Posted on Monday, December 17, 2018
For Ravi Kiran, childhood was not an easy one, as his father, an industrial worker in Hyderabad, lost his job in 2007, prompting his mother to take up odd jobs to run the household. In such a situation, schooling became a distant dream for Ravi, till his family learnt about ICFAI Republic School—renamed as Ekalavya School in 2013—that provides education to underprivileged children charging minimal fee.
Today, Ravi works as a data analyst at Wipro Technologies in the city. He owes a lot to the school, where he learnt the skills and went on to became a successful software developer.
Located in Fatehnagar in Hyderabad, the walls of Ekalavya School echo with many such success stories. Run by IIM-Ahmedabad Alumni Association (IIMAAA) Hyderabad Chapter in partnership with RBL Bank, the school in the current batch has 310 students spread across class 1-10th, of which 45% are girls. The school will be rechristened as Udbhav RBL School from the next session starting in April 2019.
The association runs another Udbhav School in Rasool Pura area in partnership with Coromandel International. The school has 523 students that have an average family income of Rs 6000-8000 a month. Their parents have to pay 10-15% of the school expenses, while the rest of the expenses are borne by the association. Giving a thrust on girl child education-the schools now has 56% of female students.
Over the years, the students at both the schools have made a mark, by winning accolades in academics, sports and other co-curricular activities. For instance, Snagannagari Pravilika, class X student from Udbhav School has won several awards in girls power lifting championship at various competitions held at district level, state level and national level in the past two years. Pravilika says that the school provided her with the facility of smart classes and, hence, she was able to dedicate extra time for practising the sport.
Both the schools, located in Rasool Pura and Fatehnagar, had been taken over by IIMAAA when they were on the brink of closure after death of ICFAI founder N J Yasaswi.
“Both our schools have only one philosophy-all the children should get the same opportunity. Our school provides all modern facilities including music lessons, dance classes, karate training, English speaking classes and all sports activities,” IIMAAA member T Muralidharan told Education Times.
The student/teacher ratio at both the schools is 23, which Muralidharan says, is a very good average compared to other government and private schools of Hyderabad.
The association is also raising a corpus in case the IIIMAA is not there, the operations at both the school don’t come to a halt. “In next 10 years, we plan to raise a corpus of Rs 100 crores so that we can run at least 25 schools across India with over 10000 students,” he says.
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