There are two sets of educational initiatives have succeeded wonderfully.
First being the IITs, which have given India a brand name globally.
The second is the Navodaya Vidyalaya spread all over India. As of now approx 485, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas or JNVs are spread acrosss Indian, these schoold admit students from rural background. The success of Navodays is from the fact that the success rate of JNVs students is much greater than the average in the CBSE examinations.
The JNV students are better compared to best public school students.
The Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya admit students from class VI, and they complete their entire pre-university (till XII ) schooling in Navodaya Vidyalaya. Students are given free food, uniforms, stationary and study in residence. Govt. is giving admissions to 32,000 students annually, there are currently 1.58 lakh students in the jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya family. A sum of Rs 65000 is spent per student annually.
To bring out best talents from Students, India's top industrial houses should sponsor a JNV each, and should fund the money to the Government to establish and run those schools. this can make District/ jnv ratio to 1:1 ( one JNV in each district).