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Our special article series highlights the experience and contributions of participants from countries who send a small number of JETs.


India joined the JET Programme in 1998, with 43 recorded JETs having been on the Programme.

However, from 2008 until 2016, no JETs had been requested from India, until 2017, when 1 CIR and 1 ALT were sent. The JETAA India chapter was set up in 2012 and can be contacted through their Facebook Page.


The following information was supplied by a JTE with whom Divya Jha (JETAA India CR) worked with.

What sets this country's JET apart from all others?
Most of the Japanese students tend to think that people who speak English are Caucasian people because they have few chances to see different kind of people in Japan. JETs from India can show the students that English is spoken in many countries and there are many different kind of English. I think this experience is very valuable for Japanese students.

What they brought to the cultural exchange
They showed Japanese students how colorful their culture is. For example, there are many different kinds of language, food, clothes, festivals and so on in each are in India. Japan is a small country and our culture doesn't have such diversity. It is good for Japanese students to learn.

Comments from their teachers, supervisors, Contracting Organisation
JETs from India are very polite and hard working people. We were very happy to work with such reliable people.


The rise of online video conferencing apps like Zoom in response to lockdown and isolation from 2020's global pandemic has provided unexpected help to JETAA India's alumni and community outreach. Below are some examples of successful online events that the chapter has run. 

  • Storytelling, Quiz and Origami (29th June 2020): An event run for children, co-hosted by Mr Fumiaki Sato from CLAIR Singapore. Children are invited to ask questions about Japan, listen to the Japanese folktale of Momotaro, and learn how to fold various origami objects.

  • Cooking with Natsuko-san (21st July 2020): An online cooking demonstration of Japanese cuisine. Despite problems with Internet connectivity, an enthusiastic audience was still in attendance of the lesson given by a member of CLAIR Singapore.

  • Japan Culture Talk and Quiz (26th July 2020): Japanese language and culture expert Dr Rakhi Jain provides a discussion on Japanese culture, with help from CLAIR Singapore. 


The following are a list of known JET alumni from India. If you notice anything amiss, please inform at All linked names go to their LinkedIn profiles.

2001 – 2002: Ajit Kaur, ALT

2001 – 2004: Sudip Sen, CIR, Softopia Japan, Ogaki City, Gifu

2001 – 2003: Simrit Kapila, ALT, Mie

2004 – 2007: Manu Mittal, CIR, Gifu

2006 – 2008: Aarti Barve Upasani, Okayama City, Okayama

2006 – 2007: Avneeta Kaur Gulati, ALT, Fukuoka

2006 – ?: Juhi Rituparna, ALT

2006 – 2011: Lediya Rufus, ALT, Koriyama, Fukushima

2006 – 2011: Nikhil Ranade, CIR, Kanazawa

2006 – 2007: Nikita Phadnavis, ALT, Maebashi-Gunma, Miyagi

2006 – 2008: Richa Ogra, ALT, Osaka

2006 – 2007: Riddhi Pimputkar, ALT, Nagasaki

2006 – 2008: Shaily Jain, ALT, Gifu

2006 – 2008: Sheena Bhalla, ALT, Oita

2006 – 2011: Tapojoy Mandal, ALT, Akita

2006 – 2007: Teena Nani, ALT, Fukuoka

2006 – 2009: Vinayak Bhardwaj, ALT, Iwate

2007 – 2008: Divya Jha, ALT, Kitakyushu

2007 – 2008: Sohil Goswami, ALT, Fukuoka

2007 – 2011: Soma Poddar, ALT, Akita

2007 – 2010: Pradeep Rao, CIR, Fukuoka

2007 – 2010: Mahender Gakkula, ALT, Kitakyushu

2007 – 2010: Prema Janardan, ALT, Kitakyushu

2007 – 2011: Prajakta Patil, ALT, Fukuoka

2010 – 2015: Ajit Kaur, ALT

Below are JETs whose tenure are not clear:

Abhedya Yeole

Abhishek Chaudhary

Agnes Lepcha

Ankita Naresh

Anuradha Gokhale

Anurag Gupta

Aparna Sethi

Ashima Chaudhary

Basabdatta Chatterjee, ALT, Kobe

Bidhisha Basu

Harshvardhan Gupta

Jayshri Ganeshan

Joita Banerjee

Marisa Ono

Medom Razoukhrienuo E. Joy

Neha Sareen

Rashmi Mandayan Apprameyan

Saee Mundale, ALT, Yamato

Shikha Shivani

Sujatha Kumar

Supriya Dashaputre

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