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Bala Mandir Kamaraj Trust

People & Processes
Bala Mandir has a well-defined management process which has evolved over the years and enables the organization to seamlessly operate over the long term.
Who runs Bala Mandir and how?
Bala Mandir is a registered society under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975. Elected from and by the General Body of volunteer members, an “Executive Committee” (EC) of 21 committed members volunteer their time and expertise for the specific responsibilities they undertake within Bala Mandir. A few among them hold office to oversee the efficient and smooth functioning of its various service activities. Headed by the President, Honorary General Secretary and Treasurer, the EC meets quarterly to review the progress in each area and plan for corrective actions where necessary.
Bala Mandir’s activities are divided into “units” which work independently in specific areas. They are supported by a common group of support services including Accounts, HR, IT, Donations and Sponsorship, Administration etc. which enable the unit to concentrate on the core activities. Each unit’s operations come under the charge of member(s) who guide and support the operating teams, who are mostly paid employees.

The focus of activities of each unit are different and members in-charge, along with the help of a sub-committee, focus attention on the effective execution of the plans. The members of the sub-committee include along with other EC members,
  • professionals who advise on the specific field of child care development,
  • employees who head the unit and implement the activities and
  • social workers who bring in the child and community perspective.

The various subcommittees are as follows

  • Children’s Home - Child Care + Rehabilitation including adoption – Chennai
  • Children’s Home - Nagercoil
  • Education
  • MNC – Children with Special Needs
  • BMRF – Outreach activities related to Early Childhood and Parenting practices
The sub-committee makes a detailed quarterly review of the various activities, advises the unit on day-to-day implementation challenges, helps define plans for corrective measures and suggests ways and means of enhancing and sustaining quality. These reports are presented to the EC ensuring co-ordinated working across the organisation.

As Bala Mandir moves forward taking on new initiatives to enhance its services, more sub-committees will be formed to enable focus and delegation to ensure qualitative inputs into its functioning.

Paid employees at different levels are the backbone of the organisation. They handle the day to day working and help achieve the clearly defined goals in each area, through a well-planned routine / calendar established over the years. They are encouraged to excel and perform efficiently while remaining committed to the code of conduct, ethics and value systems of Bala Mandir.
Social workers and childcare professionals have been appointed to ensure that the perspective of the children is not diluted in any way. Their work focuses on specific age groups of children and they provide an independent perspective to the working of the units and the issues faced by the children.

At an overall advisory level there is a Board of Trustees – persons with experience and eminence who safeguard the assets of the organisation, play the role of friends, philosophers and guides to management team of Bala Mandir, and ensure that the initiatives for the future are well directed and pursued with rigour.

List Of Trustees
  1   Mr. N. Kumar   President
  2   Mrs. Maya Gaitonde   Hon. General Secretary / Trustee
  3   Mr.P.Natarajan   Hon. Treasurer / Trustee
  4   Mr.Manoj Kumar Sonthalia   Trustee
  5   Ms. Girija Vaidyanathan   Trustee
  6   Mr. Ramesh Mangaleswaran   Trustee
  7   Ms. Prabha Sridevan   Trustee
List of Bala Mandir Executive Committee Members
  S.No.   Name   Designation/ Role
  1   Mr. N. Kumar   President
  2   Ms. Maya Gaitonde   Hon. General Secretary
  3   Mr.P.Natarajan   Hon. Treasurer
  4   Ms. Leela Natarajan   Hon Joint Secretary / Children’s programme
  5   Mr. S. Krishnan   Hon. Joint Secretary / MNC
  6   Mr. M. Venkataraman   Hon Joint Treasurer / Education Unit
  7   Ms. Swathanthra Sakthivel   Member / Education Unit
  8   Mr.N.Siva Subramanian   Member / Finance
  9   Ms. Kalpagam Narayanan   Member / Children’s Programme
  10   Dr. P.J.N. Reddy   Member / Medical
  11   Mr. G. Anbumani   Member / Legal Matters
  12   Ms. Rukmini Amirapu    Member / BMRF
  13   Mr.N.Ramesh   Member / Education Unit
  14   Ms. Dhvani Anumolu   Member / BMRF
  15   Ms. Lakshmi Nair   Member / Nagercoil unit
  16   Ms. Hema Sridharan   Member / Children’s Programme
  17   Ms. Preethi Krishnan   Member / Education unit
  18   Mr. Ravichandran L   Member / Kinship Care
  19   Ms.Latha Kumaraswami    Member
  20   Mr. Ashok Aiyar   Member
  21   Andal Raghavan   Member
Sub Committees

Children’s Programme - Chennai

  1   Ms Leela Natarajan – MIC
  2   Mr P Natarajan – MIC, Boys Section
  3   Dr P J N Reddy – MIC, Medical
  4   Ms Hema Sridharan
  5   Dr Suchitra
  6   Ms Chitra K – Director

Children’s Home – Nagercoil

  1   Ms Lakshmi Nair – MIC
  2   Mr Dinesh Krishnan
  3   Ms Uma Kannan
  4   Dr Krishna
  5   Dr Gopal Surendran
  6   Mr Kulathooran Pillai
  7   Ms Prema Rajagopal
  8   Ms Vijayakumari

Education Unit

  1   Mr P Natarajan – MIC
  2   Mr M Venkatraman – MIC - Vidyalaya
  3   Ms Preethi Krishnan – MIC - Vidyalaya
  4   Mr N Ramesh – MIC - SMHS
  5   Mr Bharath Natarajan – MIC - SMHS
  6   Mr D Chandrasekhar
  7   Ms Swathanthra Sakthivel
  8   Mr K Srinivasamurthi
 9   Ms Radha Vasudevan
 10   Ms Meena Suresh
  11   Ms Sujatha Sethuraman
  12   Mr Narendar Kesav
  13   Ms Ranjani – Director

MNC Unit

  1   Ms Andal Raghavan - MIC
  2   Mr S Krishnan – MIC
  3   Ms Jaya Krishnaswamy
  4   Mr P Natarajan
  5   Ms Vimala Kannan
  6   Mr Satish Parasaran
  7   Dr Vijay Raghavan
  8   Dr Janaki Balakrishnan
  9   Dr Aruna Rathnam
  10   Dr Vasanthi - Director


  1   Ms Rukmini Amirapu – MIC
  2   Ms Dhvani Anumolu – MIC
  3   Mr P Natarajan
  4   Ms Lakshmi Gopal
  5   Ms Jaya Krishnaswamy
  6   Dr Aruna Balachandra
  7   Dr Aruna Rathnam
  8   Ms Mallika Ganapathy
  9   Ms Preethi Krishnan
  10   Ms Janaki Balakrishnan
  11   Dr Bindu - Director

Kinship Care

  1   Mr L Ravichandran - MIC
  2   Mr P Natarajan
  3   Mr G V Kumar
  4   Mr M Venkataraman
  5   Mr K G Murali
  6   Ms Sujatha
  7   Ms Chitra Krishnan
  8   Ms Akila Satheesh - Director


Honorary General Secretary, Ms. Maya Gaitonde Ex-officio member of all sub-committees.