What We Do
On-campus enterprise campus systems do not provide uniform ways for information to travel to students struggling to feel connected, relevant and moving toward employment and careers. Campuses have very little insight into how their curricula maps to workforce needs.
Outside of higher education, individuals manage banking, travel, shopping, news, communications and social interactions through user-focused web-based data-rich solutions. The Pragya solution is a logical extension of how information, discovery and analysis operate off campus in the consumer and commercial sectors - purpose-built to solve problems in educational institutions.
Pragya is collaborating with some of the top higher education institutions in the world and backed by some of the best known ed-tech investors and advisors.
Who We Are
Ramji Raghavan - CEO of Pragya SystemsRamji Raghavan co-founded Pragya with the vision of unlocking campus intelligence to help college students align their learning and experiences to careers. Ramji was most recently at Movik Networks, where as Founder/CEO and CTO he led the company to raise over $40M in venture capital and deliver ground-breaking RAN-aware solutions to help multiple tier-1 mobile operators deal with the rapidly increasing rich media internet content in their 3G/4G networks. Prior to founding Movik, Ramji was the General Manager of the Networking Business Unit of Telsima (acquired by Aviat), where he ran a multi-national organization building market leading WiMax and IPTV backhaul products for emerging markets. Prior to Telsima, Ramji was the Founder and CTO of Coriolis Networks before which he held senior leadership roles at Digital/Cabletron and Motorola. Ramji has served on the board and is a charter member of Tie Boston, a non-profit focused on fostering entrepreneurship. Ramji has an MS from UMass Amherst, and a BTech in EE from IIT Madras.
Ajay Sharda - CTO of Pragya SystemsAjay Sharda is a co-founder of Pragya and leads the R&D Team. Ajay also founded Techizen, a software services company focused on e-learning. Prior to Pragya, Ajay was one of the visionaries behind Cengage's next-gen platform MindTap and Technology Evangelist for partner application integrations. Previously, Ajay was VP Product Dev at Experience.com (now part of Symplicity) where he guided the technology direction for the company's best-in-class career and recruiting solutions. Prior to that, Ajay was Chief Architect and Vice President of Technology at WebCT/Blackboard and was instrumental in helping the company become a market leader in the eLearning space. He holds a B.S. from Delhi University and an M.S. from Indore University (India).
Ashish Cowlagi VP ProductAshish has a passion for using technology to drive socially responsible innovation. Throughout his career as an innovator, entrepreneur and as an expert in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things, Ashish has been helping find ways to achieve societal impact with technology. Previously, Ashish spent several years in product management and strategy roles at IBM Corporation where he was responsible for building products including Watson for Oncology & Clinical trial matching – which were among the first AI products in clinical use in the entire industry. Earlier he also helped incubate the Smarter Cities business at IBM, helping cities across the world leverage technology to innovate.
Who Is Backing Us
Investors / Advisors
Roger NovakManaging Partner of Novak Biddle, Investor in Blackboard, 2U,
Director of Houghton-Mifflin
John KatzmanFounder of Princeton Review, 2U, Noodle
Chris VentoEVP Technology Cengage, Blackboard
Paulette AltmaierFormer Head of Education and International Partnerships at Khan Academy
M.S. Vijay KumarAssociate Dean and Sr Strategic Advisor of Digital Learning, MIT
Jean HammondFounder LearnLaunch
Ed StanfordFormer President of McGraw Hill Higher Ed
Lauren WaltersChairman of The Concord Consortium
Winner of the prestigious National Science Foundation SBIR grant
Selected as one of the top 10 qualifying teams worldwide in the XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling Challenge a $5 million dollar, 30-month competition to quickly reskill under-resourced workers for the digital revolution