About Ashoka India

Ashoka India has been supporting social entrepreneurs who are creating positive change in the country from last few decades. The first-ever social entrepreneur to be selected as an Ashoka Fellow was Gloria De Souza from India who revolutionised the system of learning in classrooms.

Impacting millions of people and communities through their work, our Fellows include people like Nobel Laureates Kailash Satyarthi (Bachpan Bachao Andolan) and Magsaysay awardee Anshu Gupta (Goonj), Harish Hande (SELCO), Chetna Gala Sinha (Mann Deshi Foundation), Shanti Raghavan (Enable India), Shaheen Mistri (Teach for India), among several others. Currently, we have over 500 Ashoka Fellows in India in wide-ranging fields such as poverty alleviation, farming, education, livelihoods, finance, local media, and women & youth empowerment, across India.

In the course of our work, having witnessed the changing patterns in society over the last few decades, and the way our problems are increasing at a pace faster than we can solve them, we have realised that to truly make things better for everyone we need to head towards a world where everyone is a changemaker. And just like social entrepreneurs, the world needs everyone to start developing and practising abilities and skills such as empathy, teamwork, leadership, and problem solving.

To this end, we believe that changemaking has to start young, and in the last few years we have developed a program for young changemakers called Ashoka Young Changemakers.  Ashoka India functions as a collaborative network that supports and amplifies change by bringing together these changemakers.

We also organise programs in partnership with other institutions (Schools, Universities et al) with a vision that these institutions have to develop everyone's potential to be a changemaker in their community.

Our office also serves as the regional hub for Ashoka’s activities in South Asia. Find out more about our work in Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

For any queries reach out to Dr. Shruti Nair, Leadership Group Member, Ashoka India, at [email protected]

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Ashoka India

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Address: Ashoka India 54, 1st Cross Road 1st Stage, Domlur Bengaluru 560071 Karnataka India