Way back in 2007, Govind Kumar Mehra joined the Smt. Krishna Rani Papneja AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys in Kareli, Madhya Pradesh as a young boy full of aspirations. He stayed in the Chatralayam till his 12th standard in 2014 when he completed his Class 12 examinations. Thereafter, he was encouraged to continue his Bachelors in Sanskrit from Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya in Tamil Nadu.
We are happy to share that Govind secured a gold medal on completing his bachelor’s degree. Last year, Govind won the first prize in general knowledge in a quiz competition organised by the Sanskrit Department of the University and Indian Bank. He was one among the 25 students who appeared for a written test and got selected for the final round along with 6 other students.
Govind chronicles his journey in his own words.
“Sarvaebhoyo Namo Namah. Param Pujya Swamiji, respected teachers and other learned personalities, my pranams to you all.
My name is Govind Kumar Mehra and I come from a village located in Narasinghpur district, Madhya Pradesh. Since childhood, my ambition was to study in a good school so that I achieved the ambitions that I had set out for myself. By a strange coincidence, Lord Ishwara himself answered my prayers and I was able to study in an AIM for Seva Chatralayam that provided me with not only education but value education too!
In 2007, I joined the Smt. Krishna Rani Papneja AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys in Kareli, Madhya Pradesh. I studied from Class 6 to 12 while living in that hostel. Thought my subject in Class 12 was mathematics, my interest in Indian culture (Sanskriti) and Sanskrit was deeper.” I put out a request to my coordinator, Swami Aishvaryananda Saraswati ji (the coordinator of AIM for Seva’s projects in Madhya Pradesh) that I would like to continue my higher studies in Sanskrit. Swamiji then guided me to enrol in the Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi University in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu.
I pursued my BA and MA in Sanskrit from there. I got a gold medal and the honour for being the ‘Best Outgoing Student’ after completing my BA degree. While pursuing my MA, I managed to clear the UGC NET (conducted by the University Grants Commission, the National Eligibility Test is an examination for determining the eligibility for the post of assistant professor and/or junior research fellow in Indian universities and colleges) examination.
My future ambition is to do a PhD and become a professor in a university. A doctoral programme requires lot of dedication and hard work and I sincerely hope that I get monetary help to pursue my academic goals.
While I was studying at the university in Kanchipuram, Swami Aishvaryananda Saraswati ji regularly visited me along with other volunteers. They always guided me on the right path and it is because of their blessings and good wishes only that I have been able to come this far.
When we talk about the pride that we have in our civilisation, then both our Sanskriti (culture) as well as Sanskrit (language) occupy centre space. Like many others, I consider myself very fortunate that I was a recipient of care at an AIM for Seva Chatralayam in my formative years. I got both education as well as value-education by living in the Chatralayam.
Vasudeva Kutambakam—the world is one family—is now being accepted worldwide. Whatever I have achieved today is because of AIM for Seva. I would like to state that I will continue my association with AIM for Seva .
In the end, I would like to offer my gratitude and pranams to the Founder of AIM for Seva (Pujya Swami Dayanada Saraswati), all the Swamijis, Swaminis , teachers and office bearers, our donors from India, Canada and USA, Sheela ji (Chairperson and Managing Trustee, AIM for Seva) and Dr. Papneja (part of the donor family of the Kareli Chatralayam). It is because of your persistent efforts that I have been able to achieve my academic goals so far.”