Basking by the Ganges, Pavan Kumar enjoyed every minute of the All-India Meet held at Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. “This has been a lovely trip and I am enjoying every moment. The air is clean and the atmosphere is so quiet and peaceful,” said Pavan Kumar chirpily. As an afterthought, he added, “I feel I have toured the whole of India as I heard lot of Indian languages.”
Fifteen-year-old Pavan Kumar recently represented his Chatralayam (Shri Giridhari Lal Seth & Dr AB Seth AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh) at the All-India Meet at Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, organised by AIM for Seva in November 2019.
This is not the first time Pavan has been exposed to a knowledge sharing session. Earlier this year, Pavan and other hostelers enjoyed a science workshop conducted by Dr. Harish C. Verma from the Department of Physics at IIT Kanpur along with his colleague, Dr. Naren Naik from the Department of Electrical Engineering and two other research scholars. This programme was designed as ‘Science in a practical setting’ and the workshop lasted for over four hours, during which time our students were taught the concepts of repulsion and attraction.
Pavan entered the Lucknow Chatralayam when he was studying in Class 6. Pavan was aged 12 then, and he has since entered our network, there has been no looking back. “I am really and truly inspired to do seva or service. One day, when I grow up, I would go back to village and embark on a major societal transformation out there,” he said confidently.
Pavan hails from Dhorpa village in Sonbhadra district in Uttar Pradesh. He is the eldest among two boys and he has two sisters. Pavan’s father is a farmer while his mother is a homemaker.
He is currently in Class 9 and studies at Heera Lal Inter College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. In terms of career choices, Pavan is keen to join the Indian Navy or become a teacher. “I have started my preparations for a naval career in earnest. I have started to do physical training like rope walking, long jump and high jump. I have also improved my running speed,” he revealed.