EDUCATION

Atul Maheshwari Chhatravritti

For the first time in India, a unique scholarship program was launched in June 2014 which was specially tailored for students pursuing their education from government institutions, having family income below 1.5 Lakh Rupees. Last year, more than 1.5 Lakh students registered for this scholarship exam through online and offline application forms. This competition took place across the states of Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Uttarakhand. Not only the students, we received tremendous support from many educational institutions, teachers and district administration. Students who secured  more than 65 % marks in 9th to 12th std, and whose annual family income was less than 1.5 lakh were eligible to participate in this scholarship program. After a rigorous selection process (written examination and multiple round of interviews), a total of 38 students were selected for this scholarship program, 18 of which were from class 9th and 10th who got Rs.30,000/- each,  18 were from class 11th and 12th and got Rs.50,000/- each and 2 blind students one from class 10th and one from 12th category who got Rs.30,000/- and Rs.50,000/- respectively.

Baandal Valley (Rural Development Program)

Amar Ujala Foundation has adopted 8 villages in Baandal Valley, located at the outskirts of Dehradun. In the whole of Baandal Valley having more than 100 villages, there are only 2 Government Primary and Secondary Schools having only a handful of teachers to teach students from class 1 to 12th. Amar Ujala Foundation has created and is running a one of its kind Computer Center in 2 villages in Baandal Valley. Through these computer centers, specialized trainers impart computer skills as well as other subject related course materials with the help of computers. The computer course curriculum the students follow here is designed by Timili Vidyapeeth, and an expert working in IBM, Gurgaon, visits the students every fornightly to impart computer knowledge to the students. Apart from this, Amar Ujala Foundation has also created a “LIBRARY” for students of all ages, to get hands on some of the finest books including encyclopedias, philosophies, story books, autobiographies, poetries, course books, comics, referential material etc.

Adoption of School at Raj Nagar Primary School, Agra

In May 2015, Amar Ujala Foundation adopted Govt. Primary School, Rajnagar, Agra for the overall development of school as well as to open an Evening Clinic in the school premise. Before Amar Ujala Foundations involvement, the school was more a place for the miscreants rather the students. The walls and classes of the schools were used for toilets. The school ground was used to play cricket by the locals. After Amar Ujala Foundation intervened, proper and regular classes were started, the walls were raised, ground was cleared and more plants were sown as a campaign. A new computer lab is being set up. A new guard was appointed to safeguard the school property. Amar Ujala Foundation keeps on organizing various meets in which senior govt. officers participate and interact with the students to boost their confidence and encourage them to be better citizens in life.