Testimonials

“… Agastya makes one realize that people of small villages are as enthusiastic as anybody else about learning, if given the opportunity. Every child has that inquisitiveness and wants to learn, to do those different kinds of things. Only, we must offer encouragement.”
Adhirath Sethi, Trustee, Agastya International Foundation

 

“The mission, the scale, the time-bound plans, and results and impact, so far, are amazing. What makes Agastya unique? Valuable? Exemplary? It is the ability to scale to the unique environment of India. Made in India for India, and for the rest of the world!”
Sharat Kaul

 

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s a wealthy child, small child, anybody from a poor background. You start a mind – a young mind – thinking. Why? It is uncluttered. Ideas can be planted. Start thinking and in physical terms. Get them to do things. To me that is the most important thing that one can really do.” 
Bala Warrier, CEO, Manipal Foundation

 

“What is unique and exemplary about Agastya is that instead of an organization available for students who are seeking additional science learning, it reaches out to the rural, uninitiated masses to inculcate interest in science by going to their door.” 
Professor M.A. Ramaswamy

 

“I was convinced that [Agastya] had both the leadership and vision and that associating myself with it would bring a sense of fulfillment. … It’s strength lies in its simplicity. It does not attempt to do everything, but by taking up the core issue of science education, it is at the very heart of the educational system.”
Dhirendra Singh, former Union Home Secretary, former member Commission on Centre State

 

“The unique thing about Agastya is its hands-on learning methods, and the fact that these methods can be introduced into the government system seamlessly, without causing disruption.”
S.V. Ranganath, Former Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka

 

“Agastya provides a golden opportunity for government school kids. Serving students is most important. Students are very brilliant – as evidenced in their talking. Their confidence is building day by day. Teachers are also lucky fellows. Kuppam and the surrounding areas are all lucky fellows.”
P.S. Jayamma, Project Officer at Agastya, Kuppam Campus (began at Agastya in 2005)

 

“In 2007, I helped Agastya develop a ten-year plan to reach over two million children and one hundred thousand teachers. Recognizing Agastya’s transformative power, Jhunjhunwala commited to Rs. 50 crores (USD 12 million), a major commitment by a single individual to realize Agastya’s dream of a creative India.”
Manish Gupta, Senior Executive at Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s RARE Enterprises, Inc.

 

“What is unique and exemplary about Agastya is that instead of an organization available for students who are seeking additional science learning, it reaches out to the rural, uninitiated masses to inculcate interest in science by going to their door.”
Professor M.A. Ramaswamy

 

“I feel that Agastya can become a brand for identifying and nurturing talent; a springboard for people to just leap into a different environment than what they are familiar with. You meet these people who are so concerned about what’s happening in our country and want to do something.”
Sujatha Ramadorai, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, & Chennai Mathematical Institute

 

“Agastya creates a ‘why?’ in their minds. … That is the key to unleashing the creative potential of the vast masses. … Agastya seems to have aroused a keen interest in the kids it has touched. They say they like science and mathematics. I think this means they can experiment with life. This, to me, is Agastya’s impetus.”
S. Raghunathan, National Knowledge Commission

 

“It is science that is the building block of all natural phenomena. Science leads to technology, technology leads to development, development leads to transformation. … So, what Agastya has taken up as its mission is to use science as a means for transformation.”
S.V. Subramanyam, Educator

 

“The lesson we derive out of [the Agastya] experience is that innovative and student friendly solutions are needed to enable scientific learning in the youth, especially those in rural and remote regions of the nations of the world.”
Former President of India, Dr. A.PJ. Abdul Kalam

 

“Agastya’s approach and methods make learning a free experience. Our school curriculum is too result-oriented, too disciplined and mundane, with no room for asking questions. But Agastya’s experiments are not so. The important thing here is no pressure. I believe in understanding, not in learning by rote.”
Professor S. Parthan, Educator, IIT, Kharagpur

 

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