Our Team

Manish Jain

Manish Jain spends most of his time investigating the science behind simple toys, and is passionate about sharing his insights and excitement with people. He is Associate Teaching Professor at Center for Creative Learning (CCL), a lab in IIT Gandhinagar, whose goal is to create and foster makers who can take innovation to the next level. Towards this goal, CCL designs and offers deep and joyful learning experiences built around STEM toys and hands-on activities. The ultimate goal is to bring back the gleam in the eyes of students and teachers. Before founding CCL, Manish worked at IUCAA’s Science Centre in Pune, with Padma Shri Arvind Gupta. In his previous avatar, he spent 19 years in the area of chip design at Synopsys (Bangalore & Mountain View), serving as a Director of R&D and Scientist leading Low Power Simulation efforts, where he has 5 US patents. Manish has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur (1993) and has also finished a few courses at Stanford University.


Gaurav Kumar Yadav


Gaurav Kumar Yadav completed his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay in 2015. After working for over a year in Reliance, he realized it was not something he wanted to do for his entire life. Since then, he has been developing engaging content in the form of activities and stories and conducting workshops with professors, teachers, and students. He has a dream to make engineering, science and math education interesting and relevant to modern times.  He has been working at CCL since its inception towards realizing this dream.


Jay Thakkar


Jay Thakkar completed his Post-graduation from IIT Kharagpur in 2015 and after that spent more than 2 years in industrial research work at the same place. After realizing his interest in creative educational methodology, he resigned from the Ph.D. program and joined CCL from April, 2019. Apart from being social and playing football, he loves working on visualization of mathematical concepts, trying cool science experiments and working on digital art.




Ashutosh did BTech from Pantnagar University, Uttarakhand, and Masters from TISS Mumbai. Before joining CCL in 2020,  he worked as Content Developer in the central team of Pratham Education Foundation for 4.5 years. He has also independently conducted several workshops for children on basic aeromodelling. He loves to explore interesting science and maths activities for school children.


Dr. Sarita Yadav


Dr. Sarita Yadav completed her undergraduate degree in Dental Surgery. She has worked directly with children and teachers and also created videos which explore the science and math of things around us. The series 2020 Lamps became really popular and people from across the country made mathematical lamps from Dussehra to Diwali and shared 75,000 photos and videos with us.