Santosh Bhadarge – Our First Graduate
“I was in my 9th standard when I joined VIDYA. I passed my 10th standard SSC exams in 2008 with 64%.
I was able to continue my education because of the support from VIDYA. I got admission in Night School and enrolled in coaching classes. To my delight, I scored 66% in HSC and the next stop was a degree.
Jayshree Ma’am helped me get admitted to college and coaching classes. Last year, in 2013, I graduated with a Bachelor in commerce with 56%. This has been a major achievement for me.
I am the first graduate in my family and I am also the first graduate of VIDYA Mumbai. It gives me tremendous joy to know that I have that place in VIDYA. I am working as an Admin Executive in TCS now and I would still like to study further. I want to do an MBA and I am saving up to fund my own education.
I will always be grateful to VIDYA for all that they have done for me. I am not referring to only financial help but also how they contributed towards my personal growth as a human being. I have become more confident, better at time management, better at interacting with people and learnt to deal with my problems in a more effective way.
I realise the importance of education and want to educate my sister who just passed her 10th with 69%. I want her to be independent and self-reliant; and the only way to be like that is through education.
In future, I would like to volunteer and donate to VIDYA.”
Nisha joined BalVihar School when she was in preschool. Her father is a vegetable vendor and her mother is a homemaker. Together they earn a meager salary for a family of five to sustain themselves. She is one of two sisters and has one brother. Right from the beginning, Nisha had a passion to study and she always scored at the head of her class. With help from BalVihar, her older sister was admitted to Manav Bharti Public School. Nisha’s father wanted her to study in a public school as well. He completed the daunting task of submitting her application to Saint Anthony School.
Nisha was among 16 children from around Delhi called there for a written test, which only 5 children would be accepted. Nisha scored so well on the test that the school authorities preferred her and admitted her immediately. This high level of achievement has givenNisha a boost of self-esteem and is a positive step toward freeing her family from the cycle of poverty.
Gulab is the son of a farmer and attended Bal Vihar until 5th grade. He was then accepted into a local public school to further his studies. Due to family circumstances he had to return to his family’s village after completing the 8th grade. There he completed 12th grade and was determined to go to college. Gulab’s persistence paid off and he graduated from Indira Gandhi National Open University with his Bachelor of Computer Applications.
He is currently pursuing his Master of Computer Applications and aspires to work at a multinational company. Coming from such destitute circumstances his life outlook could seem very bleak, but with his unwavering resolve, he was able to overcome his difficulties and surpass his own expectations.
Anisha is a bright 10th student at the VIDYA School in Gurgaon. She comes from a humble background, her mother is a homemaker and her father is a laborer. It was a difficult childhood-Someone fed her some poisonous sweets, the after effects of which still trouble her.Then, at the age of 7, she had an accident which fractured her right hand. Her hand did not heal properly and it was very difficult for her to learn how to write. She thus has challenges with learning in the classroom. Though she has some disabilities, she does not let them get in the way of her dreams and aspirations. Her wonderful mind and her sheer determination have driven her to successfully complete every grade since preschool at VIDYA. Along with her written and oral skills, her self confidence has greatly improved throughout the years. She is eager to learn and regularly attends school and was recognized recently when she received a certificate for not missing a day of school.
Anisha’s story is inspiring in that where most tend to lose hope due to their circumstances, she chose to rise above her situation to pursue a better life for herself and her family.
Abha began going to the VIDYA School in Gurgaon when she was in preschool. In 2013, she lost her father to TB. Her mother’s lone paltry salary as a domestic worker was not enough to sustain their family of five. With the emotional and academic support of her teachers, Abha continued her education and began work as a domestic helper to assist her mother in making ends meet. Balancing school, work and caring for her siblings was a grueling task for such a young person. Her academics began to slip and she struggled to keep afloat.
She is now in the 10th stnadard and her grades are gradually improving. She takes part in all school activities and even qualified to run in a marathon in Delhi.Today, Abha is concentrating on her studies and dreams of becoming an architect. She is blessed with a good soul, kind heart and determination that will move mountains.
Manoj lives in 10×10 asbestos shed in the Powai Labor Camp right behind the plush homes of Hiranandani. The labor camp has around 500 sheds/homes which are granted to families who work for a particular construction companies under contract. With Manoj scoring 85%, the hopes of his family have gone sky-high. Manoj was with VIDYA for more than 5 years and has completed the basic computer program.
At present, he is studying in Class 11 Science stream, at Vikas High School. Manoj is all geared up to study Civil Engineering. He says “Once I finish my engineering course and get a job, I will sponsor VIDYA children for their education”
Prema was enrolled in Beyond School Program from class 6. Her father passed away while she was all geared up for her Class 10 exams.
But she did not let her performance fall and successfully passed the exams with flying colors (69%). She is at present studying at Parag College, Bhandup. Prema aims to study Banking and Insurance Course once she completes her Class 12.
Raju and his family live in a shanty which has electric connection but no water supply. His hobbies are playing cricket and football, writing, dancing and reading English books. Raju has taken up BCA at Vikas College.
“The three years I spent at VIDYA will always be cherished as a golden time in my life. Learning with the mentors, I gained interest in academics purely because of their encouragement.”
Dhamapal and his family which consists of his parents and two sisters live in a Jhopadi/hut with electric supply but no water connection. Water has to be brought from the community tap. Dhamapal’s hobbies are playing, singing and reading books. He gets considerable support both from his parents and other close relatives in terms of encouragement. He is currently studying engineering at Gurukul Institute of Engineering & technology, Nashik.
He was a VIDYA – Beyond student for more than 4 years.
Aniket Mohite has passed class 10 with 74%. He has been with VIDYA since class 5. He is currently enrolled in the Mulund College of Commerce. His ambition is to become a lawyer. Aniket loves sports and watches everything from WWE to football to cricket on TV. His favourite footballer is Lionel Messi. When asked what he appreciates most about VIDYA, without thinking twice he responds “because of VIDYA, I feel that I have become a much more responsible person”.
