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Isha Vidhya is a pioneering education initiative that seeks to transform the lives of India’s rural poor. It was established in 2006 (under the umbrella of Isha Education trust) towards building an India where high-quality school education is accessible and affordable to all, especially for rural underprivileged children.

Isha Vidhya’s 10 rural schools (9 in the districts of Coimbatore, Erode, Salem, Dharmapuri, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Tuticorin, Nagercoil and Karur in Tamil Nadu and one in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh), serve over 8500 rural children, from kindergarten to 12th Standard. Over 60% of the students – most of whom are first-generation learners – are supported by scholarships. The rest pay a subsidized fee.

How We Do It

Unique Methodology for Rural Schools

“Education need not only be a tool for survival but for enhancing perception. The children must blossom and flower into great human beings.” – Sadhguru

Unique Methodology for Rural Schools

Isha Vidhya teachers receive extensive, on-going training to enhance their capabilities. At the same time, the scalable methodology is designed to reduce the students’ dependence on the teachers for learning. Key features of the methodology include:

  • Multi-sensory, activity-based learning, which stimulates learning on multiple levels
  • Interactive, discussion-based classes, promoting analytical and critical thinking skills
  • English-medium instruction, emphasizing language fluency at a young age
  • Extensive libraries in print, audio, video and computer materials, enhancing the learning process
  • Digital classrooms, bringing the world into the village school
Isha Vidhya students

The Right Environment & Holistic Development

Isha Vidhya students are given relevant exposure and equipped with essential skills for the 21st century, without losing sight of the traditional wisdom and diversity of India. The school infrastructure includes spacious, well-lit classrooms and clean toilets, rarities in a village setting. To ensure overall development, the schools provide:

  • Nutritionally balanced noon meals, fortified with essential vitamins
  • Medical health check-ups
  • Sports activities and daily yoga practice
  • Environmental awareness through "Little Green Hands"
Success stories

49 stories Isha Vidhya Rural Schools

Story of Pushpa

The Birth of Isha Vidhya Cuddalore School – Behind the Scenes

The birth of Isha Vidhya Cuddalore School, told through the story of an incredibly hard working volunteersss
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What You Can Do



Sponsor a child, school facility or support for a government school.


Experience the joy of volunteering and make a difference in the life of a child.
Start a Campaign

Start a Campaign

Raise funds for Isha Vidhya from your friends and wellwishers.
Work with Us

Work with Us

If you are passionate about education and want to make a difference, apply now.
Join an Event

Join an Event

Participate in any of the ongoing events & support the projects.
Skip a Meal

Skip a Meal

Every Wednesday, Skip a Meal and donate the amount saved to help educate a child.

Be part of our volunteering activities in fundraising, awareness campaigns and tell your friends too about Isha Vidhya.

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