Arun Kumar Mishra, fondly called “Success Guru” A.K. Mishra by his students, is the founder and director of Chanakya Academy for Education and Training Pvt. Ltd., which is a conglomeration of Chanakya IAS Academy and Chanakya Publication and their sister organisations, AK Mishra’s Art of Success, AK Mishra Foundation and AK Mishra Communication. It all started two decades ago, when A.K. Mishra gave shape to his idea of having an institution where future democrats could be groomed. He felt that there was indeed a lot of talent in the country and given the right guidance and opportunity, these talented youngsters could do wonders. Thus he laid the foundation of Chanakya IAS Academy, where talent meets the opportunity to flourish.
The academy, founded in 1993, is headquartered in New Delhi and operates from 20 centres spread across India: four in New Dehi, one each in Patna, Ranchi, Hazaribagh, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Pune, Guwahati, Jammu, Allahabad, Rohtak, Dhanbad, Indore, Bhubaneshwar, Mangaluru and Kottakal. The academy has produced more than 4,500 Indian Admistrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and other civil services officers. In the Civil Services Examination 2018, more than 280 of the 759 selected candidates were trained at Chanakya IAS Academy, of whome five were in the top 10. A.K. Mishra began the journey with 43 students in a small set up in Delhi. He brought in library facilities, air-conditioned classrooms, lodging for outstation students and other features that were not part of the existing coaching model then.
The academy offers a foundation course, which is a complete solution to clearing the preliminary exam, the mains and the interview. It also offers short-term programmes for the preliminary and the mains. The academy’s mock interview is extremely popular among IAS aspirants. Its correspondence programme offers well-researched study material. It offers courses in both English and Hindi medium and one can opt for weekend or regular classes.
A.K. Mishra is also involved in several philanthropic and welfare activities, which include providing scholarships to economically backward students, organising health camps in different parts of India, conducting women’s empowerment sessions and developing employment opportunities for women in small towns. The AK Mishra Foundation is the result of his vision to serve vulnerable sections of society and empower them with relevant education and innovative health care. Staffed by eminent professionals from multi-diciplinary backgrounds, the organisation works in the areas of education, employment, health, art and culture, skill development and sports. It conducts health camps, seminars and workshops to empower students, sports activities such as cross-country championship and other activities to educate women and harness their potential by building an entrepreneurial spirit in them.
A.K. Mishra was born in Hazaribagh in Jharkhand’s Chota Nagpur Plateau. The word “remote” acquires its true meaning there, as the British must have discovered while trying to lay railroads through its terrain. He cycled five kilometres every day from his village of Barkagaon to his school. He graduated from St. Columba’s College, Hazaribagh, and Delhi University.