Who makes Agastya great?

It takes a whole team, benefactors, volunteers and advisors to make it all work!

Team: Agastya was not born fully formed, but grew out of the conversations and lively debates of its founders, and the influential and supportive friends who were there in the early days. They were there when its purpose was defined. They were there when it was named. And they were there when the first teacher was hired – the teacher who would set the standard for all of the others who followed. READ MORE.

Beneficiaries: The primary goal of augmenting government school curricula helps children grasp complex concepts through Agastya’s hands-on methods. Communities with few resources are uplifted and exposed to scientific realities, while superstitions are dispelled, and new opportunities are brought within the reach of India’s poor.

Visitors: The buzz around Agastya attracts many to its events, Science Centers, and to the Kuppam campus – our Creativity Lab. Whether spending a few hours or a few weeks, everyone has something to gain and something to offer when interacting at Agastya. Visitors come to share methods, conduct research, embark on partnerships, and recharge amidst the natural beauty of Southern India.

Benefactors: Supporters contribute their ideas, their talents, and their wealth to Agastya’s mission. The organization’s commitment to strengthen the educational foothold of India’s poor draws to it like-minded individuals with a generosity of spirit, ready to do their part to keep Agastya strong, and to help it grow.

Agastya Muni

Agastya Muni

Agastya: the great sage and scientist, with a foothold in ancient Indian science, could not provide a more auspicious name for the organization dedicated to sparking curiosity and creativity in India’s children through science.

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Dr. Abdul Kalam

Dr. Abdul Kalam

Bharat Ratna Dr. Abdul Kalam was a great friend and mentor to Agastya. He often made visits to science fairs and other Agastya events over the years, even making a trip to the campus to dedicate the Guru Gruha.

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Founder's Story

Founder's Story

The Agastya experiment was a brilliant idea, kept aloft by the high-minded idealism and tireless practical work of a small army of volunteers. Its survival to fruition, however, was due to the vision and perseverance Ramji Raghavan.

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“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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