Placed at: Bokaro, Jharkhand
Education: BBA , Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra , PGDRD from Xavier Institute of Social Service
Prior work experience:
- Worked for 2.6 years in Jeevika-Bihar Rural Livelihood Promotion Society as a Manager Monitoring & Evaluation and as a Associate in Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action , New Delhi.
Issues like rural livelihood, environment, drought & water, local self-governance, community mobilisation, education to deprived children, and Right Based Approach had been my areas of focus.
One key work during fellowship
- Bokaro Steel City is known as education hub of the state especially in secondary level education and to utilize the same in creating a quality education revolution in the abutting blocks, where female literacy was still less than 50%. The Bright side of the district is various renowned private schools are there like Delhi Public School, DAV Public School, Chinmaya Public School, Pentecostal School etc from which 70 – 80 students each year clearing IITs & IIMs and on the other hand the are some BLOTS like female literacy is less than 50%, Only 36% of 3rd to 5th std students in Jharkhand can do subtraction and more….(As per ASER 2012)
What was done:
- So the overall ideas was to RUB THE BLOTS FROM BRIGHT, by pulling the resources from the Urban Bokaro to Rural Bokaro by creating a pool of volunteers who can voluntarily contribute to bring education at quality level.
For igniting the same initially we have started the voluntarily teaching services in KASTURBA GANDHI BALIKA VIDYALAYA ( KGBV ) which is a residential school with boarding facilities for girls belonging largely to the SC, ST, OBC & minorities in educationally backward block’s. In Bokaro there are 8 KGBV’s with a total strength of around 1750 girls from 6th std to 12th std. All the KGBV’s are equipped with smart classroom, having a system and a projector.
In pursuit of the same, with the help of social media, a Facebook page – SPEED under the account of DC Bokaro was created & a customer registration form was created using Google Docs, to have a database of the volunteers who want to join hands. The next question was, how would we put this to the public. We then called all the principals, eminent teachers, coaching institute professionals for the inauguration and launched SPEED on 13th of August amidst a grand audience of around 300 people. From Day one, SPEED had given more surprises than expected.
- So far 260 volunteers have registered & it is growing every single day.
- So far 7 corporates (like CCL, Electrosteel, HPCL, JAYPEE, IEL, CTPS etc.,) have agreed to join with us as transport sponsors, to transport the volunteers to the schools.
- The students of KGBV are so fascinated with this initiative, a simple feed back by a student goes like…”I now wait for weekends to enjoy studies”.
- The volunteers go to KGBV in the weekends.
- The Honourable Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Shri. Hemant Soren, Launched the first SPEED magazine in his visit to Bokaro on 23rd of September 2014.