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SEWAJYOTI'S SOCIAL COMMITMENTS: GLIMPSES OF OUR ACTIVITIES IN RAJASTHAN AND UTTAR PRADESH
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R M SARASWATI VIDYA MANDIR, MEERUT

Jan Sewa Nyas, a social service organization active in the Meerut city of Uttar Pradesh had established a school to deliver education based on traditional Indian Sanskaras (good virtues). The school, constructed in ‘Madhav Kunj’ near Meerut with the help of the people behind Sewajyoti, was named after Late Sh. Radheshyam Ji Morarka. The school, Radheshyam Morarka Saraswati Vidya Mandir, has gained praise from various dignitaries, political figures and celebrities for its ideal curriculum and objectives. The school, not just provides formal education to local students, it also invites students from different parts of the country, especially the north east and imparts multi-faceted, meaningful education to them.

Most of the students coming to the school belong to economically weaker sections of the society who cannot afford to study in good schools. The school teaches them, instills good virtues in them and trains them to be financially self reliant after they pass out. One remarkable achievement of the school is that it has helped them master the Hindi language in which they were not very proficient earlier. Hindi is the medium of education in the school.

     

The students live in the hostels where traditional Indian rural atmosphere has been created. The infrastructure includes educational centre, hostel, dispensary and goshala. The children are imparted sanskaras such as patriotism, cooperation, coexistence, brotherhood and self-reliance. 

According to the school's philosophy, the child is the centre of all our aspirations. He is the protector of our country, Dharma (Religion) and culture. The development of our culture and civilization is implicit in the development of the child’s personality. A child today holds the key for tomorrow. To relate the child with his land and his ancestors is the direct, clear and unambiguous mandate for education. We have to achieve the all round development of the child through education and sanskar i.e. inculcation of time honored values and traditions. 

Unique curriculum

For fullest development of the personality of the children besides following the curricular & co-curricular subjects and activities given by the affiliating Board the school also follows the following subjects to bring up the fullest development of the the chidlren in schools: 1. Physical Education & games, 2. Yoga, 3. Bharatiya Sangeet, 4. Moral & cultrual educaiton & Sanskrit teaching, and 5. Spiritual Education.

In another contribution to the society, Dwarikesh group had presented a Maruti Ambulance to Sewa Bharti which is an organization working for the patients living in rural areas. The ambulance, bought at Rs. 2.40 lakh, is being used by the organisation to provide free mobile medical facility to rural people in and around Bijnor.

R R MORARKA PUBLIC SCHOOL, DWARIKESH NAGER

Not just in Rajasthan, associated trusts and organisations of Sewajyoti are running centres of quality education in Uttar Pradesh as well including a prestigious public school in the Bijnor district where hundreds of rural children receive high quality modern day education at the hands of committed teachers. The school is named 'R R Morarka Public School' and is being run at Dwarikesh Puram, near Najibabad (Bijnor, UP). [Click to go to RRMPS website]

The School came into being as a non-profit making body providing quality education on the public school pattern to the students of a nondescript town of Bundki. It is managed by R R Morarka Charitable Trust that was established in the memory of hon'ble Late Shri Radhe Shyam Ji Morarka. A well known industrialist, popular parliamentarian and a great social leader, Late Sh. Morarka believed in collective development of our society and worked tirelessly throughout his life for the welfare of people living at the lowest level. This is why many people call him the 'Samaritan of the poor and the down-trodden". He believed that development process has to begin from the grassroots level and it can be addressed in different ways, including by developing educational and health facilities that benefit all.

    

To let this inspiration flourish, Mr. Gautam R. Morarka, Managing Director of Dwarikesh Sugar Industries Ltd. established R. R. Morarka Charitable Trust in the fond memory of his father on July 10th 1995. Mrs. Smriti G. Morarka, who has been a constant source of energy and vigour for the Dwarikesh group, is the Managing Trustee of the R. R. Morarka Charitable Trust. She is also the Chairperson of R. R. Morarka Public School. True to the vision of Late Sh. R. R. Morarka, the school is providing education to the students that come from the lowest rung of our society, without any discrimination based on religion, caste or creed. 

