Monday, August 31, 2009

Student Feedback on Dream India

Dear All,
Thanks a lot for giving such a great support...

Having taken such a professional course as career I have not thought about money requirement as CA is regarded as a cheapest course but having great value...but after getting through CA Inter for which most of the subjects I studied self , I really understood the difference of doing CA by self study and attending a class run by a qualified chartered accountant.

There finance was an obstacle where I could not ask my father who go for painting works and earn hardly hundred to two hundred rupees a week...

By grace of God I have joined an audit firm in Chennai to experience real face of my subjects...But stipends fixed by ICAI ( Our institute ) was very less was just to cover hostel fees for me and my sister ( who has joined M Sc Plant biotechnology in Presidency college )

I had only self confidence and belief in God which directed me to search net for some helping hands....I have seen India Sudar and I talked to Mr Udayakumar ....On the very next day I have got a message and call from Natarajan sir ....and above all my hope....within the end of the day , they have done  all arrangements for my request.

I dont know how to express my thankness to Natarajan sir and Parthiban sir for their effort to help me to join the two courses..

I have written CS Inter exams in June 09 and cleared in the first attempt CA final exam is in Nov articleship with the auditor will be over after one year of writing final exams...I would like to join for CS final also.

More than having such course cleared certificates, I realise that some thing  have to be done for others who are passing through the ways like mine.

But I could attend only one programme conducted by Dream India so far. Because of classes in sundays I am not able to participate Dream India..

But I will always pray God for the success in every step of our Institution....

Thanks to Dream India
Krishna Thaara

DI-Chennai I-Day event, 2009

Dear team,
I'm very glad to inform you all, that the celebration day which took place on aug.29 went in a very grand manner. We scheduled for various events.
Morning we had quiz prelims and followed by that is some cultural events (Song & Dance). From 10.30 we had tamil elocution and english elocution. Lunch was given around 12.30 p.m. Then we had the round of quiz. Students actively participated in the quiz and proved their mettle. By 3.30 our chief guest Mr.Shanmuga Sundaram (Chief Rotary club member) arrived and we started the prize distribution and concluded with our National Anthem.
I'm very happy to have the volunteers from "Young helping mind" org. I thank Nagappan, Poornima, Kartik.. for their efforts in making this event a grand succes.
We really missed you "NATA"..
We the DI team members along with the students gave a "HEARTFUL THANKS" to Sriram, who is leaving to U.S. in a couple of days for his higher studies.
He was really moved by it.
On the same day, our chief guest Mr.Shanmuga Sundaram gave us a grand dinner in "HOTEL GREEN PARK". He felt really happy, the way our Dream India gave a platform for students to excel in various competitions.
I once again personally thank all the members who made this function a grand succes.
Aravindh Kumar
DI - Chennai

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Fathima - College education scholarship

Dear Friends,

Through one of our friends we got to know about student Ms.Sreen Fathima a final year CSE Engineering student. She has scored  75% so far without arrears. They got separated from father for some personal reasons and he stopped supporting all of a sudden.

Janu and myself spoke to Fathima, she sounds to be one of the most confident students I have ever come across [ Same as our Ponni]. She is very clear on what she wants to do and how she would want to shoulder her family. For 20 year old, the amount maturity she shows is amazing.

With complete confidence that Fathima would do wonders soon, our team is providing her partial support for Rs.15,000 towards her final year college fee. I am in discussion with her to find some opportunities for her younger brothers and sister. More on that later.

On behalf of Dream India, I wish Fathima all the very best for a bright future.

Dream India

Friday, August 28, 2009

Krishna Thara clears CS Inter

Dear Friends,

Our student Krishna Thaara whom we supported by paying fee for CS Inter and CA final has cleared Company Secertaryship[ CS ] Inter successfully. 

She called me couple of days ago to inform this great news. She said even before calling anyone, she was calling DI to let us know about the results. The CA final exams are to happen sometime in the future soon. I am pretty sure she would come out with flying colors and make us all proud.

Congrats to Krishna on behalf of DI. 


Vallam village - Teacher deployment

Dear Friends,

Thanks to Mr.Ravi from India Sudar, we could deploy couple of teachers at his village school. The teachers are doing wonderful job is the feedback we have from people. One of the teacher's wanted to move on due to personal reasons and Ravi has found another replacement teacher Ms.Gnanasundari. Her salary would be 1000rs per month.

