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Jaison Manjaly is Jasubhai Memorial Chair Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at IIT Gandhinagar. His research interests include curiosity, education, and exclusion. He is the Principal Investigator of the Curiosity Lab at IIT Gandhinagar, which aims to develop interventions to foster curiosity in the classroom.


Aditya Singh

Aditya Singh is a PhD student at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. He is interested in exploring the processes that underlie ‘autonomous’ information seeking. He is currently investigating why information gaps produce curiosity. He is also looking for ways to incorporate curiosity motivation in Indian classrooms.  He has a Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communications Engineering from National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra, and a Master’s in Cognitive Science from Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. 

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Sakina Ali

Sakina has a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Psychology from Banaras Hindu University and an M.A. in Applied Psychology from Jamia Millia Islamia University. For her Ph.D. work, she is interested in exploring the dynamics between curiosity and other mental processes, specifically memory.


CM Manasvi

The philosophy of 'curiouser & curiouser' from Alice in Wonderland is embedded in her approach to science, communication & beyond. As a science communicator, she has worked for Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and The Environment (ATREE) and Science Gallery Bengaluru. She has written human-angle science stories for The Wire Science, The Print, India Bioscience and Life of Science. 


Ihsan K

Ihsan is a Ph.D. student at the Centre for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, IIT Gandhinagar. He is interested in how curiosity affects learning in general. Currently, he explores the role of curiosity in enhancing procedural and declarative knowledge in adult second language acquisition. He is also interested in the computational frameworks of learning and curiosity and; natural language processing. 


Samarpita Mallick

Samarpita is an M.Sc. Cognitive Science student at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. She holds a BSc in Bio-Science with the subjects Physiology, Zoology and Chemistry. Her research interest is the effect of mindfulness on curiosity.


Aditi Ahuja

Aditi is a research intern at the Curiosity Lab. She is interested in understanding why and how people explore when they are curious. She would like to use this understanding to encourage children's exploration in classrooms through inquiry. She has a Bachelor's in Social Sciences from TISS Hyderabad and a Master's in Elementary Education from TISS Mumbai.


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Kushal Sacheti

Founder & President of Centre for Curiosity, New York

Kushal Sacheti is a mentor, business advisor, serial entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Kushal’s philanthropic initiatives include mentoring and advisory roles at several educational institutions and arts and social welfare organizations in India and the United States. He is the Founder and President of the Center for Curiosity (CfC) and sponsored the CfC@UPenn initiative on curiosity at the University of Pennsylvania.



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