Within a decade of its existence, the school has come to be recognised as a premier centre for early learning and teaching, innovation and research. The Trust is earnestly busy in various programme and schemes related to education, heath and hygiene, upliftment of women and the weaker section.

Numerous factors have played a vital role in the creation of this epitome of quality early education. The vision and foresight of the pioneers; the total involvement and professional interest in the cause of education of the trust; the appointment of outstanding Principals to steer each school in the right direction; an unmatched faculty and finally the meritorious and bright students. RPMPS aims at the all round development of the students' personality, which reflects a synthesis of the spiritual values of the east and the scientific advancements of West. 

    

In RRMPS’s own words," The purpose, the aim and drive of the school is to equip the child with the most excellent technology proficiency so that he may function with clarity and efficiency in the modern world and, far more important, to create the right climate so that the child may develop fully as a complete human being. This means giving him the opportunity to flower in goodness so that he is rightly related to people, things and ideas, to the whole of life. "

At the heart of RRMPS's vision of education is the concern that educator enquires into holistic way of life encourages the student to do so. Learning about oneself and one's relationship with nature, society, and one's own psychological makeup is central to such a vision. As educator our concerns are :

  • To create an atmosphere of a affection, order and freedom.
  • To help the child to achieve excellent, academically and otherwise.
  • To discover a way of teaching-learning without under dependence on reward, punishment or comparison.
  • To awaken the intelligence of the child.
  • To nurture a feeling for nature and for all forms of life.
  • To help the child have a harmonious development of body and mind.
  • To create the right kind of confidence in the child to face the challenges of life. 

EDUCATION FOR THE POOR

Sewajyoti is running a host of programmes in Jhunjhunu district to spread literacy, encourage talented students and bring higher education to the local students. It also conducts special classes for students belonging to backward and ignored sections of the society and has carried out steps to provide basic facilities to the students of rural primary schools. For many years, the organization has been rewarding meritorious students by the way of scholarships and awards. Students of many villages near Nawalgarh have benefitted from such schemes and programmes. Hundreds of pupils belonging to poor families have found a new source of hope in Sewajyoti. 

This is a highly unfortunate fact that Jhunjhunu district is home to hundreds of child laborers. Sewajyoti has traditionally been concerned at children losing their childhood to meet their families’ financial needs. It is difficult to convince such children and their parents to let their children live their normal childhood. However, we realized that we can still persuade them to attend classes during their spare time without affecting their daily routine. Sewajyoti believes that any effort to change child laborer’s lives begins with educating them. 
    
 
The organization, under a scheme approved by the Labour department of the government of India, started running two schools for child laborers in Nawalgarh tehsil. In each school, 50 students were taught by three teachers each. The schools also provided mid-day meals to the children. The schools were managed in a highly professional manner and encouraged some of the children to take up formal education. The organisation feels that other social organisations should also attach importance to teaching child laborers as education can indeed become a motivating factor in their getting rid of this menace.  
Another initiative taken by Sewajyoti is to construct kitchen sheds for mid-day meal scheme run by Jhunjhunu district administration in the area’s government schools. This made it very difficult for the school staff to maintain proper hygiene and manage the cooking and distribution work. Sewajyoti came forward with an offer of providing kitchen sheds to these schools, which was accepted by the officials. Sewajyoti constructed kitchen sheds in 10 government schools in 2005 which drastically changed the situation. The sheds are still in use.  
In another initiative, the organization distributed school uniforms among five thousand school-going children of Nawalgarh and adjoining areas. There was no limit to the happiness of the kids when they wore the new uniforms distributed by Sewajyoti for the first time in 2004.  
Sewajyoti presents ‘Shri Radheshyam R Morarka Memorial Award’ meritorious students of Shri Radheshyam R Morarka Govt Post Graduate College, Jhunjhunu on an annual basis. Toppers in every class and faculty receive financial reward apart from certificates. Scholarship programmes are not limited to the only. The organization has a separate programme to encourage intelligent students of other educational institutions as well. 

