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Sikshana Foundation

location: BangaloreKarnataka

Donation Option Amount INR Actions
Help improve language and mathematics skills of children studying in rural government schools by part sponsoring the monthly salary of a Mentor
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
General Fund
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
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To evolve a sustainable and replicable model for an effective and decentralized public school system based on good management practices
According to data, 76 percent of the rural households in India send their children to government or government aided schools. The ASER assessment data of all Indian states submitted by the organisation Pratham, states that only 40 percent of the children studying in V class in rural government schools in India can read level 2 (Class II) text and only 20 percent of them can do division. Sikshana felt the need to improve the learning levels among children studying in government school. The organisation was started by a group of like-minded professionals in the year 2002 and began its work by adopting a few government primary schools based in and around Bangalore. Today, Sikshana reaches out to nearly 3 lakh children across 2,000 schools in the State of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
V.R Prasanna,CEO of the foundation came on board in 2007.Under his stewardship Sikshana has grown from 49 schools to cover over 1000 schools in 5 years. Prior to his engagement with Sikshana, he was the Founder CEO of Softrends, Inc USA for 10 years, where he designed Transaction Processing Software Systems. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from S. J. College of Engineering, Mysore and a Master's in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
Full time staff :45
Part time staff:0
Contract staff :35
Volunteers: 0
Total Receipts for 2015-2016 is INR 77866438
Total Payments for 2015-2016 is INR 29604891
Activities and reach for the latest full Financial Year
Students from class 4-7 tested on basic mathematics skills and Kannada reading: 279900
Rewards & Recognition
In 2011, Sikshana Foundation was awarded the Times of India Social Impact Awards 2011 by the Times of India Listed as top 3 organization in the education sector for “widespread and tangible impact in the field of public school education”.
In 2012, Sikshana Foundation was awarded the Featured in cover story of Outlook Business by the Outlook Magazine Improving learning level of rural government school students
Self generated ( fees/ subscriptions/ interest/ community contributions/ proceeds from sale of goods or services produced by the organisation etc.)000
Donation from Indian individuals through GiveIndia837,268385,2530
Other donations from Indian individuals14,445,7319,624,2050
Donations from foreign individuals through GiveIndia6,87210
Other donations from foreign individuals23,250,96224,946,8160
Grants from Indian sources ( trusts/ govt/ companies/ foundations)15,282,99910,009,45812,554,142
Grants from International sources ( under FCRA)23,257,83424,946,81723,122,741
Sale of assets000
Total Receipts77,866,43870,341,19935,676,883
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PAYMENTS (Capital)
Capital items purchased for the organisation, excluding investment ( Fixed Deposits etc.)37,500290,8133,135,571
Capital items purchased for beneficiaries000
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PAYMENTS (Revenue)
Programme related2015-20162014-20152013-2014
Salaries and benefits12,483,23613,309,4486,782,146
Staff training5,554,82820,587,5195,713,993
Staff travel488,152347,3561,398,665
Consultant's fees1,125,0001,521,1632,646,722
Office support expenses ( rent/ telephone/ electricty etc.)2,335,9312,391,8851,989,288
Materials procurred ( consummables as seed/ food/ books/ provisions etc.)5,730,729012,460,001
Grants/ donations given to other organisations as part of programme000
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)1,313,8201,827,3962,878,320
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Non-programme related2015-20162014-20152013-2014
Salaries and benefits00203,470
Staff training00171,420
Staff travel0041,960
Office support expenses ( rent/ repairs/ telephone/ electricity etc.)0059,680
Communication ( correspondence/ Annual Reports/ brochures/ appeals/ website etc.)000
Consultants' fees ( audit/ legal/ programme )0079,400
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)000
Other non-programme expenses00404,500
Total Payments29,604,89140,275,58038,988,668
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 Registration Details
Sr. Type of Registration
1 Trust [No.699]
2 PAN Number:AADTS1642M
3 12-A [No.Trust/718/10A/Vol.B-II/S.691/96/CIT-II]
4 80G [No.DIT(E)80G(R)452/E-2/07-08]
5 FCRA [No.94421186]
6 35AC [No.]
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 N. Nityananda and Co
 76, 1st Floor, Rangarao Road, Shankarpuram
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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 – 10,000241135
 10,000 – 25,00035641
 25,000 – 50,000202
 50,000 – 1,00,000101
 Greater than 1,00,000101
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Total annual payments consultants (in INR)Number of consultants
 less than 5,0000
 5,000 – 10,0000
 10,000 – 25,0000
 25,000 – 50,0003
