Dr. Vasavvi Acharjya
Dr. Vasavvi Acharjya, LL.B, Ph D : An Early Childhood Education Expert | Edupreneur | Social Activist | Mentor | Child Rights Enthusiast | Author | Multi-Awardee
Founder Managing Director: Inner I Foundation Pvt. Ltd. (IIFPL) | Tender Petals Preschool Chain | My Preschool at Home | Tender Day Care | Dream Catchers | Bounce Activity Centre
Founder Chairperson: Early Child Development Forum (ECDF) | D N Acharya Foundation for Children and Women Welfare (DNAF) | Child Education and Research Development Centre (CEDRC)
Entrepreneur and Leader
Dr. Vasavvi has been working in the domain of Early Childhood Education for the past two decades. She hails from Guwahati, Assam the gateway to the scenic North East of India, and is an alumnus of Miranda House, Delhi University. Dr. Vasavvi is an early starter, after coming back to her hometown to do something meaningful for her people, she set up a standalone preschool by the name of Sishubon. She was 24 years young then and a complete layperson when it came to her edupreneurial venture as she is a first-gen entrepreneur and had no mentor nor a support system. She faced many challenges in her journey but these hurdles only gave her an impetus to go on. In 2013, after two years of dedicated research and planning, Dr. Vasavvi launched Inner I Foundation Pvt. Ltd. and simultaneously Tender Petals preschool chain. In the consecutive years, IIFPL launched other verticles-the Tender Day Cares, Early Childhood Educators Training Program, Dream Catchers ~a skill development initiative for adolescents, ReevEd Solutions an education consultancy for aspiring edupreneurs, and My Preschool at home (home-schooling).
Tender Petals Preschool Chain has its presence in different parts of the country with successfully running centres. IIFPL’s Early Childhood Educators Training Program has empowered a multitude of educators to teach children in their early years. Tender Daycare, is a second home for children of working parents and Dream Catchers workshops and seminars have trained adolescents in different skill sets (21st century) needed to be ‘Future Ready.’ My Preschool at Home, is a home-schooling solution for preschoolers.
Her edupreneurial journey is an inspiring story for many, enabling a lot of men and women alike, to start their own edupreneurial ventures and plunge into their entrepreneurial journey. Dr. Vasavvi has made it possible for them to make their dreams come true. Every year a number of people get associated with IIFPL and have grown into a strong vibrant group of motivated edupreneurs and education leaders.
Dr. Vasavvi believes that “Life is not only about procuring, but it is also equally about giving back to the society.” In all these years she has worked towards the empowerment of Children and Women from the disadvantaged sections of the society and has played the role of a mentor and hand holder for many.
She is actively associated with NGO’s and Organizations working with children and conducts voluntary workshops with them. Through her initiative, DN Acharya Foundation for Children and Women Welfare, Dr. Vasavvi along with her team members, has conducted several skill-based workshops with children from the economically weaker sections of the society. Early Child Development Forum (ECDF) an initiative of the DN Acharya Foundation, endeavours to bring a quantum change in the Early Childhood learning pedagogy, by bringing in the innovation and best practices in ECE and enabling the stakeholders to work towards this goal. ECDF has been doing quantum work through its various programs. ECDF also aspires to provide early childhood education and care to children from the socially and economically disadvantaged sections of society. Her dream project Nava Uday, Sishu Siksha Vikash Abhiyan, Spreading the Light of Knowledge, was launched in Nov 2020 to provide basic education facilities to children from the rural and backward areas. DNA Foundation also works towards empowering women and has mentored many women entrepreneurs in the NE Region of India.
Dr. Vasavvi’s passion for early childhood education and writing inspired her to write her maiden book THE FIRST 5 YEARS ~Demystifying the crucial period of parenting, which is widely read by young parents and ECE enthusiasts.
Dr. Vasavvi took the initiative to start an education journal for early childhood educators and ECE enthusiasts in 2018. Since then she donned the hat of CEO and Editor of ED CLAN Empowering Educators, Nurturing Young Minds ~ a quarterly education journal published by ECDF and DN Acharya Foundation for Children and Women Welfare which has a 10,000 plus global readership.
