6th Annual Spelling Bee Contest

6th Annual Spelling Bee Contest

Sahasra Deepika’s 6th Annual Spelling Bee, featuring 92 finalists from 23 Kannada medium, government high schools, was held on January 24, 2015 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Bangalore. Archana, a student from S.V. Krishna Iyer Government High School, won the contest after 15 rounds of competition, by spelling “decipher.” Thanks to the leadership of Salma Khader, Program Coordinator, Sahasra Deepika trustees and staff, and the volunteers from Societe Generale in Bangalore, the event was our biggest and most successful to date. The program was moderated by Dr. G. Sridhar of Deeksha Network, and presided over by Chief Guest Justice Ram Mohan Reddy of the Karnataka High Court. Throughout the school year, volunteers and staff visit participating high schools around Bangalore, focusing on 9th standard students. The children are tutored in English, and the top students from each school are represented at the Spelling Bee. This year’s top 3 winners, Archana, Bindu Shree and Sandhya (from Honnagana Hatti High School), won laptops. Archana also won a college scholarship. Many thanks to all who made this year’s program possible!...
Women’s Empowerment Conference Held

Women’s Empowerment Conference Held

Women teachers from Bangalore area government schools gathered at Sahasra Deepika on August 30th for our first ever Women’s Empowerment Programme. The vision of Sahasra Deepika’s co-founder, Mrs. Vijaya Ramakrishna, the conference featured prominent guests including Divya Narayanappa, DCPO (District Child Protection Officer), Bangalore; Dr. Sapna Mohan, Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies, and Professor Parvathi, Principal, Vasavi Educational Trust. They brought valuable perspectives to the issue of empowering women teachers to better motivate their students, all of whom come from disadvantaged...

Founders Honored at IIFA Rocks

T.V. and Vijaya Ramakrishna, founders of Sahasra Deepika, were honored as Tampa Bay Unsung Heroes by the Indian International Film Academy at the glamorous IIFA Rocks program in Tampa, Florida, on April 24. The Ramakrishnas were recognized for their heroic work in bringing education, hope and opportunity to needy children in Bangalore, India. Since they could not accept this recognition in person, their son, Dr. Naren Ramakrishna, walked the runway on their behalf during the star-studded...
5th Annual Spelling Bee Contest

5th Annual Spelling Bee Contest

After tutoring 1500 students from 14 government high schools around Bangalore, Sahasra Deepika’s 5th annual Outreach Program came to a close on February 8, 2014 with our Spelling Bee Contest. Shivani GD, a 9th standard student from Honnaganna Hatti High School, emerged victorious after 14 intense rounds of competition. The top 4 winners were given tablet computers from Suphaalam PVT which will certainly help them in their future stuides. Many thanks to Salma Khader, chair of our Outreach Program; Mr. Arif Pasha, who tutored the students at the participating high schools, and all the volunteers who made this event a success. The event was covered in the Times of...

Founders Named 2013 Purpose Prize Fellows

The founders of Sahasra Deepika, T.V. and Vijaya Ramakrishna, have been named 2013 Purpose Prize Fellows by Encore.org. “Purpose Prize fellows are using their passion and experience to help solve some of society’s toughest problems,” said Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org and author of The Big Shift. “They represent a growing wave of people in their 60s and beyond who are using their know-how to change the world, while shifting perceptions of what is possible in this stage of life.” A panel of 21 judges – leaders in business, politics, politics, journalism and the nonprofit sector – selected the seven winners and 43 Purpose Prize Fellows from a pool of over 1000 nominees. “We are deeply honored by this recognition of our work, and wish to share our joy with all of those who have supported us through the years,” said Dr. Ramakrishna.    ...