Pallium India comprises of  84 full time staff, 10 consultants, and a network of over 150 active volunteers. The staff consists of 10 doctors, 21 nurses and 12 non medical clinical staff, providing direct services, and 10 homecare/opd teams. We also have a national outreach team of 6 program officers who handle expansion at a zonal (multi state) level.

Leadership –  Senior Management

Dr. M R Rajagopal

The organization is given leadership and direction by its Chairman, Dr. Rajagopal, who also heads training and capacity building. 

Manoj Gopalakrishnan

As Executive Director of TIPS, Manoj handles the Operations and finances. He holds an MBA in operations and marketing, with 21 years of experience in the corporate as well as the NGO sector.

Smriti Rana

Programmes and constituent projects are led by Head- Policy/Community Engagement/Media, Smriti Rana, who also manages donor relationships and heads the National Outreach team. She has a Masters of Science in Integrative and Holistic Psychological Counseling, with 18 years of experience in palliative care.

Dr. Sunil Kumar

Additional Director of TIPS Dr. Sunil has a Diploma in palliative medicine (India and Cardiff) and a Masters in Palliative medicine (Cardiff) with 15 years of experience in palliative medicine.

Clinical services are overseen by Dr. Sunil Kumar and Nurse in-charge Sr. Geetha.

Sr. Geetha

Nurse in-charge Sr. Geetha holds a degree in General Nursing and Midwifery, and has been certified in nursing administration. She has 35 years of experience in nursing.

Clinical services are overseen by Additional Director of TIPS – Dr. Sunil Kumar and Sr. Geetha.

Kishore Kumar S

Head – HR of Pallium India, Kishore Kumar is a Senior Human Resource and Administration Professional with 18 years of corporate experience at senior levels at India and GCC. Came to the corporate sector after serving Indian Air Force for 17.5 years. Wide experience in multi-platform environments in cross functional industries spanning from Airline, Information Technology, BPO, Construction, Education and Defence Sectors. A Perfect People Manager who led the team to willingly go the extra mile always.


Dr M R Rajagopal, Founder & Chairman

Dr. M.R. Rajagopal is also the director of Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences, the flagship of Pallium India. He founded Pallium India in 2003, with a mission to catalyse and facilitate integration of palliative care with healthcare in India.

In 2018, the Indian Government honored Dr M. R. Rajagopal with the Padma Shri award.

Ms Poonam Bagai, Vice–Chairman

An ex-bureaucrat, Ms Poonam Bagai is a cancer survivor. Her fight with cancer left her with the determination to do something about it and she founded “Cankids…Kidscan”, a very successful Non-Government Organization that provides comprehensive cancer care to children in many parts of India. She is also a joint secretary of the Indian Cancer Society. In 2011, the American Cancer Society chose her to be a “Global Cancer Ambassador”. She is based in New Delhi.

Sri Ashok Chitale

A senior lawyer in the Supreme Court of India, he devotes much of his time to charitable work and is involved with seven different charitable trusts in the country, three of them, dealing with cancer. He volunteered his services free, and represents the Indian Association of Palliative Care in its Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court of India.

Ms Ashla Rani

Ashla Rani had come to Pallium India as a care receiver in 2014, became a full-time volunteer and is now both a care giver and a care provider. She works with people with disabilities and also acts as a counselor for children whose families have been devastated by serious illnesses.

She won Kerala Government’s “youth icon” award in 2017. In the same award she also won the state award for the most efficient employee in the non-government sector.

Mr S M Vijayanand

Former secretary for Rural Development of Government of India and later Chief Secretary of the government of Kerala. Retired and based in Trivandrum. Enjoys a great reputation as a person with integrity, commitment and exceptional pragmatism. Has been active as an advisor to Pallium India for two years before becoming a trustee.

Mr Keshav Desiraju

Mr Keshav Desiraju is an officer of the Indian Administrative Services of 1978- batch and an alumnus of the Universities of Bombay, Cambridge and Harvard. He has made his mark in many positions in the Government, including that of the Union Secretary of Health & Family Welfare. Mr Desiraju has been described as a visionary and a man of action with enormous capacity to articulate complex ideas. He was the deciding factor behind the creation of India’s National Program for Palliative Care (NPPC).

Dr C Mohanan

An Anaesthesiologist by training and till recently a member of the teaching faculty at a Medical College, he was volunteering as Senior Administrator of Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences since its inception. He has been associated with Pallium India activities since 2006.

Mr Binod Hariharan

Binod Hariharan is an engineering graduate and has over 18 years of experience in different capacities in the IT industry. He is currently the Chairman of the board of two companies; Astro-Vision Futuretech Pvt. Ltd. and Malayogam Pvt. Ltd. He has been involved with the activities of Pallium India since its inception and has been working more closely over the last one year, providing consultancy on professionalizing the management of the organisation.

Dr T S Guruprasad

A caregiver for wife living with MS and father who passed away due to Parkinsonism and Alzheimer’s for many years, Dr. Guruprasad is the Co-Founder Trustee of Swarga Foundation, an NGO based in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, that supports people with neurological diseases and disorders.

He has a doctorate in Supply Chain Management and is an alumni of IIM Kozhikode. He has 24 years of industry experience in the Supply chain planning & Logistics. He is also the brain behind Sarathi, Tamilnadu’s first transport facility for people with disabilities.


Kishore Nair
Mr Kishore Nair

Kishore Nair has volunteered as a technical and management advisor for Pallium India since its inception. His background is in architecting technical solutions and in building high performance teams. With over twenty years of experience at companies like Yahoo!, Morningstar and Envestnet, he has spent most of his career in the US and is now settled in Trivandrum with his family.

Kishore has an engineering degree from College of Engineering Trivandrum, an MS from Cleveland State University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.