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QUEST Alliance

location: BangaloreKarnataka

Donation Option Amount INR Actions
Sponsor a tablet for a teacher in a govt. school in Bihar to make learning exploratory and fun for kids
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
Provide arts, crafts and sports materials for students in a class in a Govt. school Bihar
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
General Fund
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
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Enabling individuals to build self-learning pathways to help them lead meaningful and productive lives.
The Quality Education and Skills Training - QUEST Alliance focuses on research-led innovation and implementation of high-impact projects in the field of teaching and learning. We engage with Government schools, community colleges and vocational institutes, to help them adopt ICT-enabled educational solutions. Founded in 2005 as a program of the International Youth Foundation - IYF, financially supported by the United States Agency for International Development -USAID, to help educators and educational institutions drive the use of technology in teaching and learning. There is a significant disconnect between India's basic education system and the needs and opportunities of its emerging economy, which highlights the need for greater emphasis in linking learning with livelihoods. To bridge this gap between education and skills, it designs scalable and replicable solutions across four major programs to enable self-learning for young people between the ages of 10 and 35 years.
Aakash Sethi, Executive Director, has 15 years of experience in Youth Development programs. At Quest, he is responsible for setting up operations and nurtures a partner network to facilitate program innovation, implementation, evaluation, knowledge sharing, policy advocacy and business development. He is an Asia 21 fellow, Common Purpose graduate and serves on the board of Science Meets Dharma – a Tibetan not-for-profit trust promoting science education for Tibetan monks. He has a graduate degree in Economics from St. Xavier's College, Ahmedabad.
Full time staff :45
Part time staff:7
Contract staff :0
Volunteers: 0
Total Receipts for 2015-2016 is INR 160730530
Total Payments for 2015-2016 is INR 115424474
Activities and reach for the latest full Financial Year
Children reached through interventions in education: 400000
No. of Head masters trained through workshops: 935
ToTs conducted, support materials created and provided: 32
Number of schools where programme is being executed: 996
Student profile received, books and student materials dispatched, LMS report of student accessing content: 10627
No. of teachers trained through workshops : 976
Number of training centres supported by Quest Alliance: 287
Rewards & Recognition
In 2014, Quest Alliance was awarded the CNBC TV 18 & ICICI Foundation's Inclusive India Award by the CNBC TV 18 & ICICI Foundation Emerging Non-Profit- Urban Livelihoods
Self generated ( fees/ subscriptions/ interest/ community contributions/ proceeds from sale of goods or services produced by the organisation etc.)3,613,704720,9061,270,719
Donation from Indian individuals through GiveIndia1,398,56900
Other donations from Indian individuals151,40000
Donations from foreign individuals through GiveIndia000
Other donations from foreign individuals000
Grants from Indian sources ( trusts/ govt/ companies/ foundations)3,704,050217,900452,764
Grants from International sources ( under FCRA)145,088,063125,975,90940,528,479
Sale of assets000
Total Receipts160,730,530131,185,16142,642,560
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PAYMENTS (Capital)
Capital items purchased for the organisation, excluding investment ( Fixed Deposits etc.)1,569,3056,555,094568,093
Capital items purchased for beneficiaries000
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PAYMENTS (Revenue)
Programme related2015-20162014-20152013-2014
Salaries and benefits17,483,90231,087,94112,818,424
Staff training0567,9411,811,788
Staff travel1,662,7671,620,5071,622,968
Consultant's fees5,290,3111,385,7112,221,783
Office support expenses ( rent/ telephone/ electricty etc.)7,386,4795,286,1643,092,725
Materials procurred ( consummables as seed/ food/ books/ provisions etc.)041,242,16813,032,672
Grants/ donations given to other organisations as part of programme30,894,32621,388,37412,172,872
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)2,236,8211,481,362704,937
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Non-programme related2015-20162014-20152013-2014
Salaries and benefits000
Staff training000
Staff travel150,80100
Office support expenses ( rent/ repairs/ telephone/ electricity etc.)1,797,26400
Communication ( correspondence/ Annual Reports/ brochures/ appeals/ website etc.)450,80200
Consultants' fees ( audit/ legal/ programme )1,212,47300
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)000
Other non-programme expenses1,579,94400
Total Payments115,424,474113,317,64550,215,700
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 Registration Details
Sr. Type of Registration
1 Trust [No.BNG(U)-VRT-BK IV 187/2008-09]
2 PAN Number:AAATQ0135G
3 12-A [No.DIT(E)BLR/12A/Q-1/AAATQ0135G/ITO(E)-2/Vol 2009-10]
4 80G [No.DIT(E)BLR/80G/129/AAATQ0135G/ITO(E)-2/Vol 2010-11]
5 FCRA [No.94421483]
6 35AC [No.]
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 P.B. No. 534, No. 47, M – Floor, Wheeler Road, Cox Town
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 Staff Remuneration (INR)
Gross salary plus benefits paid to staff (in INR) p.m. Male Female Total
 less than 5,000000
 5,000 – 10,000404
 10,000 – 25,000325
 25,000 – 50,00020727
 50,000 – 1,00,000437
 Greater than 1,00,000404
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Total annual payments consultants (in INR)Number of consultants
 less than 5,0000
 5,000 – 10,0000
 10,000 – 25,0004
 25,000 – 50,00013
 50,000 – 1,00,00011
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 Staff Remuneration (p.a.)
1 Highest Paid: INR 2264414
2 Lowest Paid: INR 94584
3 Head of the Organisation: INR 2264414
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 Board Expenses
Sr. Detail Amount(INR)
1 International travel0
2 Domestic travel0
3 Local conveyance0
4 Entertainment expenses0
5 Other0
  Total 0
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Board Members
SI.Name (Age)Gender, Position, Gross Remuneration, Relation to other members
