Aruna Sankaranarayanan

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Aruna Sankaranarayanan

1998 Global Fellow
Founder of Prayatna

Aruna Sankaranarayanan 1998 Global Fellow

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Increase academic acheivement in low income areas by providing intervention classes for children experiencing difficulties in acquiring the skills of reading, writing, and arithemetic in the conventional classroom.


Aruna Sankaranarayanan, the founder and Director of Prayatna, was motivated to start a center for children with learning difficulties in India while she was an undergraduate student at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. While doing a summer internship, she found that most Indian schools did not provide any additional facilities for children with learning disabilities. She then equipped herself over a period of six years with the necessary knowledge and experience to start a centre in Bangalore. Aruna completed her doctorate in developmental psychology at Harvard University.

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