Ekalavya Schools (An initiative of Kasturi Trust, Bangalore)

In October 2011, 4500 poor students in 10 urban slum schools in India faced a crisis. Their main sponsor could no longer support the schools beyond March 2012. The students in these good quality English medium schools which charged only a nominal fee faced a bleak future – either shift to Government Schools, or unaffordable private schools, or drop out of school altogether. Given a monthly average family income of Rs.5000/- ($90) mass drop out seemed inevitable.

In November 2011, Kasturi Trust, headed by Dr. G K Jayaram, stepped in and decided to ensure that none of the students lose out on their education. Over the next 12 months, helped in this effort by numerous generous organisations and philanthropists, permanent sponsors were found for 6 of the schools, who took over the schools and have ensured that the children continue their studies in a similar way.

The remaining 4 schools with about 1500 students were taken over directly by Kasturi Trust and named Ekalavya Schools. The schools continue to provide good quality English medium education from Class I to X and charge very low fees. Kasturi Trust is committed to leaving no child without schooling and is striving to find permanent funding for the 4 schools.

Section 1

School

Location

City

Classes

Student Strength

Staff Strength

Ekalavya School

Fateh Nagar

Hyderabad

I to X

741

32 teachers

9 admin

Ekalavya School

Lenin Nagar

Hyderabad

I to IX

229

12 teachers

4 admin

Ekalavya School

Nandanavanam

Hyderabad

I to IX

361

14 teachers

5 admin

Ekalavya School

NS Palya

Bengaluru

I to X

236

13 teachers

6 admin

At a glance

  • 50% of the students are girls

  • All schools are located very close to urban slums, so they can be reached easily by the students

  • Not many affordable private English medium schools nearby

  • Student selection done after visit to their residence to verify their income levels

  • NCERT recommended curriculum in primary school, and State Board syllabus in high school

  • Extra-curricular activities such as sports, arts, computers, music and dance

  • Activity-based peer learning in lower classes

Financial Details

Fateh Nagar

Lenin Nagar

Nandanavanam

NS Palya

Total Amount in Rs.

Salaries

48,00,000

12,50,000

16,00,000

18,00,000

94,50,000

Rent

24,00,000

4,20,000

6,10,000

11,40,000

45,70,000

Other Expenses

8,60,000

2,52,000

3,16,000

6,00,000

20,28,000

Total Expenses

80,60,000

19,22,000

25,26,000

35,40,000

1,60,48,000

Income from fees

15,00,000

4,00,000

6,25,000

5,00,000

30,25,000

Deficit

65,60,000

15,22,000

19,01,000

30,40,000

1,30,23,000

Note

  • Fee structure: Class I to V is Rs. 100 pm; Class VI to X is Rs. 125 pm for the year 2012-13 and hike in fee by Rs50/- per month is proposed for 2013-14.

  • All buildings are on lease

  • All schools have applied for required Government permissions to run a school and all have been granted recognition with one application in process.