Babu joined Vidya in class 5. He has got 72.20% in class 10. He is the second person in his family to pass class 10. His mother has been a constant source of encouragement. His mother is very jovial to talk to and she strongly believes that education is the only way to get out of the poverty cycle, and this is what she wants for Babu. His family is extremely proud of his achievement. His favourite cricketer is Suresh Raina and he hopes to acquire Raina’s flamboyance someday!
Santhosh is a VIDYA Bhavishya yaan student of class IX and has inspired many of us. He recently lost his father to excessive drinking and a paralytic attack. He has to work night shifts to make ends meet for himself, his three siblings and his mother. However, nothing has stopped this young man from attending his regular classes and he has been participating in all VIDYA events and celebrations. He studies well and his academic performance has also been good. Santhosh has been very eager to learn.
Umar is a VIDYA Bhavishya yaan student of class IX at Gottigere High school. He starts his day at 5’o clock in the morning, distributing milk and newspapers to apartment complexes. He was pushed to work due to the financial constraints of the family.Umar works hard in the mornings and still gets to school on time. He is in the top 10 students in his class. Umar is multitalented and enjoys dancing and painting. Umar dreams of becoming a computer engineer and is passionate about giving back to the society with his education.
Sushmitha is a brilliant VIDYA child of Bhavishya yaan at Gottigere high school, Bangalore. She is the elder of the two siblings. She does all the household chores as well as cooking and getting her younger siblings ready for school as her mother has to leave for work at 5am. Sushmitha says that she has grown and learnt so much after her association with VIDYA Bhavishya yaan. She says that she loves every minute of being with us. She has a very positive spirit despite of all the hard work she has to do. She wants to become a language teacher and work for the betterment of society as she feels education is the only way a society can change.
Hemanth is a charming and intelligent boy who attends Bhavishayaan at Gottigere high school in the 9th standard. He works in the mornings before school distributing milk and newspapers to nearby apartments. When he joined Bhavishya yaan, Hemanth was a timid boy but now is an open and fun living person.
Our Karnataka State Spelling Bee champion, Reshma is the class topper and never misses a class. A student of class IX at the VIDYA Bhavishya Yaan Program in Gottigere, she is very responsible and forthright.
I scored 95.25% in class 12th. After which I got admission in Lady Shri Ram College for Women for an English Hons. degree. This would not have been possible without the unconditional support I got from VIDYA in terms of guidance, finance, mentoring and skills. I am grateful to VIDYA for being an important pillar in my growth.
Pawan is from the 2021 batch of VIDYA School, Gurugram has qualified the JEE Mains last year, fulfilling the mission of VIDYA. He has always been academically motivated and meticulous in organizing his tasks. His dream was to be a part of the academic elite. The accomplishment has been the result of dedication, hard work and perseverance, spending hours in the school library, burning the mid-night oil.
“Sponsored by VIDYA, now a Beautician-Stylist and a mentor to many. Hard work, creativity and courage styled my career.”
One of our very talented alumni, Prabhat, who has been working as webmaster at VIDYA School, Gurugram has got an opportunity as Software Development Engineer at Maersk, Bangalore. He has always been hard working and focused student, pandemic gave a tough time to such bright students however, he utilised this time focusing on upgrading his skills to get such opportunity.
Pooran, Indian Army
I really appreciate the mentors of NIOS for the way they supported me. I thank you for all the wonderful help and support you have provided to me and wish you all the best for your future endeavors.
Due to the constant support from VIDYA, I have won the Kabbadi championship games conducted at Haryana in 2021. I also represented the state of Karnataka. Shivaji, Kabbadi state level coach, Sports Authority of India
Priyanka joined the youth forum and actively participated in every activity. During vacations, she volunteered at VIDYA for teaching students. She passed PGDMLT(Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Laboratory technology) with 60% and started working as a lab technician. She was also a scholarship beneficiary and her mother was a Beyond School teacher. She never gave up and strove to do well in the field of medicine. Priyanka Rajendra Jadhav- Phlebotomist, Vagad medical centre
If it wasn’t for VIDYA’s support and trust despite my below average academic performance, coming from a family that couldn’t help with parents restricted by health issues, I couldn’t be who I am today. Being taught to see life differently, I consider myself a better person today, with my grades much better. Chandan, Coach, Halley Sports Academy
“Being authentic, having a clear conscience and facing challenges with a smile makes a powerful person. I have come a long way, but still have a long way to go. Thanks to VIDYA for their unparalleled support in this journey.” Poonam -Beautician, Urban Clap
“Everyone must be familiar with the name ‘VIDYA’. But to me it’s not just a name, it’s a life which everyone wants to live again and again in every life, if possible.” Sagar -Assistant Team Leader, Cars24
I bagged the job offer from KPMG. In my 3rd year, I did my internship at Fidelity International, Gurugram. Currently I am in final year and will be sitting for more companies for campus placements. Vikram, Computer Science, NIT Kurukshetra
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“I feel proud and lucky that I got my initial and primary Education form VIDYA Bal Vihar School. The school which I can’t forget in my life.
The study system and extra-curricular activities are very best for the students for their future prospects.
I studied till 5th class in VIDYA and then went to L.B.S sr. sec. school where I completed my further studies. I completed my graduation from Du. Sol in B.com and M.com from IGNOU.
Now currently I am working in Axis Bank as Assistant Manager .which is 3rd largest Pvt Bank in India. I am currently posted at Greater Noida West Branch.”
“I am an ex student of VIDYA Bal Vihar. I joined VIDYA in nursery class. My mother is a home maker and my father works as daily veg employee. My initial education journey had been very challenging as due to financial constraints but looking at my eagerness to study school exempted the fees and even sponsored my music course at Bhatkhande Sangeet Vidyalaya where I have cleared Madhyama that is five year course with first division.
After graduating from 5th standard from VIDYA I joined Gargi Sarvodya Kanya Vidyalaya, Green Park. I cleared my 12th with 86%. Then I opted my further study in Institute of Home Economics, doing B.Sc. home science and today finally, I’ve completed my graduation with first division.”
Sushama is a student of Spoken English class in Govandi. Because of her IT background and newfound confidence, she ended up with a job as the Centre Coordinator in VIDYA Centre. She firmly believes that whatever she is able to communicate/comprehend with the kids and staff of the school today is thanks to her exposure to this language through this class. She continues to attend spoken English sessions after her working time.
