Agastya International Foundation

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Agastya International Foundation
Industry Education
Founded 1999
Headquarters Bangalore, India
Area served India & International
Key people Rakesh Jhunjhunwala - Investor and philanthropist
Alok Oberoi - Investment banker
Ramji Raghavan (Chairman)
Mahavir Kumar (Managing Trustee),
Dr. V. K. Aatre (Trustee),
H. N. Srihari (Trustee),
Manish Gupta (Trustee)- MD-RARE Enterprises
Employees 400+

Agastya International Foundation (Agastya)[1] is an Indian education trust and non-profit organization based in Bangalore, India whose mission is to spark curiosity, nurture creativity and build confidence among economically disadvantaged children and teachers in rural India.[2] Agastya was founded in 1999 by entrepreneurs including Mr. Ramji Raghavan. Agastya runs hands-on science education programs in rural and peri-urban regions across 12 Indian states, as of September 2013. It is one of the largest science education programs catered to economically disadvantaged children and teachers in the world.[3] By making practical, hands-on science education accessible to rural government schools, Agastya aims to transform and stimulate the thinking of underprivileged children and teachers. Agastya has a Creativity Lab located on a172-acre campus near Bangalore,[4] Mobile Labs and 29 Science Centres. As of September 2013, Agastya has implemented programs for over 5 million children (50% girls) and 150,000 teachers, from vulnerable and economically disadvantaged communities.