SPRAT was founded way back in 1998 by a banker turned management consultant, Mr Hasan Jowher, as a Division of his company called MANFIN INFOTECH LTD [then known as Jowher Managerial & Financial Services Pvt Ltd].

Later this informal trust became independent of MANFIN and came to be registered in 2002 as a public trust and society with a token corpus of Rs. 10,000 as the “Society for the Promotion of Rational Thinking”. However, later this expansion of SPRAT was amended as the “Society for Promoting Rationality”.

The following Trustees signed SPRAT’s instrument of registration and became the First Board of Trustees of the Registered organization:

Mr. M Hasan Jowher (b.1953) is a concerned citizen, a teacher and promoter-MD of Manfin Infotech Ltd., a professionally managed IT and management consultancy company.

As a qualified and trained banker, he worked his way up from a junior position to that of the CEO of an urban bank. Keenly interested in scientific advances and use of modern technology, Mr. Jowher was instrumental in computerizing the operations of several banks and institutions. The Indian Banks’ Association (Gujarat) elected him as its Hon. Secretary, while the IBA nominated him to its Banking Operations and Development Committee.

A popular public speaker and regular writer, Mr. Jowher has been invited as occasional faculty by institutions like Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA), IIM Ahmedabad, FICCI, AIMA and several banking and management schools. As Chairman of the AMA’s Editorial Board he edited its journal/s for seven years. He also wrote a column for some publications including the Times of India.

Combining social service with technology vision, Mr. Jowher was amongst the pioneers who brought Internet to Gujarat, as the Chairman of Gujarat Internet Users’ Group. He was also the Coordinator of IEEE’s Special Interest Group in Management & Information Technology (SIG-MIT).

Along with many distinguished sons of India, in July 2002, Mr Jowher formally registered the NGO called SPRAT – now known as Society for Promoting Rationality [www.sprat.in], of which he is the President.

SPRAT has been chaired by Dr IG Patel, Lord Bhikhu Parekh and Dr Y K Alagh. It has recorded over 1.5 million instances of service besides directly empowering over 1.5 lakh youth and unlettered women. It was patronized by US Govt, Ford Foundation, RGF, ONGC, GoG etc.

Mr Jowher works over 14 hours a day for the cause of Rationality, Popularizing Science, Communal Harmony, Empowerment of the impoverished and for human rights and justice in general. His blogs, Tweets and FB Posts are respected for their clarity and integrity.

He says he is: “Happy to have been born after Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins; to be able to avail of Internet, HDTV, colour printing, encyclopaedias; to be able to breathe in and speak up freely; to make friends from beyond familiarity and across barriers of prejudice, space and, hopefully, time. Love to learn about almost everything, every way. Involved with social services as a small payback for the goodness received.”

Passionate about science he has mentored and conducted dozens of highly impacting workshops. “Religion”, he believes “was a significant step in human evolution. But humanity has since invented much better tools for civilized conduct, and for reaching far beyond the human-centric world.”

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Love to learn about almost everything, every way. Don’t have much, but feel rich enough to write this. Am involved with some social services through SPRAT [www.sprat.in] as a small payback for the goodness received. 

I live singly but would welcome an exceptionally graceful and bright companion, specially a fellow activist or an accomplished artiste committed to human rights, secularism, rationality and empowerment of the impoverished people. Meanwhile I am generally able to make do with books, resident Interns, TV and internet.

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Charter Provisions Relating to Trustees [BoT]

Broadly the Trustees are the custodians of the assets of the Trust. However, they do not participate in the actual governance of the Trust. For this they rely upon the Board of Governors.

Article 21G lays down the expectations from the Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors thus: “The total ownership of the assets of the Society lies in the Board of Trustees. However, the Board of Governors shall be the council in charge of the administration of the Society in accordance with the policies of the Trust.”

 

Article 22A clarifies this further. It says: “The Board of Trustees shall act as the custodian of the Trust and ensure that the properties, assets and the surpluses of the Society are being utilized in accordance with this Charter. However, it shall, ordinarily and except where the situation so warrants, leave the day-to-day governance to the Board of Governors.”

 

According to Article 21K the total number of Trustees would not be less than seven and more than twelve. And, except for the Life-time Trustees, the tenure of all subsequent trustees was restricted to two years at a time, in the normal course, which is renewable.

 

Article 21M lays down the composition of the Board of Trustees as follows:

  1. Two Life-time Trustees. In the event of their death, their nominees, and in the absence of such nomination, the nominee of their heirs or successors.
  2. Up to five Trustees nominated by Life-Time Trustees
  3. Up to five Trustees nominated by the Governing Board by a simple majority.

 

The Trustees are required to meet at least once in six months in person or electronically.

Under Article 21A Mr Hasan Jowher, the Chief Promoter and the Promoter, being a Founder Trustee of the said Society, has been designated a Life-time Trustee.

 

21P explains the Officers of The Board of Trustees:

  1. The Chief Promoter of the Trust shall be the Life-time President of the Board of Trustees. Such President of this Board shall also be appointed as the President of the Board of Governors. The President shall preside over all meetings of the Board of Trustees.
  2. The Board of Trustees shall elect from amongst them a Treasurer to the Board of Trustees. Such Treasurer shall hold office for a period of two years at a time and shall hold it until his successor is appointed. Such Treasurer of this Board shall also be appointed as the Treasurer of the Board of Governors.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
As of 31st Mar 2018
No.
Names 
1
Prof Yoginder Kumar Alagh
[Former Union Minister, GoI, and VC of Jawaharlal University, Delhi]
2
Mr Mahboob Chavnivala
Industrialist and former MD, Textile Processor’s Coop Bank
3
Mr Rizwan Kadri
Architect, President Sunni Muslim Wakf Committee, Ahmedabad
4
Ms Tooba Anjuman Fatima
Teacher and Home Maker
5
Mr Mohd Hasan Jowher
Former Banker and Management Consultant
6
Mr Nayeem Quadri
Journalist
7
Ms Rafat Quadri
Journalist and Editor, Bilkul,