Archana Sonawane, Science Teacher in RST School had joined the Mothers’ Program for spoken English. Recently when she was asked to share her experience, she was able to speak a few sentences in English before switching over to Hindi. She believes she developed this confidence to speak in English in front of an audience of 70 people because of the classes which she attends diligently.
Priyanka Bipin Dhamanaskar joined Mothers’ program on 18th August 2018. When her child’s piano class teacher called her up to say something. Priyanka not only understood everything that was spoken to her in English but she also responded continuously for 2-3 minutes in English. This has built her confidence to a certain extent and strengthened her belief that she can speak in English with ease and that too with strangers.
Mrs. Pooja Sawant
Mrs. Pooja Sawant has been a student of mothers program being conducted at Govandi Center. She lacked confidence in speaking English, when she joined the spoken English sessions, in April 2019. She was not aware of grammatical rules, as well.
After attending these sessions, Pooja has improved her spoken skills. She is able to converse in English confidently and tries to frame grammatically correct sentences. On one occasion, during the visit of the Program Head, Mrs. Deepa Shetiya ma’am, Pooja interacted with her in English and shared her experience of the spoken English sessions. Being confident and now able to speak in English, Pooja has also begun to earn through a small business. Now, she is able to interact with her customers in English. She gives all the credit for her success to VIDYA.
Mrs. Manisha Naik
Manisha Naik a mother staying in P.L. Lokhande Marg – Govandi area had joined spoken English classes at Govandi center. She was afraid to face interviews in English. After attending several classes and seeking training in facing interviews, she overcame her fear and gained confidence.
As a result, she could face the interview and secured a job in the Accounts section at Sharma Electrical – Chembur as an Accountant with 6500 salaries. She immediately called VIDYA and expressed gratitude for helping her in English and confidence building.
Sonal Ghodge, currently in SYBMS is a very bright student. joined VIDYA in 2014. She scored 73.20% in SSC from Marathi Medium and 82% in HSC. Sonal and her family lives in the slum areas of Powai at Hari Om Nagar. She has one sister and two brothers. One of the brothers has mild intelligence retardation. She comes from a poor background. Her house does not have a toilet in the house. They use public bathrooms. Sonal’s father has a Vada pav stall near Kanjur station. Her mother is a homemaker. Sonal wants to become HR and is inclined towards Business Management.
Sonal is an outspoken girl. She joined VIDYA in 2014 and later joined the Youth Forum in 2016. She loves the activities taken at VIDYA and participates in every activity. She loves to communicate. Her English is pretty good. She won first prize in debate competition at Yuvanaad competition held by Sneha Foundation. She is excellent in studies. She will be the first to raise her hand on giving feedback or asking questions. She does not hesitate to ask questions, to take the first step. During this pandemic, she has been helping her family with everything she could, she is looking for a job so that she can support her father as her father’s vada-pav stall is no longer functional.
Sonal is very dedicated to any work she takes up. She attends all the sessions at VIDYA. Facilitators from the USA are impressed with her dedication, effort, and discipline towards her work in Spoken English classes. She has thanked VIDYA for always giving her platform to nurture her growth and guiding her whenever she is stuck.
Tejaswini is doing her B.com from Vikas College. She joined VIDYA in 7th standard. Her mother is a domestic helper and her father is a watchman. She has a brother and a sister. She did her schooling till 7th standard in the BMC school Mumbai. She learnt about VIDYA from her cousin.
After her 10th, she joined the Youth Forum and continued her studies. Joining VIDYA was the decision that has changed her life. After working very hard, her parents could only make both ends meet and couldn’t have afforded to get her educated any further. She never got bored of studies in VIDYA and she enjoyed her classes.
She got to learn something new each day. VIDYA has helped her grow as a person. The Youth Forum has taught her how to speak, give interviews, explore the outside world etc. VIDYA has helped her not only in academics but also in the field of Sports. She got to learn sports through the weekly sports classes that were held. She has also made tons of friends and memories. She says that teachers here have helped her overcome her fear of maths and Spoken English along with other subjects. She says that she would never lose touch with VIDYA and would come back here always. She is also one of the scholarship recipients from VIDYA which helped her to pay her fees and to continue her education.
She took inspiration from one of the sessions at Youth forum on World’s Toilet Day. Her whole community uses the public bathroom which is in bad condition. She with the help of her siblings made her parents build a separate toilet for her family. Although it took up space at home, they said it feels good that they have their own toilet and girls feel safe.
Shilpa Rajkumar Shukla
Shilpa Rajkumar Shukla joined VIDYA in 7th standard and learnt about it through friends who used to attend classes at the NGO. She comes from an economically weak background as her father is
auto-rickshaw driver and her mother is a homemaker. She also has an elder brother and a younger sister. Shilpa has done her 10th from Mumbai public high school and joined the Youth forum in 2017. She received a scholarship from VIDYA in her 10th standard and cleared her 12th science with 87%. She aspires to become a pediatrician in the future and is working hard to accomplish that dream of hers.
VIDYA has helped in financing her studies and improve her academics score. Being from HINDI MEDIUM school, she faced heavy difficulties in understanding and speaking in English. VIDYA made sure she never misses anything due to language barriers. The Volunteers at VIDYA always had her back and helped mentoring her. From having really bad stage fright to becoming a confident speaker, Shilpa has definitely come a long way with the help of VIDYA.
As a middle-class student VIDYA scholarship means to me a lot, it gave me a new opportunity to continue my education journey, which was most important to see my career growth. As a single parent-child, it was difficult for me to continue my education in the circumstances of financial problems, mother’s health upset so on… During those days VIDYA recognized me, identified my hidden potentials which never I realized, and showed me a new path to continue my studies. Because of this recognition, I achieved a lot which I never imagined about me in this high position, because of VIDYA now I’m in a good position and supporting my family. VIDYA not only gave me education it taught me discipline, communication skills, but it also seeded self-confidence within me, it molded me in every way…I’m so thankful for the VIDYA family.
