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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    JDST 2019 Result

    JDST 2019 Result Declared: Click here to check your result Click here to Download the result notification Note: Selection through JEE Mains/NEET scores will happen after the final results are declared. A separate application form will be released later, after the results are out. [READ MORE]
  • Dakshana’s V2.0 program in the press – Sakshi newspaper

    Mohnish Pabrai, Founder and Chairman, visited The Eklavya Boys Residential School at Balanagar (Hyderabad), with Sharmila Pai, Chief Operating Officer and Vikas Omar, Dakshana Fellow V2.0. This residential school is funded by The Ministry of Tribal Affairs. It is a school only for Scheduled Tribes and the site of Dakshana’s first 2.0 Digital [READ MORE]
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    255 Dakshana scholars score above 95 percentile at the JEE Mains 2019!

    Dakshana scholar Rahul Gupta, secures Rank 1 at JEE Mains, 2019 (Sikkim). Rahul is a scholar from the Dakshana One-year Scholarship Program at Dakshana Valley, Pune! 255 Dakshana scholars score above 95 percentile. Congratulations to all scholars, faculty and management!                          [READ MORE]
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    Second digital lab in the Dakshana V2.0 program is now operational!

    The second digital lab in the Dakshana V2.0 program is now operational at Andhra Pradesh Balayogi Gurukulam, Amaravathi (an APSWREI school for girls). This digital lab is equipped with 55 computer systems. This is the first lab set up for girls. Dakshana V2.0 is a new initiative of The Dakshana Foundation that aims at helping […] [READ MORE]

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