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

  • JDST 2018 Interview Centers

    Note: Individual email with interview details is being sent to all the candidates. In case you do not receive the email please check your date and time slot at  https://dakshana.org/interview.php It is compulsory for a parent or guardian to accompany the student for the interview. Students are requested to bring the following documents: Admit Card [READ MORE]
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    Dakshana scholars selected for KVPY scholarship

    Great news!!! 38 Dakshana scholars have been qualified for Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) scholarship! KVPY is a national program of fellowship in Basic Sciences initiated and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Dakshana scholar, Sukanta Biswas, secured AIR 2. Centre-wise details of scholarships are a [READ MORE]
  • JDST for Uttar Pradesh & Bihar on April 10, 2018

    Admit card has been sent to the registered email ID. In case you have not received the admit card, please report to the exam centre directly with Aadhar card on April 10, 2018 (8:30 AM) Centre Details:   Medical aspirants should attempt Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Logical Reasoning.For every question, only one option is correct. […] [READ MORE]
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    NDST 2018 Results are out!

    To find out your result, click on the link below… https://dakshana.org/result.php Note: Results of Medical and additional Engineering girl scholars will be declared as soon as we receive a confirmation of accommodation from NVS. [READ MORE]

Help us Change the way the world tackles poverty

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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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