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. 6000/- ($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 most of the schools, who took over the schools and have ensured that the children continue their studies in a similar way.

The remaining 2 schools with about 650 students are being run by Kasturi Trust as Ekalavya Schools providing low-cost, high-quality Education to underprivileged students living in Nandanavanam slum of Hyderabad and NS Palya slum in Bengaluru.

School Details





Student Strength

Staff Strength

Ekalavya School



I to IX


16 teachers

5 admin

Ekalavya School

NS Palya


I to X


16 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

Consolidated Projected Financials for all 5 ‘Ekalavya Schools’ (2017-18) academic year

Account Head Projection for 2017-18
Number of students 1302
Number of teachers 83
Number of other staff 32
Number of school buildings (Lease) 7
Total operational expenses Rs. 248,98,834
Fee collection Rs. 100,22,610
Net Deficit Rs. 148,76,224
Average cost per student Rs. 19, 124
Average fee per student Rs. 7698
Net deficit per student Rs. 11, 426

* Students are served nutritious Mid-Day meals in all 5 Ekalavya Schools everyday prepared by The Akshaya Patra Foundation. We serve 300,000 meals in an academic year in these five schools.



  • Fee structure (in INR):


  For Schools in Hyderabad                     For Schools in Bengaluru                               
Class Total (Fee+Book Cost)  2018-19 Total (Fee+Book Cost)  2018-19
I-V 8,000 8,700
VI & VII 9,300 9,400
VIII & IX 10,600 10,800
X 11,000 11,000
  • All buildings are on lease.

  • All schools have applied for required Government permissions to run a school and all have been granted recognition .

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