On Saturday at Attappadi in Palghat district, the 91 Batch Kazhaks won the hearts of the people and officials of the Hilly region through one of their silver jubilee projects, named ‘SHINE’, in memory of their departed classmate, Shine. Shine P Baby (2175/91), from the Class of 1991 was a Lecturer at Rajagiri College, and passed away in 2006.
A good number of 91 Kazhaks, joined by some of their spouses; had been on the ground work for some months now. They toured the area, interacted with a number of schools and identified students of the suitable age group to be trained for Sainik entrance. I had the occasion to be present at the formal launch of the project on 04 Jul, representing the OBA. The warmth between the parents of the students and the members of the 91 batch said it all. The forum was represented by local officials and eminent persons of the region.
The project is well conceived. The parents only need to drop the identified students at their respective schools on every Saturdays for the next 25 Saturdays. The 91Kazhaks will pick up and take them to the training centre at ‘AHAD’ ( a Govt. Organization/Building), conduct coaching, provide food and drop them back at their schools from where, the students will be handed over to their parents. Finally, these students will be taken to the Sainik entrance exam; all by the 91 Batch. The students who become KAZHAKS, will be taken care of, by the 91 Batch, till they settle well. The batch will meet the financial needs and support emotionally too. The parents will also be assisted.
The above is in nutshell. The batch has much more up their sleeves.
A project with a clear aim, clear road map and committed conduct. Highly admirable. Way to go. Kudos to the 91 Batch.