Newsletter (Feb'17- April'17)


Policy Turks: We launched India’s first Policy Entrepreneurship Contest- Policy Turks in December 2016 with a view to identify the next generation of Policy entrepreneurs. 5 new entrepreneurs have joined our network through the contest. They will be starting operations in Tamil Nadu and Ghaziabad soon.

DRK Annual Retreat

DRK Induction(March 12th-15th): Indus Action was formally inducted into the new cohort of DRK Entrepreneurs at their Annual Induction in San Francisco. Tarun represented Indus Action at this event and had an opportunity to bring home lessons from graduating DRK Entrepreneurs and thought leaders from diverse fields. We have since been applying these specific takeaways in our strategy plans, fund-raising and team meetings.

MHRD Workshop

MHRD workshop(March 24th): Indus Action had an opportunity to present to the Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD) Secretary, Anil Swarup during an NGO workshop that was facilitated by MHRD and Central Square Foundation(CSF). We presented our learnings from the last 3 years of supporting RTE Section 12(1)(c) implementation. We also put forth the elements of scale within our model and identifying States with which we would like to sign off MoUs to expand our work. During the next 4 weeks, we will be presenting our case to the States in various regional workshops on School Education held across the nation.

Project Eklavya Network(PEN) campaigns across India

DELHI: The operations at 11 community centres were concluded on 15th Feb. A total of 1, 75,718 calls were made by 104 Shiksha Sahyogis over the 3 months to support around 70k eligible families. The in-house helpline continues to reach out to families updating them about the next steps. 3 community centers are again supporting us to urge families to seek admissions. For more details on the campaign, check our video:

IA partner organization in Bangalore- Katte Foundation

Bangalore: The total number of available seats in Bangalore is 30,000. We partnered with an auto union to have our banners put behind 300 autos that ran across the city, and with Uber to reach out to 15,000 drivers. We also reached out to 2,000 Anganwadi centres across Bangalore. In total, we have been able to support over 12,000 eligible families, of which around 7,000 applied. First lottery result came out this weekend. We are still counting the number of lottery success families.

IA partner organization in Raipur- Development Initiative

RAIPUR: The entire system for filling in online applications and computerized lottery for admissions for the academic year 2017-18 was developed by IA in close collaboration with District Administration, Raipur. The number of seats in all private schools across the district of Raipur is 9566. An approximate of 9000 applications were received against the vacant seats, out of which 5600 seats were allotted after both rounds of the lottery. All these allotments were directly facilitated by Indus Action, with the help of 85 application centres directly administered throughout the district. It enabled the team to achieve "Launch to Lottery in 90 Days". For more details, check:

LUCKNOW: The total number of seats available in Lucknow is approximately 25000. The lottery will be declared in 3 phases. It's the first time when the number of applied families reached to 11500 for the first lottery – 2500 online and 9000 offline. As BSA office has not been able to upload all offline forms due to lack of resources, it would be uploaded along with the second lottery. Indus Action supported 3270 parents in the application process (still counting). The second lottery will be declared after 15th May and the third lottery result will be out in the month of June.

Partner organizations supporting our work in Lucknow

PUNE: We are awaiting results of the fourth round of lottery. We partnered with Pune Municipal Corporation; engaged in campaigning, running application centres and helpline; provided on-call support post the applications and conducted in-depth data analysis to give the government a detailed account of scope for improvement in the whole process. A detailed report of the same has been submitted to the Education minister. Going forward, we will engage at the state level to support MIS operation, improve fill rate and expand ground work in selected districts, particularly-Thane, Mumbai and Ahmednagar.


Our first batch of Fellows is going to graduate in July. Meanwhile, C-Cube 2.0 is all ready to be launched. The Fellowship program has been reduced to 3 months keeping the number of sessions to be conducted same. The team has outreached schools, communities and organizations like STIR, TFI - Delhi & Pratham-Delhi for the partnership to initiate new Fellowship Centers. If your organization is interested in setting up any Fellowship centre in your area, please reach out to


We had a productive Board Retreat on 14th and 15th April' 17, held at Heritage school, Gurugram. Board members present were joined by Indus Action PEN network as well as Delhi Leads. The three days spent helped a lot in building connections among various people present in the room. Annual plan sharing sessions helped all of us refine the plans for various verticals. We also redefined our mission statement during the retreat - "Enable the disadvantaged, sustainable access to legislative rights”.


"RTE Pardarshi has enabled me to apply at 5 different schools at the same time, without going to nodal principals and private schools" - Mr. A. Sahu (Parent, Raipur)

"The scope of work in Maharashtra is huge both in terms of increasing the number of applications as well as in working towards increasing the fill rate. The best part about Pune is the very supportive network that we have here that readily and wholeheartedly support us." -Shijoy, Our Pune Entrepreneur

“Thank you very much for helping me with navigation of AADHAR update process and submitting my daughter's application. We won't have been able to apply without your support.”- - Mr. Eranna, driver (EWS Parent, Bangalore)

"The low-cost and easy to use system has increased transparency and can be replicated at a national level. The system also helped isolate low quality private schools, which did not receive any allotments" - O.P. Choudhury (Collector and District Magistrate, Raipur)

OPPORTUNITIES: If you are committed and passionate towards making India an inclusive nation and are keen to be a part of Project Eklavya Network, write to us at

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