Leadership and Advisory

Manyata is led by a team of reputed maternal health specialists & doctors from the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI)They play a crucial role in steering Manyata’s vision for providing quality maternity care to all women in India.

Dr. Alpesh Gandhi
President, FOGSI 2020
Dr. Jaydeep Tank
Secretary-General, FOGSI
Dr. Madhuri Patel
Deputy Secretary General, FOGSI
Dr. Suvarna Khadilkar
Treasurer, FOGSI

Dr. Alpesh Gandhi, President FOGSI

Dr. Alpesh M Gandhi is the President of Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) which is a professional organization representing practitioners of obstetrics and gynaecology in India. He holds over 25 years of experience in high-quality treatments in obstetrics and gynaecology in India. He has worked with the Government of India in preparing and establishing operational guidelines for Obstetrics in High Dependency Unit (HDU)/ Intensive Care Unit (ICU) across India. Has been conferred the Fellowship (Honoris Causa) by the RCOG (Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists) of the UK. Has served as the Vice-President of FOGSI in 2013. He has presented key note addresses at various national and international OBGYN events and forums. His book ‘Principles of Critical Care in Obstetrics’ which was published internationally is available three languages across the globe. He has acted as Organizing Secretary of various regional and national FOGSI events.

Dr. Jaydeep Tank, Secretary-General, Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI)

Dr Jaydeep Tank has 20 years of experience as an IVF specialist, currently consulting at Ashwini Maternity and Surgical Hospital and Jupiter Hospital Fertility. He has also worked as a visiting Consultant for IVF Akola, Jabalpur, Jalandhar, Vasai, Yavatmal, Chandpur, Nagpur and Lucknow. At present, he is the Program Director and board member at ProFert IVF. He is also a Co-Founder and Partner at Esperanza Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. Currently, he holds several important positions within India as well as in Asia. He is the Vice President of Mumbai Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society (MOGS), Chair at International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (FIGO), and Deputy Secretary of Asia Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AOFOG). He has also been the chairman for 5 years in the MTP committee (FOGSI) and the Vice President at Forum for Enhancement of Quality in Healthcare (FEQH).

Dr. Madhuri Patel, Deputy Secretary General

 Dr. Madhuri Patel is an Obstetrician/ Gynaecologist in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Dr. Madhuri is affiliated with Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital, Mumbai. She specializes in diagnosis and treatment of women’s health problems.

Dr. Suvarna Khadilkar, Treasurer

Dr. Suvarna Khadilkar is working as Consultant Gyne-Endocrinologist, Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences and Medical Research Center, Mumbai. She has worked as the Professor and Head of Department in Ob–Gyn, Government Medical College, Kolhapur, Maharashtra. She has been an undergraduate and postgraduate teacher and examiner Mumbai University and Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. Pursuing her interest in endocrinology, she acquired Diploma in Endocrinology from prestigious University of South Wales, UK, and has been appointed as recognized teacher in endocrinology in University of South Wales. She has held many prestigious positions like Chairperson of Reproductive Endocrinology Committee of FOGSI 2011–2013, President, Association of Medical Women in India, Mumbai, Vice President and President elect (2017) Indian menopause society. She is an active executive member of Mumbai Ob–Gyn Society. She has published more than 50 articles at national and international levels. She has five text books to her credit. She is recipient of more than 25 awards for her research work including Young Scientist Award.
Dr. Parikshit Tank
Joint Treasurer, FOGSI
Dr. Hema Divakar
Manyata National Convener, FOGSI-NPMU
Dr. Hrishikesh D. Pai
Chief Administrator,
Dr. Sanjay Gupte
LaQshya-Manyata Technical Advisor,

Dr. Parikshit Tank, Joint Treasurer

Dr Tank received his basic training from Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital and KEM Hospital, Mumbai – externship at Northwestern University Chicago, USA – Specialist Registrar & Overseas Fellow, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK – Subspecialty experience in reproductive medicine (AZVUB, Brussels, Belgium), Endoscopy and Ultrasound, (KK Women’s Hospital, Singapore and Polyclinique Hotel Dieu, Clermont Ferrand, France). He worked as a consultant for Assisted Reproduction at Jupiter Hospital, Thane Private Practice and Honorary Clinical Associate at Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital. He served as the Joint Secretary of FOGSI in 2018. He has authored an international textbook and publishes over 50 articles and chapters in Journals and textbooks.

