About Us

Our Story

Founded by Mr. Ketan Deshpande, FUEL(Friends Union for Energizing Lives) was started as a guiding institution to solve problems that he himself faced after his 12th grade. Ketan and his friends were uninformed regarding various entrance exams to be taken after grade 12 as they had either missed the exams, inappropriately filled the exam forms or were unaware about education avenues altogether.Getting motivated by this, Ketan was spurred to take actions and hence he compiled information of major entrance exams and education opportunities after class 12, and published it as a book Students FUEL. The book was widely appreciated, however, the helper in him wanted to do something further.

He observed that most of the entrance exams have their guidelines released during the peak time from November to February, when most students are busy preparing for board exams. Hence they miss out on this crucial information. Taking this into consideration, Ketan then along with his friends started conducting sessions for class 12 students, giving them complete guidance on all education opportunities, with timelines of exams, details of documents required, and exams paper patterns along with guidance on how to fill up forms, etc.

In this way, NGO FUEL (Friends Union for Energizing Lives) found its inception.

Hon'ble President of India appreciation to FUEL team CEO Ketan Deshpande & Chief Mentor Santosh Huralikoppi (FUEL)

Our Mission

We have a mission to be the guiding light for the future of our youth.

Friends Union for Energizing Lives (FUEL) is a non-profit organization with a mission to create a supporting community for the youth of the nation. A community working towards providing them with the essential information and right career opportunities. A one-stop community they can count on.


Our Vision

We have a vision to empower the youth and enable them to become the torch bearers of tomorrow.



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Our Team

Mr.Santosh Huralikoppi

Santosh Huralikoppi


Santosh is widely networked across the globe. He has been a serial entrepreneur for over 18 years. He is currently the Co-founder and CEO of N S Infotech Limited, which is into information technology products and services. He is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, Karnataka.

Mr.Ketan Deshpande

Ketan Deshpande


Ketan is the Founder & CEO of Friends Union for Energising Lives (FUEL). He has been awarded as The Champions of Change-2017 (by Niti Aayog) which was received and graced by Honorable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi.He holds an MBA from Symbiosis International University with Research Fellowships to Judge Business School and Pavate Research Fellowship from the University Of Cambridge, UK. For his work, he has received appreciation from the then President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam & prestigious awards like Ashoka Fellowship.

Mayuri Rajendra

Mayuri Rajendra


Having a strong passion toward working for students belonging to underprivileged and poor class, Mayuri is a strong team member of our initiative. She bears a background in finance and has previously worked in the banking centre. Hailing from Marathwada, a fairly backward region of Maharashtra,she understands and strongly advocates for the upliftment of needy students. She is the brain behind the conceptualisation of Gyan Daan website. Various projects including skill development and career counseling are handled by her.


Innovation is the key to success. The day is not far when India will be referred to as a fully developed country. Probably, then the world perhaps will come to our nation to check on what we are up to and start practicing the same. Ketan and Santosh are the pillars of FUEL. They are doing a splendid job.

Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe

Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)

I am really thankful to Ketan and Santosh for giving me this opportunity of addressing the FUEL students. They are doing a wonderful job and we are proud to be associated with them.

Shri. Madan Kore

MD & Regional Head, Citi Technologies, Pune

This initiative is the need of the hour. India needs this sort of initiative especially because of its demographic division of young people who are perhaps unaware of their future. I think FUEL will provide them with the necessary energy to be able to move forward in life. It may be a drop in the ocean but it’s a significant drop. I really feel that this is something our youth should aspire to be a part of.

Dr. Pratima Sheorey

Director, Symbiosis Centre for Management & Human Resource Development (SCMHRD)

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to learn something regarding the trending topics of the present times. This enabled me to learn something new that I was initially unaware of. I sincerely want to thank the training faculty for guiding us throughout the workshop. Thank you FUEL for the opportunity.

Zakeerhussain Kudari

Tantadarya College of Engineering & Technology GADAG, B.E. (Mechanical), 3D Printing

I urge FUEL to arrange for more programs like these which are not taught in our academics. This enables to bridge the gap between the industry and academics. I got an opportunity to learn about new technologies that can come handy when we start working.

Sanjana H Yadahalli

An engineering student from Hubli B.E. (Information Science), BLOCKCHAIN

I completed my MBA from KLE’S IMSR college and also got a certificate from FUEL. It was fun learning Digital Marketing. When FUEL came to our college for the first time, I thoroughly enjoyed the sessions that they conducted. I am now placed at Cholamandalam Finance and Investment company. I am sure that what I have learned from FUEL will definitely help me in the future. I hope to learn and earn more in the field of digital marketing.Thank you.

Akram Khan

Management student from Hubli, Digital Marketing, Salary Package: 5 lakhs


Friends Union for Energising Lives (FUEL) stems from the understanding that the youth in India form one of the most vulnerable groups, who on the one hand are expected to be the leaders to determine the destiny of India, and on the other lack essential information and opportunities to succeed in life.