Ex-top cop takes kids out of ‘fir­ing line’, wins award

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - METRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

PATNA: When JK Sinha, IPS and a for­mer spe­cial sec­re­tary to the Union gov­ern­ment, started an NGO in 2007 to serve the lowli­est of the lowly and im­part them qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, he was not do­ing it for awards, but for a se­ri­ous so­cial pur­pose.

Five years down the line, his work has been recog­nised na­tion­ally and now, he is to be be­stowed with the In­dia Pos­i­tive Award, in­sti­tuted by a lead­ing TV chan­nel, on Oc­to­ber 4.

The Shoshit Seva Sangh, which Sinha launched in Patna runs a fully free English medium res­i­den­tial school for the chil­dren of the Musa­har community. It to­day cra­dles 280 chil­dren from the poor­est homes in re­mote vil­lages of var­i­ous dis­tricts of Bi­har. The school has a highly qual­i­fied fac­ulty and pro­vides all the fa­cil­i­ties nec­es­sary for qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion. The students of the school many of whom are flu­ent in English now as­pire to be­come en­gi­neers, doc­tors, IAS of­fi­cers etc.

The vi­sion of Shoshit Seva Sangh, as Sinha ex­plains, “Is to sup­port the chil­dren pass­ing out from the school for higher ed­u­ca­tion as well and em­power them to make a huge quan­tum jump in life and be­come cat­a­lyst of change in the Musa­har community, per­haps, the most ex­ploited and poverty stricken

JK SINHA LAUNCHED THE SHOSHIT SEVA SANGH IN 2007 AND THE RES­I­DEN­TIAL SCHOOL FOR MUSA­HAR CHIL­DREN PRESENTLY HAS 280 STUDENTS

community in In­dia”.

The in­sti­tu­tion has ac­quired 2 acres of land in Patna and now faces the chal­lenge of rais­ing R10 crores to build a res­i­den­tial school with all the nec­es­sary fa­cil­i­ties as man­dated by Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion (CBSE). The school will have the ca­pac­ity to ac­com­mo­date 500 chil­dren by 2015 and shall dou­ble this ca­pac­ity to 1000 students by the end of this decade.

Sinha launched the Shoshit Seva Sangh in 2007 and the res­i­den­tial school for Musa­har chil­dren presently has 280 students. The chil­dren hail from re­mote vil­lages of var­i­ous dis­tricts of Bi­har. The school has a highly qual­i­fied fac­ulty and pro­vides all the fa­cil­i­ties nec­es­sary for qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

(Above) Chil­dren at­tend­ing classes and (be­low) students un­der­go­ing com­puter train­ing at Shoshit Seva Sangh cen­tre in Patna.

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