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Akshaya Patra Model: Feeding Knowledge Hungry Children*

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Akshaya Patra Model: Feeding Knowledge Hungry Children

 

While today, he was ready to serve 1.4 million meals for schoolchildren, Mr.CC Das, Program Director, Akshaya Patra Foundation from Bangalore also faced the  challenges 15-years before its establishment like any other start-up. Similar was the case of Mr.Trilok Gautam, Executive Supervisor, who was working in a remote village called Baran in Rajasthan. On his visit during the mid-day meal preparation, he was inspecting the quality of meal, where women were busy in preparing food. They were preparing bread by rolling the dough, while few were chopping vegetables with utmost hygienic care. Cleaner, safer, quality meal was to be prepared and served for 1,500 poor students. These children earlier used to go hungry from the school.

On November 28th 2001, Supreme Court of India gave a verdict and directed the State Government and Union Territories to provide mid-day meal to every child in Government and Government-assisted primary schools. The Right to Food Law emerged as a fundamental right, enforced due to constitutional amendment under Article 32 of the constitution.

Hence, every State Government geared up to make the mid-day meal scheme successful in their respective States. The Karnataka government also participated and named this programme as ‘Akshara Dashoha’.

Government of Karnataka took the pioneering step to involve NGOs like Akshaya Patra as an important partner of the government to run this innovative mid-day meal scheme under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Model.

Presently, Indian mid-day meal scheme considered as one of the largest mid-day meal programme in the world has a target to reach out nearly 120 million children in the country......................

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Akshaya Patra Model: Feeding Knowledge Hungry Children

 

Synopsis

Akshay patra foundation started its mid day meal programme in June 2000 by providing free mid day meals to 1500 children in 5 government schools in Bangalore Karnataka. over past 14 years the constant support from the government of India various state governments and associated organisations has enabled the programme to grow by leaps and bounds . today this originations feeds free mid day meals to 1.4 million school children in 10661 government schools and aided schools.

Akshay patra foundation in its own way earlier was implementing school lunch programme in Karnataka under the Right to Food a derived fundamental right which is enforceable by virtue of the constitutional remedy provided under Article 32 of the Constitution.

Research shows that universal education has lagged because of the prevailing hunger and malnutrition state. These two factors reduce school enrolments hamper performance levels and increase school dropout rates especially among girls. Hygiene and cleanliness is of utmost importance in each of Akshay patra kitchen which is recognised by national steering cum monitoring committee (NSMC). Akshaya patra is focused on eliminating classroom hunger and attracting more children (enrolment) to schools and ensure to keep them in school (reduce dropout rate) by feeding a filling nutritious mid day meal every school day.

Courses and levels for which the case is intended

Teaching objectives

  • • Understand the nonprofit service organizations management strategies
  • • Study the holistic functional areas of management

 

Case Positioning and Setting

In MBA/MSW/PGDM Program in Marketing, Human Resources, Operations, Supply Chain and Logistics, etc.

Theory and application of management concepts: Include linkages to relevant theory in the field, which should be elaborated in the discussion question section.

Strategy, Marketing, Human resources

Research Methods

  • • Secondary Data – by going through publications
  • • Government data – synthesized from the author’s experience.

 

Suggested teaching approaches: General management and strategy

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Abstract

Akshay Patra foundation started its mid-day meal programme in June 2000 by providing free mid-day meals to 1500 children in five government schools in Bangalore, Karnataka. Over past 14 years, the constant support from the Government of India, various State Governments and associated organisations enabled the programme to grow by leaps and bounds. Today, this organization feeds free mid-day meals to 1.4 million schoolchildren, in 10661 government schools and aided schools.

Earlier, Akshay Patra foundation was implementing school lunch programme in Karnataka under the Right to Food, a derived fundamental right, which is enforceable by virtue of the constitutional remedy provided under Article 32 of the Constitution.

Research shows that universal education has lagged because of the prevailing hunger and malnutrition state. These two factors reduce school enrolments hamper performance levels and increase school dropout rates especially among girls. Hygiene and cleanliness is of utmost importance in each of Akshay patra kitchen, which is recognized by National Steering Cum Monitoring Committee (NSMC). Akshaya patra is focused on eliminating classroom hunger and attracting more children  (enrolment) to schools and ensure to keep them in school (reduce dropout rate) by feeding a filling nutritious mid-day meal every school day.


Pedagogical Objective

  • To understand the nonprofit service organizations management strategies

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