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


    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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    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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    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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Dakshana operates from Irvine, California and Pune in India. Our programs are conducted at 7 campuses across India – JNV Bengaluru Urban (Karnataka), JNV Bundi (Rajasthan), JNV Kottayam (Kerala), JNV Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), JNV Pune (Maharashtra), JNV Rangareddy (Telangana), JNV Silvassa (Dadra & Nagar Haveli). Dakshana’s 1-year program is conducted at Dakshana Valley, Kadus Village, approximately 60 kms from Pune in Maharashtra.


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    Summer Internships at The Dakshana Foundation

    The Dakshana Foundation is seeking to bring on 1-3 interns who would spend the summer drilling down on initiatives underway by a number of NGOs in India to try to improve education outcomes in government schools across India in 6th through 12th standard. Some NGOs like Khan Academy are doing this via developing content that can be delivered through [READ MORE]
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    JDST 2018 Result (Shortlisted Students for Interview)

    The results of the Joint Dakshana Selection Test (JDST) held on December 17, 2017 are out!!! The students shortlisted at the JDST for personal interviews will receive a confirmation email on their email ID (provided during online registration) with a copy to the respective school’s email ID. The result is not published here on the […] [READ MORE]
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    Dakshana- 10th annual Recognition Day on December 26, 2017

    The Dakshana Foundation celebrated its 10th annual Recognition Day on December 26, 2017. The first family of Dakshana, Mohnish Pabrai, Harina Kapoor and daughters Monsoon and Momachi was present to commemorate the event. The Chief Guest and Keynote speaker of the function was Padmashri Dr. Deepak Phatak, Subrao Nilekani Chair Professor of the Kanwa [READ MORE]
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    Mohnish Pabrai on ‘philanthropy and investing’ at Best Ideas 2018.

    Mohnish Pabrai, founder and chairman, The Dakshana Foundation, on Manual of Ideas (MOI) Global, a community of intelligent investors united by a passion of lifelong learning. Here is the interview during Best Ideas 2018, an online conference where Mohnish talks on philanthropy and investing. Mohnish Pabrai on Philanthropy YouTube link: https://www [READ MORE]

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