WHAT WE DO

Dakshana helps bright and impoverished students predominantly from rural India to prepare for IIT and medical entrance exams.

  • OUR PROGRAMS

    Dakshana focuses on poverty alleviation through education. Dakshana alleviates poverty by identifying brilliant but impoverished teenagers and providing intensive coaching for 1-2 years for the IIT and medical entrance exams.

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  • OUR LEADERS

    None of Dakshana’s management team has ever worked in the not-for-profit industry before coming to Dakshana. They have come from either the business world or served for decades in senior positions in India’s armed services.

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  • BECOME A DAKSHANA SCHOLAR

    Dakshana Scholars are a rare breed of gifted students from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas and government schools across India. They are selected for intensive coaching after Class 10 & Class 12 based on their academic record and results from Dakshana’s proprietary testing.

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WE’VE MADE A DIFFERENCE

AND THERE’S LOTS MORE TO DO

Dakshana’s primary focus is on the 970 Million people living in India’s 638,000 villages. Large swaths of India’s massive rural population live in extreme poverty and are mostly left out of the economic growth plans underway in the country. Rural India comprises 72% of the country’s population. At institutions like the IITs, less than 5% of the students come from impoverished rural backgrounds.

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3668

STUDENTS

FROM IMPOVERISHED FAMILIES

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₹ 130

CRORES INVESTED

IN QUALITY EDUCATION

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1084

SCHOLARS

CURRENTLY PREPARING FOR IIT & MEDICAL ENTRANCE EXAMS
AT 8 CAMPUSES ACROSS INDIA

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18340

LIVES IMPACTED

FOREVER

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DAKSHANA MODEL

The Dakshana model for impoverished, but gifted students to get admitted to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Government Medical Colleges.

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Dakshana's mission is to deliver world-class education opportunities for exceptionally gifted children from impoverished poor backgrounds in India.

Dakshana is a Sanskrit word meaning to give or receive a gift. The Dakshana Foundation is a young philanthropic foundation focused on alleviating poverty. Education is the most powerful and enduring weapon to win the battle against poverty. Thus, Dakshana is focused on providing world-class educational opportunities to economically and socially disadvantaged gifted children worldwide. We’re focused on providing 1-2 years of world-class intensive coaching to gifted, but impoverished students to prepare for IIT and medical entrance exams.

These adolescents receive a gift from Dakshana in their time of need. There is an expectation that, as adults, they would be giving gifts to adolescents in situations similar to their own in earlier years – either through Dakshana or via other organizations. They can also choose to give back nothing. The cornerstone of Dakshana’s model is that the beneficiary of aid today is the donor of tomorrow. Dakshana’s model is self-sustaining and scalable.

The Dakshana Foundation is a tax-exempt private charitable foundation approved by the IRS in the United States under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Dakshana India Educational Trust is an approved charity by various government entities in India.

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News & Events

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    73rd Independence Day celebrations at the Dakshana Valley!

    Dakshana Class of 2020 celebrated 73rd Independence Day at the Dakshana Valley! [READ MORE]
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    Kudos to Dakshana V2.0 at Amravathi school!

    Shri Keshapagula Ramulu, Member National SC & ST Commission and the local R.D.O (Deputy Collector) appreciated Dakshana’s efforts in setting up the digital lab at the APSWREIS School in Amravathi under the Dakshana V2.O program. They visited the school on August 06, 2019 with APSWREIS fellows and DCO, Guntur district. While praising Dakshana [READ MORE]
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    Health check at Dakshana Valley!

    “The foundation of success with hard work is good health.” We at Dakshana believe that a fit scholar can be completely focused on his or her studies and perform best at the competitive entrance exam. Hence a lot of attention is paid to their fitness and medical care at Dakshana Valley. We are fortunate that […] [READ MORE]
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    DAAN visit at JNV Leh!

    Mohnish Pabrai, Founder and Chairman Dakshana Foundation and Colonel Ram Kumar Sharma, CEO Dakshana Foundation visited homes of DAAN (Dakshana Alumni Network) members in Leh. It was a wonderful experience for them to meet the ex-scholars and partake of the kindest hospitality extended by the parents and families of our DAAN members. Thank you Sta [READ MORE]

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    You can lift a family from poverty permanently and help get the scholar accepted by an IIT or a government medical college in India.

  • DAAN (Dakshana Alumni Network)

    DAAN (Dakshana Alumni Network) is a 2575+ (in 2017) strong army of volunteers supporting Dakshana to forge ahead on its mission of infinite good

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