Chatralayam Effect: Mastering Languages

Durgesh Bhaskar

Chatralayam Effect: Mastering Languages

A B.Sc. Physics graduate from the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu, Durgesh Bhaskar has bagged a role with Sundaram Finance as an assistant manager. He will be starting his professional journey with the NBFC (non banking finance company) at a starting salary of Rs.4 lakhs per annum.

Durgesh hails from Richhi village, Khategaon district, Madhya Pradesh. He came to know about AIM for Seva through his uncle who was a warden at the Bapu-Buddh AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Durgesh joined the Indore Chatralayam in 2014 when he was in Class 8.

In 2018, the coordinator of AIM for Seva’s projects in Madhya Pradesh, Swami Aishvaryananda Saraswati ji guided Durgesh to join the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu. He scored an aggregate of 65% in the B.Sc. Physics course. “All the college lecturers were kind and repeated lessons till we understood the concepts and lessons.”

His biggest learning after exposure to the AIM system was conversing in Hindi! “While living in the village, we spoke in the local dialect.  Even my Hindi wasn’t proper. After coming to Manjakkudi, I managed to learn a smattering of Tamil.” Now, Durgesh is fairly conversant in English as well.

Durgesh’s father is a farmer who toils in the family’s land measuring two acres where crops like soya beans, channa and wheat are grown in rotation. His mother is a homemaker while his older brother works as a tractor driver for farmers in the region. Durgesh has a younger sister.

Moving forward, Durgesh hopes his professional break would help him to improve the social and financial status of his family back in Ricchi village. “I have been fortunate to receive value-based education at a crucial juncture of my life. Moving forward, I would like to ensure that needy students get access to good education.”

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