|Ramji Raghavan (Chairman)|
Mahavir Kumar (Managing Trustee)
Dr. V. K. Aatre
H. N. Srihari
Number of employees
Agastya International Foundation (Agastya) is an Indian education trust and non-profit organization based in Bangalore, India whose mission is to spark curiosity, nurture creativity and build confidence among economically disadvantaged children and teachers in India. A team of scientists, educators and entrepreneurs led by Ramji Raghavan founded Agastya in 1999. Agastya runs hands-on science and art education programs in rural, semi-urban and urban regions across 19 Indian states. It is one of the largest science education programs that caters to economically disadvantaged children and teachers in the world.
Agastya has a "Campus Creativity Lab" located on a 172-acre campus in Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, which houses science and art centers including an astronomy center and planetarium, center for creative teaching, an innovation hub, a science model-making center, open-air ecology lab and many more. The campus receives over 650 children every day and also trains teachers from seven states in India.
Agastya's programs across India are also delivered by over 190 Mobile Lab and iMobile Lab Vans, 60 Lab-on-Bikes and TechLaBikes, 70 Science Centers, nearly 540 night village school centers and trained over 14,000 Young Instructor Leaders (peer-to-peer learning). As of March 2018, Agastya has directly reached face-to-face over 10 million children (50% girls) and 250,000 teachers, from vulnerable and economically disadvantaged communities. As a charitable trust, Agastya is funded by corporate CSR, government and individual donations.