This website is dedicated to The Dakshana Foundation’s Alumni Network named DAAN.
DAAN in Sanskrit means unconditional generosity through giving (without seeking
anything in return). Every Dakshana scholar, who finishes the 2-year Dakshana coaching
program while in school grades 11th and 12th, automatically becomes a DAAN member.
The Dakshana Alumni are currently students studying at the various IITs, NITs and
other elite colleges across India. The DAAN website aims to facilitate communication
and connectivity among its DAAN members, so that they can help each other and grow
into a powerful network of alumni. The DAAN community is dedicated to “selfless
giving” – to each other, to the young Dakshana scholars aspiring to join their ranks,
to their communities back home and to The Dakshana Foundation which gave them the
opportunity and the means to succeed.
Dakshana is all about the beneficiary of aid today being the donor of tomorrow.
On completion of their college studies, these Dakshana Alumni will secure good employment
in the business world and join the affluent class of society. With success, these
young people have the moral obligation (but no binding legal obligation) to give
back 10% of their lifetime earnings to the Dakshana Foundation. The foundation,
in turn, would use these funds to award more scholarships every year and continue
to scale and grow. Thus, after a decade or two, the foundation should be able to
secure all its funding needs from within the beneficiary base. Hopefully, the model
is successful even with extremely high “default rates”. Mohnish and Harina are cautiously
optimistic that the kids they are helping today will continue and expand this Dakshana
cycle of receiving and then giving. They believe these young people will be the
ones running and funding Dakshana in the coming decades.