Prayas Residential Schools breathing life into the dreams of Children in Naxal hotbed areas of Chhattisgarh

Prayas Residential Schools breathing life into the dreams of Children in Naxal hotbed areas of Chhattisgarh

Raipur: Studying
in IIT (BHU), Varanasi–one of the premier engineering institutes in India was
a dream for Tarun Kumar Paikra, hailing from Bamlaya village of Surguja
district. He grew up in a farmer’s family, where education was not considered a

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Paikra always dreamt of achieving big in life rather than just being confined
to farms of his village. All he needed was a suitable platform and proper
guidance, which he found in state-government-run Prayas Residential School.

joined Prayas in class 9 where my teachers motivated and guided me to pursue my
childhood dream of studying in an institute that taught the nation’s brightest
minds. I qualified for the national level examination National Talent Search
Examination in class 9th and 10th. These not only strengthened my basics but
also boosted my self-confidence. I started preparing for JEE here. Continuous
guidance of my teachers and healthy competition with my classmates made it
possible for me to turn my dream into reality”, said Paikra while
interacting with chief minister Bhupesh Baghel in the Students Award Ceremony
of Late Rajiv Gandhi Bal Bhavishya Suraksha Prayas Residential School. He is
currently pursuing electronics engineering from IIT (BHU), Varanasi.

award ceremony was organized at Chief Minister’s residence on the martyrdom day
of the great freedom fighter Amar Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh today to
felicitate meritorious students of Late Rajiv Gandhi Smriti Prayas Residential

is not just it; Prayas Residential Schools–started by the state government
with an aim to provide quality education and ensure all-round development of
the students of Naxal affected areas–is breathing life into the dreams of many
such children like Tarun. With their hard work and dedication, students of
Prayas Residential Schools are cracking JEE and NEET, considered as the
toughest entrance tests in India. These tribal children are not only proving to
be an inspiration for others but are also glorifying the name of Chhattisgarh
across the country.

example is of Jagriti Kanwar of Rajnandgaon district, studying in IIT Patna.
Sharing her experience at the function she said “I was homesick in my
initial days of joining Prayas. However, I am glad I found a new and very big
loving family here and an environment that feels like home. I focused on my
preparations for cracking engineering entrance exams and got this success with
the guidance of my teachers.”

Netam, a student of IIT (BHU) Varanasi, who was among those felicitated at the
programme, said that both my parents are teachers who always motivated me to
study from the start. However, adequate facilities were not available in
Kondagaon. She then cracked the entrance of Prayas and got admission to Prayas
Girls Residential School, Gudhiyari in Raipur. She said that the school has a
very good environment for studying, which made it possible for her to crack
such a tough exam.

Dhruv of Dhamtari district studying in the Electrical Engineering branch at IIT
Bhilai said that all the necessary guidance is provided in this institution for
engineering and medical entrance exams. He told that his elder sister has also
studied in this institution. The healthy competition environment among
classmates has contributed a lot to his success.

 Lulas Kumar of Rajnandgaon district, studying
in the Mathematics and Computing branch at IIT (ISM) Dhanbad shared that he was
always interested in Mathematics and wanted to be an engineer since his
childhood days. He studied up to class 8th only in Padguda Village of Chhuriya
Tehsil. “I jumped out of excitement when I came to know about my selection
in Prayas as there was no high school in our village and I was longing to study
engineering.  It was a turning point in
my life as well as my career. With the support of teachers and my classmates, I
got admission to IIT”, he said.

expressed his gratitude to the Chhattisgarh government for the better operation
of Prayas schools and facilities being provided to the talented students.

Uike of Antagarh in Kanker district said that she got 90 per cent marks in the
12th board examination and is studying in NIT Raipur. Similarly, Manish Kumar
Raote, resident of village Pathratola of Balod district, has secured 94.2 per
cent marks in the 12th board examination and is currently studying in IIT BHU. Aditya
Yadav, resident of village Podi of Lakhanpur block of Surguja district has
secured 92 per cent marks in the 12th examination and is currently studying in
IIT BHU. Praveen Kumar Chandravanshi, a resident of village Katkona of Surguja
district, has secured 91.2 per cent marks in the 12th board examination and is
studying in IIT BHU. Rudrapratap Devangan, a resident of village Mahud of
Gundardehi block of Balod district, got 88.8 per cent marks in the 12th board
examination and is currently studying in IIT ISM Dhanbad.

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