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Banking on good times

That we are a pan registered charitable trust having impacted 20 million lives comes to life when we chronicle the success stories of our beneficiaries. Tiwadiya is a small dot on the Indian map. It is a village located in Dewas district in Madhya Pradesh.

In 2012, a teenage girl from this tiny village moved to AIM for Seva Balika Vidyalaya, Dewas to pursue high school and her dreams. From there on, there was no looking back for Priyanka Panwar who got 70% in class X and 80.2% in class XII in 2016.

After completing plus two, Priyanka did not have to worry about ‘what next’ as Swami Aisvaryananda Saraswati ji, the coordinator of our Madhya Pradesh Chatralayams stepped in and guided the young Priyanka to pursue college in Manjakkudi, the birthplace of our founder, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati.

Priyanka joined the B.Com in bank management course at the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu, 2016. She moved to the Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls (Senior), Sembangudi, Tamil Nadu.

“After coming to south India, I got exposed to a different culture. I became independent thanks to the Chatralayam intervention,” says Priyanka. She scored an aggregate of 69% in the first five semesters. Results for the sixth and final semester are awaited.

During her final year, Priyanka took part in ‘Academics to Business,’ a bridge course that equips graduates with professional competencies so that they are productive from day one in an organisation. “The trainers taught us how to answer questions confidently during interviews,” recollects Priyanka. She underwent training in resume writing, quantitative aptitude, reasoning, English communication skills, soft skills, MS- Excel, group discussions and interview skills facilitated by the training and placement cell of the college.

Participation in the ‘Academics to Business’ course got the desired results. Priyanka and 13 others from the college recently got selected by City Union Bank during campus placement. The interview process consisted of descriptive, online tests and interview. A 5 member team from City Union Bank interviewed 67 students in the college campus.

Priyanka will undergo training in Bangalore for the job. Back home, her father toils hard in the family’s two acre farming plot while her mother is a homemaker. Priyanka has a younger brother who recently completed class XII from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Dewas, Madhya Pradesh and is currently preparing for his IIT entrance examinations. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas are a system of alternate schools for gifted students in India. They are specifically tasked with finding talented children from rural areas of India and providing them with an education equivalent to the best residential school system, without regard to their families’ socio-economic condition.

Priyanka has realised that education is crucial for success. Moving forward, she plans to teach children from under privileged communities in her free time.

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