Continuous motivation every single day which the VIDYA family gave, triggered me a lot to achieve something else. It made to stand out of the crowd. Everything I learned from VIDYA tried to apply in my situations and not fully but I attempted and I achieved some things. Which made others take me as inspiration, when many talk about this the first thing that comes to my mind is VIDYA’s support and my family. I have many things still to achieve I hope which and all I learned in VIDYA will help me in my future circumstances.
My name is Komal Yadav and I completed my schooling from Vidya School, Gurugram in the year 2018 from Science (PCM) stream. Currently, I’m a third year student pursuing B.Sc.(Hons.) Computer Science from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. Vidya has been more than just a school for me. Vidya has actually made me. Vidya has shaped me. VIDYA has nurtured, cultivated and processed the good in me to be my best, to achieve all that was a part of impossibility and uncertainty. Vidya has taught us to never quit and to always grab the opportunities to make the most out of them. Therefore, I have always been very participative in my college. I am the class representative of my batch in college since 2018 and have also been a position holder in the department union. I’ve have been a member of various college societies as well ranging from Women Development Cell to quiz society, poetry & elocution club, etc. Besides this, I’ve also been the Internship Coordinator in the Career Guidance and Placement Cell of my college. Fortunately, this year I’m also selected as the Internship Head of my college. In addition to that, I’m also selected in the Millenium Fellowship under the United Nations Academic Impact through which I’m addressing SDG-3 i.e. Good Health and Well-being. As a Millenium Fellow, I’m working on the menstrual health & hygiene and trying to break the taboos that have ceaselessly inculcated shame and embarrassment surrounding periods. I do not accept the things I cannot change. Rather, I change the things I cannot accept. With time, I’ve grown up to be more confident, considerate and compassionate to give back to society in every minute way possible. There has been a growth internally & intellectually as well and I think this journey of these many years has undoubtedly given me a lot to relish, to remember and to reinvent in order to build a bigger, better and brighter future. Last but not the least, Vidya has made me believe, dreams do come true, as long as one is determined to dream and to put in the best of their efforts and I promise to continue doing the same.
My name is Shivani Yadav. I am an undergraduate student from Delhi university in Sri Aurobindo college. I m alumina of Vidya school gurgaon, ‘The VIDYA’ is a not for profit organisation working for the education, empowerment and transformation of less privileged children, youth and women through micro level intervention.I had joined vidya in 2nd standard , when I was even not able speak properly in the crowd. I was very shy and afraid of meeting new people. When I got admission I was feeling very happy that I got the opportunity to study been coming from underprivileged family. As years passed I saw the development of myself. I became confident, ready to face challenges, started speaking fluent English, and not only did Vidya help me only but my family also by giving my mother jobs opportunities in school canteen. Our chairperson in like STARSHINE always saying vidya is not a school It is a FAMILY. After passing out the school they never made us feel alone and helped us by taking care of our financial needs (providing fees of college) or mental needs (helped to make future goals). Even now I just have to drop a message of I am in problem and every teacher helps me out. As there is always contribution of every family member to the family.I will also pack back.I will one day make you all proud one day my the strength, voice, spark, shine, faithfulness, and most important knowledge that is provided by you all.
AN EMOTIONALITY THANK YOU TO ALL THE VIDYA FAMILY ‘MY VIDYA FAMILY
I, Anmol Mehra located in Gurugram, recently hired by Cactus Global as a Software Engineer.
Remembering my initial days, I took lockdown as an opportunity, I gave time to myself, invested it in studies, helped my family and explored different phases of my career.
Eventually, I decided to do a year-long residential software programming course and went to Navgurukul, Himachal Pradesh during Lockdown.
Navgurukul, a meaningful alternative to college education, trains youth from humble backgrounds for free awarded Certificate in software Programming.
I learnt programming languages, frameworks, tools along with swimming, cooking, laptop/fan/ladder repairing, wi-fi router management. As per rules, we need to take and deliver a number of classes/activities for making bonds and decorum in the campus. I did handle the academics of junior students, mentored them with a cascade of communication skills.
I was the Food and Kitchen coordinator looking after the groceries and hygiene in the kitchen.
Living in the mountains, trekking became my hobby. I spent my spare time packing bags, picking up the tent and exploring the mountains.
In a nutshell, NavGurukul gave me an equation of hard work and life.
Anjali Prajapati, who always works with me in a team since childhood and school, be it the communication skills, presenting ourselves or our studies and these were the things that really made it easy when I was sitting for my interview. I didn’t realise I got the highest package in NavGurukul as a fresher.
After going through the interview process, I am hired as a Software Engineer with 5LPA salary along with a 50k joining bonus.The company also reimburses for Wifi, technical accessories and work from home office essentials. Working with Cactus is a feeling of cherishment. Everyday, there is something new I put my hands on and work towards that.
Cactus Global (https://cactusglobal.com) is a company founded by Mr. Abhishek Goel. They offer AI-powered scholarly publishing solutions to academic publishers and collaborate with researchers across academic disciplines and their headquarters is in Mumbai and offices in US, UK, China, Korea, Denmark, Singapore etc.
I am grateful to my school, Vidya for giving me lessons for life, and the life changing mentor teachers who believed in me in my worst and supported me and my family in every way possible. I learnt the power of starting small by taking baby steps in school itself.
My nerves lie in my laptop. I aspire to work on developing skills to build websites and efficient coding skills.
One of our very talented alumni, Prabhat, who has been working as webmaster at VIDYA School, Gurugram has got an opportunity as Software Development Engineer at Maersk, Bangalore. He has always been hard working and focused student, pandemic gave a tough time to such bright students however, he utilised this time focusing on upgrading his skills to get such opportunity.
Devaraj, the topper in Engg stream from the VIDYA scholarship program is one of the most hardworking, bright and enterprising students who has proved that nothing can stop you if you are determined to reach the goal.
After securing the top scores in Puc board exams and CET, Devaraj easily managed to get into the merit list at the premier institution, Dayananda Sagar Academy of Technology And Management to study mechanical engineering.
From the first year till the last semester Devaraj has been consistently keeping the top CGPA score and in the final semester, he has scored a CGPA of 9.25.
While attending the VIDYA classes, Devaraj has also submitted technical papers through his department along with his friend Ram which shows their capability and their efficient technical abilities. Devaraj has been hired as an Application Development Associate in Accenture.
