The Swajan Foundation is a tax-exempt private operating foundation approved by the IRS in the United States under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Swajan Foundation is focused on alleviating poverty primarily through education. The foundation provides financial assistance to the students with financial need who show promise to work hard and stay focused to reach their full potential through education.
Our scholarships provide financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in West Bengal, India.
So far, Swajan has provided support to many high-achieving students who have come from low-income families. Please check our former and current scholars pages to see more detail about their profile and background.
The primary mission of Swajan Foundation is to alleviate poverty through education. The foundation helps underprivileged students get education which will ultimately empower them to win the battle against poverty.
The activities we engage in include but are not limited to:
Back in early 2002... Nilotpal Gupta, Kalyan Ghosh, Nilanjan Porel and Sibaji Adak collectively were distributing textbooks and school supplies to the needy students in Pursurah area of Hooghly district, West Bengal, India. Tarun Kotal, who grew up in the area and was working as a software engineer in the United States came to know about the initiative from his high school english teacher and Nilotpal’s father (late Mr. Amio Gupta). Subsequently Tarun joined hands with Nilotpal, Kalyan, Nilanjan and Sibaji, and formed a non-profit charitable organization called “Pursurah Society for Welfare, Attachment, Judicious Assistance and Nurture” (also known as Swajan in short) in June 2002 to provide financial help to the bright underprivileged students so that they could complete their studies and stand in life. Swajan started with about 10 students initially and slowly it grew over the years.
In January 2017, Tarun Kotal and his spouse formed Swajan Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization in California, USA. In the same year (2017), the Swajan Foundation was approved as a tax-exempt private operating foundation by the IRS in the United States under the Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
Who runs Swajan?
Swajan does not have any paid staff as of now. It's run by the founding members, volunteers and former students.
How many students Swajan supports?
In 2016-2017 school year Swajan is supporting 40+ students.
In 2015-2016 school year we had 30 students and in the prior years we had about 25 students.
Where Does Swajan operate?
Swajan operates in the United States and in the Pursurah area of the Hooghly district in West Bengal, India.