The founding class of VidyaGyan, a leadership academy for economically underprivileged, meritorious students from rural Uttar Pradesh, has achieved stellar results in their XII board examinations. Every year, VidyaGyan handpicks 200 rural toppers from 250,000 children across 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh (UP). These children come from families with an annual income of less than one lac per annum.
A total of 187 students appeared for their board examinations this year at VidyaGyan and the School registered a 100 percent pass rate. A whopping 139 students scored above 80 percent, out of which 53 students scored above 90 percent.
Commenting on the results, Bishwajit Banerjee, the Principal of VidyaGyan, Bulandshahr, said, “71 students have scored over 91 percent marks in English language and 3 students scored 98 percent. This is remarkable, considering that these students studied in Hindi medium schools till Class V and only started learning English when they joined VidyaGyan in Class VI.”
Highlighting the efforts of VidyaGyan and the impact it has been able to make, Mr Banerjee shared Shikha Sirohi’s story, who is the School topper for this year. He said “Shikha joined VidyaGyan when she was only 11 years old. Coming from the small village of Saidpur in Ghazipur district, Shikha has not only made her parents proud but has also inspired her entire village with her achievement.” To watch Shikha’s story click here.
Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Trustee Shiv Nadar Foundation and the Chairperson, VidyaGyan, said, “VidyaGyan is very close to my heart and we started the journey with the hope of creating leaders from rural India and maybe even a Prime Minister for the country someday. The last seven years have been an exhilarating experience of making top quality education accessible to disadvantaged communities, where the impact is dramatic and exponential. We are heartened by the achievement of our founding batch and can already see a multiplier effect where the VidyaGyan children are inspiring several others within their communities to follow their path.”