Our alumni, after graduating from school, primarily go on to further education or training. After completing their education, they are employed in a variety of professions: as small business owners, in the education sector as teachers and tutors, as technicians and managers, and in public services: in the police, Army, etc. A small sampling of what our alumni are upto:
A Journey of triumph
Nalini Shelke from the interiors of Aros village in Maharashtra will find herself as a confident police officer in the Mumbai Railway Station, earning a monthly salary of Rs.18,000 per month after her training period.
Back home, everyday was a struggle for her parents and four siblings. Born to formers, she put aside her dreams to study and helped her parents in the farm. She worked hard at it to help the family out.
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Kolli Raju Babu is a post graduate in biotech and a quality assurance executive in a pharmaceutical company in Hyderabad.
Raju hails from a family of laborers in Centapalli Village near Vizag. His mother Ms. Nokaratna worked in the fields to support her two sons through primary school. She was at a loss when they grew up as reaching the Govt middle school meant crossing a river every day. And there was no bridge.
How to send a 9 year old walking 7 kms all alone, across a river and to the next village? If he drops outof school, he would probably end up as a wasted youth prone to drinking and abusing family members.And then his mother came across AIM for Seva.
Raju got a new lease of life. He moved into the AIM for Seva Trivikrama Bala Boys Student Home in Gudivada, Krishna District.
The Student Home provided a safe shelter where he was given nutritious meals, clean and hygienic living standards, help in academics through regular tuitions, and above all good values.
Raju progressed from school to college to post graduation. An M. Sc. in Biotech, he also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Environment and Health Safety Management in Industry.
Currently he is pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in Quality assurance and Regulatory affairs while working at Bharat Biotech.
Raju proudly declares that he is an inspiration to his entire village and a role model for all young boys. Even the elders come to him and seek advice!
He supports his younger brother who is still in school. And has finally realized his dream of seeing his mother smile!
S. Sampathkumari was in the AIM for Seva Free Student Home, Anaikatti since the time it was inaugurated in 2008.
Her parents, landless daily wage earners from Odapalli Village near Erode, found it very difficult to support her education.
She joined AIM for Seva FSH in Sembangudi, TN, when she was in Class 11. Even then it was clear she had a penchant for the visual medium. She was good in painting and would often sketch for hours the portraits and the landscape at the FSH.
She participated in and received many prizes for the same in her school and college. After her 12th standard, she joined the Dayananda College of Arts and Science for a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. She completed her course in 2013 in first class.
She is the first graduate in her family; in fact she is the first person to be lettered in her entire village.
Sampathkumari now works as a graphic designer for a company in Erode. She supports her family and her younger brother’s education as well.
She says with gushing emotion, “Thanks to AIM for Seva that I am able to follow my dreams. They provided me food, clothes, shelter, and education. It is a home I will never forget.”
She is one of the many instances of AIM for Seva students doing justice to their god given talents with a right opportunity and encouragement to flower.
Nittur Sunitha belongs to a middle class agricultural family. Her father’s alcoholism resulted in the family losing everything.
Her father subsequently passed away, when she was only in the 1st standard and piling debts meant that the family also lost their land.
After her father’s death, Sunitha’s uncle took care of the family. But when she was in her 5th standard, her uncle also passed away and family fell into dire straits.
Sunitha says, “Immediately after my SSLC, I came to know about the AIM for Seva Free Student Home in Madikeri. I met Swamini Suvedananda and she agreed to take me to the chatralaya at Madikeri.
After that, Swamiji asked me to join the AIM for Seva chatralaya at Mysore and I got admission in the Government Pre-University College in Hebbal.
I studied well and joined B.Com in Mysore Open University and my studies continued. I had a dream in my life to wear Khaki Dress to join the Police Force to protect the law and work for the nation.
In 2012, my dream came true. I got selected as a lady warden in the Karnataka Prison Department.
Whatever I am today is due to AIM for Seva and Swamiji’s care and guidance.
All the values I have learnt in the chatralaya: love, affection and care, are helping me in my work. Now I am married and well settled.”
S. Muthuprakash of our Sembangudi FSH has done us proud by topping the school with 95.6% marks in his Class 12 board exams!
With an astounding 98.6% in his core subjects of Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, he is sure to achieve his dream!
Muthuprakash has been at AIM for Seva since 2009 when he was in the 8th standard. He has always been a consistent performer in studies as he was the school topper in class 10 with 93.4%.
Hailing from Tirupur, Muthuprakash’s parents are daily labourers in a banian factory, unable to afford even a square meal a day.
When his parents heard about AIM for Seva, they were very eager for him to join the home. His two brothers have also been given admission in the school.
The school where he studied earlier refused to let him go, because they were sure he would do very well.
He attended the Government Tribal Residential School in Anaikatti till class 10. He then moved to the student home in Semmangudi, for class 11 and 12.
His confidence has grown after he topped the school. A very quiet, disciplined boy, his ambition is to become an engineer and serve India.
“Without AIM for Seva, I would never have scored such high marks. AIM for Seva supported me throughout my education,” he exclaims proudly.
Master S. Muthuprakash, AIM for Seva Anaikatti and Sembangudi graduate is now pursuing an engineering degree at Anna University, Chennai
From a remote tribal settlement in Indore, all the way to IIT is some achievement!
It was definitely not a smooth ride for a tribal agricultural labourer’s son.
Hirmal Bhargav joined AIM for Seva FSH at Indore in 2006 while studying in Class 6.
Hirmal Bhargav from Indore had only one dream: join the Indian Institute of Technology. He says, “I mustered the courage to dream big at the FSH. IIT JEE is the toughest exam for an Indian student and I wanted to crack it.”
Unfortunately while studying in Class 11 his father passed away and he found it difficult to pursue further.However, the extra tuitions to prepare for IIT entrance exam aided by the FSH came as a timely support.
He cleared the entrance exam and is now pursuing mechanical engineering at IIT Indore.
His exposure to various social issues has helped him to nurture a new dream. He wants to be a civil servant and bring about social change.
Hirmal Bhargav says, “I was fortunate to get into a secure setup as AIM for Seva. There are millions of poor children who need support. I want to shape government policy in rural education so that even the very poor have a level playing field.”