Ashoka Announces Election of 5 New Fellows in India

BANGALORE, Nov. 16, 2015 – Ashoka: Innovators for the Public today announces the selection of five new Fellows in India. Ranging from education to health to the environment, these social entrepreneurs have pioneered game-changing and scalable innovations throughout India. 

The rigour of the Ashoka selection process is the gold standard for the social entrepreneurship sector. Candidates undergo an extensive process lasting more than six months. Out of the leading social entrepreneurs who are originally considered for the Fellowship, only 1% fulfils Ashoka’s meticulous criteria. 

The new Fellows are:

1.     Pallavi Gupta – Pallavi’s organisation Fifth Estate is facilitating a collaboration between the public, private and social sectors through a platform that brings together these stakeholders to identify solutions for social problems and empower local innovations to scale. 

2.     Nalini Saligram - Nalini is promoting healthy lifestyles and chronic disease prevention by implementing educational programs in schools and by changing the culture of workplaces. Her organisation Arogya World also works with women to make healthy decisions in homes.  

3.     Sujay Santra - With the mission to bridge the urban-rural gap in health care services, iKure provides access to quality and affordable health care in rural India enabled by a proprietary technology platform called Wireless Health Incident Monitoring System (“WHIMS”). 

4.     Ramesh Kumar – Ramesh through his organisation Swarna Pragati is bringing valuable, affordable and high quality houses to the most disadvantaged rural areas through an inclusive process of empowering rural communities and an innovative microfinance system adjusted to building houses.  

5.     Samina Bano - Samina Bano believes that the key to building a socially equitable society is through an education system where children from all socio-economic backgrounds have equal access to quality education. She is using the Right to Education (RTE) Act, passed in 2009 but rarely implemented, as a tool to build an inclusive education system that gives equal access to quality education to all children, through her organisation Bharat Abhudaya Foundation.

About Ashoka

Ashoka: Innovators for the Public is the one of the largest networks of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with over 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries creating large-scale impact through new innovations. Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka is an international network that is driving the social sector and offering a platform for people dedicated to changing the world. Ashoka pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship and has built multi-level stakeholders across the world who increasingly look to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve social problems.

In India, Ashoka has a vibrant fellowship of over 380 fellows and elects a new cohort of Fellows every year. Ashoka India also selects and elects new Fellows from Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and plays a unique role in integrating the emerging social sector in South Asia.