Success Story on Vedanta Vidyarthi Vikash Yojna

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The program was initiated as a part of Vedanta’s CSR program in the year 2009 to improve the quality of education and Moral standards of the Secondary school students in vernacular schools from class 8th to 10th .Vedanta introduced Vedanta Vidyarthi Vikas Yojana (VVVY) (Vedanta Student Development Scheme) in its core peripheral villages namely Bhurkamunda, Katikela, Brundamal, Kurebaga, Banjari, Sripura, Parmanpur, Badmal, Debadihi and Gudigaon four years back.

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JHARSUGUDA: Odisha State Board’s Class 10th result (HSC) is out and another brilliant performance was scripted by one of the most popular and result oriented CSR program of Vedanta Aluminium Ltd., Jharsuguda. A total of 132 children passed out of 150 children who appeared .While the state recorded an average passing rate of 75.99%, the program was way ahead in result securing an average of 88 % passing rate, including 32 first division performances by the proud children.

vedantaEvery child enrolled in the program walked every day to the 10 assistance centres for the last three years to see this day happening. Many of them came from family which had nothing except hope, from families where two square meals is a distant dream. The program for the last 4 years has become a role model and has shown the way for community based education.

Interestingly, 73% of the total girls passed the exam with flying colours which clearly indicates how the program has shaped gender equity in education at grass root level. 4 out of 10 centres recorded 100% passing rate which by any means is impeccable considering the past records of the centres.

The program was initiated as a part of Vedanta’s CSR program in the year 2009 to improve the quality of education and Moral standards of the Secondary school students in vernacular schools from class 8th to 10th .Vedanta introduced Vedanta Vidyarthi Vikas Yojana (VVVY) (Vedanta Student Development Scheme) in its core peripheral villages namely Bhurkamunda, Katikela, Brundamal, Kurebaga, Banjari, Sripura, Parmanpur, Badmal, Debadihi and Gudigaon four years back.

The splendid achievement of Success is in sharp contrast to earlier performance before 4 years back when only twenty odd students had able to appear the HSC exam and out of them only four students had cleared the exam with a minimum passing marks. Before initiation of this project, majority of the students from these areas were irregular in attending schools, which led to School dropouts and child labour and also resulted in dismal performance in Matric exams. It was a dream for the students to pass the Matric exam and in such a situation the project VVVY was implemented in these areas.

The initial outcome was modest. A couple of years ago there were around twenty odd students drawn from five villages. But very soon the trickle turned into a torrent and in the year 2012-13 around 450 students from class 8th to 10th drawn from ten villages were part of this great movement. This year the passing percentage of 88% has reached an all-time high from 18% in 2008, the project has seen a real transformation which has crossed many hurdles during the four years of implementation.

VVVY was initiated with well-defined objective and strategies by engaging a local NGO Anchalik Jana Kalyan Anusthan (AJKA) who did a commendable job as a partner in VAL’s CSR program as an  expert in this field. In this project, apart from regular morning classes, parents teachers meeting, orientation of students, life skill education to students, Parents counselling, monthly unit test are being conducted with defined indicators and deliverables. As a result of these dedicated intervention and robust strategies this year the result has given a remarkable mark in the face of students and Community Mass.

Ms. Reema Chobey from Badmal High School who was enrolled in this coaching centre has extended her deep gratitude for the teachers of VVVY for their guidance and dedicated teaching as she has scored 88.3 % of marks in the H.S.C. exam this year.

Expressing his views post this year matric results, an elated Mr. Abhijit Pati, COO, VAL expressed that it was a dream come true for us when we saw the great transformation in just couple of years. In an area where passing high school was a difficult ask for most of the children in the year 2008, our effort has made hundreds of children from needy families from our own neighbourhood to cross that line in subsequent years. ‘It’s an achievement for the children and their families and a humble success for our sustainable initiatives’, he added.

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