Meet the Team

Purnam team consists of a small and stable core team supporting various projects teams largely composed of volunteers from across India. 

Core Team

Divyanshi Chugh was studying Social Policy at University of Oxford, when she decided to come to Pondicherry. Through an year of intense inner churning at Oxford, Divyanshi decided to forgo the prospect of pursuing further studies from Cambridge and instead came to India to dive into Indian spiritual wisdom. She studied Integral Yoga Psychology from the works of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo from Indian Psychology Institute. The course in Pondicherry was a deeply transformative journey for her. However, after the course, she felt like she was sitting on a goldmine but did not know how to apply it in the world. In 2016, searching for how one can apply integral knowledge in life, in a way that transforms oneself as well as the collective, she came to Auroville.  Today, she is seeking to apply her learnings in Auroville, through building and facilitating higher educational learning programmes & projects, founded in integral yoga psychology.

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Manoj Pavithran grew up in Kerala and graduated as a production engineer in 1988. However, a deeper quest led him to Sri Aurobindo and he started following the path of Integral Yoga in 1989. He did post- graduate studies in Product Design from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, in 1993. After a short period of working as a professional design consultant, he quit the profession and joined Auroville in 1995 to explore Integral Yoga and collective evolution. In Auroville, he is actively involved in higher education, software development and film making (www.sopanam.org).

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Surya Ravishankaran, an Alumni of all Purnam courses, is a Lead Facilitator and Head Designer at Purnam. Three years ago, Surya quit his job in the corporate world in pursuit of his inner calling, came to Auroville to participate in Purnam's Swadharma course, and ended up joining Purnam. At Purnam, he has grown exponentially in capacity and within through facilitating groups. He thoroughly enjoys learning through action and holding spaces for the community with love. He is actively involved in video editing, graphic design and content writing. Surya also has a deep love for music and plays the guitar and sings as well.

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Palak Dubey is a Lead Facilitator and Operations Manager at Purnam. She is an Electronics and Communication Engineer, currently working with a US-based consulting firm as a Business Associate Consultant. She aspires to live the groundbreaking vision of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo in day to day life. She participated in Purnam's course Svadhyaya two years ago, therefrom she has been an active part of transformational community-building.

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​IT Support

Shankar Dhanasekaran is an accidental programmer who is in a perpetual “beta” mode learning new things daily both in his professional and in personal life. He has written a few books on Elixir language and Phoenix framework and has presented trainings and talks in several international tech conferences. At Purnam, he provides support in the design and development of web platform. While not coding, he likes to read books that explores the inner dimensions of life be it a poem, a novel or a sacred text.

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Over 50 Selfless Volunteers

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The backbone of Purnam Centre for Integrality is the 50+ volunteers from all across India who are selflessly giving themselves to the work in the spirit of service. Our volunteer community is vibrant and active with everyone growing joyously through Karmayoga. Our endless gratitude to all these beautiful souls.