Our Story

Our clarion call is to make vocational education more meaningful and development more sustainable.

We Are

Section 8 not-for-profit organisation working towards sustainable social development through vocational education.

Our four circles in our logo, inspired from Ikigai, signify our approach –

1. Do what we are good at.

2. Do what we are passionate about.

3. Do what the world needs.

4. Make it sustainable.


Our Journey

In 2014, Rohit Kothari and Asim Chandra, decided to move from arm-chair critics to active change-makers.

They launched ACEF with the aim to empower those from low-income backgrounds through vocational education for accessing better opportunities and growth in life.

First step ACEF took was to launch a finishing programme in Project Construction Management to equip graduate engineers with techno-commercial skills. The uniqueness of the initiative lied in the industry partnership where industries came together to design content and offer last mile connect with placement opportunities.

In 2015, Manish Kothari became a part of ACEF management team with the vision to create strong social impact and brought along the support his organisation, Rhino Machines Private Limited.

In the same year, ACEF took a big leap forward by signing up a knowledge partner from Switzerland to adopt the Swiss-vocational model in India for skilling young boys and girls from lower income backgrounds in manufacturing vocational space. Thus, the best practices, systems, delivery models, content and pedagogies were adopted by ACEF thereon. A new vocational school with manufacturing workshop was setup in premises of Rhino Machines to skill children who dropout of 10th grade and are looking for alternative education pathways.

In the year 2018, Nihar Agarwal became a part of the organisation; bringing in her education and development expertise to spearhead ACEF going forward.

We are now led by team of experts from multiple domains are are focussed on projects that lead to rural development through education and training. We also have been working in rural projects involving waste management and up-cycling.

  1. We run an in-house vocational school and implement skill development initiatives at the foundation level.


  1. Our uniqueness lies in our vocational education models that integrate the demand of industry with unique pedagogy for better learning outcomes.


  1. Our learners also engage in production projects to complete the learning circle.