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