Thank You ……………
Year 2020-21 has been a difficult year for the entire humanity due to COVID. Never was such a situation faced in a Century’s time. In spite of the all the troubles faced, humanity will emerge triumphant thanks to our scientists.
Vidya Poshak (VP) extends heartfelt thanks all its stake holders for standing with us in these most difficult times.
Our STUDENT Community, which is the backbone of the organization continued to be resilient in pursuing their studies. We were worried about impact of COVID on choices our students will make specially girl students. While overall girl students dominated our scholarship scenario (Close to 2/3rd of money went to girl students), still 69 girls dropped out of education in spite of our best efforts. Overall, we could help 1367 students for Higher Education & 1950 students for school education during 20-21. We congratulate our students for taking one more step towards their bright future.
Donors are real heroes who realise their dreams of helping student community through us. Thank you for trusting us over and over again. Due to your generosity, we could spend about 255 lakhs towards services for students. Our donors also gave an additional INR 28 lakhs to provide COVID relief to the families of our students which we carried out very diligently. Thanks to you, we have also now launched very meaningful programs like “Teaching Fellows”, Digital class room for Primary class students. We also cherish our partnerships with eVidyaloka and Teach for India. Vidya Poshak today is strongly engaged both in higher education and in Primary education.
Volunteers have always been a key stakeholder for Vidya Poshak. While our traditional volunteers helped us in identifying right students for funding, they also assessed poverty of applicants and kept contact with students even post scholarship distribution. Due to COVID, this year, they couldn’t make home visits but used technology to the best effect. We are now witnessing a new breed of corporate volunteers coming forward and helping our tudents through online contact. Our 3 services 1. Vidya Poshak digital services 2. Study circles and 3. Virtual Coaching and mentoring program are all successfully done thanks to our corporate volunteers. Thus, we are blessed with 2 sets of volunteers one on the field and another virtual to make life better for our students.
Our Employees are our real assets. Even in this difficult period, they worked hard to be in constant touch with our students, donors and volunteers. VP has designed “Quarterly Touch Point”, where in every student is contacted at least once in a quarter to understand their issues and attempts are made to solve them. All VP employees have set of students (about 100 each) to attend to every quarter. This has helped us to design more appropriate programmes for our students.
Thank you, team VP.
Our Governing Body is full of people who are passionate about education sector and student community. Although we could meet only once “in person”, we met several times online to address our Challenges and give direction to the Organisation.
I compliment my colleagues on the Board for their consistent support for the VP’s cause.
VP has now completed TWENTY Years and we will soon share our report on the achievements and shortcomings in two decades.
Thank you all once again. Let us hope that year 2021-22 would be better and we would return to normalcy.