OUR ALUMNI

The long term engagement of our alumni with the movement is quintessential to our cause. We work very closely with the entrepreneurs during the incubation year but once they join the Alumni movement, we are more focused on providing need based support enabling connections and collaborations in our community.

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Ganesh Birajdar
AREA OF FOCUS

Holistic Education

VISION

With a specialization in cognitive science and psychology, Ganesh Birajdar approaches holistic education from a uniquely informed perspective. Its rigorous data-driven approach makes ‘Learning Companions’ incredibly adaptive in the education space. Their fellowship program involves young graduates that not only facilitate learning but also document the entirety of the process to streamline it further. With a focus on children from rural backgrounds, Ganesh is working to create the next generation of Agripreneurs.

Nagpur, Maharashtra

Kamlesh Atwal
AREA OF FOCUS

Academics

VISION

Dr. Kamlesh Atwal strongly believes that social equity goes hand in hand with education. His school ’Nanakmatta’ focuses on teaching not just academics but also a way of life. At this school, traditional rote learning takes a back seat to a meaningful understanding of the subject matter. They’re presently looking to achieve this vision through the launch of a fellowship program. Having a diverse set of students, he works to cultivate a learning space of inclusion and sensitivity to minorities.

Uttarakhand

Michael Babu Raj
AREA OF FOCUS

Children & youth affected and infected with HIV

VISION

Michael believes strongly in the power of education in building leadership and enabling spaces. Working with the Sneha Charitable Trust (SCT) his work has a specific focus on children with HIV infections. The fellowship they’re working to launch will facilitate the completion of schooling in the context of stigma, specialized healthcare needs as well as economic challenges, psycho-social support, vocational training and life skill education.

Karnataka

Samyak Jain
AREA OF FOCUS

Academics through peer learning

VISION

Samyak Jain’s personal experiences in peer mentorship gave him a new perspective on educational inequity in India. As the first organization in India focused on delivering a contemporarily relevant syllabus based on collaborative, peer-learning ‘Involve Learning Solutions’ is creating an all-new learning ecosystem. By empowering students within the community to act as educators, they have a unique model of fellowship which inculcates values such as agency and responsibility.This experience-based leadership model is a mutually beneficial model helping all involved to learn valuable life skills, get personalized education and exposure with Involve’s support systems and resources.

Chennai and Bangalore

Vaishnavi Srinivasan
AREA OF FOCUS

Holistic Education

VISION

Vaishnavi Srinivasan’s personal experiences with the education gap, left her determined to end this cycle of low confidence and low-quality education. With this end goal in mind, ‘Bhumi’ works to transform schools systems into more holistic learning systems. Their fellowship program presently allows for fellows to contribute their own innovative teaching methods and to build a forum for idea exchange and proof of value. Ultimately, they hope to create leaders in education and to build a self-sustaining system of change.

Chennai,

Tamil Nadu

Pratap Kumar Pradhan
AREA OF FOCUS

Holistic Education

VISION

The organization ‘Gramothhan’ has a dual focus on both education and ecology, working to create learning spaces that promote sustainable local livelihoods. Pratap Kumar Pradhan believes in the power of empathetic education and the capacity for teachers to be social change makers. This change is soon to be implemented by fellows and students based within these communities. With over five years of experience across the development sector and skill development, he has made it his life's goal to be engaged in meaningful service to others.

Sakshi Srivastava
AREA OF FOCUS

Out of School Children

VISION

Sakshi Srivastava’s Anubhuti Foundation works to exponentially minimize school dropouts with their integrated, community-driven curriculum. With her diverse set of experiences working with organizations like Goonj, Gandhi Fellowship and the Chief Minister Good Governance Program, she is uniquely placed in creating holistic educational interventions. Adapting quickly to the COVID - 19 Pandemic, she launched The Nivala Campaign which distributes essential supplies to daily wage workers across the country.

