Sanjiv Kumar is a successful education sector entrepreneur of the country. He however prefers to call himself a social engineer . A brief stint as a banker followed by a career in international trade ultimately made him move to the education sector, which turned out to be a calling he found far more socially relevant and close to his heart. The journey to this sector began in 1999 with the formation of Takshila Educational Society. Today it continues with four very successful schools, running in collaboration with the Delhi Public School Society, at Patna, Pune, Ludhiana and Coimbatore. More than 10,000 students and a support staff of over 1500 professionals from various walks of life are a part of this enterprise. The setting-up of Parivartan followed this enterprise. The concept of Parivartan arose out of a desire to bring about positive, socially relevant changes in his village Narendrapur.

Currently, Sanjiv is deeply involved in the building up of the concept of Arthshila at Patna. Arthshila aims to become the epicenter of the cultural and social scenario in Bihar. Apart from all this, Sanjiv is one of the founder trustees of Ashoka University. He believes in philanthropy and as a major patron of literature, arts, music and performing arts seeks to help and support related events and activities held in various parts of the country.