From the comfort of air conditioned office in the national capital to the by lanes of Ranchi, the distance may seem too long, but not for Shashank Shekhar. An engineer and management professional Shashank along with a team of young resident of Hatma, Ranchi sat down together almost a year back to start the first of its kind, “Kayakalp Play School” for the children of Hatma, a village situated on the periphery of Ranchi City. 

It turned into reality when, Chairman, Coal India Limited (CIL)/CMD, CCL Shri Gopal Singh himself came down to inaugurate the first “Kayakalp Play School” at Hatma, Ranchi. The school is based on a unique model, wherein it has been opened with complete co-operation of the locals. For instance, the Kayakalp Play School has been started at Community Hall of Hatma Village, readily offered by the villagers. The local themselves will take care of administration & management of the school, which will ensure responsibility of each stake-holder in this model project. And most importantly at “Kayakalp Play School” these kids will be imparted free education.

During the conversation Shashank emphasized, that one of the thrust areas of vibrant India is “quality education” for it paves the foundation of any nation. It’s the responsibility of the youth of this young country to ensure the bright future of their country. Disclosing his futures plan, Shashank said that the children will be taught on a pre-defined syllabus that has been chalked by his team. He is planning to open 100 play schools in the rural and interior parts of Jharkhand and he is already in touch with youths of many villages.

In order, to maintain the quality and ensure proficient monitoring of all the school, they will be connected through a centralized control center. These play schools will have e-classes and children will be taught the through video conferencing (VC), in order to maintain the quality and as add-on. The basic idea here is to prepare these children for getting admission in primary schools. These children will also be helped to secure admission in private schools where 25% seats reserved for children from economically weaker section (EWS) as per Right to education.

Sharing his thoughts, Shashank said that it’s equally important to motivate the parents of these children, so that they send them to play school regularly. It has not been easy and he has met several times with parents of each child at “Kayakalp Play School”, Hatma and he knows he has to work really hard in other villages too.

Inaugurating the first “Kayakalp Play School”, Shri Gopal Singh said that this will go down as one of the most important initiatives taken in a country, for it has been driven by none other but the youth of this country. This event will provide new direction to the society, state and country. It is the responsibility of the youth of this country to create a society in which we there is smile on every face and these youths lead by Shashank Shekhar will be an inspiration to others.

Recently, On January 15th Chairman, Coal India Limited (CIL)/CMD, CCL Shri Gopal Singh inaugurated “Kayakalp Public School” at Bukru village, Ranchi. This school will help the young but impoverished children and their family to realize their dreams, to provide them with right opportunity, which is a benchmark of equality. It will be a center for other institutions to replicate. Only, children from impoverished families and dropouts will be eligible for admission. “For the underprivileged people in India, education is perceived as a high-priced luxury, and this pessimistic outlook continues on with every generation.” Shri Singh said

CCL, a subsidiary of Coal India Limited under energetic leadership of Shri Gopal Singh has initiated various schemes to ensure inclusive growth of the society. He has always believed that children of poor families have every right to study in English medium school and they should be provided the best education facilities. The school will have the best infrastructure with no compromise on quality of teaching. “Our objective is to create good human being so that they can play active role in nation building of the country,” Shri Singh has said often.

School has been started with 30 students and it will run on CBSE pattern. The students would be given technical & skill development training when they reach class 9 so that they could be equipped with additional certificate apart from the CBSE certificate. In addition to it, performing students will also be provided coaching and assistance for various competitive exams like Engineering, Medical etc. Digital Board and Wi-Fi facilities will be provided to the students of this school. Free mid-day meal will be provided to the students. The students will be undergoing regular medical check-ups by a team of doctors/specialists from Central Hospital, CCL, Gandhinagar to ensure their physical well being. Many qualified officers, retired teachers and others have voluntarily offered their service free of cost, which has given the impetus to this movement. On this occasion, Shri Gopal Singh said that this school will be a significant step towards realising the dream of our honourable PM i.e. “Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas”

With a goal worth achieving, “Kayakalp Play School”, Hatma, Ranchi is the first towards it.


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