While our students continue to make us proud with their academic achievements , our Chatralayam alumni aren’t far behind. In this blog, we share two stories and testimonials of alumni free student hostelers who continue to maintain their link with us.
Raj Kumar Dhurve who studied at the Bapu-Buddh AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Indore from 2006 to 2010 is now a teacher in a private school in Dindori district in Madhya Pradhesh from where he hails from. Dhurve teaches Sanskrit, English and general knowledge to students from class 6 to 9. In addition, he also added PT (physical training) to the school curriculum for he knows its importance since his days as a Free Student hosteler in Indore.
Dhurve pays a visit to the Chatralayam at Indore and volunteers in the premises as often as he can . He guides, motivates and encourages our students on the importance of value-based education and how it is important to have an encompassing personality. “My own inspiration is our founder Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati. I had the good fortune of meeting him in person twice. In addition, I am grateful to Swami Aishwaryananda Saraswati , the coordinator of all our hostels in Madhya Pradesh. Swami Aishwaryanandaji always told me that when I grow up, I should not only give back to my parents and friends, but I should also give back to society.”
Dhurve who did his bachelors of arts in sociology from the P.M.B. Gujarati Arts and Law College, Indore and BEd from Shri Gujarati Samaj B.E.d College, Indore from 2006 to 2010. Around the same time, he also doubled up as an assistant warden at the hostel from 2006-07 and then was warden at the hostel from 2009-10.
Apart from value-based education, the disciplined life at the hostel also left a deep impact on Dhurve. The daily routine of rising up early and doing ablutions was followed by yoga, prayers, study and breakfast. Then it was time for everyone to go to school and college. Evenings were devoted to play, prayers and study.
Another alumni from the same hostel (Bapu-Buddh AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Indore, Deshchandra Riyaang also shares his story. He joined the aforesaid hostel in 2012 when he went to college. He did in graduation degree in commerce from the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya , Indore.
Like Dhurve, Deshchandra Riyaang also became a warden of his hostel in 2014 and continued in this role till last year. “I had to go back to North Tripura as my parents are very old now. My father is 80 years old and there is no one to take care of them.”
Nevertheless, Deshchandra is grateful for getting an AIM for Seva Chatralayam exposure first as a graduate and then as a warden that left a huge impact in his life. “I got to meet people from all walks of life. At the hostel, I realised the importance of community and living together. As students, we used to have our fights but then we used to become friends again. The hostel experience helped me gain critical life skills like how to live in a society, give respect and love to family, friends and importance of cleanliness and hygiene.”