SH. RADHESHYAM R MORARKA GOVT. P.G. COLLEGE

 According to World Bank, education is central to development. It empowers people and strengthens nations. It is a powerful “equalizer”, opening doors to all to lift themselves out of poverty. In Indian context, spread of education is an important goal of the country as an illiterate society can neither be informed nor very strong and capable. Shekhawati, famous for being the mother of many successful industrial families, doesn’t present a very bright picture as far as literacy and education are concerned. Situation is even worse in terms of higher education. Lack of good, quality education is a major impediment in the development of this area as few local students are in a position to pursue higher education in big cities. 

First member of parliament from Jhunjhunu, Late Sh. Radheshyam R Morarka was deeply concerned at the lack of proper educational facilities in the district. He realized that simple primary, middle and secondary level education is not enough to equip Shekhawati’s children with knowledge and abilities required to make them powerful enough to ensure a prosperous future for their motherland. 

His son, Sh. Gautam R Morarka too attaches highest importance to education. He feels that in a globalized economy need for skilled and well-educated young professionals is always going to be there, and regions with better educational infrastructure would make the most use of this opportunity. Educational empowerment is a requisite for financial and economic empowerment. As a part of his vision for Jhunjhunu area, he decided to take an initiative in this regard and came out with a proposal to construct a large building for the government college in Jhunjhunu, which was then being run from just four rooms. Fortunately, the state government accepted his offer and the process of developing an impressive educational institution began. 

The institution building which was named ‘Shri Radheshyam R Morarka Government Post Graduate College’ was constructed by Sewajyoti in a record time span of less than a year and was inaugurated by Ms. Vasundhara Raje, the then Chief Minister of Rajasthan on 26th March 2006. Former Speaker of Rajasthan Assembly, Mrs. Sumitra Singh and a large number of local people witness the impressive ceremony, which was symbolized the completion of Sewajyoti’s first big infrastructure project in the area. The beautiful college building, based on Rajput architecture and costing Rs. 2.45 crore, accommodated 1500 students in the first year. 

Rajasthan government has twice recognised Sh. Gautam R Morarka's services in the field of education by bestowing upon him the prestigious 'Bhamashah Award' twice. He first received the coveted award in 2006 and then in 2011. It is given to industrialists and social activists of Rajasthani origin who make significant contribution to the field of education in the state. 

Rising popularity among the students

With all the modern facilities, labs and equipments, the college soon become very popular among the local students who wanted to get admitted here and get quality education. Long queues of students in front of Sh. Radheshyam R Morarka Govt Post Graduate College building became a regular sight and media started covering the college’s achievements in great detail. The college was given the status of a graduate college initially, but in the very next year, Rajasthan government decided to grant the it post graduate status in Science faculty. In year 2010, another significant decision was taken by the state government to increase the college seats by 300.

Sensing the increasing demand for space, Sewajyoti undertook second phase of construction at the college building in 2010 building a few new rooms and laboratories at the cost of Rs. 53 lakh. Today, the college is performing very well on all fronts including academics, sports and cultural activities. Sewajyoti remains closely associated with its functionaries and has been awarding scholarships to the needy and meritorious students. 

SEWAJYOTI FACTFILE
  • Shri Radheshyam R Morarka Govt. Post Graduate College building was constructed in Jhunjhunu in a record time. It was dedicated to the people in 2006.

  • The college building was constructed by Sewajyoti at a cost of Rs. 2.45 crore.

  • Expansion of the college building took place in 2010 at a cost of Rs. 53 lacs.

  • Sh. Radheshyam Morarka Memorial Government Bus Terminal, Jhunjhunu was developed at a total cost of Rs. 1.05 crores.

  • The Bus terminal was inaugurated on April 21, 2011.

  •  Radheshyam Morarka Medical Institute (RMMI) was inaugurated in 2006. It is a modern 32 bed hospital equipped with state of the art technology.

  • As demand rose, capacity of RMMI had to be expanded, and four new cottage wards were added.

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