Raju Kendre, a Social Entrepreneur, Hailing from a nomadic tribal family in Vidarbha, where his parents did not even finish primary education. Raju Kendre’s journey to becoming a social entrepreneur is all the more remarkable. Raju’s own lived experience inspires him to found Eklavya India Foundation in 2017. The Foundation’s mission is to promote higher education and leadership in first-generation learners, Over the last six years, Eklavya India Foundation has made a significant impact by conducting career awareness workshops for 25,000 students from rural and tribal regions and enabling 1200 first-generation learners to gain admission into around sixty top-notch universities and fellowship programmes. The Foundation has also provided a cumulative 0.7 Million hours of mentorship and career guidance in the last six years.
He holds a Masters in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and recently completed his MSc in Development Studies at the prestigious SOAS, University of London, on the prestigious Chevening Scholarship offered by the FCDO, UK. During his time in London, Raju realized the under-representation of underrepresented groups in world-class universities and global scholarships, which led him to start the Global Scholars Program. The program trains 60+ first-generation students in its pilot batch for a year, with the goal of producing at least 2000 Global Scholars in the next decade. Raju aims to create global leaders from marginalized communities with empathy and social justice vision.