• Bhaichung Bhutia is on board as Chairman SSPF National Football Council.
  • Hanuman Singh is on board of SSPF as a chairperson of school basketball Council.
  • Om Prakash is on board of SSPF as a chairperson of school volleyball Council.

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Om Pathak
Founder & Chairman, SSPF

A post-graduate in economics from Punjab University, Chandigarh, he has been a member of Indian Administrative Services (IAS). He served in the State of Uttar Pradesh after spending six years in the Indian Army during which he saw action in East Pakistan, now known as Bangladesh. During his tenure with the IAS, Mr. Pathak chaired various ventures. Passionate about education, he has promoted new ventures, schools thus addressing schooling and employment and livelihood related issues bringing about paradigm shift in these areas. He is the Founder and Chairman of the DPSG Society.

He conceived the School Sports Promotion Foundation, which conducted National Talent Search and Nurture tournaments in cricket and football in 2015-16, involving 1200 schools and more than 23000 boys across 21 States. He has now set up the SSPF Trust, which will run the NTSN from 2016-17 onwards in more disciplines.

Hira Ballabh, IRAS
ED (Finance & Operations) Sports Authority of India

He has been associated with a number of innovative initiatives to broadbase sports. He was member of the Organising Committee South Asian Games 2016. He has extensive exposure of sports infrastructure and organising events in India and abroad. He worked as Sports Officer of Indian Railways and was actively associated with the sports promotion while working as Director with New Delhi Municipal Council. He has been associated with the newly-established Sports Academies since inception and is heading all the 13 Academies in different sports disciplines.

He holds M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University and MBA (Finance). He obtained his initial education from Nainital. He has held various assignments in SAI including Secretary, SAI and ED (Stadia & Teams). He has obtained training on management and other subjects at various institutions in India and abroad. He has been decorated with various awards for excellence in service including the Presidential Medal.

Bhaskar Chatterjee
Former CEO & Director General
Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs

Widely acclaimed as the father of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India, Dr Chatterjee was instrumental in framing the CSR guidelines for Public Sector Enterprises in April 2010. Thereafter, he played a major role in the inclusion of Section 135 in the Companies Act of 2013 and in the framing of the rules thereafter.

An acclaimed management practitioner, theorist and teacher, he has been writing on issues of social and sustainable development, corporate responsibility and human resources. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1975 and held many distinguished positions, including Principal Adviser in the Planning Commission and Director-General of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs.

Bhaichung Bhutia
Former Indian football captain

One of India’s biggest sporting heroes, Bhaichung is reckoned as the greatest Indian footballer of his generation and one of the few known internationally. Having made his India debut in his teens, he became as the youngest to score a goal for India at 18 years of age.

His achievements and contribution to Indian football are unparalleled. An idol for thousands of youngsters, India’s most capped footballer led the team to seven international titles and was the first Indian to play professionally in England. He scored 40 goals for India in 104 appearances beteween 1995 and 2011. He was given the Arjuna Award and the Padma Shri.

Chetan Sharma
Former International Cricketer

The former India fast bowler has headed the School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF) National Cricket Council since inception. He was one of the country’s youngest Test cricketers and became only the third Indian to claim a wicket in his opening over. He was an able partner of the legendary Kapil Dev, playing a hand in many memorable victories at home and overseas.

He continues his association with cricket, spending time both as commentator and analyst and earning the respect of all concerned. As a product of the school system all those year ago, his belief in school sport is immense and has been of great value to SSPF’s National Talent Search and Nurture movement.

Gagan Narang
Olympic Shooting Bronze Medallist

For more than a decade, he has been one of India’s prized shooters alongside 2008 Olympic Gold medallist Abhinav Bindra. His maiden tryst with India colours came at the Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad in 2003.

He won three gold and as any bronze medals in ISSF World shooting events, including a bronze in the 2010 World Championship, two silver medals and three bronze medals in Asian Games, eight gold, a silver and a bronze in Commonwealth Games but the crowning glory is the 10m air rifle brone he won in the London Olympic Games in 2012 besides twice shooting world record scores of 600/600 in 10m air rifle in Bangkok (2008) and Delhi (2010). He has been given the Arjuna Award in 2005, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2010 and the Padma Shri the following year. Besides being an active shooter, he strives to promote shooting sport at the grass-roots level.

Hanuman Singh
Former India Basketball Captain

He is acknowledged as the finest ball-handler Indian basketball has seen. Securing his education in the Military School in Ajmer, he started his career in Rajasthan but went on to play a big role in many of Railways’ National Championship victories.

He was renowned for his partnership with Ajmer Singh who scored 149 points in India’s only basketball campaign in the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980. After his playing days, he moved to the Steel Authority of India Ltd where he ran the National Handball Academy in Bhilai for many years. His genial personality makes him everyone’s delight. He was given the country’s highest sports honour, the Arjuna Award, in 1975.

Om Parkash
Former India Volleyball Captain

Having risen from Kohar village in Haryana’s Bhiwani district to represent Indian Universities in the Universiade, he went on to wear the India colours for close to a decade from 1981. He was part of the Indian team which won the SAF Games gold in Kolkata in 1987 and retired after leading the national team in Tests against the then USSR.

Back in 2003, he became the first of the two volleyball stars who have been given the Dhyan Chand Award, India’s highest honour for lifetime achievement in sports. He has been coach of the Haryana State team in the National Championship, Karnataka Bulls in the Indian Volley League and the National coach as well.

Jyoti Gupta
Delhi Public School Ghaziabad

An accomplished educationist with a career spanning 24 years, the Delhi Public School Ghaziabad Principal brims with creativity and zeal. Joining Delhi Public School Ghaziabad in July 2011, she propelled the school to greater heights and into unchartered territories. She believes that globalisation demands an expansion of one’s boundaries to assimilate the best that the world offers.