Agastya International Foundation

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Agastya International Foundation
Area served
Key people
Ramji Raghavan (Chairman)
Mahavir Kumar (Managing Trustee)
Rakesh Jhunjhunwala
Alok Oberoi
Dr. V. K. Aatre
H. N. Srihari
Manish Gupta
Adhirath Sethi
Vidya Shah
Utpal Seth
Number of employees

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 India.[2] A team of scientists, educators and entrepreneurs led by Ramji Raghavan founded Agastya in 1999. Agastya runs hands-on science and art education programs in rural, semi-urban and urban regions across 19 Indian states. It is one of the largest science education programs that caters to economically disadvantaged children and teachers in the world.[3]


Campus Creativity Lab[edit]

Agastya has a "Campus Creativity Lab" located on a 172-acre campus in Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh,[4] which houses science and art centers including an astronomy center and planetarium, center for creative teaching, an innovation hub, a science model-making center, the Ramanujan Math Park, an open-air ecology lab and many more. The campus receives over 650 children every day and also trains teachers from seven states in India.[5]

Other educational programs[edit]

Agastya's programs across India are also delivered by over 190 Mobile Lab and i Mobile Lab Vans, 60 Lab-on-Bikes and TechLaBikes, 70 Science Centers, nearly 540 night village school centers and trained over 14,000 Young Instructor Leaders (peer-to-peer learning). As of March 2018, Agastya has directly reached face-to-face over 10 million children (50% girls) and 250,000 teachers, from vulnerable and economically disadvantaged communities. As a charitable trust, Agastya is funded by corporate CSR, government and individual donations.[6]


  1. ^ Saha, Devanik (12 September 2012). "Fostering Innovation and Creativity in Rural India: Agastya Foundation". Huffington Post. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  2. ^ Agastya in Forbes
  3. ^ "Education World Article". Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Agastya Science Center: Education and Hope from a Fountain of Knowledge". Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  5. ^ "'Agastya Foundation' - A Knowledge Hub For Village Students: ETV Report". YouTube. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Agastya International Foundation | Who Are Our Partners". Retrieved 19 December 2017.