2021 – Workshop – Computer science and technologies

23 October

Members of University of Washington conducted a workshop on computer science, its technologies, and career-related topics for our Pragati students who are interested in computers and pursuing computer subjects academically.


2021 – Laptop distribution

22 April

We distributed nearly 50 laptops and devices to our students in need during 2020 and 2021. This support helped our students take up their online classes, assignments, and learning comfortably.


2020 – Virtual Meetups

22 September

As someone once said, “the show must go on”. Even this pandemic and lockdown situation did not stop our mentors' meetups with their students. Every mentor interacted with their students virtually.


2020-IIMB Trip

19 January

Our Pragati scholars started the year 2020 with a visit to one of the premier learning institutes in India, IIM-Bengaluru. It was time again to spend some quality time with some of the brightest minds of IIMB.


2019-Annual Day

8 December

Pragati Annual day is the exciting time for scholars to express their creativity, talent and imagination. It is the time when Pragati scholars and the entire Pragati team meet to celebrate the year long efforts, success, have fun


2019-Commerce Career Talk

3 November

A dedicated event for the students in Commerce stream was long overdue. We got a perfect fit for this event when the well known CA Mr.Venkataramani from SDU firm agreed to talk to Pragati students.


2019-HAL visit

13 October

This particular Sunday was different and memorable in many ways. The prestigious HAL museum in Bengaluru was visited by 120 bright Pragati scholars. The adventure started early in the morning where all the



21 July

Pragati Family is now bigger and  stronger than ever before with 136 active scholars and at least 20 active mentors and volunteers. The selections of 2019 held in June’19 saw more to 100 applicants from various parts of Bengaluru. They were carefully shortlisted and nearly 100 were invited to attend our scholarship test prepared for […]


2019-IIMB Trip

27 January

It was time again to spend some quality time with some of the brightest minds of IIMB. This is how Pragati scholars start their new year almost every single year. Vikasana – The team at IIMB focusing on social services had everything setup for the day trip. Students were conveniently picked up from their schools […]


2018-Annual Day

9 December

 Annual Day is a festival of Pragati. It is a culmination of the year-long efforts by the students and mentors alike. A fun time to get together, to get ourselves entertained and also to highlight the achievements of scholars in that academic year. This is the time where everything comes together, one last time in […]


2018-Career Talk by ISRO

11 November

The responses from the planetarium visit was an overwhelming curiosity. What if someone could just lessen their thirst for knowledge? What if?  Three Scientists from ISRO came to the rescue of Pragati Foundation.  They presented facts and ideologies on various aspects of the Universe and Satellites, the part about the cost-efficiency of the Indian missions […]


2018-Robotics Workshop

7 October

This was one of the most interesting events we have had till date. Robot – the buzzword which creates that spark of curiosity and excitement among students!  What does it take to build a robot? How intelligent is this robot? Can it do all my work? What if it takes over my place, my stuff? […]



12 August

Selection process is that time of the year when Pragati family grows bigger in strength. It is that time when new students full of aspirations and dreams are shown the path to progress and brought under one umbrella – called Pragati. The path, however, is not laden with roses. To get under this umbrella, the […]


2018-IIMB Trip

14 January

As if it has become a customary process every year, this year too,  Pragati scholars were treated with the experience of visiting IIM-Bengaluru, one of the premier institutes of learning in the country. Indeed, it was a fun filled experience with loads of learning to take home.  The bright Sunday began with students getting picked […]


2017-Annual Day

10 December

It is that time of the year when we at Pragati stop to smell the roses. We reflect on the year that passed, celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of scholars and mentors, and enjoy some time togetheras a family. You will see a good panorama of the year in this newsletter. The Pragati family […]


2017-Planetarium Visit

22 October

We had booked the entire hall of the Bengaluru Planetarium on a Sunday with the sole purpose of educating (and entertaining at the same time) the Pragati scholars. What we did not expect is the energy they brought with them. It is safe to say that the show expanded the curious minds of our students.  […]


2017- Selections

20 August

The selection process was carried out for over 93 students from 8th class – 1st Pre-University.  Out of 93 students, 36 were shortlisted for the interview process.  At last, 27 students were selected for Pragati Scholarship and a total of 70,000 INR was given as the first installment to these students.  There were also Pragati […]


2017-IIMB Trip

15 January

One of the annual rituals that Pragati Scholars cherish is a trip to the IIM-B campus, sponsored by Vikasana – the social impact club of IIM Bangalore. Due to a number of reasons, this cherished annual ritual had not taken place in the last few years. 2017 has changed that!  We had an eventful trip on 15 […]


2016-Annual Day

11 December

2016 was an eventful year for Pragati – a selection day with a huge enthusiastic presence, a field trip to the Art of Living Ashram, and an inspiring talk by Ajit Kaikini of Buoyancee. The Annual Day on Dec 11 capped off yet another momentous year in the life of Pragati. The venue – Bhumika Hall […]