 50,000 – 1,00,0000
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 Staff Remuneration (p.a.)
1 Highest Paid: INR 1050003
2 Lowest Paid: INR 96792
3 Head of the Organisation: INR 1050003
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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 Dr Ashoka Gurudas
 Male, Board Member, INR 0.00,
2 Balamuralikrishna A
 Male, Financial Advisor, INR 0.00,
3 Indira Sharma
 Female, Board Member, INR 0.00,
4 Prashanth Prakash
 Male, Chairperson, INR 0.00,
5 Dr V Sastry
 Male, Board Member, INR 0.00,
6 Sudhakar B R
 Male, Board Member, INR 0.00,
7 Ravindra Krishnappa
 Male, Board Member, INR 0.00,
8 Prasanna V R
 Male, CEO, INR 0.00,
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Board Members Background
1 Dr Ashoka Gurudas A physician by profession. He completed his M.B.B.S. from J.N.M.C. Belgaum, Karnataka University in the year 1981. Subsequently, he acquired a postgraduate specialization as Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from Bangalore Medical College. He has worked as a lecturer in General Medicine at M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore.
2 Balamuralikrishna A A highly successful Chartered Accountant, with an extensive practice both in India and abroad. His personal interest in assisting social causes drew him to work with Sikshana.
3 Indira Sharma A Post-graduate in Business Administration from the University of Mysore, she received State and University-level awards for her excellent academic performance. She is presently Vice-President in a large, reputed company, responsible for marketing its products in a highly competitive environment. She has a strong parallel interest in primary education, to which she devotes considerable effort and time
4 Prashanth Prakash A partner at Accel Partners, India a venture capital firm based out of the Silicon Valley. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Delaware, USA, and an Undergraduate degree, in Computer Science, from the Bangalore Institute of Technology, India.
5 Dr V Sastry Director of RelQ, holds an Electrical Engineering degree from REC Warangal and a PhD in Computer Applications from the University of Waterloo in Canada. In his 25 years’ experience in the software industry, Dr. Sastry has been responsible for the successful completion of a number of software projects of varying sizes in the field of Process Control and Simulation
6 Sudhakar B R After completing Masters in Physics from Central College, Bangalore, joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1973. He has Post Graduate Diploma in Development Finance from Birmingham University, UK.
7 Ravindra Krishnappa An Angel Investor and Product / Start-up incubation specialist. Currently he is the founder Director, VertEXperts Consulting LLP. Previoiusly he was the Director and Co-Founder of Inatech Infosolutions Pvt. Ltd. and has been in the IT industry for more than two decades.
8 Prasanna V R Chief Executive officer of Sikshana Foundation. Prasanna joined Sikshana Foundation in the year 2007 and has been focused on evolving and implementing Sikshana model, aligning strategies for engagement and increasing responsiveness with stakeholders. Under his stewardship Sikshana has grown from 49 schools to cover over 650 schools in 5 years. Prior to his engagement with Sikshana, he was the Founder CEO of Softrends, Inc USA for 10 years.
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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 2016-201724/09/201678
Programmes/ Projects for the year 2016-201724/09/201678
Annual Report for the year 2015-201624/09/201678
Financial Audit Report for the year 2015-201624/09/201678
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Staff International Travel
No member of this organisation has undergone foreign travel in recent years.
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 Impact of providing unlimited writing sheets on learning levels and writing for Exams.
Several schools lack writing and reading resources. The children find writing difficult because of lack of practice. Such schools are provided with writing sheets, diaries, writing material and dictionaries. Continuous and unrestricted writing increases the hand eye coordination, focus and ability to write long sentences for the exams. All of the above combined helps in the improvement of academic skills among children. Children are given a set of sheets every week and are encouraged to fill and use them up by the end of the week. The ‘used sheets’ are exchanged for a fresh set. This exercise has produced quantified results showing a drastic improvement in the speed and quality of writing in majority of the students. In addition, the schools are enabled to optimize the utilization of the available resources and are guided in developing a road map for development. With the Writing sheet program, writing speed of the children and their performance in academics has improved. The writing sheet exhibition and competition gave the children an opportunity to showcase their improved handwriting work and also inspired several other children too.

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Prasanna V.R.
298/C 7th Main 4th Block Jayanagar-
Bangalore - 560011,India

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Phone : 91 9972039890
Fax : 91 80 4123 8853
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