• 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.

CfBT India Pvt. Ltd. conducted reviews and ranked different aspects of the organization. Snap-shot of some of the interesting findings of the CfBT report (2013) is presented herewith.

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 :


4 OUTSTANDING Exceptionally high quality of performance or practice
3 GOOD The expected level for effective schools
2 ACCEPTABLE The minimum level of acceptability that all key aspects of performance and practice should meet or exceed
1 UNSATISFACTORY Quality not yet at the level acceptable for effective schools

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.

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.

GyanShala DFID-CfBT LFPS 2011

GyanShala Scalibility & Replicability DfID-CfBT 2013

  • 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.

GyanShala Program Review 2002

  • 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).

GyanShala ACASUS The Learning Challenge

Monitor Consultancy and Business Today Study

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

GyanShala Monitor India BT-Innovation@BOP-2010

Other Research Papers

  1. 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

Combining Advanced Educational Technology with Limited Skill Pankaj Jain

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

Education Budget Allocation and National Education Goals – Implications for Teacher Salary Level -Pankaj Jain