In­mates at Bathinda home for or­phans shine in aca­demics

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Punjab & Haryana - Ravin­der Singh let­ter­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com ■

BATHINDA:The Chil­dren Home for Boys in the city is not only pro­vid­ing board­ing, lodg­ing and ed­u­ca­tion to or­phans, but is also set­ting a stel­lar record in aca­demic achieve­ment with three of its in­mates of the past four years, go­ing on to get ad­mis­sion in en­gi­neer­ing.

One of the seven fa­cil­i­ties that the state gov­ern­ment pro­vides across the state, in­mates in the age group of 6-18 are pro­vided board­ing, lodg­ing and ed­u­ca­tion and other fa­cil­i­ties at these homes. Dis­trict so­cial se­cu­rity of­fi­cer and his team are re­spon­si­ble for run­ning the homes.

The lat­est on the Bathinda cen­tre’s roll of achieve­ments are Har­jeet and Bal­jeet, 17-year-old twins, who were among 17 or­phans that had put up at the Cen­tre.

The duo, from Dhin­gar vil­lage of Mansa dis­trict, lost their mother, when they were just six. The broth­ers, with an al­co­holic fa­ther, who was al­ready a help­less pau­per, were sent to this or­phan­age three years ago by rel­a­tives.

They latched on to the op­por­tu­nity and are now pur­su­ing elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing at Gov­ern­ment Polytech­nic Col­lege, Bathinda.

Hardeep topped the Class-10 exam with 88%, with brother Bal­jeet scor­ing first divi­sion and also bag­ging the third po­si­tion at a na­tional-level scrabble event in Delhi in Novem­ber. The op­por­tu­ni­ties that the cen­tre has pro­vided has meant that Bal­jeet has turned into a keen ath­lete and wants to be­come an army of­fi­cer.

‘ALL CREDIT TO THE MAN­AGE­MENT’

“I credit my achieve­ment to mo­ti­va­tion from Sita Ram, our coun­sel­lor at the home. I am work­ing hard for the tough jour­ney of be­com­ing a state civil ser­vant,” said Har­jeet.

The coun­sel­lor him­self, Sita Ram, says, “The first aim of our team is to trace fam­i­lies of the miss­ing chil­dren by show­ing them pic­tures of sta­tions, bus stands on in­ter­net or by tak­ing help from po­lice sta­tions and child helplines in other states. Last year, we had traced 67 such chil­dren.”

He added, “I have been serv­ing here since 2014. We ac­com­mo­date chil­dren from 6-18 years. Those above 18 are sent to the State Af­ter Care home, Lud­hi­ana.”

An­other suc­cess story is that of Gur­preet Singh, 16, an or­phan, who was brought to the home four years ago from Swah Wala of Fazilka dis­trict. Af­ter se­cur­ing 75% marks in Class 10, he has also been pur­su­ing elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing. He cred­its dis­trict so­cial se­cu­rity of­fi­cer Naveen Gad­wal for his suc­cess.

DSSO Gad­wal said, “All chil­dren at the cen­tre are my chil­dren. I spend hours to mo­ti­vate, in­spire and guide them by shar­ing my dif­fi­cul­ties and the way I over­come these. For those in Class-10, I get them to study till late at night.” Junior as­sis­tant at the home, Iqbal Kaur, said, “I have been serv­ing here for 16 years. I feel lucky that I got a chance to serve these aban­doned chil­dren.”

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