• Building India by funding education for employment
  • Fund education for 1.25 crore students in 25 years
  • Fund 5000 beneficiaries in the next 3 years

Our Model

ShikshaDaan is based on a comprehensive Partnership model that ensures a beneficiary is supported  and enabled to get a job. We have tied up with a number of partner institutions (NGOs, Colleges, Schools) who work in the space of higher education. The NGO partners have been validated by credible organizations such as Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) or Give India or have been visited by the co-founders personally. With these partnerships, ShikshaDaan is assured of a steady flow of scholars who need financial assistance and whose backgrounds have been verified and validated. The partnership with Buddy4Study - This critical partnership isRead More


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An alumnus of ISB, Hyderabad, Bindu, has a rich and diverse career spanning over 23+ years that has been about making a difference and getting people to exceed their potential. Bindu spent 11.5 years with Aon Hewitt till March 2015 and was the Service Delivery Leader, APAC region in her last role with them. In addition, Bindu led the corporate social responsibility for Aon in India under the banner of Aon Cares during her 11.5 years career with them.

Bindu has extensive experience in leading large complex operations spread across several geographies, managing customer service organizations and leading change management initiatives. She has led a three part, three year transformational initiative called the “Destiny” series in one of the business units in Aon, that led to outstanding business results. As a leader she has an abiding passion for leadership development and coaching.
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FMCG, Healthcare, Real Estate and Social Development Sector – the four most competitive sectors is where Krishnan, an alumnus of IIM, Ahmedabad, has a rich 30+ years of pan-India experience. From launching L’oreal products in South India way back in 1991 to launching a new brand of Pan Masala in an already saturated North India market – he has done it all.

Krishnan’s core competence has been taking on so-called “dead markets” and so-called “difficult new products” and making them successful. As senior technical director of Futures Group International, he led two programs – WHO-ORS & DPCP (Dual Purpose Condom Protection) that were funded by USAID as part of PACT-CRH program in India.

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Keeping in mind the ambitious and audacious goals that we have set for ShikshaDaan, we the co-founders thought that it is an imperative for our Foundation to be supported, advised and guided by experts from a range of domains. To that end, a strong and effective advisory council called “MargaDarshis” got constituted for ShikshaDaan. While the MargaDarshis may not be a formal or legal entity, members of the council, by virtue of their vast experience and expertise in diverse fields, have tremendous contributions to make. Also, the MargaDarshis are a set of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills that complement those of the trustees of the Foundation.

 Ways by which the MargaDarshis support ShikshaDaan are:

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Amit Duhlani

A gemologist by interest, a garment exporter by profession and a deeply committed vegetarian, Amit Duhlani is an interesting leader straddling the world of business and giving back to the community. Amit completed his B.Com degree from H.R College of economics and commerce, Mumbai and went on to complete his MIS from the New Jersey Institute of Tech, Newark, NJ, USA. Amit worked as a Software Engineer for a couple of years before setting up his garment export enterprise in 2002, called Metro Global. Metro Global is in the business of exports of textiles and other merchandise to various countries of the world. They specialize in printed fabrics for the African markets. Metro Global has also been recognized by the Government of India as a Star Export House. From garment export Amit expanded his business interests into the real estate business in 2010.

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Abhaya Behera

Abhaya, as his name suggests is fearless – he doesn’t fear anyone or anything. While his surname (last name) means “deaf”, he listens well and keenly because listening is central to his profession as a lawyer. He has been a lawyer practising in all the courts of Delhi including the High Court and Supreme Court of India. He has handled 2000+ cases in his illustrious 29 year career. Abhaya also served as the President of the Central Administrative Tribunal, Bar Association for two terms and as its Secretary for two terms.

Abhaya is a life member of the Law Institute of India.


Rajeev Grover

Rajeev has over 25 years leadership experience with companies like Mercer Consulting, Hewitt Associates, GE, Amex and PwC. His expertise has been in developing and implementing offshoring and outsourcing strategies as well as providing strategic and operational leadership that has enabled the rapid growth of startup operations in offshore locations especially in India.

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Shanthi Lakshmanan

Shanthi Lakshmanan, has over 30 years of experience in the IT & ITES industry in the field of finance and management.  Her experience spans across  strategy, project management, coaching, mentoring and fund raising.  She has worked in both domestic and international organizations.  She is the former Transition leader, Global operations at Mercer, an HR consulting and outsourcing organization.  She is passionate about CSR and represented the region in the Mercer’s global steering committee.  She is credited with launching and driving innovative volunteer programs.


Usha Rangarajan

Usha has a rich and varied career of over 29 years, in large, global organizations, ranging from Hospitality, Education, IT, ITES and Telecom and has played a pivotal role in driving both expansion as well as consolidation agendas. Usha has been at a CXO and senior leadership team level in the last 15 years.

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