Also, from this year we wanted to give Ms.Mary an increment of 300rs per month, so her salary would be 1500rs per month. Attached the project reports for the same. I shall forward another email where Ravi sent us the snaps of the village school.

Let us hope our efforts towards empowering kids would continue in right direction. Our sincere thanks to IS Mr.Udhay, Mr.Shiva and Mr.Ravi for their support.


Another report

Dear Friends,
Last year
When I visited Primary Welfare School, Vallam Village, Tharangambadi taluk last year,
  •  There were around 98 students
  •  It is kind of very remote village and you can reach through mini-bus twice or thrice in a day.
  •  there were two teachers including headmaster.
  •  I heard from HM that the other teacher goes on medical leave most of the time and he was badly looking for transfer as well
  •  There were only three old classrooms and all were in very bad shape (it was dangerous).
  •  Students were coming to school for mid day meal purpose
  •  Even 5th Standard student could not read his text book fluently, when i interacted
 This year update (27th July 2009)
- DI2020 deployed two teachers and we could see that proper school is running now.
- When I interacted few students, they were able to READ fluently
- Two new classrooms constructed with SSA funding and they will be moving to new classrooms soon
- When I visited on 27th July 2009, SSA inspector was there. She appreciated our work and told me that she would take this news to SSA.
- HM is quite happy with our support and he is very encouraging. He

Comment from Mid Day Meal teacher in the same school
"I'm here for more 28 years and happy to see the school is functioning with teachers and classes properly after so many years"
I would say Dream India 2020 has done a very good job for 92 vallam village student's education and created two rural employment by deploying two teachers as well.


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Srinivasan - Fifth semester results

Dear Friends,

Our student Srinivasan [ B.Tech Printing Technology at Anna University] called and shared the good news that he has scored 70% in fifth semester. He stands third in the class. Considering the fact Srinivasan works the whole day and carries on his education part time makes this achievement much more significant.

We wish Srini all the very best.

28th July, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Dr Kalam visit - August 2009

Dear Friends,

Today is one year completion after Registration of our Dream India. In addition to this, a great news to share from our side:
By 11.15 am today, there was sudden information regarding an opportunity to meet Dr. APJ Kalam Sir in Chennai Airport - VIP lounge.

He is traveling from Delhi – Coimbatore via Chennai. ( 2-3 hours - Waiting time in Chennai).

Nata informed me & Janu to make it to the event if possible. No second thought. Who could miss such an opportunity? Closed the System.

Started from office & reached airport by 12.00 noon. Janaki reached around 12.15 PM.

Prime point Srinivasan sir was the coordinator for this meet as usual. Thanks to him for informing us.

There were 4 people from an NGO in Kodambakkam Area, One from V-trust & Mr. Britto. In total there were 10 people.

The fact that surprised us is ‘Kalam Sir’s Time management’. He wants to Utilize this Waiting hours in airport by meeting people.

Waited for almost an hour. Flight was delayed. Sir & his team reached by 1.30 PM.

In another 5 mins, guards frisked us & we went to the VIP lounge. Entered the room around 1.40 PM.

Saw the man who is a source of inspiration to millions of we people in arm’s distance. Took his blessings & we sat on the floor.

He informed his security gaurds who were inside the room, to have seat outside.

He told it with a sense of humor that “These people are good people & no harm will happen to me”.

We don’t know how the next one hour went. He listened patiently to each one of us. Asked about the activities we do.

He suggested points to improve rural education. He insisted of teaching practical skills along with studies.

Ponraj sir, his PA took number of snaps. Special Thanks to him who again was a reason for this meeting.

Srinivasan sir, asked him to give message for the youngsters for which he narrated a story of a Swamiji & gave a Crux at the end of the story:

“When you give for others you get happiness’ – This is the Crux.

I have recorded this video clipping in my mobile. Will share it with you guys in couple of days.

I & Janu shared our college incident, that we entered one of the school in Jaipur, as school student in order to see him.

Also told him, that you questioned Janakiraman when he raised a question, that you don’t seem to be a school student. Kalam Sir laughed listening to our incident.

