March’s the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (GBU)

Abhishek Gupta
Apr 9, 2018 · 2 min read

Hi Again! We are back with the updates for the month (Sorry for being late)!

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The Good

  1. We are delighted to have Accenture join us in our journey by funding our centers in Dharamsala & Bangalore.
  2. Both our Dharamsala & Bangalore centers are operational now.
  3. Students used the leadership vacuum created by abundance of work in setting up the two centers. They managed all the work within themselves with minimum intervention from the team.
  4. Marketing and technical infrastructure consisting of IVRS helpline to inform, test & organize new potential students. Dashboard to monitor the progress. Students can call 011–3959–5141 to get started.
  5. Partnered with 10+ organizations to mobilize 90+ new students through reaching out to the youth they are working with already.
  6. Students finished the first batch of Manthan (an intensive exposure on self-awareness). Currently observing its impact.
  7. Restarted working on our eLearning platform — SARAL. Need volunteers proficient in react or product management.
  8. Students sourced and delivered freelancing projects in django opening up another revenue stream for us.
  9. Working on making our centers ecologically sustainable. Looking for someone with experience on working on dry toilets around Bangalore.

The Bad

  1. Problems in placements for our students in Data Analytics course. We are looking to partner with organizations having well-defined needs & large annual intake of students.
  2. Mobilization of the girls remain a huge challenge. Most of the organisations are more comfortable mobilizing male students.
  3. With the fresh intake of students planned in April and May, we will have 120 students capacity. We are prepping up to keep up with the requirements.
  4. We are late with our GBU.

The Ugly

  1. Leave policy has always been a challenge for us. It is hard to evaluate in a decentralized setup the need for a particular leave for the student.

P.S: We believe it is crucial to make you a part of our journey and use your help in various problems that we are facing, and not just paint a rosy picture. Hence, we share our updates in this format where we are honest, crisp and vulnerable.

Abhishek Gupta

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Lead a for-purpose startup — NavGurukul.org! Mail me at a@navgurukul.org :-)

NavGurukul

NavGurukul offers a one-year residential program in Software Engineering for underprivileged students to enable an access to aspirational jobs for them. We are working to launch similar courses in Mental Health and Tourism.

Abhishek Gupta

Written by

Lead a for-purpose startup — NavGurukul.org! Mail me at a@navgurukul.org :-)

NavGurukul

NavGurukul offers a one-year residential program in Software Engineering for underprivileged students to enable an access to aspirational jobs for them. We are working to launch similar courses in Mental Health and Tourism.

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