Access to learning opportunities
for every child

The lack of access to learning opportunities is a complex and multidimensional problem. It impacts the lives of millions of children on a daily basis. In response, Nandan Nilekani, Rohini Nilekani and Shankar Maruwada co-founded EkStep, a not-for-profit initiative to gather partners on a universal, collaborative platform to reimagine learning opportunities for every child.


Contextualized Learning
on a Modular Platform

EkStep is a utility; an enabler. Our layered, modular platform allows for the co-creation of solutions that are of non-linear, agile and scalable. It amplifies the impact of the current educational ecosystem through partner networking.

EkStep Model
  • Application for learner to use
  • Portal for ecosystem

Content Repository, publishing tools and analytics


Concept maps,teaching methods, language models and analytics


Open tech platform with API's

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nandan nilekani

Nandan Nilekani

Nandan is the Chairperson and Co-founder of EkStep Foundation. In his book Imagining India he says “Few things are as wide-ranging in their impact on the economy as education. The collapse of our schools is a deep crack in India’s foundation, and it impacts everything from our health achievements and fertility rates to our economic mobility and political choices”.

Nandan is the author of two highly significant books “Imagining India” and “Rebooting India”. In 2006, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan. He was also listed by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

rohini nilekani

Rohini Nilekani

Rohini Nilekani is the Co-founder and Director of EkStep Foundation. Rohini has pursued passionately her interest in education by co-founding and supporting several initiatives in the field of education over the past 15 years. In 2004, she co-founded and funded Pratham Books, a non-profit children’s publisher, which aims to democratize the joy of reading with ‘a book in every child’s hands’.

Rohini is on the Eminent Persons Advisory Group of the Competition Commission of India. Between 2010 and 2012, she was a member of the Audit Advisory Board of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

shankar maruwada

Shankar Maruwada

Shankar Maruwada is the CEO and Co-founder of EkStep. Shankar is passionate about addressing social problems at scale through technology based tools. He is an entrepreneur and marketing professional with a wide range of experience working on large scale projects such as the AADHAAR, India’s national identification program, where he was the Head of Demand Generation and Marketing.

Shankar pioneered data analytics in India through, Marketics, a company he co-founded. He is an investor in startups and a mentor to entrepreneurs. He is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad and Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur.

Shankar Maruwada

Let  us  together  create  equitable  access  to  learning  opportunities  for  children  in  the 
primary  years
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