TARAhaat is India’s premiere social enterprise, dedicated to connecting the citizens of rural and small town India to information, products and services they need. The key to its success lies in customising these offerings to respond to the needs of the local people in their own language. It has successfully demonstrated applications of information technology that can help improve the lives of rural people, and is now replicating this success across India.
In recognition of its successes, TARAhaat has been awarded prestigious international awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award (called the Noble Prize of Information Technology) in 2001 and the Outstanding Social Enterprise Award in 2004.
TARAhaat has developed a strong portfolio of products and services. They are designed to meet the highest standards of quality and are customised to the needs of the customers. More products and services are constantly being added and each TARAhaat Centre is becoming a ‘one stop shop’ for everything its customers need.
The Management Team
Dr. Ashok Khosla has worked extensively
in the academic, government
and business sectors, including
assignments as Director of the
Office of Environment, Government
of India, and Director, Infoterra in the
United Nations Environment
Programme. He is President of the prestigious Club of
Rome and of the International Union for Conservation
of Nature (IUCN), the world's oldest and largest global
environmental network. Dr. Khosla has served on the
Boards of numerous global and Indian bodies,
including the National Security Advisory Board and
the Science Advisory Council to the Cabinet.
Ashok Khosla studied at the Universities of Cambridge
and Harvard. He was awarded the UN Environment
Prize in 2002 and selected Outstanding Social
Entrepreneur by the Klaus Schwab Foundation in
Dr Arun Kumar has extensive experience in
the areas of technology design, system
engineering, business development
and research. He has worked in
the areas of renewable energy
technology design and development,
systems engineering and business
development and general management.
Under his leadership, the first DESI Power Biomass
based Energy System was installed and commissioned
at TARAgram, Orchha in 1996. The unit meets the
entire electricity requirements of the Appropriate
Technology Centre of Development Alternatives. An
engineer by Profession, Dr Kumar did his Ph.D from
the University for Birmingham, England.
Ranjit Khosla has an experience
of more than twenty five years working
at the senior operational, business
development and financial positions
in the Insurance, Finance,
Hotels, Information and Natural
Resources sectors. He was Sr Vice
President at ITT in New York and President of Excelsior
Venture Management in New Jersey. He has a
Bachelor of Science (Economics) from London School
of Economics, UK.