About IVYDreams

Started by Harvard, IIM Lucknow & IIM Calcutta alums, IVYDreams is an admissions consulting service aimed at helping aspirants to secure admission into their dream courses/colleges, both in India and abroad.  We provide personalized help and guidance by working one on one with applicants throughout the application life cycle. The process starts from eliciting interest areas from the aspirants and using a decision tree model, arriving at a set of courses and universities which are curated for every aspirant. The next step involves identifying the potential gaps in the profile in line with the chosen courses.

The process moves onto essay writing support followed by support in the letter of Recommendation process which includes identifying the right recommenders and working with them to produce unique recommendations that complement and supplement the SOP.  A key element of the process involves scholarship and funding support for scholarships in both India and abroad. Scholarship support involves providing a list of well-researched scholarships and help in writing essays for the same for both merits as well as need-based scholarships. The scholarship also includes the financial aid application of colleges. Lastly, we also provide GRE Test Prep guidance for those who require the same. We specialize in the U.S., European as well as Asian universities. 

About the Founders

Shashank Shekhar Shukla: Shashank is alum of the Harvard Kennedy School where he did his MPA as a Mason Fellow and is currently pursuing his PhD in Economics from IIM-Lucknow. Shashank has a varied experience that includes his training as an Air Force Cadet in the National Defense Academy, his corporate stint as a consultant for nearly a decade, as an activist working with the Supreme Court commissioners and as a Teach For India fellow, as an edupreneur in his capacity of Founding Chairman of Gurukul Group of Institutions and now as a Political Entrepreneur as well as the Founder of IVYDreams along with his wife, Pooja Mishra as the co-founder.    

Pooja Mishra: Pooja Mishra started her career as an Engineer with Infosys Technologies Ltd and was working in the US for close to 6 years before joining IIM Calcutta. Post her graduation she opted out of the placement process at IIMC to work for the underprivileged rural children and founded Gurukul Group of Institutions that has impacted the lives of more than 5000 children so far. She is one of the 7 people selected from the country for the Indian School Leadership Institute that trains the school leaders in collaboration with Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) Schools USA. She is also the recipient of the Youth Icon award, NEN TATA First Dot award, and is a Cherrie Blair Fellow. Her work is featured in Femina, Hindustan Times, Zee News, Big FM, Better India and Your Story