Krishna Ramkumar

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Krishna Ramkumar

2012 Global Fellow
Founder of Avanti Fellows with Akshay Saxena

Krishna Ramkumar 2012 Global Fellow

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Level the playing field for disadvantaged students in India by removing the economic and social barriers to attending top colleges.


The Avanti Fellows program makes a quality college education accessible to economically disadvantaged students in India. In doing so, Avanti helps them take their first and most important step towards playing a part in India's future leadership. Each year Avanti selects a class of Fellows based on academic merit and financial need who are provided affordable tutoring, mentorship and career guidance at Avanti's learning centers.


Krishna Ramkumar is a social entrepreneur with a deep passion to make a dent in India's education sector. Krishna graduated from IIT Bombay in 2008 with the President's Gold medal for all-round excellence. He worked with the Boston Consulting Group for over 2 years before co-founding Avanti Fellows with the objective of removing the economic and social barriers to quality higher education in India. In college, Krishna was close friends with peers from low-income homes who had fought tremendous odds to get into IIT. Their stories act as his biggest inspiration.

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