Anjali Singh is currently persuing her PCMB in VIDYA school. Though she likes mathematics but biology is her favourite subject. Her dream is to become a cardio surgeon. Being a MENSA scholar she got the opportunity to see big dreams and giving wings to them. She is very much thankful to VIDYA and MENSA for supporting her to accomplish her dreams and to fly higher and higher. Everyone guides and encourages her to work harder. She gave the MENSA Entrance test when she was in class ‘6’ studying in a government school based at Chakkarpur, Gurgaon. When she was in class ‘7’ she get to know that she has successfully cleared her MENSA entrance test and MENSA had decided to transfer her in VIDYA school. She was excited and happy unaware of the fact that she would face language barrier at school. Her english was not so strong when she was studying in her previous school as it was a hindi medium school. Than in class ‘8’ she got admission in VIDYA but at the initial stage she faced a lot of language problem but later on with the help of her class teacher she has improved and now her fluency in english is excellent. She scored 95% in class ‘X’ board examination, and had become the school topper. VIDYA had given her the platform to express her ideas and thoughts confidently. VIDYA has all the facilities whether it is computer lab, robotic lab, dance, music, sports etc which was not there in her earlier school. VIDYA had given her the platform to express her ideas and thoughts confidently. She is very much thankful to VIDYA and MENSA for assisting her throughout in her studies and giving her the opportunity to be a part of VIDYA school.
Anjali a student of Banasthali Vidyapith, studying BSC in mathematics. A girl who is crazy about mathematics and enjoys solving problems and accepting challenges. “MENSA SCHOLARSHIP” It changed my LIFE and made me believes that dreams can come true if you are ready to work hard for it. Coming from a Village where girls are meant to be married and a burden to their parents, I am here standing strong to dive deep into mathematics and become a mathematics educator, all because of the support of Indigo-Mensa Scholarship. After my Mensa scholarship, I got a chance to push myself to step out of the box. I had mentors supporting me for each and everything right from my studies to my mental health to my needs like internet connection, laptops, books etc. Not only did I get exposure to work on my understanding of subjects but on my personality too. I was brought into the world of books and anime. I was aided in my studies. Challenging the mind became a habit there in the form of riddles, games, activities etc. I also overcame my fear and started expressing my views and being able to make bold decisions like “questioning why” to unjust people. To my surprise, things even changed a little bit at my village. My parents belong to a village where girls aren’t allowed to step out their homes alone but they always believed in me, and Mensa contributed a huge part to it making their trust more stronger with my every step towards achievement, I am the role model there and my uncle exclaimed, “Anjali, I will teach my daughter like you.” It was a milestone for me because I know I could only make these little changes in my surroundings to get towards the larger goal and support more girls. I am highly obliged to Mensa and Vidya school for giving me a dream life, I will continue to work harder and pass it on.
I am Anjali Mehra. I had been fortunate enough to study at Vidya from 7th standard to 10th std. Vidya has given me lot more than academic knowledge. It has played a major role in shaping my thought process. At the most fundamental level, it helped me to recognise what I am good at. It encouraged me to work harder and not be afraid to dream bigger. The teachers have always looked forward to helping the students in every possible way. By building up a strong foundation of the subjects in academics – they have truly helped me to understand and do progressively well in various domains of life. Their compassion and generosity is comparable to none. Currently I am preparing for civil services examination. I did my graduation in B.Sc. Life sciences from Maitreyi College, Delhi University. While in college worked with some of the NGOs with an objective of giving back to the society. Working with – Baal Kalakaar by AIISEC; Umeed – a drop of hope, Leaders for tomorrow was very fulfilling. | also interned with an event management company to organize their annual event. One of the events I was associated with-held at the Hungarian Embassy campus was appreciated for its decoration. It was decorated using waste materials. The curricular activities at Vidya such as the house responsibilities, art and craft work, assembly duties, annual day events really helped me a lot in tapping into my potential. In school we do learn to balance both studies and the curricular activities. This habit enabled me to score well (14 division) in my college along with me being involved in several curricular activities. Post the College, I joined a Human Resources based company. Though it was a totally different stream but I was able to blend in well and also perform well because of the adaptability values inculcated in us as a student. They appreciated the team spirit and analytical skills I had despite a different stream. I really think this has a lot to do with how ready you are to take up the challenges with a positive attitude and a good team spirit. Here, I would like to share an anecdote. Back in 2010, our school was planning to do a play – DARE TO DREAM. For the first time, we were doing something on a very large scale as a school. Majority of the props and decorations material was being made by all of us. We all, the teachers and the students worked together and completed the tasks joyfully. That play was a huge success. This entire plot really engraved in me the spirit of team work and its importance. This somehow was visible at my work place as well. Later in 2019, I was fortunate to attend an event which was held before the UNCCD’s 19th Conference of Parties at Noida. Mrs. Amina J. Mohhamed, the current deputy secretary general of the UN spoke about the land desertification concerns there. It was truly an enriching experience. Concluding this, I would really like to thank the board members, each and every teacher who has been associated with Vidya. It is because of them we, the students have been able to truly fly higher and dream bigger. Forever grateful.
They say “pigs can’t fly”. Sky is not for them. This one pig dared to challenge their notions and prove them wrong. Life has thrown obstacles in my way almost every day in the form of socio-economic conditions, dysfunctional family, and chronic headaches and mental illness. Yet, I have grown up into a confident adult studying at one of the best institution in the country. ‘LSR’ didn’t happen to me overnight. It was a reward which I received after toiling hard every day and night. I lived my dream to study in ‘LSR’ throughout my senior years at school. Despite hailing from an underprivileged background, I was able to achieve milestones because of the support of VIDYA. It has played as an important pillar in my overall foundational growth and pushed me to strive for self-reliance, resilience and imbibe an insatiable hunger to learn and change the society. Alongside my academics, I juggle with various responsibilities like Global Volunteer intern at AIESEC, President of Vishalakshi Foundation, LSR and Sub- Editor of The College Magazine, LSR. I am also the Class Representative as well as the Department Representative at Placement Cell of my college. I also received scholarship from the College in my first year itself. My transformational journey was also featured on NDTV. There were hundred things wrong in life. Nevertheless, I persevered to grow. I have dreams to live. I have responsibilities to fulfil. I have goals to accomplish and I’m going to do this on my own. I believe that I CAN and I WILL.
