Annual Report 2017-18

Annual Report 2016-17

Annual Report 2015-16

Annual Report 2014-15

Annual Report 2012-13

Annual Report 2000-10


Gyan Shala learns from various education experts as well as best practices from the world and ensures implementation through its team of around 1500 people including teachers, field supervisors and designers cum managers. Although Gyan Shala classes are held in slum settings, it follows best classroom transactions such as whole class teaching, small group activities for peer learning and self-learning through daily workbooks. Gyan Shala strives to improve its practices by involving credible agencies to rate various organizational processes with a focus on students’ achievements.

Gyan Shala facilitates external program and student assessments by reputed agencies periodically to establish the effectiveness of the program and to make necessary on-course corrections. Gyan shala children performed on par or better then, India’s best CBSE schools, as per credible independent assessments by Educational Initiatives (EI–India), CfBT Trust – UK and DFID,UK .


Education Initiatives conducted ASSET assessments of Gyan Shala students in Grades 3, 5 and 7 for the period 2009-18 which enables comparison of the performance with those in leading CBSE schools. ASSET tests are considered a good benchmark as they are taken by more than 15,000 students of 500 schools every year in each grade (grade 3, 5 and 7).

Results of ASSET of Gyan Shala students in Ahmedabad centres for 2017 are as below:

Class Subject No. of Students tested Gyan Shala                (Gujarat) ASSET Difference with ASSET
Average (%) SD Average Scaled Score Average (%) SD Average Scaled Score
3 Maths 1013 41.4 17.8 475 46.8 14.7 500 -25
3 EVS 1039 46.6 18.4 464 54 15.5 500 -36
5 Maths 255 39.4 16.3 472 44.6 15.9 500 -28
5 EVS 302 39.7 11.7 456 54 15.5 500 -44
5 Language 321 36.3 18.8 427 55.3 6.9 500 -73
7 Maths 337 29.3 8.4 452 36.2 11.8 500 -48
7 Science 260 26.5 7.2 425 36.1 12 500 -75
7 Language 227 46.3 19.8 491 48.2 14.1 500 -9


-150 & Below -150 to -50 -50 to 50 50 to 150 150 & Above
Very Far from ASSET Far from ASSET Close to ASSET Slightly better than ASSET Better than ASSET


Progress in the subjects of Math and Science (EVS) in both primary and middle schools was seen as satisfactory in the context of our goal to match children’s performance in India’s elite schools, represented by ASSET average score.

Detailed reports of student assessments for the period 2009-2018 can be accessed at:

The  performance of Gyan Shala children in the ASSET test over 2009-18  confirms  that  Gyan Shala  is  able  to  achieve comparable or better results consistently in Elementary program  (Grade  3 evaluation) as  well  as  the  Middle  school  program  (Grade  5  and  Grade  7  evaluation) at a much lower per child cost ( INR 3000 to 6000 per child annually).

Other Reports:

External impact assessment by Gray Matters India can be accessed at:

PROGRAM  REVIEWS (Quality Confirmations)

  • CfBT Education Services

Gyan Shala facilitates program review by CfBT periodically, which allows benchmarking against the average of UK public schools and international schools in Dubai that are rated by CfBT.

The exercise focused on eight central aspects of Gyan Shala centers as shown below.

How good are the students’ attainment and progress ?
How good is the student’s personal and social development ?
How good are the teaching and learning processes ?
How good is the internal assessment process ?
How well does the curriculum meet the educational needs of all students ?
How good are the staffing, facilities and resources for learning ?
How good is the partnership between the parents and the school ?
How good are the leadership and management of the school ?

Such a review in 2010 & 2013 gave Gyan Shala an overall rating similar to 35% UK schools and 50% International Schools of Dubai as shown below.

The internal assessment was considered weaker when compared to other parameters and Gyan Shala has improved that in the past five years. CfBT is no more doing school ratings in India, otherwise, Gyan Shala planned to obtain next round of rating of our school program too in 2017, to complement 2010 & 2013 ratings showing the improvement in the program especially in the internal assessment aspect.

Detailed reports of program review for the period 2010 and 2013 can be accessed at:

GyanShala-Ahmedabad Program Review CfBT 2010

GyanShala-Ahmedabad Program Review_CfBT_2013

GyanShala-Bihar Program Review_CfBT_2013

  • Department for International Development (DFID)

DFID-UK analyzed the Gyan Shala model through various studies gauging its viability, replicability & sustainability and recommended Gyan Shala as an optimal PPP template for India.

Detailed reports of program review for the period 2011 and 2013 can be accessed at:

  • Program Review by HK Dewan and SJ Phansalkar

Independent consultants HK Dewan and SJ Phansalkar reviewed the Gyan Shala program in its development phase in the year 2002 documenting the initial growth.

Detailed reports of this program review can be accessed at:

  • Other Quality Confirmations
  1. McKinsey-ACASUS Study

McKinsey-ACASUS by Fenton Whelan rated GyanShala and BRAC of Bangladesh as illustrative models to meet UN development goals for 2020 (SDGs thereafter).

Detailed study report can be accessed at:

  1. Monitor Consultancy and Business Today Study

Monitor consultancy included GyanShala among India’s leading innovators to serve poor at the bottom of pyramid (BOP).

Detailed study report can be accessed at:

  1. Other Research Papers

International Journal of Educational Development, Volume 33, No. 3, May, 2013, pp. 244-252 By Colin Bangay of DFID and Michael Latham, CfBT Educational Trust, UK

  1. Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 44, No. 20, June 2009; Volume 45, No. 8, Feb. 2010 By: Pankaj Jain, GyanShala and Ravindra Dholakia of IIM-A
  1. World Development. Volume 25, No. 3, 1997, pp. 349-358 By: Pankaj Jain
  1. California Management Review: By Sushil Vachani and N. Craig Smith

  1. Papers by Pankaj Jain on :
  2. Combining Advanced Educational Technology with Limited Skill by Pankaj Jain

Paper can be accessed at :

  1. Education Budget Allocation and National Education Goals – Implications for Teacher Salary Level by Pankaj Jain

Paper can be accessed at :


The key financials for the last three years are indicated below

Particulars 2015-2016 (in lakhs) 2016-2017 (in lakhs) 2017-2018 (in lakhs)
Total Earnings 1507.15 1246.27 1133.94
Total Expenditure 1487.57 1243.54 1065.72
Surplus    19.58     2.72     68.22
Total Assets    426.76 560.82     482

Our generous donors in the last 3 years were as under:

Donor/Funder 2015-16 (in lakhs) 2016-17 (in lakhs) 2017-18  (in lakhs)
Nalanda Foundation 100 100 223.32
SBI Foundation 130.82
E&H Foundation 35.04 88.21 109.47
GRUH Finance 27.17 29.11 38.28
Shroff Foundation 75
Bajaj Auto 73
Tata Trusts 69 84.67
Macarthur Foundation 54.19 80.9 98.05
Delhi Project IC 58.85 51.14
Pushpawati Kantilal Trust 15.50 15.50 15.50
Navin Fluorine CSR 20 15 10
Parents 27.17 62.62 67.06
Packard Foundation 25.81
SSA-Government 109.92
EAC-Doha 945 705.24
MSDF 274.2 216.47


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