Uttar Pradesh

Summaya Afreen
AREA OF FOCUS

Holistic Education

VISION

Summaiya Afreen has experienced first hand the constraints of being a woman within a conservative society. Tired of these socially constructed gender roles, she was inspired to revolutionize the system from within. She co-founded a Social Enterprise Lakshya Jeevan Jagriti which has a dual generational focus, working not only with children but also their mothers. With a Masters Degree in Social Work and over ten years of experience in the women empowerment spaces, she has a unique perspective and understanding of these issues. With a wide range of programs from developing  IT capabilities to vocational and corporate skills, she works to empower women to be leaders in their communities.

New Delhi

Tabish Bilal
AREA OF FOCUS

Prevention of Crime

VISION

Tabish Bilal's experiences working with underprivileged children from a variety of backgrounds made him realize the transformative power of education. A strong believer that the actions of the past should not define their future, he set up 'Project Second Chance.' A project under Turn Your Concern Into Action (TYCIA), working to educate the incarcerated.  Through their fellowship model, they help build capabilities and life skills, making them ready for the outside world.

New Delhi

Venkatesan N
AREA OF FOCUS

Out of School Children

VISION

Venkatesan N's personal experiences with vernacular schooling in a small town, made him realize the revolutionary power of education.  Through Vidya Poshak, he works to provide support structures to young, meritorious students constrained only by a systemic lack of resources. Vidya Poshak is almost entirely community driven with donors, resource persons and student volunteers. Through finances, guidance, skill training as well as educational resources, Vidya Poshak works to empower the youth to be change makers and leaders going forward.

Dharwad, Karnataka

Vidhya Das
AREA OF FOCUS

Academics and Holistic Education

VISION

Her unique understanding of the systemic and multi-layered exploitation of the poor inspired Vidhya Das to create ‘Agragamee.’ With a dual focus on economic development and social mobilization, it has a reach across the most backward blocks of Odisha. They presently have an open volunteering service but are looking to launch a fellowship program soon. With credentials ranging from the Jamnalal Bajaj Award to the Odisha Legends Award, Agragamee has certainly left its mark in the education sector. 

Rural Orissa

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Mathanmi Hungyo
AREA OF FOCUS

Whole School Transformation

ABOUT

Understanding the challenges in pursuing quality education in conflict zones, Manthanmi Hungyo decided to create ‘Recognize Rise And Empower Association'. An organization dedicated to sustainable development of women in border areas in North Eastern India. Their work extends to areas such as education, livelihoods, sports and health. Focused on collective responsibility, RREA strives to attain an equitable society where justice, peace, and equity prevails.

Imphal, Manipur

Tejaram Mali
AREA OF FOCUS

Rural development

VISION

Tejaram realized the importance of sustainable development in education, specifically for rural areas. His work through Manthan Sansthan works to address basic needs through small practical works linked to global knowledge on development. Their focus is on tribal communities, women, small farmers as well as children and youth. Their fellowship also provides opportunities for students from universities to not only aid this process of education but also learn about Rajasthan’s culture and traditions.

Kotri, Rajasthan

Irfan Shahmir
AREA OF FOCUS

Sustainable community development through excellent education

ABOUT

The complex nature of the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir crippled its education system, leaving its youngest, most vulnerable. To alleviate their suffering through quality education and give them a way out of the cycle of poverty and violence, Irfan Shahmiri established CHINAR International.  They supplement this educational intervention through international support from volunteers that include youth development and  monitoring child development.

Jammu and Kashmir

Sajida Vadgama
AREA OF FOCUS

Inclusive Education

VISION

Sajida believes that if every child with disabilities is included within society, they have better chances of reaching their maximum potential.  Her organization ‘Ummeed’ creates these safe and inclusive spaces by working in conjunction with parents, teachers and other major stakeholders. Their immersive 2 year long fellowship works to build a network of Inclusion Champions.  

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Khushali Samriya
AREA OF FOCUS

Building life skills and providing career

ABOUT

Khushali realized early on that education was more than just academic skills. She founded H.O.P.E to help students develop skills relevant to emotional intelligence and to create positive change. These skills are integrated within formal classroom spaces and then practiced in both home and school spaces through community engagement. Their  Fellowship Program facilitates this Program by engaging the youth to act as role models within this community. 