Nisha Gupta joined VIDYA, Bal Vihar primary school, New Delhi in Nursery, her father is a vegetable vendor and her mother is homemaker. She is one of two sisters and has one brother. Right from the beginning, Nisha had a passion to study and she always stood first in class. Her elder sister has, with the help from Bal Vihar, got admission to Manav Bharti School. Nisha’s father wanted her to study in a public school as well. He filled the form of Saint Anthony School and Nisha was called there for a written test. There were 16 other children from various public schools of Delhi who wanted to get admitted in standard V, but the school only had five seats. Nisha scored so well on the test that the school authorities preferred her and admitted her immediately. For a child of a vegetable vendor – to reach that level is truly an achievement. She has completed her 12th std. in commerce stream with 98% marks. She wants to get her graduation in Economic Honors from Delhi University.
Words from Nisha Gupta –
My greetings to each and every member of the VIDYA Family.
I am Nisha Gupta, an ex- student of VIDYA. With great pleasure, I would like to tell everyone that I recently cleared my 12th board examinations with an overall percentage of 98% securing the first position in my school, St Anthony’s Sr Secondary School!
After completing my 4th standard from VIDYA, I joined St Anthony’s School. My father is a vendor and mother, a homemaker. I have an elder sister who too is an Ex-Vidya student.
In this revolutionised era, where everything seems to be turned into a profit-making business, institutions like VIDYA keep up my faith in humanity and charity.
The selfless devotion of each and every member towards their work motivates the children like me to make the best of the opportunities given.
I’m willing to pursue Economic Hons from Delhi University and I’m sure with constant support and guidance from my teachers and parents, I’ll definitely be able to achieve my goal.
I would like to sincerely thank my teachers and parents for their immense support in this journey.
I am Manisha, a resident of Katwaria Sarai and an erstwhile student of Bal Vihar VIDYA, School, Delhi. I am extremely fortunate that, due to the opportunity of studying in the school, I have acquired immense confidence and a deep desire to achieve success, in whichever field or avenue, that was laid before me.
During the five years, that I spent in VIDYA, my communication skills and my basic English expression, improved to a large extent. Due to this strong foundation, in the language, I am now geared towards a strong future, post my graduation and further education, as I feel that English language and confidence in its usage, certainly brings about positive results, in various spheres and career opportunities.
My school in Bal Vihar is more like a second home to me. I have always looked up to the teachers, for emotional, as well as academic support, at various junctures of my stint in Lal Bahadur Shastri School, post class 6. After I cleared class 12, I was pretty confused, as to which field, was the appropriate one for me, so that, my strong attributes, could be used in the best possible way. My teachers at the Bal Vihar school, Gayatri Ma’am and many of my teachers, advised me to take up languages, in my graduation level, as they felt, that I would shine in that field.
I would like to advise my juniors, to respect their elders and work hard towards a strong future. They should not buckle under pressure, from their parents or any other kind of pressure, as it would affect their performance in a serious way.
As a future dream, I would like to open a school, which would cater to the needs of students, who are facing financial issues, as I empathize with them and would like to help them shape their future.
If had a super power, then I would aspire towards making Delhi as safe place for women, as that would enable us to breathe in a free and safe space and we would be able to do a lot more in our professional fields as well.
I believe, that confidence takes you a long way and a friendly attitude towards anyone you approach, evokes a positive response, inevitably.
Yatika an ambitious and raring to go erstwhile student of Bal Vihar VIDYA, has dreams in her eyes and feels that her present proficiency in English is her biggest strength. She attributes her success to the continued efforts of the teachers at Bal Vihar, especially Charu Maam, who encouraged her to keep improving on her English, whether speaking abilities or her language skills.
Despite the fact that she came from a humble background, her father being a driver and mother a housewife, she never gave up on her dreams. She kept working hard tirelessly and now after completing English honours, she has an interesting career option of pursuing criminal psychology, at a later stage.
When she looks back at her early days in school, though she studied for a short period of 2 years, at VIDYA, she feels proud of the kind of values she imbibed from the school. The staff taught her the importance of humility and how it could take her a long way in her life. When she joined a senior school, after completing her stint in VIDYA, there she saw that some kids used to show off their money and expensive items, but she stuck to her roots and felt proud of the fact that she remained grounded, despite getting tempted by her peer group.
All through her years in school, she has always maintained this humility and prides in this fact that she has a high-value system, and due to this, she respects everyone who comes in contact with her.
She would like to pass on a message to her juniors that they should cherish the time, that they spend in VIDYA and try to learn to the best of their capabilities.
She feels that if she gets a super power, then she would certainly want to eradicate gender discrimination and poverty completely. She has a never say die attitude, and feels that one should never give up on their dreams. She has complete confidence on her abilities and wants to fulfill her dreams, to the best of her capacity.
Mamta an aspiring fashion designer and a former student of Bal Vihar VIDYA, attributes all her instant success and achievements, to her formative years, of the initial years in the school. She is presently a BSc Home Science Student of Institute of Home Economics Delhi.
A resident of Delhi, Mamta acquired admission to the school at Bal Vihar, in nursery class and life took a positive turn for her in many ways. She learned with enthusiasm whatever that was taught to her. After her stint in the school, despite the fact that she was only ten years old at that time, she was very confident, in relation to her subject knowledge and knew that she will try to perform to the best of her capability, academically. She joined the Gargi Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya and continued her education over there till class 12. She constantly missed her teachers in Bal Vihar, but gradually adjusted to the new environment.
Presently after her graduation, she has a host of opportunities, such as becoming a child psychologist, journalist, dietician or a fashion designer, after she completes her graduation. She has her eyes set on becoming a fashion designer, if she gets the right financial help, at a later stage.
