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Devanik Saha
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Devanik Saha is the CEO of Unnayan Learning Hub, an educational venture which establishes after-school learning centres for economically disadvantaged girls. He assists Anurag Thakur, a Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) in parliamentary activities and was a consultant with the World Bank . Previously, he was a Teach for India fellow teaching 4th grade in a low income government girls school in New Delhi. He is also a TED speaker and a mentor at National Entrepreneurship Network. Being an international writer, he has been published and featured in HuffingtonPost, Forbes India, Stanford Social Innovation Review NextBillion.net, MIT Entrepreneurship Review,etc. Recently, he was awarded the Prerna Fellowship by IIM Lucknow for his exemplary work in education.

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Engaging Citizens to Rate the Performance of Politicians: 'I For India'

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 12:20 PM

The political discourse in India has never been more exciting than it is right now. With the entry of Aam Aadmi Party, politics has undergone a complete makeover over the past 1.5 years. From chaiwallahs to CEOs, everybody is taking a keen interest in politics. It is very well the...

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So What Has Changed After the Entry of Aam Aadmi Party in Politics?

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 11:35 AM

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Since its independence, India has had major revolutions -- the primary ones being the green revolution, the milk revolution and the dotcom revolution. But none of them has excited and energized the whole country as the ongoing broom revolution. No prizes for guessing...

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Husband and Children: Is a Woman Just Meant for Handling Them?

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 4:05 PM

Over the past couple of decades, the focus on gender mainstreaming and gender equality has increased manifold. In a country like India, where millions of women are made to believe that their suffering and woes are a part of their destiny, gigantic efforts are required to empower women and bring...

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I Am Not a Game Changer, I Am Just a Simple Teacher

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 10:37 AM

Recently, I attended a workshop for an educational fund, which was a mentorship workshop for their portfolio of start-ups. When I introduced myself as the co-founder of my venture Unnayan Learning Hub and an ex-TFI Fellow, the person I was speaking to asked me: So tell me, what is so...

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Do We Really Need Fancy Products and Cool Ideas in Education?

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 5:00 PM

If we look at the past few years, there has been a tremendous boom in education in India. Read through corporates' CSR policies, philanthropy related articles or social entrepreneurship blogs and websites, everywhere one will notice that the focus is education. According to India Ratings, a Fitch group company, the...

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What Is the Biggest Challenge In Indian Education?

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 9:34 AM

When we were young, we had so many aspirations of becoming doctors, engineers, astronauts, etc. Whenever we used to discuss the various career options with our parents, we only heard one thing: To become what we want, we need to work hard and specialize. For example: If one wants to...

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Data and Statistics: The Only Way to Measure Impact?

(6) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 11:11 AM

As a teacher, a significant part of my day is spent reading articles and blogs about the latest happenings in the Indian education sector. Facebook groups, tweets, LinkedIn and other prominent websites are all sources of my information. Over the past year, education in India has witnessed a boom in...

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Swaniti Initiative: A Blend of Policy and Grassroots Action

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 10:44 AM

The recent gang-rape incident has sent shock waves all over India. Mass protests and public outrage has shaken the Indian government and it has forced them to seriously consider women's safety issues. Digging more into the reasoning of the protests, it comes out very clearly that the majority of the...

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Fostering Innovation and Creativity in Rural India: Agastya Foundation

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 4:17 PM

How many of us have represented our country as international delegates in some prestigious science fair? I would think that hardly 1% of those reading this article might have received this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But Jyothsna and Bhargavi, two 13-year-old girls from Settipalli, Andhra Pradesh, a quiet and remote rural village...

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Is Education Only About English and Math?

(4) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 3:06 PM

In India, we talk a lot about educating the poor, underprivileged, etc. Thousands of initiatives and projects have evolved since long to work on it According to a report by PRIA and John Hopkins University in 2002, a staggering 1.2 million NGOs operate in the country. Over the...

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