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Gurumurthy Kasinathan


ACA, MCom. (Management), BCom. (Accountancy and Audit), GCD.

Gurumurthy Kasinathan

Gurumurthy Kasinathan (Guru) is Founder and Director of IT for Change, a NGO based in Bangalore India. He works on program, research and advocacy aspects in the domains of Education, Public Software and Internet Governance at IT for Change. He has led research to study ICT programs in schools, in Kerala and Karnataka states and the work of the Regional Resource Centre component of the University School Resource Network (USRN) of Delhi University. He leads ITfC programs in schools, using ICTs to pilot new models of teacher education, including Teachers Communities of Practice (CoP) and Open Educational Resources (OER)'. These programmes are designed and implemented at school, block as well as state levels in Karnataka. He has worked on the role of proactive disclosure on the Internet in the context of the Right to Information in India. He leads programs on the adoption and promotion of public software ( in the Indian public sector. He is a member of committees in the area of teacher education at national and state (Karnataka) levels, and also a member of networks of educationists and of FOSS communities in India.

Gurumurthy is visiting faculty at the Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Hyderabad (www.TISS.Edu), where he teaches “Education Leadership and Management” (ELM) in their post graduate program in Elementary Education. He is founder and secretary of the "Centre for Leadership and Management in Public Services" (, a NGO formed to work on issues of individual and institutional capacity building in government and non governmental organizations. He is also on the governing board of Hengasaru Hakkina Sangha (, a NGO working on legal rights for women.

He was earlier a consultant at the "Azim Premji Foundation" (, a NGO working in elementary education in India and a member of the "Policy Planning Unit" (, a collaboration of the Azim Premji Foundation, with the education department of Goverment of Karnataka where he worked on areas of education policy, technology and leadership.

Gurumurthy was earlier with the Management Consulting and IT business sectors for over 15 years. He worked with i-flex solutions (now Oracle Financial Services) a company selling banking products and services, where he was involved with their marketing, delivery, implementation, customer support and customer relationship management, software processes maturity activities. Prior that he was at A.F.Ferguson & Co. management consultancy services working on consulting assignments relating to the design and implementation of systems in a variety of industries and areas.

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