Social Activist and Magsaysay Award Recipient Sandeep Pandey to Speak at MIT on July 19

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Sandeep Pandey

CAMBRIDGE, MA— Asha-Co-Founder Sandeep Pandey, a 2002 Magsaysay Award recipient for emergent leadership, will speak on “Challenges in Implementing Right to Education” on Wednesday, July 19, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The event is scheduled to start at 6:30 pm.

Pandey is a prominent activist in the fields of education, grassroots democracy, caste-based discrimination, and anti-corruption in India.

He will talk about his recent activism and challenges faced in the implementation of the Right to Education Act in Uttar Pradesh.

Sandeep Pandey

The talk will be held at MIT Building 4, Room 237, located at 77 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, MA. It is organized by Boston and MIT chapters of Asha.

Asha for Education is a fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit with 50+ chapters around the world whose mission is to catalyze socio-economic change in India through the education of underprivileged children.

Pandey is currently a visiting faculty at Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. He co-founded Asha for Education with Dr. Deepak Gupta (presently Professor at IIT Kanpur) and V.J.P Srivastava while working on his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, according to Wikipedia.

He is an alumnus of the Institute of Technology at Banaras Hindu University (now Indian Institute of Technology.) Thereafter he did his Master’s in manufacturing and computer science from Syracuse University, followed by a doctorate in control theory at the University of California, Berkeley, which he completed in 1992, according to Wikipedia.

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