Founded by Samreen Chhabra and Gursahiba Gill, Mukhtalif is the poetry
society of MCM students.
Samreen Chhabra has worked as a student journalist in the past and has
served as the Editor In-Chief and Advisor of Press at several MUN
conferences. Her poetry touches upon themes of diaspora, human dynamics,
contemporary politics etc. Equally passionate about theatre, she involves the
culmination of the two forms in Spoken Word Poetry.
Gursahiba Gill has served as the Editor In-Chief for the magazine ‘Just So
Rad’ and as a fashion, beauty and lifestyle columnist at Panjab University’s
online newspaper, PU Mirror. She has won numerous prizes in writing,
debate, elocution and academics.
Avleen is a Masters in English student who has served as the editor in chief for
PU’s online magazine PU Mirror and currently writes articles for national
dailies. She has collaborated with the Azaad Fankar Initiative, Pakistan to bring communities together
through love and poetry.
Author and Bureaucrat
A 1980 batch IAS Officer of the Haryana cadre, Ashok Lavasa was appointed as Civil Aviation Secretary in December 2013, served as secretary to the Ministry of Environment in 2014 and was appointed finance secretary in May 2016. His book “An Uncivil Servant” was published in 2006 and he has written several papers social, economic and environmental issues. Apart from this, he takes a keen interest in sports like cricket and tennis, adventure sports like river rafting and trekking, and is an avid photographer, having held several photo exhibitions in various Indian cities.
Mrs. Krishni Anand has been an educationist for over three decades and has
taught English for seven years in St. John’s High School, Chandigarh and
subsequently, for twenty-six years in Modern school, Vasant Vihar, Delhi. A
student of Stewart School, Bhubaneswar, she displayed her cultural talent
both in dance and theatre. She represented India as a member of a Youth
Goodwill Delegation to Japan sponsored by the Prime Minister’s Office of
Japan and coordinated by the Indian Ministry of Education and Culture. She has also been associated with several social service activities.
She was the President of the Karnal Chapter of the Bhartiya Mahila Sangh in
1983-84 which provides vocational training to rural women. She was also
President of the Hospital Section of the Karnal District Red Cross. She organised several blood donation camps during her tenure. She
was commended by the President of India Gyani Zail Singh for
services rendered to the Hospital Section of the District Red Cross.
Eniviromentalist and Educator
An educationist, a humanist, a pedagogist and an author, Nita Ganguly has always used her knowledge and skill to the maximum, learning and growing with her students. She firmly believes that people cannot be forced to adopt certain attitudes, unless they
embrace a sense of responsibility and accountability to protect the
Her first award was the “Sau Sudha Balchandra Bapat Award” in 1991. A “National winner for Best Teachers Award for excellence in Education” organised by Rustam Irani Foundation in 2004, she is currently freelancing and conducting Pedagogy, Climate Reality & Eco Designing workshops using innovative methodology of teaching to integrate all subjects & link it to the environment we live in.
Author and Journalist
Roopinder Singh is an Indian journalist and author. He is Associate Editor with
the English daily newspaper, The Tribune, published from Chandigarh, India.
His specialization is Sikh history and culture, information technology, and
education. He is the author of five major books in English, including a
critically acclaimed volume on the founder of Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev,
and a volume on Sikh heritage. At St Stephen’s College, Delhi, he read his
BA Philosophy (Honors) and MA Philosophy degrees. He was also secretary
of the college's Philosophical Society and the Punjabi Society. Roopinder
Singh was Assistant Editor, Indian Observer, New York. He joined The
Tribune at Chandigarh, India, in 1991. He launched the internet edition in
1998 and headed it till 2015. He has been in-charge of book reviews since
2002.He is in-charge of the Spectrum and Sunday Reading, Saturday Extra,
Real Estate & Jobs and Careers supplements.
Author and Founder: Young India Foundation
Sudhanshu Kaushik a graduate student at the University of Oxford. CEO and
Founder of Young India Foundation, he is working to lower the age of
candidacy in India to 25. Young India Foundation is India's first consulting
agency and youth advocacy group that specialises in India's young
demographic. It works with and advises private and public institutions to
better their policies towards the youth as well as advocate for youth rights
pan India. He has also founded ‘Equality Initiative’, a non-profit organization
focused on providing community based education to students in rural and
impoverished areas. He has chaired the conference, ‘India and Pakistan: A
Subcontinental Affair’. As an active leader for groups at NYU, he has
successfully initiated and led several events around New York City. He is the
author of ‘The Forgotten State: Haryana’s Dichotomy’ in the 21st Century due
to release in early 2018.
Author, Motivational Speaker and Founder: Vibrant Networking Forum
Vivek Atray is an Author, Motivational Speaker, Mentor and Independent Advisor. He retired voluntarily from the IAS at the age of 50. He areas of expertise include: Digital Governance, Investment Promotion, Education, P.R., Tourism and Sports Management. He has inspired thousands of youngsters to adopt a cheerful, positive and multi-dimensional approach to their lives. He is an acclaimed orator and has spoken at events of NASSCOM, CII, PHDCCI, TIE, MAIT, NCGG, LBSNAA, IIFT, ISB, Vibrant Forum and numerous Universities, Colleges, Schools and Corporate houses including INFOSYS, AXIS BANK & HINDUSTAN TIMES. He has spoken at two TEDx talks. He speaks regularly on Leadership, Life Skills, Pubic Speaking Skills, Emotional Intelligence, and Calmness. His novels "Move on Bunny!" & "Dubey ji Bounces Back" proved highly popular. His is currently writing a book on Life Skills for Young Indians. He writes a fortnightly column- Random Forays- for the Hindustan Times.