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Punjab Education Collective

The learning crisis in the government schools of Punjab has been alarming. Over 50% students in Grade 5 can’t comprehend basic mathematical operations and only 36% students in Grade 3, can read Grade 2 level text. Even at a secondary level, situation is quite grim where over 70% students between 14-18 years of age cannot identify their own state on a map.

SOURCE: Annual status of Education Report (ASER) of 2017 and 2018

In August 2019, Punjab Education Collective was thus formed with the objective of transforming the public education system of Punjab by identifying challenges faced by the stakeholders on the ground, co-creating solutions to address them and improving the education experience. This collective comprises of four organisations in the education space working in tandem to impact 23 lakh students across 19,000 government schools in Punjab. Aligning with the goals of the state’s flagship program ‘Padho Punjab Padhao Punjab’, the collective supports the department in strengthening the academic support structure through capacity building and data-backed strategies thereby directly impacting the teaching-learning process.

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Our focus areas


Streamline Administrative



Optimise academic processes and 

institutional support


Bring clarity on roles and responsibilities


Make teaching practices effective


Ensure supportive home environment

Impact so far 

 academic leadership

Introduction to Darpan, a tool used for recording school visits and activities, opened many layers to redefine ‘academic support’, driving data- based decision making in the system.

The collective helped set up and train 2 teams at the state level to assist in creating learning content, and engaging with teachers and students to constantly collect feedback.

Over 1 lakh system leaders have been onboarded on the platform

Community engagement

Aiming to strengthen school community relations and bringing forward parent voices, the collective ensured Parent-Teacher Meetings become consistent. We started 2 statewide PTMs in pre-COVID times which continued during COVID through Virtual PTMs. Other community-facing campaigns include self-made smart schools and state-wide enrollment drives.

 3-day Virtual PTM for 6000 secondary schools with 5 lakh+ parents in May 2020

Student learning

The collective has been constantly supporting the department by ensuring cohesiveness in learning resources for students for the 'Learn from Home' campaign that started during the pandemic. We have streamlined content for the students, and provided easy access to online learning materials through ‘Daily Schedules’; a one-stop platform for students to use multiple resources.

900+ learning resources shared since June through daily schedules.

Our Advisory Board


Amit Chandra


Bain Capital


KL Mukesh


Venture Partner,

 Unitus Ventures


Pradeep Nair


 Regional Director,

Ford Foundation


S.D. Shibulal




Balkrishan Kalra


 Senior Vice President,

Global Business Leader Genpact


Vivek Sharma


 Founding Member, Gandhi Fellowship

Meet the team

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Aileen Chen


Ishpreet Kaur


Simranpreet Oberoi


Rucha Pande

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Khushboo Awasthi

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Sandhya Wadhwa


Sanjay Sharma

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Shivani Yadav

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Sidharth Chopra

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Syed Wasim

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