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Government Partners

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is Government of India's flagship program for achievement of Universalization of Elementary Education (UEE) in a time bound manner, as mandated by 86th amendment to the Constitution of India making free and compulsory Education to the Children of 6-14 years age group, a Fundamental Right.

State Government of Rajasthan

The State Government of Rajasthan has been working towards expanding literacy and awareness in all corners of the state. Various innovative programs have been launched for the enhancement of literacy. The Directorate of Literacy and Continuing Education, Rajasthan (DLCER) has been endeavoring for the expansion of literacy by bringing the left out illiterates in the literacy net, educational and social economic development of the neo-literates.

Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM)

The MCGM was established in 1882, as India’s first municipal corporation. It is the primary agency responsible for urban governance in Greater Mumbai. Numerous non-political groups, NGO's and organizations of citizens have worked closely with the civic body in the fields of education, public health; creation of urban amenities, art and culture, heritage conservation, etc.

Surat Municipal Corporation

The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is the flagship program of the Government of India for universalizing elementary education. The 86th amendment to the Constitution of India makes it obligatory for the government to make free and compulsory education a fundamental right for children of 6-14 years. Our partnership with SSA started in 2008 with a pilot project on School Leadership with 100 schools in 5 blocks of Jhunjhunu and Churu districts of Rajasthan. The project has now advanced to 700 schools in 10 additional blocks and 2 new districts (Udaipur and Dungarpur). - See more at:

Technical Partners

Bodh Shiksha Samiti

Bodh Shiksha Samiti was established in Jaipur and is guided by leading educationalists and social sector specialists. Bodh has created a system wherein children and the community are involved in school activities at all levels of the program: learning, school administration and curriculum development. It reaches out to more than 26,000 deprived children (urban and rural) through its bodhshalas and government schools in Jaipur and Alwar. Bodh has been instrumental in designing the Learning Quality and alternative Pedagogy processes for Instructional part of the Leadership Development curriculum. They have guided and supported the capacity development for staff and the Fellows.

Mercer Consulting

Mercer is a human resource consulting firm that started as the employee benefits department of Marsh and Mc Lennan in the US as early as in the 1930’s. Today, Mercer serves over 25,000 clients worldwide and is regarded as one of the leading providers of human capital solutions. Mercer consultants help clients maximize the effectiveness of their employee health, welfare and retirement programs, and optimize workforce performance while managing costs. The Fellowship team has worked closely with senior consultants from Mercer to develop Competency framework for its Youth Leadership program.

Cocoon Consulting

CoCoon builds people solutions designed to leverage, optimize, augment and transform organizational, people and process capability to deliver business results. For over nine years, CoCoon has designed and rolled out people solutions to a wide variety of clients, spanning diverse industries such as IT, FMCG, Pharma, ITES, Bio-informatics, Telecom Services, Retail and Public Services. Their clients have ranged from mid-size organizations to global giants in India, South East Asia, Australia, Europe and USA. CoCoon has been instrumental in the launch of the Fellowship, designing the induction process and collaborating on the design of the two-year program.

Flow Consulting

Flow consulting is a consulting firm based in Mumbai that enables organizational development through the domains of leadership development, cultural change, and building organizational capability. Flow is dedicated in helping organizations identify important areas for improvement through dialogue and mutual understanding and respect. The processes are directed towards building trust, co-operation and team work that create necessary energy and atmosphere for change in the organization. Flow has been conducting such processes for the Fellows as well as the fellowship staff to create a space for dialogue and reflection.


Vernalis was established in January, 2000, as a Human Resource Consultancy with a mission to help organizations realize their true potential. The work that Vernalis does, is deeply grounded in their belief that individuals, teams, organizations have limitless potential waiting to be unearthed. Their clientele ranges from start-ups to well established organizations. Vernalis has been closely associated with the organization now to improve ensure competency assessment and development, performance management, organizational structuring, and other related HR services.

Educational Initiatives (EI)

Educational Initiatives is an Ahmedabad based consultancy working in education research and assessments in India. The company is headed by IIM Graduates Sudhir Ghodke and Sridhar Rajagopalan and its aim is to promote an atmosphere of quality within India's primary school system. EI has been working alongside us to conduct research and assessments to improve our programs.

Friends of KEF

Ashoka India

Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Over a 30-year span, they have elected and funded over 2,800 leading social entrepreneurs in more than 70 countries. Rather than building one school or clinic in one community, Ashoka Fellows work at the systemic level, transforming the way children learn or creating new healthcare delivery systems. Ashoka then distills action-principles that cut across the work of these social entrepreneurs and creates frameworks for collaborative entrepreneurship to author global change. Aditya Natraj, the founder of Kaivalya Education Foundation and Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership, was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.

Echoing Green

General Atlantic launched Echoing Green in 1987, naming it after a Wiiliam Blake poem about creating a better world. Echoing Green is committed to foster individuals who are committed towards social change. In 2002, Cheryl L. Dorsey took over the leadership of Echoing green and reshaped the organization into a global non-profit. Since then this initiative has been provided funding to about 500 social entrepreneurs who have launched bold new organizations to generate positive systemic change across the world. Aditya Natraj, the founder of Kaivalya Education Foundation and Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership, is an alumnus of the Echoing Green Fellow.

Harvard University

Harvard University was established in 1636 under the name of the college’s first benefactor, John Harvard of Charleston in Cambridge, MA. The motto of Harvard is ‘Veritas’ (Latin for Truth). The institution since its inception has evolved as one of the finest institutions in the world with more than 323,000 alumni and 44 Nobel Laureates spread across the world. Harvard is known for its global leadership in education with faculty and student composed of world class scholars.

Jodo Gyan

Established in 1998, Jodo Gyan is an organization of professionals and social activists who have come together to find workable solutions to the problems in classroom practice in schools across India. Jodo Gyan tries to take a fresh look at these problems and draws upon cutting-edge research to solve them. They are a social enterprise motivated by the need to find sustainable and broadly applicable solutions to make education meaningful for every child in India. Jodo Gyan provides training in the pedagogy of Mathematics and teaching materials for the Fellowship.

Indian Institute Of Management, Ahmedabad

The Ravi J. Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation of IIM- A was set up in 1986 to conduct research and undertake training activities to influence the management of education systems in India. Its areas of research include literacy and popular culture, educational performance among disadvantaged communities, teacher-generated innovations in primary education and the role of teachers’ associations in educational reform. The centre also focuses on curriculum development and framing quality assurance policies and accreditation mechanisms in higher education. We have been associated with the experts from the Centre since the beginning to develop and fine-tune our Leadership Development Curriculum.