CEO and Editor, ED CLAN Empowering Educators, Nurturing Young Minds-a quarterly education journal published by DN Acharya Foundation for Children and Women Welfare.
2016: Dr. Vasavi Acharya received the ‘Women Leadership Achievement Award’, conferred by World Women Leadership Congress and Awards, at Taj Lands End, Bandra Mumbai in 2016. The World Women Leadership Congress and Awards host the annual World Women Leadership Awards to identify and celebrate the outstanding leadership and achievements demonstrated by Women leaders that are reflected by the distinct innovations and initiatives brought by them in various public, private and philanthropic sectors
2018: She was conferred ‘The Exceptional Women Of Excellence Award’ by ALL LADIES LEAGUE and WOMEN ECONOMIC FORUM in February 2018, for her contribution in the domain of early childhood education
2020: She received the ‘Kingmaker Leadership Award’ in recognition of the Early Child Development Forum initiative, by the Kingmaker Group, National Sahitya Academy, supported by Prakriti Suraksha Parishad and IIEM in January 2020, for her remarkable contribution to the upliftment of the downtrodden people of Assam/ North East India
2020: Award of Honour: Panelist/ Awardee in AINE International Conference on Ethics in Health Care: Multidisciplinary Approaches held in February 2020 at Guwahati
2020: JCI Business Icon Honours 2020 – Female Entrepreneur of the Year, awarded on 5 th March 2020
2021: Awarded SDP IIWA ICONIC INTERNATIONAL WOMEN 2021(Top 100) in recognition of her Outstanding Performance in all her Endeavours
2022: Winner of WOW (Women With Wings) Awards on the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8th March
2022: Holder of World Record of the Earth 2022 by Golden Book of the Earth on 13th March 2022
2022: Awarded CHANGEMAKER IN SCHOOLS by CED at Delhi on 12th March 2022
2022: Awarded LEADER OF THE DECADE IN COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP by WOMEN’S INDIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY WICCI on 2nd Sept 2022 at Taj, Vivanta, Guwahati
Organizational Awards and Accolades: Tender Petals
2018: India Leadership Awards -THE BEST PRESCHOOL CHAIN OF NE INDIA
2019: ECA Hall of Fame Awards– TOP 50 Franchised Preschools In Asia
2019: Indian Education Awards- THE BEST PRESCHOOL CHAIN
2019: FORBES INDIA featured Tender Petals in their issue GREATEST INDIAN PRESCHOOLS 2019-20
2020: Awarded the BEST PRESCHOOL CHAIN IN INDIA in the ECDF PINNACLE EDUCATION AWARDS 2020 (2nd EDITION) a virtual event held on 20th Oct 2020
2021: Awarded for its OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION IN EARLY YEARS OF EDUCATION by Ekk Updesh in association with MINISTRY OF AYUSH and FIT INDIA at the Education Excellence Conclave held in Delhi, in June 2021
Organizational Awards and Accolades: Early Child Development Forum
2022: Awarded for being the Education and Training Social Enterprise by EKK UPDESH in association with MINISTRY OF AYUSH and FIT INDIA at the Education Excellence Conclave held in January, at Delhi
2022: ECDF is honoured with the EMOTION OF HONOUR in the ECC Awards 2022 in association with MINISTRY OF AYUSH and FIT INDIA at the Education Excellence Conclave held on 25th June, at Delhi
Dr. Vasavvi has been the
- Advisory Committee Member for the Services Sector, Education, at NERES Summit 1.0, North-East Region Entrepreneur Summit 1.0, organized by Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship in association with North Eastern Council, Govt. Of India and FINER at Guwhati in 2020
- Ex Trainer at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Guwahati.
- Ex-Working Committee Member FICCI FLO NE Chapter
- Ex-Editor FLO Magazine NE Chapter.
- Editor of Magazines and Journals and freelance writer and blogger.
- A spirited traveler, painter, and art enthusiast.
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