As one of our Kendo UI Complete clients, you can utilise the UI for ASP.NET MVC extensions and return the result in the expected format as a DataSourceResult.
1) Grid Binding with Razor: http://docs.telerik.com/aspnet-mvc/helpers/grid/binding/ajax-binding
- return the data from the controller as JSON
- use the schema
to parse it on the client (in a similar fashion as shown in here with web API
Finally, just some feedback for the question in the thread - @Model.students call will not have any results(at the time the grid is initialized). The discussed approach in this thread is creating an $.ajax request and displaying the data on success. The below approach will also work:
Let me know if you need more help.