Educational Support for the Underprivileged
Heena Kausar was one of the original scholarship recipients in late 2017. She is one of four sisters and her father is a daily wage labourer in the rural town of Kalasapura. Heena couldn't afford her text books 2 years ago in 1st PUC (11th grade) and by just studying her notes, she still got 80% in her exams. With her hard work, positive attitude and a little support in 2018 she topped her school. We think she is going places ......
The goal of Keshava Foundation is to provide support and mentorship for under-privileged, pre-university students from rural areas in India, who are showing academic purpose.
In 2017 the scholarship program was started in Government Pre-University college in Kalasapura. A rural village located 4 hours from Bangalore, Kalasapura has poor infrastructure with limited access to clean drinking water, electricity and medical services. In 2018 we have added a second Government Pre-University College in the neighboring town of Javagal. Together with supporting these very worthy students, what is very exciting here are the early plans for a digital library to provide the students with online tools, training and interaction .... both from Bangalore and from around the world!
Having role models is a challenge for many under-privileged students. Self-esteem is often low, as is general awareness of what is even possible with their future careers. The Foundation feels very fortunate to have partnered with Prerana, a Bangalore based NGO, that takes a holistic approach in supporting underprivileged students showing academic promise.
Prerana’s vision of “No deserving student shall be deprived of education due to economic conditions” aligns perfectly with Dr. Keshava’s beliefs. When Prerana's Secretary, Ram Sastry speaks, the students listen ..
Besides the many challenges that underprivileged students from rural areas face in even being able to attend classes on a regular basis, there are structural challenges which must be overcome. This includes a lack of either understanding or speaking English, which most of the STEM degree courses are taught in. In addition, infrastructure is poor so tools that are taken for granted in city areas such as online learning and training courses are not available for rural students. But don't take our word for it, hear from Kannada teacher in Javagal Pre-University College, Virpaksha ...
Born and raised in rural Karnataka, Indian cricket great, Javagal Srinath, is very familiar with the unique challenges faced by rural students. As a close friend of Dr. Keshava’s, he is supportive and keenly interested in the futures of the students being supported. And the Foundation is very grateful for his ongoing guidance and support.