Dr. Hema Divakar, Manyata National Convener

Dr. Hema Divakar is a leading medical professional with a vision to improve the healthcare services ecosystem for the welfare of women. An accomplished specialist in the field of Obgyn care, she runs the Divakar’s speciality hospital in Bangalore. Over the last three decades, she has been a game changer in healthcare, establishing new benchmarks and standards for women’s healthcare. Dr. Hema has keen interest in High Risk Pregnancy care and has established specialty clinics for recurrent pregnancy loss, fetal medicine and diabetic obstetrics. She is the FOGSI ambassador for FIGO, an international organization of Obgyns and a member of Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for Ministry of Health and family Welfare, Government of India. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Sri Lankan Perinatology Society and a Technical Advisor for the Institute of Public Health and Indian Institute of Management. She recently has been honoured with the Global Asian of The Year 2018-19.

Dr. Hrishikesh D. Pai, Chief Administrator, FOGSI-NPMU

Dr. Pai has been in the field of IVF for 26 years. He is the scientific director of Two IVF units in Mumbai- ‘The Babies & Us’ Fertility, IVF & ICSI Centre at Opera House & ‘The Advanced Fertility Centre’ At the Lilavati Hospital, Bandra. He has also been instrumental in establishing the first Assisted Laser Hatching Unit in India. The unit has delivered one of the first few laser hatched twins in India in the year 1999. He has helped to start many IVF units all over India – Guwahati, Jullandar, Raipur, Kakinada, Nagarcoil, Amritsar, Vijaywada, Allahabad, and Kanpur to name a few.

Dr. Sanjay Gupte, LaQshya-Manyata Champion

Dr. Sanjay Gupte has been in clinical practice for last 30 years and has been identified as a senior icon and the penultimate idol by practitioners in the profession. An excellent clinician, he is known for his compassion and has always lived by the principle ‘Patients First’. He has dedicated his life to patient care, evolution of quality standards and ethical practice. Being dogmatic about standards of clinical practice within the framework of ethics, he acquired a degree in legal science and is now a renowned national consultant in medico-legal issues in medical practice. He has been offering medico-legal consultations pro-bono 24X7 for the past 10 years. He is a well-known national and international academician with many publications to his credit. His maternity care facility in Pune, Gupte Hospital, runs an ISO-accredited single-specialty model healthcare delivery system.

Dr. Ameya Purandare
Deputy Administrator,
Dr. Nandita Palshetkar
AMOGS President & LaQshya-Manyata Champion, Maharashtra
Dr. Rishma Dhillon Pai
MOGS President & LaQshya-Manyata Champion, Maharashtra
Dr. Sucheta Kinjawadekar
LaQshya-Manyata Champion, Maharashtra

Dr. Ameya Purandare, Deputy Administrator, FOGSI-NPMU

Dr. Purandare has two decades of clinical experience in the field of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Family Planning. He was awarded the Dr. R.D. Pandit Memorial Prize by FOGSI for the thesis on “Cervical Cerclage: Its Role in Cervical Incompetence”. He trained in Gasless Laparoscopy and Laparoscopic Adhesiolysis under the Fellowship in Gynaecological Endoscopy at International School of Gasless Endoscopy/Endogyn Foundation, Germany in 2005. He has been training undergraduate and postgraduate medical students in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Family Planning for the last 15 years. Dr. Purandare was honoured with Dr. Ganatra Charitable Medical Centre Award in 2017 by MOGS for his contribution towards improving women’s health. Dr. Purandare has held several prestigious positions such as the Honorary Secretary of Association of Maharashtra Obst. & Gyn. Societies (AMOGS) 2014-2016 and Chairperson, Food Drugs Medical and Surgical Equipment Committee, FOGSI 2015-2017.

