Administration and Management Teams

Dr. K. V. Kishore Kumar - Director

Dr. K.V. Kishore Kumar is the Director of The Banyan. Previously, he was a senior psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India, where he headed the Community Health services in the Dept. of Psychiatry. He has served as advisor and worked with the government in building policy and prevention of corporal punishment and destitute relief centres. He has also advised the World Health Organization (WHO) on mental health service in Somalia.

He is actively involved in clinical practice, including community care and work with homeless persons with mental illness in Government institutions. His areas of interest include community mental health services, research and training of primary care doctors and general practitioners; Mental Health Care of the Homeless mentally ill; Life Skills education for adolescents in schools; Psychosocial issues of disasters; Psychosocial rehabilitation of the mentally ill in rural areas using local resources and networking with NGOs; Economics of mental health; Epidemiology of mental disorders; Functioning and disablement among persons with schizophrenia. He has published extensively in national and international journals.

Mrs. Madhuri Menon - Dean

Mrs. Madhuri Menon is the Dean of BALM. She completed her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from TISS in 1973 and subsequently her PG Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning. Since then she has worked with various corporates such as Indian Oil Corp, Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Sky-cell communication, Birla ATNT, Pune, IFMR Trust, and presently at Airtel.

Mrs. Menon was a board member at BALM and Banyan, for 20 years and continues to serve on the board of various other NGOs dealing with women, children and education.

She has been a visiting faculty at various universities. Her primary research areas include gender and urbanization.

Ms. Kamala Krishnaswamy - Assistant Director - Student Affairs





Vijaylakshmi Balasundaram - Head - Administration





Mr. Nagarajan - Librarian













Keeper of Everything Important and Resident Omniscient Being:

Walk into the BALM campus, and the first person you will see is a beaming Jyothi, “Welcome to The Banyan family!”, she says! Jyothi is the first person to hear and know all the news around campus, and the axis around which the BALM world revolves. She has been a friend of The Banyan for the last twenty two years, and has been a critical member of the team driving The Banyan agenda ahead. Her experience and wisdom has been instrumental in shaping some of the programmes, and it is our belief that her sensibilities, empathy and insights will play a key role in shaping young professionals.

Mr. Moorthy - Administrative Assistant

Chilli & Kulfi - Chief Cuddle Officers