Former IPS, Shri K. Annamalai Appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for Akshaya Patra’s National Endeavour for Student Transformation

Bengaluru, 16 Jan 2020:  The Akshaya Patra Foundation has appointed Shri K. Annamalai IPS, former DCP Bangalore South, as the Goodwill Ambassador for its ‘National Endeavour for Student Transformation’ (NEST). An initiative that marks the Foundation’s foray into school rejuvenation, talent development and scholarship programmes, NEST seeks to provide holistic education opportunities to students across the nation enabling them to explore sustainable career paths.

His erudite presence as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Foundation’s flagship initiative, NEST, will transform the scope of the programme owing to his penchant for mentoring the young minds of today and helping them carve out sustainable career paths for themselves tomorrow. He shall be interacting with thousands of beneficiaries covered under this initiative by indulging them in skill development programs, while also mentoring and conducting leadership workshops with employees and core volunteers who are involved in the initiative.

Shri K. Annamalai, said, “I am extremely honored to join hands with The Akshaya Patra Foundation for its ‘NEST Initiative’. Through this program I am excited to help talents at school level, irrespective of their background, to stand out and shine in a wider platform. Also, through the initiative of ‘AIKYA’, I believe volunteerism at school level, should create leader for our future”

Fondly called ‘The People’s Superintendent’, Shri K. Annamalai is cherished for his upright, brave, and honest demeanor. Lauded for his acts of pure professionalism and being an eloquent orator, he has been active in holding motivational talks with the budding youth populous of the nation on a variety of issues ranging from the power of civil momentum to the importance of quality education. 

Thanking Shri K. Annamalai IPS, Shri Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice Chairman – The Akshaya Patra Foundation, said, “We are extremely delighted to have Shri K. Annamalai on board with us to support an initiative that aims to provide a platform for children to explore their potential and pursue their aspirations. Being someone who shows such exuberance for assisting the youth of India, his presence with this initiative will only further our impetus to ensure that every child has the opportunity and the necessary skill to seek a future that he/she desires.”

About National Endeavour for Student Transformation (NEST)
The National Endeavour for Student Transformation is Akshaya Patra’s initiative that seeks to engage with the education system with the impetus of improving the learning outcomes of students in Government schools while fostering an innovative atmosphere for intelligent discourse. The three programmes under this initiative, which started in 2016, are designed and implemented to inculcate a culture of collaboration and communication to foster creativity and critical thinking amongst the youth of the nation. 

Giving Every Dream a Chance is the mentorship programme under NEST that seeks to offer a platform to identify and nurture the latent talents and individual dreams of children in government schools. NEST’s School Rejuvenation Programme works hand-in-hand with school administrations to address multiple challenges faced at the individual school level and provide customized solutions. Deserving beneficiaries are provided access to opportunities of their choosing so that they may pursue a path that is true to their being under NEST’s third programme, Avsar Scholarships. 

With approximately 10,000 beneficiaries covered under this Pan-India initiative, we believe that ‘when opportunities meet will, the possibilities are endless!’

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About The Akshaya Patra Foundation
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Bengaluru, India, which strives to address issues like hunger and malnutrition in the country. By implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Government and Government-aided schools, Akshaya Patra aims to fight hunger and at the same time, bring children to school.  Since 2000, Akshaya Patra has worked towards reaching out to children with wholesome food on every single school day. The Foundation is continuously leveraging technology to cater to millions of children. Its state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and attract curious visitors from around the world.
In partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments, and the inestimable support of many philanthropic donors and well-wishers, Akshaya Patra has grown from humble beginnings serving just 1,500 school children across five schools to becoming the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) mid-day meal programme, serving wholesome food to over 1.8 million children from 16,856 schools across 12 states and 2 union territory in India.

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