Dr. Nandita Palshetkar, Imm. Past President, Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI)

Dr. Nandita Palshetkar is one of the pioneers in infertility and Assistive Reproductive Technologies in India and has been instrumental in helping over 25,000 aspiring parents to have a baby of their own. Her clinic, Bloom IVF is the largest single-owned, standalone IVF group in the country running 7 full-fledged IVF units in Mumbai, New Delhi and Chandigarh. The Group is rated as one of the best IVF clinics in India and the best IVF/ICSI clinic in Mumbai and was awarded the best IVF Company by Frost and Sullivan in 2013 during their annual awards. It has maintained a sustained success rate of over 35-45% per started cycle in women 35 years of age. She has the record of being the first to establish assisted laser hatching in India. She has been a pioneer in establishing the spindle view technology in India so as to prevent damage to the genes during test-tube baby procedures, establishing the first egg and ovarian tissue bank in India and establishing IMSI- a new technology for improving results in Male Infertility, for the first time in India.

Dr. Rishma Dhillon Pai, Past President

Dr. Rishma Dhillon Pai is the Director of the Pai’s Family Welfare Hospital, which is one of the oldest and busy Family Planning Centre of India. Has done pioneering work in the use of non-surgical MRI guided focused ultrasound for the management of fibroids. She has delivered 42 Orations and has been invited speaker at 375 national and international conferences and has written chapters in 60 books and published 40 articles in leading journals and other publications. Dr. Rishma Pai has launched the YES- Youth Education and Service program, which has offered health checkup and awareness to over 25000 school children and sensitized 6000 teachers. She is Adjunct visiting professor at Kasturba Medial College Manipal and has also initiated the NARI Swastya camp, which conducted health checkup in more than 100 cities in India and have conducted health checkups in more than 25000 women.

Dr. Sucheta Kinjawadekar, LaQshya-Manyata Champion

Dr Kinjawadekar completed her MMBS from Government Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur and further got her MD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from Government Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur. She has 26 years of experience in the field and practices at Kamlesh Mother and Child Hospital in Nerul, Navi Mumbai. She is currently a secretary at the NMOGS Society.

Dr. Jaideep Malhotra
Manyata Champion,
Uttar Pradesh
Dr. Narendra Malhotra
Manyata Champion,
Uttar Pradesh
Dr. Priti Kumar
Manyata Champion,
Uttar Pradesh
Dr. Chandrawati
Manyata Champion,
Uttar Pradesh

Dr. Jaideep Malhotra, Past President – Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI)

Dr. Jaideep Malhotra is the current President of ISAR society and former President of FOGSI. She practices at Global Rainbow Healthcare in Sikandra, Agra. She completed her MBBS from AMU Institute of Ophthalmology, Aligarh in 1983 and MD – Obstetrics & Gynaecology from AMU Institute of Ophthalmology, Aligarh in 1986. She has won many awards such as F.I.G.O. Canada Sept. 1994, F.O.G.S.I. Imaging Science Award 1994, Best Fellowship Award (NARCHI) 1994, Best Poster Prize at FOGSI Congress 1995 Kanpur, Award of Appreciation 1996 FOGSI Imaging Science Committee, and she was Honored by Prime minister of Nepal for First 100 IVF babies of NEPAL (Om Saman). She is a member of Medical Council of India (MCI), Indian Medical Association (IMA), Vice President Indian Menopause Society & South Asia Menopause Society, Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) and Asia Pacific Initiative for Reproductive Endocrinology (ASPIRE).


Dr. Narendra Malhotra, Past President – Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI)

Dr. Narendra Malhotra completed his MBBS and MD (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) from AMU, Aligarh. He was motivated to move ahead in this field because of his passion for work and care for patients. In 1987 he started doing laparoscopy at Malhotra Nursing and Maternity Home and in 1990 an IUI clinic was set up. The Malhotra Test Tube Baby Centre came into existence in 1997. Since the scope for further expansion at the location was limited therefore they built a whole new multi-specialty set up and Rainbow Hospital started operation in 2013. With more than 20 years of experience in the field of infertility, at Rainbow IVF their patients are al- ways their first priority. At the end of a hectic day he relaxes by reading, which he loves. He also enjoys writing medical books, listening to music, playing sports, doing yoga and meditation.

