Odisha, INDIA

About Ms. Vaishali Sharma

"As per the needs of the society and the industry, it is high time that our institutes start focusing on skills to make our students future-ready."

Vaishali Sharma

Director of Alternative Education

Vaishali Sharma is an Indian engineer, innovator and revolutionary educationist. She is the co-founder of Young Tinker Academy and Navonmesh Prasar Foundation, which was founded in 2015 to educate the less-privileged students of rural India through an interdisciplinary curriculum. She is also known for designing innovative labs, teaching tools, and indigenous projects which solve real-life problems. Her team at Navonmesh Prasar Foundation has impacted the lives of 1,50,000+ students across India. Vaishali is a dynamic global technology leader with an outstanding track record in driving top and bottom-line content development as well as in transforming education with book-less education System (not content-less). She’s shortlisted among the top 130 women entrepreneurs for Women Transforming India Award by NITI Aayog, Government of India.

She has over 5 years of experience across multiple and global functions including Operations Management, Alternative Education Consulting and Content development across multiple service-lines and education sectors. Vaishali has significant experience in the tech industry and has set up, led and developed social entrepreneurs for several global technologies and consulting organizations.

She’s a strong leader in driving strategic and complex transformation and education revolution across Digital, application and infrastructure. Having a blend of strong strategic expertise combined with the ability to transform operations and cultures, she has successfully created Non-profit initiatives, wherever she’s been accountable.


As the Director of Alternative Education, She have started ‘Tab-Based Learning’ method in our school. She created online S.T.E.M. content in our vernacular language which is Odia for grade 1 to 10. Hence this process of teaching has made IPSFRI (School for Rural Innovation) be a ‘Bookless Education System’ as our students are not just confined to the books. The tab-based learning method helps the student to understand their concepts even better as the platform also offers a hands-on experiment.

In 2021, She created India’s 1st U-19 team which secured World Rank 3 in NASA’s Rover Challenge 2021. This student team comprises students from all spheres of life such as an 18 -year old boy who was earlier a cycle mechanic, and a 19-year old girl who worked in a welding shop to name a few. This Indian team made everyone realise the potential of the students at the grassroots. She also received prestigious awards like 3M-CII YICA Special Impact prize; Award of Excellence by STPI, Govt of India; Listed in top 130 women transforming India by Govt of India and many more. She believes the women’s talents whom we nurture are the true achievements of her work.