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A Labour’s IITian son establishes an NGO for the underprivileged students

For Brijesh Saroj, the son of a daily wage worker in Uttar Pradesh, getting into IIT was a dream come true. Many youngsters get busy with their personal lives  once they achieve their dream. But Brijesh was different,  he has decided to pay back by taking care of the current underprivileged students.

Brijesh came to Mumbai in 2015, to join the electronics branch of the prestigious IIT Bombay. Three years later, continuing with his interest in the educational system, Brijesh has raised over INR 10 lakh for the underprivileged students he is currently taking care of. Brijesh(who scored AIR 167) recalls the times when he and his brother Raju (AIR 410), faced hardships of paying INR 1 lakh for their admission into the Institute. People across the globe helped these young boys as they learnt about their challenge via newspapers and social media. Considering their financial situation, the Union human resource development ministry waived their fees. Brijesh joined IIT Bombay and Raju went into IIT Kharagpur. Brijesh started bringing the change in the education system by becoming a part of various volunteer groups. However, owing to his personal commitment of giving back to the society, he founded an NGO a year ago. He along with his friends founded Samdarshi Foundation. This NGO equips students from the rural areas to secure admissions into schools and colleges and guide them about their rights and encourage them to follow their academic dreams.Focusing on the students from the suburbs of Mumbai, they have instituted a classroom in Kalyan and appointed a teacher to educate and guide students in and around the city who are unable to pay hefty tuition fee. At present, this NGO is tutoring 15 students, but Brijesh is passionate to help more children get quality education.

Presently, Brijesh and his brother Raju are training and guiding the underprivileged students from their hometown Pratapgarh to get into Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya. ‘The school helped us pursue our dream to crack JEE and we want to make the same dream possible for as many children as we can,’ Brijesh said. Currently, Brijesh is preparing for his entrance exams for civil services. He further mentioned that though he loves studying at IIT, he had always eyed on the administrative services.

Prajwala Ghate | TOC

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