Dr. Priti Kumar, Manyata Champion

Dr Priti completed her MD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from KGMC, Lucknow. She has more than 2 decades of experience in the field and practices at Sunflower Medical Centre, Lucknow. She has been actively involved with FOGSI and has acted as Organizing Secretary for various conferences. She is one of the oldest Manyata member. She is currently a secretary at the Lucknow Obs. And Gyn. Society.

Dr. Chandrawati , Manyata Champion

Dr. Chandrawati is an eminent Obstetrician and Gynaecologist based in Lucknow. She is also a Prof. Emeritus at the Department of Obs. & Gynae. K.G. Medical College, proprietor of Krishna Nursing and Paramedical Institute and a Director at Krishna Medical Centre, Lucknow. She has held coveted positions as in the past as the President of Lucknow Obs. & Gynae. Society, President of U.P. Chapter Drabs & Gynae and Vice-President of FOGSI (2001-2002). She also runs a NGO – WHEE (women health improvement & education) and is the Chairman of Indian College of Maternity & Child Health (ICMCH)(NARCHI)Her special areas of interest include RCH, Family Planning, Adolescent and Menopausal health. Dr. Chandrawati has chaired several scientific sessions in various national & international conferences and her hospital also serves as the Manyata Centre for Skill Enhancement (CSE). She has several publications in many national and international conferences.



Dr. Sadhana Gupta
Manyata Champion,
Uttar Pradesh
Dr. Lila Vyas
Manyata Champion,
Dr. Nivedita Datta
Manyata Champion,
Dr. Ragini Singh
Manyata Champion,

Dr. Sadhana Gupta, Manyata Champion

A well-known and well-respected Obstetrician & Gynaecologost from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, Dr. Sadhana Gupta is a Senior Consultant (Obstetrician & Gynaecology) at Jeevan Jyoti Hospital & Medical Research Centre. She is also a Hon Consultant at LN Mishra NER Railway Hospital, Gorakhpur.

Dr. Gupta has achieved some remarkable feats during her academic years by bagging Gold Medals for Best Student of MBBS, Best Female Student of MBBS and Best Postgraduate Student. She carried forward this award winning habit in her professional life as well by receiving prestigious awards such as ‘Best Female Doctor of UP’ and ‘Prize for Distinguished Community Services by Federation of Obst & Gynaec societies of India (FOGSI)’.

Her distinguished career has given her opportunities to hold various reputed positions such as Vice President, FOGSI (2016); Secretary and President post of Gorakhpur Obs & Gynaec Society, and Chairman of Safe Motherhood Committee nominated by members of FOGSI. She has represented FOGSI in various important meeting like HIV/AIDS meet at New Delhi, UNFPA SAFOG workshop for MDG Goal at Sri Lanka, Haryana Rural Health Mission, 66th Summit of WHO Regional Meet at SEARO in New Delhi, and WHO Meeting on Quality Improvement in Reproductive Maternal Neonatal Adolescent Health at Delhi. Dr. Gupta is an active member of FOGSI’s committees of Clinical Research, HIV/AIDs, Clinical research, and an Adolescent Health Family Welfare. She was nominated as a Regional faculty for FOGSI PHFI Certified Course of Contraception in 2013. Under her able guidance, Safe Motherhood Committee organised various workshops on Maternal Mortality, Advanced Postpartum Care, Anemia Management and many PPH workshops. As an acknowledgement for its extraordinary work, Safe Motherhood Committee under her leadership received ‘Dr. Mehroo Hansotia Best Committee Award’. Dr. Gupta has also played a pivotal role in ‘Safe Motherhood Bulletin’ as an Editor. Bulletin was awarded Dr. D.C. Dutta Award for ‘Best Publication of FOGSI’ in focus category for two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013. She has been instrumental in advocating safe motherhood issue as basic human right. She has written innumerable articles on women empowerment, an adolescent health and family planning which have been published in various national and leading newspapers.

 A regular speaker at Akashwani, Dr. Gupta is a founder Trustee of ‘Jeevan Jyoti Trust’ which aims to provide low cost medical services to women and supports education and other skill promotion for needy students.