1 Kapil Das
 Male, Trustee, INR 0.00,
2 Arvind Lodaya
 Male, Trustee, INR 0.00,
3 Aakash Sethi
 Male, Managing Trustee, INR 1,403,969.00,
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Board Members Background
1 Kapil Das He is a filmmaker and photographer, and one of the co-founders of Quicksand. Kapil possesses a unique flair for the arts - whether it be music, visuals or moving images.
2 Arvind Lodaya Arvind Lodaya, trained in Industrial Design, but his work spans virtually every design discipline.
3 Aakash Sethi He has over 10 years of experience in Youth Development programs. He has served in leadership roles in organizations like AIESEC, Ambuja Cements, Microsoft and International Youth Foundation where he designed, implemented and monitored multi-stakeholder processes for youth employability, school education and leadership development.
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Board Resolution
SubjectsBoard Meeting/Annual General Body Meeting DateNo. of members presentStrength of the board at the time of this meeting
Budget for the year 2016-201723/02/201613
Programmes/ Projects for the year 2016-201723/02/201613
Annual Report for the year 2015-201629/08/201613
Financial Audit Report for the year 2015-201629/08/201613
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Staff International Travel
SINameDestination & PurposeGross ExpensesSponsored% SponsoredName of Sponsor Organisation
1 Deepak Shahee Washington DC
 INR 134202.00 0 100% Creative Associates
2 Amitav Nath Washington DC
Annual Conference of CIES
 INR 104250.00 0 100% Creative Associates
3 Abhijeet Mehta California
LinkedIn Impact Tracker Partnership Launch
 INR 133178.00 0 75% LinkedIn
4 Ragini Lall Paris
UNESCO Mobile Learning Week
 INR 99286.00 0 0% 
5 Nikita Bengani Washington DC
mEducation Alliance Symposium
 INR 96300.00 0 0% 
6 Neha Parti Washington DC
Annual Conference of CIES
 INR 104250.00 0 100% Creative Associates
7 Aakash Sethi Washington DC
mEducation Alliance Symposium
 INR 96300.00 0 0% 
8 Neha Parti Washington DC
 INR 134202.00 1 100% Creative Associates
9 Rajnish Chandra Washington DC
 INR 134202.00 0 100% Creative Associates
10 Nikita Bengani Washington DC
mEducation Alliance Symposium
 INR 96300.00 0 0% 
11 Amitav Nath Washington DC
 INR 134202.00 1 100% Creative Associates
12 Aakash Sethi Washington DC
 INR 134202.00 1 100% Creative Associates
13 Sushant Mihir Pathak Washington DC
 INR 134202.00 1 100% Creative Associates
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 Foot-Fall at the Anandshala Resource Centres at 2 schools in Samstipur
There has been a huge buzz among the community about the digital literacy class offered at the two centres. With more than 50 attendees, Dalsing Sarai School Centre is currently running three consecutive batches with women with in the age group of 20-30 years of age. The Patori school centre has two batches with 35 attendees in all. People are eagerly waiting to gain a lot of hands-on experience of technology and use it in their day to day life. Every alternate week a workshop or an exposure visit for the facilitator will be organised to inculcate the ability of planning the sessions on their own and give them idea on how things are working in different avenues. In collaboration with the Quest Alliance my quest program, we will start life skills and career guidance sessions from next month and will explore areas where digital platform can shake hands with the My Quest program to give the attendees a better exposure. A 45-day module based on popular government schemes and policies have been created including national and district level information which will empower women with administrative and ground level awareness. The modules include day wise topics with examples which will help them understand how internet can be useful rather than a being a tool for entertainment. Development of a digital literacy toolkit is underway and will be provided to each centre. This will enable the attendees to see the roadmap of the sessions and help us make the model sustainable.
 Chhotu Turns Over A New Leaf
Chhotu is a student at UMS Tirapurvi in Samastipur, Bihar. His father runs a small bike repairing shop right next to his school where Chhotu used to spend most of his time. Though both his parents are illiterate, they were very keen to get good education for their son. But Chhotu hardly attended school. When the Anandshala program started in his school, his attendance, behavior, class performance and work obligation were evaluated and his low attendance, behavior in class and the time he spent at the shop his father ran put him in the focus child category. It was clear that he was at risk of dropping out. Chhotu took a few more days to convince himself to come join the group but then there was no looking back. Initially he would come in just to attend the sports sessions but as he continued, he built a good relationship with his classmates and teachers. As a part of the Anandshala program, he was encouraged to participate in other enrichment activities that include arts, crafts and body movement. The team realized that Chhotu has a flair for arts and crafts. He enjoyed drawing and painting and soon he was experimenting with different mediums. His confidence in himself further improved when he got a platform to showcase his talent at the parent teacher meeting conducted for people from his community. He was further given an opportunity to talk about his work and experience to an external group who had come to engage with the program. The teacher started monitoring his case closely to identify the reasons and solutions for the absenteeism. His father, informed the team that he along his family have been making consistent efforts to get him to attend school, but Chhotu is completely disinterested and sees no value in attending classes. His father said, I have visited the school in past and spoken to his teachers about it. But nothing that we did helped to get him to school. Chhotu would sit in the shop and look at his classmates playing every day. Noticing his interest in the games, an Anandshala team member asked him to come join the group and then it was left for him to decide.

You can communicate with QUEST Alliance at
Aakash Sethi
No. 108, 2nd Main, 6th Cross, Koramangala 1st Block-
Bangalore - 560034,India

Or you can reach QUEST Alliance here
Phone : 91 80 4098 3304; 91 9980102728
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