Tiwadiya is a small dot on the Indian map. It is a village located in Dewas district in Madhya Pradesh. In 2012, a teenage girl from this tiny village moved to the AIM for Seva Balika Vidyalaya, Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, to pursue high school. From there on, there was no looking back for Priyanka Panwar who got 70% in class X and 80.2% in Class 12 in 2016.
After completing Class 12, Priyanka did not have to think too much about ‘What next’ as Swami Aisvaryananda Saraswati ji, the coordinator of our Madhya Pradesh Chatralayams guided young Priyanka to join the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science in Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu. On his advice, Priyanka joined the B.Com in bank management course in 2016.
“After coming to south India, I got exposed to a different culture. I became independent, thanks to the culture and lifestyle followed at the Chatralayam,” says Priyanka. She scored an aggregate of 69% in the first five semesters.
During her final year, Priyanka took part in ‘Academics to Business,’ a bridge course that equips graduates with professional competencies so that they are productive from day one in an organisation. “The trainers taught us how to answer questions confidently during interviews,” recollects Priyanka. She underwent training in resume writing, quantitative aptitude, reasoning, English communication skills, soft skills, MS- Excel, group discussions and interview skills facilitated by the training and placement cell of the college.
Her participation in the ‘Academics to Business’ course got her the desired results. Priyanka and 13 others from the college were recently selected by City Union Bank during campus placement. The interview process consisted of descriptive, online tests and an interview. A five-member team from City Union Bank interviewed 67 students in the college campus. Priyanka will undergo training in Bangalore for the job.
Back home, Priyanka’s father toils hard on the family’s two-acre farming plot while her mother is a homemaker. Priyanka has a younger brother who recently completed Class 12 from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, and is currently preparing for his IIT entrance examinations. (Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas are a system of alternate schools for gifted students in India. They are specifically tasked with finding talented children from rural areas of India and providing them with an education equivalent to the best residential school system, without regard to their families’ socio-economic condition.)
Priyanka has realised that education is crucial for success. Going forward, she plans to teach children from under privileged communities in her free time.