Mumbai : In its effort to create a brighter future for underprivileged students, Rotary Club of Bombay has touched many lives since its inception. On Wednesday, Dr Sonya Mehta, President of Rotary Club of Bombay and Additional Municipal Commissioner Dr Pallavi Darade felicitated 39 students out of a total of 98 as part of Bhavishya Yaan – an initiative of Rotary Club of Bombay to train municipal students who secured above 75 per cent marks in secondary school certificate (SSC) this year. Bhavishya Yaan dubbed as ‘mission to bright future’ is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Bombay to assist and help under-privileged students.
As part of Bhavishya Yaan, Rotary club selected under-privileged students from municipal schools in the city and trained them in English language, communication skills, goal setting, concentration, computers and other skill development.
Additional Municipal Commissioner (Education) Dr Darade said, “Earlier I had prejudice about municipal school. It was my perception that they are not good in extra and cultural programmes. This programme touched me and changed my perceptions.”
She described Bhavishya Yaan as ‘Parras’ a mythological stone that turns iron into gold. She said, “Bhavishya Yaan has changed the course of lives!”
Sayali Malvi, one of the beneficiary students of the mission who is doing her second year engineering said, “It is only because of Bhavishya Yaan, I could join Electric Engineering in one of the prestigious institute – Veermata Jijamata Technological Institute (VJTI).”
Nikita Bhandari, a student of Ganpatro Kadam Secondary Municipal School said, “I don’t have computer. But in Bhavishya Yaan, they teach you how to work on computers. They also teach us how to speak English confidently, about concentration and goal setting in life.”
On her part, Dr Sonya said, “Rotary club supports these students financially, sometimes emotionally and by other means, too. We consider it is as our responsibility. We told them that we have helped them to stand on their feet and it is their responsibility to help two others so the chain will continue.”
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