Bhopal, MP

Gitanjali Babbar
AREA OF FOCUS

Empowering women and their children living in brothels of GB road

ABOUT

Gitanjali believes that the tool of empowerment for the marginalized is education. To that end she established ‘Kat-Katha’ an organization dedicated to fighting forced sex work. This education extends to skill training as well as healthcare and legal awareness. Through educating and empowering the women working in the brothels of G B road, she aims to give them the chance to live a life of their own choice with dignity, ownership and compassion.

New Delhi

Neeladri Bora
AREA OF FOCUS

Whole School Transformation

ABOUT

Neeladri’s own experiences with rural education in the North East made him determined to ensure that every child in the remotest parts of the country should have access to a quality education. He  established the ‘Northeast Centre for Equity Action on Integrated Development’ to work towards creating these spaces. Their 2 year Fellowship Program includes interventions such as the use of an integrated curriculum and a differentiated teaching approach as well as ensuring child centric agenda setting through community engagement. 

Guwahati, Assam

Maanasa Paramasivam
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AREA OF FOCUS

Sustainable rural development through excellent education

ABOUT

Maanasa’s personal experiences with rural schooling pushed her to look for, and eventually create better sustainable education spaces. Barefoot College works towards this goal by emphasizing a hands-on, learning-by-doing approach and focus on poor, isolated communities to broaden their access to education. Through the Barefoot TALL Fellowship, Fellows are trained to develop teaching skills as well as their philosophical understanding of education itself. An exciting added benefit is the exposure to rich rural Rajasthani culture. 

Tilonia, Rajasthan

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Adwait Dandwate
AREA OF FOCUS

Out of School Children

ABOUT

Vardhishnu’s initiative Anandghar (A Home of Happiness) creates an ecosystem of learning and support for street children specially child waste-pickers and child labourers. Fellows work within Community Learning Centres  which acts as a bridge between the children, parents and the schools. The emphasis is on making small positive behavioral and emotional changes through this education. Ultimately, supporting these children to make a smooth transition into mainstream schools.

Jalgaon, Maharashtra

Henna Khan
AREA OF FOCUS

STEM Education

ABOUT

Sustaining children’s curiosity and interest in STEM fields was Henna Khan’s initial incentive to establish ‘Universe Simplified.’ USF is an interdisciplinary approach based on real world challenges which inculcates critical thinking and problem solving skills in children. Their Fellowship Program works not just in the execution of STEM based curriculum but also engaging the broader community of parents and teachers. Ultimately, they’re working to create a world where children can apply science and technology to solve real world challenges.

Mumbai and Thane, Maharashtra

Rahul Aggarwal 
AREA OF FOCUS

Science, Technology and Innovation

ABOUT

Rahul and Ridhi Aggarwal wanted to bridge the gap between real development and education. Their  after school project ‘Swatantra Talim is an initiative for hands on learning. Here students are encouraged to question and innovate at their learning centres, facilitated by their Fellows. They believe that children are the key innovators in the process of facilitating social change.

Lucknow, UP

Ajay Kumar
AREA OF FOCUS

Environmental Education

ABOUT

Ajay Kumar works to create community change at an individual level. To do this his organization Teach For Green works to promote values of sustainable co-existence. With a Do-It-Yourself Approach to green energy, waste management, water conservation and more sustainable practices, they work to build entrepreneurial spirit and an environmentally conscious society. Under their Fellowship Model, students become eco-leaders and spread environmental awareness in their community to promote indigenous sustainable solutions.

Delhi ; Champawat, Uttarakhand

Subhankar Paul
AREA OF FOCUS

Holistic Education

ABOUT

Subhankar believes that once you empower people from the community, they can collaborate to create systemic change in the community. To that his organisation works to ensure that all children, irrespective of their backgrounds get an education that will empower them to be change makers in their communities. Through their two year fellowship, graduates from the community work as educators and support overall development in a diverse set of roles. 

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Surender Yadav
AREA OF FOCUS

Preparation of Jawahar Navodaya exams

ABOUT

Surender saw the growing apathy among his peers to the education crisis in  India, and decided he wanted to make a difference. His organization ‘Self Reliant India’ works to eradicate the gap across barriers such as race and socio-economic status. They believe in delivering quality education through community participation and ownership. The Fellowship Program also helps children prepare for admission into Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas and other such entrance examinations. 