When she was a young girl, a phase of struggle came her way, when she had to fund her own studies by taking tuitions and she is proud of the fact, that she could sail through that phase with ease. Due to the constant support of the staff at Bal Vihar she egged on to reach where she has reached now. The Up to learn how to sing, is cherished by her, as she enjoys singing thoroughly. VIDYA had made it possible as she was admitted to Sangeet Vidyalaya, nearby to understand the intricacies of singing and was trained for it.
Manta would like to give a message to her juniors that they should be determined, to achieve whatever they want in their lives, as she strongly believes that where there is a will, there is a way.
She also feels that if she had a super power, then she would certainly want to change the thought process, among the people, which supports gender discrimination. As she feels that every girl is super power in her own right.
As a closing statement, she would like to add, that each person should dream big, as it is these dreams that help you to achieve impossible things in life.
A fighter and a proud survivor, I am Magica, an erstwhile student of Bal Vihar VIDYA. I have seen life at close quarters, from a very young age, as I lost my father, when I was a baby and I saw my mother struggling hard, to convince our elders, that she had this heartfelt desire to educate her children and give them a strong future. I have always staunchly supported my mother and have made it a point to be excellent in my academics and study with a zealous attitude, all through.
My years in Bal Vihar VIDYA, have been my formative years, not only in my academics, but those years shaped and nurtured my personality in a way, that now my strong optimism and never say die attitude, had taken a permanent shape, in every sphere or endeavor, I wish to pursue in my future. The values I got, from my teachers, are invaluable. When I started studying in Lal Bahadur Shastri School, Delhi, I realized, as to how different I was from my peers over there, as they weren’t very respectful towards their elders and they didn’t have my value system, of which I am very proud of.
I have scored an impressive 91.5% in my class 12 exams and presently I am studying in Aurobindo college, B.Com, for my graduation. My academic success, is due to my positive attitude and I feel that one should strive to be focused and work hard to achieve what they want to, without getting distracted, by what opinions others have of you. Self confidence, alone takes you a long way.
I would like to open a school for the students, who have financial issues, as a future plan, as I feel that many of my friends gave up on education, due to financial constraints.
If I had a super power, then I would like to eradicate the caste system and try to change the mindset of people towards the girl child’s education.
I strongly believe in the quote, ”If you are anxious, then you are living in the future, if you are depressed, then you are living in the past, if you are at peace, then you are living in the present.”
VIDYA Means education. I feel proud and lucky that I got my initial and primary Education form Vidya Bal Vihar school. The school which I can’t forget in my life.
The study system and extra-curricular activities are very best for the students for their future prospects.
I studied till 5th class in Vidya and than go to L.B.S Sr. Sec . School where I completed my further studies. I completed my graduation from Du. Sol in B.com and M.com from IGNOU.
Now currently I am working in Axis Bank as Assistant Manager .which is 3rd largest Pvt Bank in India. I currently posted at Greater Noida West Branch and I’m currently living in the same area for last 3 years.
‘Vidya’ all of you guys are familiar with this name. But it’s not just a name it’s a life which everyone wanted to live again and again in every life if possible.
Hey.. I am Sagar Tiwari, who is nothing without VIDYA yeah seriously..!
I don’t know from where to start… Like Life doesn’t always go the way we want it. Until and unless if we don’t have a proper guidance. Apart from that vidya also provided me a strong base which helps me a lot in building my career.
After passing out from vidya, I joined LBS school for further studies. They not only helped me in getting the admission but also supported me in all financial and non-financial ways… After 12thfor Bachelor degree I got admission in GGSIPU and I resigned from cars24 as Assistant team leader post for preparing of my MBA in Finance and Competitive exams
Atul completed his primary education from Bal in 2006. He is a physically handicap child. After 5th std. school helped him to get admission in Akshya Partishthan, so that there is no discontinuation in his education. School financially supported the education of this child in the school till 2009 (8th std.) as Akshya Partishthan is until middle school only. After 8th std. he was admitted to Govt. Boys Senior Sec. School for higher education. School continued supporting the education of the child financially. Not only this, school has been helping Atul to get caliper and special shoes required to support his feet. With regular guidance and support Atul has now completed his schooling successfully and joined Pol. Science (Hon.) at Dayal Singh School. He is now working in Lab advisor Health Care as a Lab Advisor Assistant.
Pinderjeet son of Mr. Jasbeer Singh who works in a water cooler department at IIT Delhi. Pinderjeet joined Vidya Bal Vihar in nursery standard in 2000. He successfully completed his 5th standard in 2007 and with the guidance from Bal Vihar got admission in public School (J.D. Tytler) in Delhi. In 2014 Pinderjeet successfully completed his 12th standard and joined Hotel Management course of 2 years in Delhi. His sincerity and hard work paid him and is selected for internship in Dubai from the campus only. Now he has settled in Dubai and working in a reputed Hotel.
Myself, Kiran Bhandari, I would like to share my experience of vidya. Vidya school gave me very precious memories of my life which I cherish for lifetime. The teachers, staffs, children all were very good. The sad part was leaving the school after qualifying 5th standard. I remembered, I was very sad at the time of farewell 😟But the life must go on. After 5th I got admission in Gargi school and rest of the journey of my school was completed there. After completing 12th class I took admission in Delhi university and completed my graduation. Today I am working as a Team leader in Tata Motors . I am very grateful to Vidya school for giving me the best experience of the life
Geetanjali joined VIDYA 18 years ago as a supervisor in Sainik Farms. From there she was promoted to a teacher in Munirka, following which she was transferred to Gurgaon. She is a very valuable member of our team who has risen through sheer hardwork and dedication towards VIDYA.
Tumpa Manna is a mother of two children. She has a passion for a cooking and stitching. Tumpa has been cycling to the centre everyday since 2018, when she joined the Adhaar course. After Adhaar, she joined Silai basic and progressed to Advanced Silai. Today, she makes silk thread jewellery on order and stitches tops and suits.
Mehrunissa has six children. To make ends meet, she decided to learn how to stitch. A quick learner, she has mastered the art of tailoring. Hard-working and dedicated, she travels to the centre every day from Delhi by bus.