Dr. Lila Vyas, Manyata Champion

Dr. Leela Vyas in Jaipur has made a rather exceptional name in the city. According to many, the doctor classifies as one of the ‘go-to’ general physicians in the area. The stronghold this doctor in the medical field has not only drawn in patients from in and around the vicinity but from across the city as well. The doctor’s determination stems from sheer passion to offer patients healthier living options.

Over the years Dr. Leela Vyas has offered countless patients excellent treatment for various health issues. Being a general physician, this doctor handles a number of studies under this segment. Some of the departments that come under the physicians peripheral are neurology, dermatology, gastroenterology, diabetology, homeopathy, endocrinology, etc.

Dr. Lila manages Manyata program under the Utkrisht Impact Bond model in Rajasthan.

Dr. Nivedita Datta, Manyata Champion

Dr. Nivedita Datta is a practicing ‘obstetrician’ and a teacher. She is an alumni of RGKar Medical College, Kolkata. Dr. Datta has over 20 years of experience in working in the area of women health and is passionate about working for the underprivileged masses(women), and does regular rural community services alongside her regular practice.

Dr. Ragini Singh, Manyata Champion

Dr. Ragini Singh is a well-known gynaecologist from Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. Besides her regular practice, she is actively involved in organizing scientific events and forums in her state as a FOGSI member. She has been associated with the Manyata program since its inception. Dr. Ragini has held various positions in the capacity of a President and Vice-President of Jharkhand and Bihar OBGYN Societies. She is also a recipient of an award for her remarkable achievement by FOGSI .

Dr. Vikas Hazra
Manyata Champion,

Dr. Vikas Hazra, Manyata Champion

Dr. Vikas Hazra is a gynaecologist and IVF doctor who specializes in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (ICSI), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and High-risk pregnancy care specialties. Dr. Vikas has completed MBBS and MD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from JJM Medical College. Dr. Vikas is practicing his expertise at R C Hazra Memorial Hospital, Dhanbad, which also is a Centre of Skill Enhancement (CSE) for Manyata program in Jharkhand.

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Our Team

Dr. Samita Bhardwaj
National Program Manager, Fogsi-NPMU
Dr. Naziya Farooqui
Dr. Pallavi Vinarkar
National Program Officer
Ms Jasmine Kunder
Admin And Hr Officer

Dr. Samita Bhardwaj, National Program Manager, FOGSI-NPMU

Dr. Samita is an established clinician and public health professional, with over 15 years of experience in the field of sexual and reproductive health. Prior to JDF, Samita worked with the Avahan India AIDS Initiative by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as Family Planning Association of India and Jiv Daya Foundation, a Dallas based International NGO to reduce the neonatal and maternal mortality rates by strengthening quality of and access to specialized hospital-based neonatal and maternal care through 30 high volume tertiary medical colleges in India.

She holds a MBBS degree from Grant Medical College and J.J., with post graduate diplomas in Gynaecology and Obstetrics (DGO) and Hospital Management (PGDHA).

Dr Naziya Farooqui, National Program Officer

Dr Naziya is a medical graduate and public health professional, with over 5 years of experience in the field of Hospital administration and Public health. Prior to FOGSI, she worked with the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust, Bangalore.

She holds her BHMS degree from A.M. Shaikh Homeopathic Medical college, Rajiv Ghandi University Bangalore and Masters in Public Health from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, KLE University Belgaum with post graduate diplomas in Hospital and Health care Management from Rajkot University

Dr. Pallavi Vinarkar, National Program Officer

Dr Pallavi is a public health professional with over 4 years of experience in the field of reproductive health in both private and government sector. She has experience of working with NHM Gujarat in RCH program and IIT Bombay for project on cervical cancer. She holds her BAMS degree from MUHS University with a Masters of Public Health in Social Epidemiology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Ms Jasmine Kunder, Admin And HR Officer

Ms Jasmine Kunder, a graduate in Arts with extensive office managerial skills and overall work experience of about 42 years. She coordinates with FOGSI leaders and stakeholders and administer day-to-day functioning of the FOGSI-NPMU. Prior to this, she has extensive experience of working with FOGSI for around 7 years and around 35 years of experience in private firms