High Nineties: Voices from the Heartland


High Nineties: Voices from the Heartland

Ajay Mourya is on top of the world these days.  A native of Sunderpura village, Khar zilla, Madhya Pradesh, Ajay scored scored 98% in the Class 10 board examination (2019-2020) and was ranked second in Hoshangabad district, Madhya Pradesh.

His father is a farmer by profession and Sunderpura has provision for schooling till Class 5 only. “If we wish to complete schooling, we have to walk long distances everyday to reach the nearest higher secondary institution.”

But Ajay was lucky as right after he completed Class 5, the breakthrough came in the form of AIM for Seva. He moved to the Chatralayam and since then, there has been no looking back for this bright lad.

Ajay who is from the Smt. Jamunabai Chanchlani AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh, is full of gratitude for the support he received in his crucial years. “AIM for Seva enables you to complete schooling. Not only that, one is also exposed to cultural education from an early age.” No wonder Ajay wants to become an educationist when he grows up. “I would like to devote my time and educate the Gen Next so that they too can achieve their dreams.”

Ajay warmly recalls the immense support he received from Swami Aishvaryananda Saraswati ji, the coordinator of our Chatralayams in Madhya Pradesh. “Acharya ji ensured that I completed my studies. He made it point to overlook my preparations on a constant basis. My family is proud of my achievement and I am thankful to Acharya ji and Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati for his vision to educate students from rural India.”

Petite looking and sporting a bright bindi and neatly attired in her school uniform, Anjali Gurjar has made her institution proud.   A student of the Inder and Prabha Sharma Girls Higher Secondary School, Madhya Pradesh, Anjali scored  98.5% in the recently concluded Class 10 board examination. Ranked first in her school, Anjali also made it to the Madhya Pradesh merit list securing the 10th position.

School principal Sunaina Sharma says that the institution will offer all possible support to Anjali to enable a bright future.

Anjali hails from Bhedi village. “My academic success is due to my teachers. Apart from regular school curriculum, my institution also focuses on cultural education and I consider myself blessed to study in such an institution that is in close vicinity to my village and this has enabled me to complete Class 10. A lot of girls have benefited from this school. While some girls like me come from the nearby villages, we also have girl students coming in, enrolling and studying from far off regions like Tripura and Mizoram (north east India).”

What’s also fascinating is that Anjali resorted to self study throughout Class 10 and did not opt for tuitions. ‘After coming back home from school, I used to make it a point to study at least 3-4 hours every day,” says Anjali.

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