Rewari, Haryana

Meghna Chawla
AREA OF FOCUS

Overall development of children

ABOUT

Meghna Chawla’s extensive teaching experience made her realize that most children don’t find classroom learning to be engaging. She decided to be part of the change by creating meaningful and exciting classroom spaces.   Her organization’s Beacon Educator Fellowship works to accomplish this by working directly with government school teachers to help them internalize practices that encourage children to discover and express themselves. Her organization Foster and Forge works to build a sustainable learning community through engaging with schools, parents, community leaders and children themselves.

Noida UP

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Vinayak Mali
AREA OF FOCUS

Experiential Science & Math 

ABOUT

Vinayak believes in the power of bringing change by creating social leaders from within the education system.  His organization Vidyoday Muktangan Pariwar works to help implement a replicable and scalable model of education across schools in India. Their community centres also allow for experimentation through their problem-based learning systems which encourage new curriculum. 

Kolhapur, Maharashtra

Ravi Dhanuka
AREA OF FOCUS

Building skills in young community educators, with the aid of digital technology

ABOUT

Ravi realized the need for capacity building in children from the marginalized sections of society. They carry out this goal through enlisting local youth as Edu-leaders, which allows for higher quality education to children at a much lower cost. This also acts as a stepping stone for youth to build their capabilities to pursue their aspirations, attain higher education or become mainstream education professionals.

Munger, Bihar

Divakar Sankhla
AREA OF FOCUS

Student leadership; Holistic Youth Development

ABOUT

Divakar established Alohomora to help students find and pursue careers they’re passionate about. With a focus on ensuring that they’re equipped with the knowledge and opportunities best aligned with their interests and aptitudes, Alohomora works to unlock each child’s innate potential. Fellows of this program consist of community youth presently pursuing their graduation from similarly underserved communities. Essentially, building the leaders of tomorrow throughout the classroom. 

New Delhi

Sandhya Gupta
AREA OF FOCUS

Science & Math experiential learning

ABOUT

Sandhya Gupta knew science and mathematics to be the fundamental tools to understand and formulate the world around her. To foster the same interest and love for these subjects, she began Aavishkaar. A hands-on experiential mathematics and science program for the underprivileged. Their unique and innovative modules, get children to truly engage with the subject matter. They also focus on teacher training in how to facilitate discussions, make lesson plans and explore solutions together with students.

Palampur, Himachal Pradesh

Suraj Sudhakar
AREA OF FOCUS

Fitness and Sports in Education

ABOUT

Suraj believes that the sedentary nature of contemporary life is adding to the pressing nature of India’s health crisis. His organization CoolCoach, works to reclaim the space of  Physical Education (PE) in schools once more. This is done through identifying and training promising athletic youth from underprivileged communities to help them build a successful career in the sports/fitness industry. Ultimately, by creating awareness among the children they give them the tools to bring about an active change in their life.

Pune, Maharashtra

AREA OF FOCUS

Education through art and storytelling

ABOUT

Happy Horizons Trust was founded by husband-wife duo Kshitiz Anand and Vatsala to tackle the literacy problem in Bihar. Through their unique application of design thinking and storytelling in learning, they work to develop critical thinking skills. Their Fellows consist of high school girls that not only get to develop relevant skill sets but also transform mindsets within their communities. By rewriting these gendered roles we work to give girls access and exposure to different career opportunities for their growth. 

Kshitiz Anand

Saharsa, Bihar

Vivek Kumar
AREA OF FOCUS

Integrated Learning

ABOUT

Vivek realized that to truly effectuate change, one must build relationships with the community along with imparting education. To accomplish this goal, he established Kshamatalya, an organization working with rural, tribal and semi-urban communities. Their work makes use of an immersive action-oriented approach.  Their fellowship model helps young people gain experience and learn new aspects about themselves whilst also supporting children in developing their self-designed learning spaces. Ultimately, they aim to create spaces for re-imagining and developing mindfulness, systems thinking and incubation spaces for children and communities.

Kotra, Rajasthan