Why here? Why now? Why Agastya?

Lifting the lower classes through education is our best hope for a brighter future.

India is Ripe: Why is Agastya so right for India? Partially serendipitous, some of India’s finest minds in the areas of business, education, and finance developed the earliest concept of taking science lessons into the rural villages to reach the country’s poorest and most disenfranchised children. The children thrive under the Agastya model, prompting growth in breadth and depth of programs.

 

An Idea Taking Hold: India’s overpopulation and poverty are always cited as her greatest problems. But among India’s poor children, the next generation’s Srinivasa Ramanujan may be found. Lifting the lower classes through education is our best hope for a brighter future, not only in India, but as an example to all the nations of the world.

 

Call it Agastya: The Kuppam campus is located near the place where the three southern states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu meet. As for a human being, the name selected for an organization should be auspicious. Agastya honors the South Indian sage for whom it is named, and the day’s activities pass under the idol’s gaze.

 

Science & Art: Science is important to teach us about the world around us and dispel myths. This is widely acknowledged. Art, however, is considered unimportant – even a waste of one’s time. But without expensive cameras on microscopes or telescopes, the ability to draw what one sees becomes vitally important. By looking closely to accurately draw, a child learns to truly see.

Education at the Crossroads

Education at the Crossroads

India has something that the world needs: brain power. The challenge is to develop this brain power, but not just among the elite and privileged. All children must be reached, from every segment of society, and from a younger age.

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Namesake Organization

Namesake Organization

Naming Agastya after the Rishi reflects on deep spiritual roots of science in India, and its link to ancient, largely forgotten, traditions of science and the spiritual as entwined. Western thought has set them up in opposition.

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Sparking Creativity

Sparking Creativity

Children’s minds and imaginations are stimulated through direct, hands-on engagement, whether on campus or by a MobileLab instructor. Agastya encourages them to freely ask, “How?” and “Why?”

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“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

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