NRI’s home turns study haven for poor SSC students

Studying in peace for the board exams on March 10 has been almost impossible forAshish Vanzara, a class X student who lives in a one-bedroom house with parents, grandparents and two sisters. The constant din inside his home made it extremely difficult for him to concentrate. Until now.

Vanzara is now preparing in a sprawling bungalow with fellow classmates in the silence which automatically helps him focus on studies. “If I get good grades, it will be thanks to Amrut uncle who has lent his bungalow to us,” says Vaishnav who secured fifth rank in his school in class IX. Vaishnav is joined by 20-odd classmates from his school Sarvajanik Vidyalaya in Memnagar.

All the children belong to extremely poor families who cannot afford the luxury of silence and peaceful surroundings for exam preparation. The man responsible for this – Amrut Patel, an NRI living in US – has given them shelter as well as healthy nutritious meals along with a teacher who stays round the clock to help them prepare for the exams.

The students could not have asked for more. This idea was the brainchild of Ashok Patel, a Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board member. He felt the poor students deserved a chance and requested his uncle to lend his bungalow in Shilaj. Amrut also asked Ashok to hire a few teachers to spend a day each with the students.

“These are bright students with a burning ambition to perform well. It will be a pleasure to see them do well in exams and move towards a good career,” said Praveen Patel, a science teacher appointed to stay with the students on Thursday.

Rasik Patel, principal of Sarvajanik Vidyalaya, said they have made similar arrangements for 22 girl students to prepare in the school premises as well. “We have done similar experiments in the past and many students secured good result because of this last-minute intervention,” said Patel.

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