Taking this opportunity, I informed Kalam Sir about Vasantham School. He enquired about the strength of students & their activities.

When requested whether he would be able to come for 20th Year Celebration of Vasantham in November, he told that he may not able to join the function but would definitely visit the school during his tour in Chennai.

Finally we all took his Autograph & blessings again. We felt the Vibrancy in us.

Life time memorable occasion Friends. Thanks to God.

Read more about the event here

Inspiring story
Dear friends,I wrote about the meeting of Dr Abdul Kalam with representatives of partner organisations of Action 2020 team on 11th August 2009. I want to share a very inspiring incident that happened during our meeting.

All the members introduced themselves individually to Dr Kalam and also shared in brief about their activities. Vinod, Founder of one of the Student organisations VTrust was also there. He introduced himself as 'Vinod' and shared the information about the activities of VTrust. Dr Kalam asked him what he was doing. He said, he had completed his B.Com in last April and was now planning to pursue his Company Secretary. Then Dr Kalam left him at that stage and moved to the next person.
After we finished our meeting, we took a group photograph. We started leaving the hall. At that time, Dr Kalam called 'Vinod' by name and told him "You are a socially conscious person. Why don't you try IAS. If you enter IAS, you can do many good things to the society". Immediately, Vinod agreed and sought his blessings prostrating before him. Vinod was holding in his hand, a brief note about VTrust. In his excitement, he forgot to handover the note. "Can I have this", asked Dr Kalam and took the note for his reading. Then we all left the room.

The story does not end here
After leaving the meeting, on the same day, Vinod started making round the entire City to find out the coaching centres for IAS. within 6 hours, he collected lot of information about IAS preparations, coaching centres, etc. "Dr Kalam has advised me to prepare for IAS and to become an IAS Officer. Definitely, I will join IAS and do great job to the society", says beaming Vinod.

I am sharing this with you only to exhibit how Dr Kalam inspires the younger generation. On behalf of the group, I wish Vinod all the best in his new goal of becoming an IAS officer

Vinod can be reached at (at) and his contact number is 9884116235

Sebasting Britto Stephen
Frendz For Life Family 

Hii Friends,

                   The day August 11-2009, can be marked as one of the important day in my life. I had the golden opportunity of meeting this man, Whom I  consider as my God- father .Dr APJ Abdul  kalam .He was very happy to see the members of India vision group.Each one representing different  NGO’s. I was there to represent (Frendz For Life)  students family from Pondicherry. Srinivasan sir introduced everyone of us to Dr kalam . 
                First, I was little nervous, since I am meeting the missile man ,not as a normal person but the member of his action2020team .That was the first time I saw Dr kalam in person. I had all responsibilities to express him my worthiness to be in his team. Friends, I could say, I haven’t seen such a simple and humble person in my life .Even a child could understand his character in minute’s time. An experienced person at the age of 77 will like only to share his own views to youngsters rather listening to them. But Dr kalam patiently listened to us .what we say and also gave us suggestions just like a friend. 
             When my coordinator introduced me to Dr kalam, he saw me and smiled me .I introduced myself as Britto from Pondicherry and started my brief description of what kind of work we do for the society. I told him “When ever my students start any activities they will do in your (Dr kalam’s) name. We always work as told by you”. 
Dr kalam looked every one of us and told us the story which had its theme as “What you achieve in your life as told by other person is not important. But, what you achieve for being born in this world in your name is important.” 
The message was truly inspiring for me.   
          Some of the interesting Qualities I observed in Dr kalam 

* Dr kalam is stalwart in technical knowledge, One of the renowned world leader in with vast social experience .A great teacher for his age of 77.  person with all this credit will surely try to share their own experience; will like to give lectures to youth rather than listening to them. In about one hour of our meet, He was just listening to us for 40 minutes. He perceived completely what we do to society and gave us the friendly suggestion. 

 *  When we entered inside the VIP lounge every one of us were nervous since we are about to meet a Ex-President of India,A Brahat Ratna awarded personality. When we came out after meeting him. We had only memories of chatting with a good old friend, a complete relaxed state. I hope you could perceive how friendly he would be then to speak. 

