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Koutilya Program


Converting qualifications into competency


Keeping track of finances is essential in any organisation and requires professionals a dire need felt in tier-2 and tier-3 cities that are currently witnessing a surge in industrial and entrepreneurial growth. The Deshpande Koutilya Fellowship focuses on bridging this gap.

Delivering skilled accounting to Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities

Koutilya The Deshpande Koutilya Fellowship, started in 2012, is the fastest scaling fellowship at the Deshpande Educational Trust. It gives commerce graduates hands-on training in accounting, banking, finance, entrepreneurial ability and high work ethics, helping them blend easily into a demanding work environment.

It trains personnel that can enhance the growth of rural Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Large corporations also benefit from local personnel that can help establish their regional operations.

Koutilya Methodology of Success A Methodology that Works

  • Success 5-month long
  • Success 12 hours a day
    12 hours a day
  • Residential training
    Residential training
  • 20-28 years
    20 to 28
  • Curriculum designed by practitioners and chartered accountants
  • Assignments completed using Tally gives exposure to the workplace environment
  • Mandatory one-month internship for real-time accounting experience less ramp up time at work

This fellowship has changed my personality, built my confidence and inspired me. My job requires me to train rural entrepreneurs and teach them basic accounting. I have now become good with Cash Flow Analysis and Business Financial Planning. I want to open my own consulting business in the future.

Shiv, Koutilya Graduate,
Chief Accountant at Navodyami

Overall, this fellowship provides a great platform for students who are looking to make a good career in accounts management as well as prospective employers who want to hire quality people for handling their accounting work.

Karthik Shetty,
Chartered Accountant

Impact: Work-ready, professional, competent graduates

The impact created by this fellowship is visible through its rapid pace of scaling, industrial placements, salary structures and gender equal payments an uncommon occurrence in Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities

Rapid pace of scaling Rapid pace of scaling: The fellowship has grown in reputation and scaled to double the number of batches graduating every year. So popular is the fellowship that only one in four applicants are accepted

99% placement in 100+ organizations 99% placement in 100+ organizations: A wide range of companies, from NGOs to corporations, employ Deshpande Koutilya Fellowship graduates

30% greater salaries than peers 30% greater salaries than peers: Graduates across batches consistently draw initial salaries that are one-third higher than their peers

male- dominated sector Increased number of women seeking jobs in a male- dominated sector: A first in a city such as Hubballi where women combat stereotypes and patriarchy to enroll and graduate from skill courses

100+ Companies

100+ Companies
  • Infosys
  • Accenture
  • Jindal Steel Works
  • MSPL, Hospet
  • Fullerton India
  • ICICI Bank
  • Akshaya Patra
  • Kalakeri Sangeeta Vidyalaya
  • Nanopix
  • Kamat Yatrinivas
  • Strategic Outsourcing Service
  • Akshaya Patra Foundation
  • Toyota
  • Samrudda Jeevana
  • Union Bank of India
  • Hp
  • Manappuram Gold
  • Mahindra
  • Deshpande Foundation
  • Navodyami
  • Govt of Karnataka
  • Sikshana Foundation
  • Sriram Finance
  • Fidelity National Financial Services