He is like any other aspirational youngster who loves riding his Royal Enfield bike or gives a striking pose beside clear blue waters. Hemendra Muniya, a second year MBBS student at the Government Medical College, Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh, is an AIM for Seva alumnus from Madhya Pradesh. His ambition is to become a general surgeon one day.
Hemendra’s father is a primary school teacher drawing an annual income of Rs 1.5 lakh and the family hails from Raipuriya village, Jhabua district, Madhya Pradesh. He joined the AIM for Seva Chatralayam in 2009 at Madhya Pradesh while in Class 6. “It was becoming unviable to continue schooling in my village as I had to trek 8 kms everyday for my studies,” says Hemendra. Through the efforts of our local coordinators, the young boy’s family came to know of AIM for Seva’s Chatralayam presence in central India.
Like many other students, Hemendra also experienced an initial ‘adjustment disorder’ that lasted four months. Slowly, he overcome homesickness thanks to the daily prayer schedule and reinforcement of moral values by the hostel coordinator and staff. Hemendra completed his Class 6 and 7 from the Bapu-Buddh AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
He then moved to the AIM for Seva Chatralayam that was functional at the Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, and continued his studies till Class 10 from that hostel. Hemendra scored 81% in his Class 10 examination (2015) and his performance improved to 83% in the Class 12 public exam (2017).
Separation pangs hit Hemendra once again when he moved to his college hostel after completing his Class 12. “The difference between the Chatralayam environment and the college hostel is that I found everyone being self absorbed in the latter. It was about I, me, myself and what I can achieve etc. At the Chatralayam, we were always taught to do Seva, something for others, all the time. The whole environment was guided by team spirit and positive group dynamics. I used to enjoy doing group studies and tuitions with other hostel mates,” recollects Hemendra.
He also warmly remembers other experiences gained during the Chatralayam years. “We got exposure at multiple levels. For instance, local donors, supporters and people from all walks of life used to drop by the Chatralayam every now and then. Our social skills improved by interacting with them.”
Hemendra‘s mother is a homemaker and he has a younger sister. He is continuing his association with AIM for Seva and meets up with the coordinator of the Madhya Pradesh Chatralayam, Swami Aishvaryananda Saraswati at the Indore Chatralayam at regular intervals. “Swamiji also visits our home and I have imbibed a strong attitude of Seva. I will continue my association with this movement and will contribute to the NGO in my own way.”
We wish the aspiring surgeon the very best in all his future endeavours.