MRSK Chai­tanya, 23

SO­CIAL AC­TIVIST Founder, Pas­sion­ate Foun­da­tion, Hy­der­abad

India Today - - YOUNG YEARNERS - by Mona Ra­ma­vat

Hav­ing been in­volved in com­mu­nity work since high school, Chai­tanya set up Pas­sion­ate Foun­da­tion ( PF) in 2007, to in­volve youth in com­mu­nity work. In 2010, PF adopted Hy­der­abad’s Bowen­pally Govern­ment School with the idea of mak­ing school­ing a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence for its stu­dents. “Ap­prox­i­mately 70 per cent In­dian chil­dren study in govern­ment schools. From lack of qual­i­fied teach­ers to out­dated syl­labi, in­fra­struc­ture and nu­tri­tion—there are sev­eral prob­lems with such schools,” he says. Cur­rently, they work with 10 schools. The state pro­vides rice and samb­har for mid-day meals at these schools. PF has roped in the Hy­der­abad Mar­riott to add an egg, a banana and a veg­etable curry for ev­ery child at two of these schools. PF is also in­volved in cre­at­ing bet­ter ameni­ties at the schools, from well-equipped wash­rooms to com­puter labs. CHAR­ITY BE­GINS AT HOME At his alma mater, Ab­hyasa Res­i­den­tial Pub­lic School in Toopran vil­lage, about 50 km from Hy­der­abad, Chai­tanya was in­volved in com­mu­nity ser­vice ac­tiv­i­ties like or­gan­is­ing HIV/AIDS aware­ness and de-ad­dic­tion camps. ROAD AHEAD In­volve as many govern­ment schools in Andhra Pradesh as pos­si­ble.

Chawla Ge­ri­atricpsy­chi­a­trist,Gur­gaon

“The work he is do­ing is a small yet com­mend­able ef­fort to­wards bring­ing

about sig­nif­i­cant change.”

Swami Ag­nivesh So­cialac­tivist

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