I grew up in a middle class Brahmin family in a small town named Anand in central Gujarat. My father was a bank officer in Bank of India. My grandfather was a retired Railway guard and passed away soon after his retirement. My family was always job oriented and education driven by virtue.
It was March’96 when my father was diagnosed for jaundice. We went through lot of medications for him but the situation went out of control and by early June he was diagnosed for cirrhosis of liver. The chances of improvement were reducing gradually and on 5th Dec’96 and my father passed away. Since he was the only bread earner in the family the family faced lot of challenges in managing the day to day household expenses. My mother started working with a private cooperative credit society for Rs. 800 per month in the year 1999.
I secured a distinction with 82% in HSC in 1999. During state admission procedure I secured a free seat in an Engineering college in electronics stream. But I had to relocate to a distant place from my home town and the expenses towards hostel fees were very high to be managed. I approached to the directors of the institute to give me some relief and ran from pillar to post but nothing actually relieved my burden of expenses.
After getting no help from the college management I solicited support from FFE through the facilitator. My request was heard promptly and I started getting reimbursement for my college tuition fees and educational expenses. Had FFE not supported during the crisis, there were heavy chances that I would have had to quit the studies. But with the help from FFE my life stayed afloat in the storm.
Mr. Shukla was my facilitator. I was introduced to him by a social activist Mrs. Danak who came to know about my difficult situation through a family friend. I used to meet Mr. Shukla every 6 months and he used to guide me about managing within stipulated resources. He also used to discuss about the college life and the challenges ahead.
I completed my B.E with a Distinction – honors. I was recruited by leading Teleservices provider at Gujarat as Gradate engineer Trainee. I was promoted to senior engineer and then to Assistant Manager for Dual Technology.
In 2009 I was recruited by an organization as a ManagerCore networks at Hyderabad. I carried out several distinctive Six Sigma projects during my initial stint, and this was well appreciated by the management. In 2012 I was prestigiously awarded as “Champion award” given by Managing Director of the organization. I became part of corporate talent pool in 2012. In Jan’2013 I got a chance from my organization to appear for the selection of one of its unique projects. In the selection, a candidate had to undergo a rigorous selection process of Teach for India which is carried out all across India. Under this program, candidates had to show their leadership quality & ability to contribute towards social cause which is “Education inequity”. I was lucky to be among Top 5 employees selected across the ABG organization in 2013. As of now I am a Teach For India Fellow working at Hyderabad. I am placed in a low income Private school working for underprivileged society in a community called Malleably area. I have already spent a year of my fellowship and now I am working as a 4th Grade Class Teacher in this school & teaching 46 beautiful kids. These kids are mainly come from socially backward surroundings; such as daily wage earners, auto drivers, truck drivers, vegetable vendors & other laborers.
I have taken this unique challenge to return back something to the society. Being FFE alumnus I was always inspired by the philosophy of FFE. Despite being a regular contributor to FFE fund raising activity I always wanted to work at ground root level to have a feel of the present problem pertaining to education inequity. This urge helped me to get through all the stages & enabled me to take a step forward towards the big cause. I am indebted to FFE for being helpful to me at a crucial stage of my life without which I wouldn’t be at a position where