  *  The car driver of Srinivasan sir, also wished to see Dr kalam. Having an handshake with Dr kalam was one of his greatest wish. Dr kalam made him to sit beside him equally, did a handshake with him and told “Your Hands are so hard. It shows Your hard work” .I saw the driver face that time. I could sense his harmony that his hard work in life got its meaning. That moment I realized the real meaning of equality and brotherhood from dictionary of Dr kalam. 

   *  When we all left the room after taking his autograph .I told Dr kalam 
                “I can say FFL’s (My trust)works are in no way comparable to your   
                  achievement sir   But  in future I  will surely create at least  two Abdul   
                   Dr kalam’s for India “. 
               Dr kalam took my hand and  said this beautiful Thirukural

Ulliathu eiythal elithu matrunthan 
Ulliathu ullap perin

             It means: When you set your mind determined on something. Just ensure you mind is set on it .You will achieve it for sure. Then I reliazed this man     and Thirukural has moer similar “Short But Powerful” 
        With this we bid good bye to Dr kalam and left airport. Friends, I like to extend my hearty thanks to Srinivasan sir in this letter.My dream come true of meeting kalam became real because of him. He is doing the wonderful work of identifying the potential social workers and taking their works to Dr kalam. Lets all support Srinivasan sir and Indiavision2020 group and show to our country 
                                                                                   “Youth are not useless. But they are used Less”   

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Summer school admissions - Part II

Hi all,

Finally , we can now say that almost all the SSC students at our Mumbai centre have finally got their admission for STD XI.
Despite all the struggle with low percentage and family pressure, Geeta has taken admission in Science at Bhavani Shankar Junior College at Dadar. This is a college which is best example of a joint public and private sector participation, ie a joint venture between BMC and IIT-Pace academy .The BMC has tied up with a couple of IIT coaching classes to start three junior colleges this year.
While the civic body will provide the buildings, the coaching classes will run the colleges. Not only will the coaching classes prepare students for the Joint Entrance Exam to the Indian Institute of Technology, they will also hire regular staff for the college, including English and Hindi teachers. 
These will be the first colleges started by the BMC, which has hitherto only run  schools. All three colleges will offer the science stream. The colleges will be located at Vile Parle, Mulund and Dadar. One of the coaching classes, IITian’s Pace, will run the colleges at Mulund and Dadar, while the college at Vile Parle will be run by Yukti Classes. 
Each college will have 100 seats, of which 50 will be reserved for BMC school children, and the remaining 50 for students from other schools 
The fifty students from each college who are from BMC schools will be coached for the IIT-JEE free of cost. Fifty percent of their coaching fee will be borne by the coaching class and the rest will be borne by BMC
Geeta has got admission in Electrical maintenance , and the best part is that she does not have pay a single rupee as college fees and even her textbooks and all educational material will be provided free of cost.
Further no special tutorial classes as all the college professors are the ones who coach for IIT etc... excellent faculty.
Couldnt have asked for something better than this!!!
A special thanks to Pooja who had forwarded this piece of information.
Jayasundari has also got admission for General Science( Biology)at Vivek Vidyalaya ( Goregaon) which is also an aided college
Shubham and Rani and Sunita have also got through with their admissions
So for the time being we do not have to bother much on the funding of the higher education for these children!!
Initially Geeta had secured an admission at Lords Universal College at Malad , which is a private college and the annual fees was Rs 26000 for computer science.
But one silver lining was that the fees will be refunded back after a deduction of Rs 50 if the student wants to take an admission in some other college. But this has to be done before the Lords college starts with their lectures.   Geeta had to take the admission in this college else she would have been left with no other choice and lose one year. This seat was alloted to Geeta through the online system. Hence I had paid the fees on her behalf .
But later on  I went to this IIT-Pace academy and spoke to the co-ordinator and the Managing director about Geeta's case. Initially , they denied saying that her percentage was very low. But I insisted and also spoke about the work that we as an NGO are doing.
The MD immediately agreed and asked Geeta to join college from 7th Aug onwards. 
and now she is regularly attending the classes... and most importantly she is very happy with the studious environment around.
and Rs 26000 paid has been refunded back from the Lords college as Geeta has cancelled her admission there , so that solves all the problems of funding or looking for sponsorers.
PS: You can find the history of this great effort by our volunteers in this link