Meena joined us in 2018 to learn crotchet and stitching. The money she now earns from stitching shirts and blouses on order help her take care of her three children, while supplementing her husband’s income. Since joining VIDYA, she has transformed from a shy housewife into a confident woman
I joined VIDYA-NIOS in 2017. I never used to like studies and left school long back. I used to spend time doing odd jobs. Then I got to know of VIDYA and was convinced by them to complete my studies. I joined the Open School Program and completed class 10. Later, I went on to pursue a course on ITI from Don Bosco through VIDYA’s assistance. I completed my 12th from VIDYA-NIOS as well. I started working as a maintenance worker in a hotel and now I am working in a 5-star hotel with a good salary. VIDYA convinced me to complete studies and helped me throughout the journey with just one goal so that I could land up at a stable job and safeguard my future.
I joined VIDYA-NIOS (Open School) after having a gap of 18 years in education. I did my 7th class in 1999 but could not pursue secondary education due to financial and family problems. I got married in 2009 and have two sons. I was always keen on continuing education.
I was not financially stable. I soon realized that I need to support my husband and my son’s education. And this could not have been done without further education. I came to know about VIDYA’s Open School program through one of the Open School teachers. They encouraged me to continue and complete the education. I joined in 2018 and cleared 10th in first attempt with a score of 61%. I could have scored more but I have to look after my family as well.
I managed my education and household work. All the pressure and hectic schedules did not get in my way in completing education. I am continuing 12th grade with Open School and set a benchmark of 70%. During Pandemic, I opened her own idli and mendu vada stall to help my husband financially.
I joined National Institute of Open Schooling (VIDYA-NIOS) in the year 2014.I completed 10th and 12th boards from VIDYA-NIOS. With help of VIDYA-NIOS, I went on to graduate in Commerce stream. The passion for knowledge did not stop me here, I am pursuing MCA.
Over the years of schooling and support from VIDYA-NIOS, I was able to set up my own business. I now own a software computer business named as AMC Computers at Galleria, Hiranandani.
I joined the National Institute of Open Schooling (VIDYA-NIOS) program in 2016. I was very poor in her studies. I kept on failing in Math subject from SSC and finally decided to complete education through VIDYA-NIOS. I successfully completed my education from VIDYA-NIOS with constant support and help. Later on, I joined the patient assistance course from Vatsalya as my dream was to become a nurse. VIDYA supported my dream through scholarship and guidance to achieve a goal. Currently, I am a nurse at a hospital. I am looking forward to doing a more professional course in Nursing so as to upgrade my skills and I know VIDYA will always have my back and continue to support me.
I joined NIOS in 2013. I lost my father at a young age. I have two sisters and one younger brother. I’ve always been weak in studies and had to repeat 10th grade three times especially because of Math. I almost gave up on studies. One of my friends suggested me to approach VIDYA NGO through which I can do 10th from NIOS Board. Through dedication and effort, I cleared 10th and 12th from NIOS and started pursuing a degree in B.A. I got 2 ATKTs in the last year of B.A. I decided to change my career path after that. I always aspired to be an actor. So, I joined an acting institute ” Kreating Charackter”. After that, I started doing roles in theatres. I have appeared in cameo roles in many shows such as ” Crime Patrol, Savdhan India, Bitty Business wali, Kasauti Zindagi Kii etc. I will be seen doing a cameo and small role in the upcoming Yash Raj movie ” Samshera” in 2021. I am very thankful to VIDYA for showing me the path and VIDYA is like my second family.
Faizan Naeem Qureshi
Title: “After becoming a doctor My dream will not end, A new dream will begin.”
“Whether You Think You Can or Think You Can’t, You’re Right”, a true believer of this quote, Faizan Naeem Qureshi is a B.H.M.S student in Anushree Homoeopathic Medical College, Jabalpur (M.P). He is currently doing his Internship at Medical College.
In November 2014, Faizan cleared the medical entrance test and secured admission in Anushree Homeopathic Medical College. In his 1st year of college, Faizan stood 3rd in Medical College and 10th in University.
Quote from Faizan :
“ In Oct 2011, I joined VIDYA, and got my way towards my Dream. My father is an Auto Rickshaw Driver. Coming from a low-income family we were unable to arrange the fees for my medical college. VIDYA gave me the financial strength to convert my dreams into reality, specially Mrs. Jayshree Murali Ma’am & Mrs. Manvi Singh Ma’am, they played a vital role in my journey towards my dream.
VIDYA truly proved that “It doesn’t matter what your background is or where you come from, if you have dreams and goals, that’s all that matters.”
Title: “Hard work pays off”
Manoj Gaikwad is someone who has overcome every hurdle coming his way. Manoj does not have a father and has lived with his mother all his life. His mother was a cook and worked day and night to make both ends meet. Despite her constant tries and tiring working, she couldn’t have afforded to provide Manoj with higher studies. Manoj came in contact with VIDYA through their Beyond School program when he was in class 7. He was studying in Tirandaj school in Marathi medium. And he completed his engineering from Babasaheb Naik College of Engineering, Yewatmal.
Joining VIDYA gave his life a direction. He knew the word “computer” but was obscure to its practical knowledge. VIDYA introduced a computer to him. VIDYA didn’t just make him study his syllabus but made him fully knowledgeable about everything including technology. His family couldn’t afford further studies, thus VIDYA provided him with a scholarship. After his 10th, he eventually moved to the Youth Forum, which helped him by providing him with monetary support to study engineering. VIDYA has helped him all throughout the 4 years he was studying.
He got his first job in FIDESTO PROJECTS PVT LTD in Pune through campus drive selection. The company is all about construction project management. He thanks VIDYA for its immense support and help in shaping his future and helping him form a base of his career. He thanks VIDYA for having faith in him and helping him achieve his dreams through scholarship program.
Priyanka Rajendra Jadhav
Title: “Achieving My Dreams”
Priyanka has been in VIDYA for almost 10 years. Her dream was to do something in medical field. VIDYA Scholarship program become first step of the ladder towards achieving her dream. She joined Youth forum and actively participated in every activity. During Vacations, she volunteered at VIDYA for teaching students at CN and IN centre. She cleared PGDMLT with 60% and started working as a lab technician.
Now, she is working in Vagad medical centre as a phlebotomist. She thanks VIDYA from deepest part of the heart in achieving her dreams.