Newsletter November – December, 2011

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Partnerships looking forward


5 of Thomson Reuters young high-achievers interned with us for a 6-week period to help us develop our communication and fundraising strategy. In return, the team from Thomson Reuters believes that exposure to a developing world non-profit will help them grow as future leaders of the company. The interns spent their first week in Mumbai, working in close collaboration with our Corporate team, gaining a better insight into our mission. These 7 days have been summarized beautifully by them in a video. Click here to watch the video.



We have entered into partnership with Atma. Atma is an NGO that helps other NGOs working in the education sphere by providing unique consultancy services. Their vision is of quality education for every child, which is a close connect with the mission which drives Avani. Through this partnership we wish to create a long term affect on our organization, looking beyond our day to day resource constraints and maximize our impact.

Via Atma’s consultancy, training, advocacy and skilled volunteering services, Avanti will work towards building its capacity by engaging into effective and profound collaborations with organizations that are focused on children, education and community development.


Corporate Reinforced


Manisha Kukreja

Avanti’s growing operations have been boosted as we welcome Manisha Kukreja on board. Manisha graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology – Kanpur in 2008.

Before joining Avanti she worked with the world’s largest oilfield services company, Schlumberger, for 3 years which saw her gain operational experience in many countries in South East Asia and Europe apart from India.


Abbas Dadla

Avanti is proud to welcome its first member from campus recruit. Abbas Dadla, currently studying at the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay will join our operations team as a full time employee after he graduates from IIT Bombay in June – July 2012.

Abbas has been an active volunteer for Avanti’s Mumbai operations and currently leads our student team at IIT-Bombay. Abbas has helped reinforce our faith in Avanti’s mission by becoming the first ever Avanti student volunteer to sideline prolific job opportunities and  join our corporate team.


We are now a Level 2 UnLtd. India investee

Avanti’s relationship with UnLtd India has scaled yet another height. UnLtd India has selected Avanti Fellows into their 2nd level of support provision. Avanti’s selection was based on the strong motivation shown towards creating change. The success achieved in our preliminary projects and our clear vision for the future is personified by this selection.

What it means for us?

UnLtd’s second support level will help Avanti greater impact and sustainability. This will be made possible by an additional funding of Rs 2 Lakhs, along with an average of 220 hours of hands-on support over the next year.



More training partners come on board

Avanti’s 1st medical chapter

Avanti has achieved yet another milestone by setting up its first ever medical chapter in Delhi. With the help from a select number of dedicated student volunteers currently studying in Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), Avanti has been able to commence operations in the medical stream.

Mission PMT’s Director, Mr. Anant Singh Dhillon has shown immense confidence in Avanti’s mission. Over the next year, 20 of our fellows will be coached by Mission PMT’s highly experienced faculty at their New Delhi center, totally free of cost.


Additions on the engineering front

Avanti is excited to announce new partnerships in the engineering stream.

Our fellows in Delhi will take  preparatory classes for the Joint Entrance Examination and other engineering entrance examinations with Vidya Mandir Classes (VMC). VMC is one of the best in the industry and boasts of an impeccable record over the past many years.

We thank the entire management of VMC, who has assured us of all the required support to make sure that each of the Avanti Fellows is provided with quality guidance towards cracking the engineering entrance examinations.


In Mumbai, Brilliance will be providing Avanti with 50 free seats. Brilliance will help our fellows to understand the nuances of the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT CET) for entry into engineering colleges in Maharashtra.


3000+ students have given our 2011-12 selection test

With processes falling into place Avanti conducted a series of selection tests in collaboration with various Government and non-Government School Systems across its operational locations:

  • In Chennai, over 450 students from Chennai Corporation schools and Kendriya Vidyalayas sat for the 1st round of tests.
  • Delhi winters saw its 1st test for the medical stream being held on December 12, 2011. 40 students from the Dayanand Anglo-Vedic (DAV) Schools sat for the medical test. In addition 100 plus students from various DAVs sat for admission into the engineering stream. A 2nd test held on December 22 for students from Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalayas (RPVV) and Sarvodaya Vidyalayas. A total of 1266 students sat for the engineering and medical selection tests.
  • In Kanpur, the 2 tests conducted saw over 500 students entering the process.
  • In Roorkee, the 1st round of the selection process was carried out with over 250 applicants from schools across the city.
  •  In Mumbai one test each in September and October saw 400+ and 250+ applicants giving our test respectively. Close to a dozen fellows have already been selected. A third selection test in schedule in end December to fill the remainder of the seats of the Mumbai batch of Avanti Fellows.

The 2nd round of the selection process which includes a home test followed by a home interview are underway.

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2 Responses to “Newsletter November – December, 2011”

  1. Excellent work done.I am a home maker,if you need any help,let me know.

    Suniti mahale
  2. I am a good gynaecologist and presently at home. Very interested in helping with medical chapter

    Vani Ramkumar

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