2016-Inspirational Talk by Ajit of Buoyancee

23 October

When Pragati Scholars had the good fortune of listening to Ajit last year, they wanted more! The desire for an encore was strong and luckily, Ajit was kind enough to come back to spend his valuable time with us.  The talk was very engaging, and students kept Ajit busy with lots of questions arising out […]


2016-Trip to the Art of Living Ashram

31 July

The United Nations established 21 June as the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA. Awareness of Yoga and its impact on overall well-being has been on the rise since that declaration in 2014. The Art of Living International Center in Bangalore is a major proponent of Yoga & Meditation and conducts many related courses. They graciously agreed […]


2015-Annual Day

20 December

This is a day that holds a special place in our yearly calendar – the Pragati Annual Day. This is a day of celebration. We celebrate the accomplishments of Pragati Scholars, and the hard work of Mentors through the year. December 20th was that big day. While the Mentors are the guiding force behind the […]


2015-Inspirational Talk by Ajit of Buoyancee

4 October

On the morning of 4 Oct 2015, while Bengaluru was waking up to a lazy sunday, over 80 students, parents and volunteers were in their seats at the Rotary Club ready to listen to an exciting speaker! We had the good fortune of listening to one of the best motivational speakers I’ve seen – Mr […]



2 August

On the morning of 2nd Aug 2015, we had the biggest turnout of students ever, vying to become Pragati Scholars. Around 170 bright and hopeful faces, along with their family members, filled the grounds of Rotary Club near Coles Park. There was a lot to be done besides managing such a large crowd – conducting […]


2015-Fun & Frolic = Museum & Picnic

19 July

Sunday 28th June was a memorable day for over 40 Pragati Scholars and 10 mentors. We had the much awaited outing when the students and volunteers got together as a family for a bit of fun. As soon as the doors of Visveswaraya Technology & Science museum opened for the day, many bright and shiny faces […]



12 July

On sunday the 21st July 2013, around 90 students from various schools in town were at the Rotary Club to try their hand at becoming Pragati Scholars. The proceedings started at 9am and wrapped up by about 2pm. At the end of the day, 24 students were offered the Pragati Scholarship, after a test and […]


2012-IIMB Trip

12 February

12th Feb 2012 was a bright and cheery sunday for about 40 Pragati Scholars, a day they got the opportunity to spend at the prestigious IIM-B campus that the “3 Idiots” made so popular! This is an annual Pragati-Vikasana ritual that is eagerly awaited by them. The volunteers of IIM Vikasana were gracious as ever! […]


2011-IIMB Trip

13 February

Just guess??? What could have been the thrilling event early in the year 2011?? Yes!! It is the annual educational trip to the well known institution of Bangalore, the IIM-B on the 13th of February. Thanks to the volunteers of Vikasana who had meticulously organised all the facilities and made each and every moment comfortable […]


2010-Big milestone for some of our scholars

25 May

We are truly thrilled that 5 of our scholars have achieved the milestone that they have been working hard for many years – they have secured jobs!. Two just started working (L&T, Infosys) and three have been placed (Tech Mahindra, Nokia Siemens, Qwest) and are anxious to join the workforce as soon as they graduate […]


2010-IIMB Trip

17 January

If there’s one thing that is as sure as the sun and the moon in the annals of Pragati, it is the annual fun-filled & educational field trip to IIM Bangalore that happens early in the year. Generous volunteers of IIM-B Vikasana organized bus transportation, picking up Pragati scholars and volunteers from all over Bangalore. […]


2009-Annual Day

15 November

On the cool morning of 15 November, about 150 smiling faces descended onto cubbon park to celebrate the Pragati Annual day 2009. The sky was grey and threatening to pour rain on our outdoor fun, but good luck prevailed and the entire event passed off without the need to run for cover. The scholars played […]


2009- Lawrence University’s JB Sivanich spends Summer Grant on Pragati students

11 July

Some students at Hoodi school had the opportunity to improve their english for 2 months over the summer. This was made possible by a Volunteer Opportunity Grant from Lawrence Unviersity awarded to JB Sivanich. The students were observed to be speaking english with much greater confidence than before. Here is what JB says about the […]


2009 – HPCL support

31 January

HPCL has offered to provide each of the Pragati scholars an educational kit consisting of a school bag, raincoat, note books, pens, pencils lunch box, water bottle etc. Thank you HPCL!!


2009-IIMB Trip

18 January

IIM-B Vikasana continues its legacy of financial and other support for the Pragati Scholars. They hosted a field trip on 18 Jan, which included transportation, inspirational talks, games and lunch on the IIM campus. The Pragati students had a truly fun and educational experience. Thanks to IIM-B students for their generosity!