and intellectual prowess to develop a technologically driven and environmentally sustainable city for the people of Andhra Pradesh.
His success story is an inspiration for all of us at the Narayana Schools. He came from a normal middle-class family, but his aspiration took him thus far.
Puneet Kothapa serves as the President of the Narayana Group, and under his visionary leadership, the organisation has experienced remarkable growth and earned widespread acclaim for its innovative strategies. With his keen ability to identify emerging market trends, Mr. Puneet Kothapa has guided the group in pioneering ground-breaking initiatives, cementing its position as an industry frontrunner. He takes on the responsibility of leading group strategy, overseeing business expansion, implementing novel initiatives, and managing digital technology, finance, general administration, and supply chain operations. His adept multitasking abilities and decisive leadership have enabled him to excel in these various roles, earning him recognition, including a coveted spot on Fortune Magazine's 40 Under 40 list.
Dr. Sindhura Narayana, also a gold medallist in MBBS, serves as the Director of Narayana Educational Institutions, where she has played a pivotal role in maintaining the quality of Narayana's products and facilitating their expansion from 3 states in 2011 to an impressive 23 states by 2023. Since assuming her role in 2011, Dr. Sindhura has been at the forefront of Narayana's mission to provide top-tier education nationwide, with a specific emphasis on empowering female students. Through her unwavering dedication, she has successfully empowered over 200,000 girls from 23 different states, helping them pursue their dreams and surmount societal barriers to progress.
Sharani Ponguru, Director of the Narayana Group, holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from New Castle University in the United Kingdom. Her strong business acumen has been instrumental in guiding The Narayana Group towards achieving excellence in academics in recent years. She has received esteemed accolades, including the TV5 Business Leader Award in 2017 for her contributions to the field of education, making her an inspiration in India's education sector. Additionally, on International Women's Day, Sharani Ponguru was honored by the Government of Andhra Pradesh for her outstanding work in the realm of education.