Shikhshaangans : These are Free Coaching Centres for the Needy Underprivileged Students. We run ten such centres at present. Two in Thane, two in Rabale , One in Digha, One in Bosori, One in Kalwa, one in New Panvel, one in CBD Belapur and one in Khandeswar. There are a total of around 350 students in the Shikshaangans.
During non-school hours the underprivileged children are coached by appointed instructors. Students from the 1st standard to the 10th std. attend the classes of the Shikshaangans. In these Shikshaangans along with covering the school syllabus, emphasis is also placed on imparting to the children skills such as — Spoken English, Public speaking, Confidence building measures, etc. We celebrate different functions with the children – such as Independence Day, Diwali, New Year, Christmas, Shivaji Jayanthi, Birthdays of well-wishers etc. We also gift various necessary items to the children (shoes, story books, note books, schools bags, dresses, creative toys etc.).
The idea is to help the children to build up a strong base so that they are able to well when they reach higher classes. The children from these Shikshaangans will financially supported by our Trust, to the extent possible, till they graduate.
With the addition of Two more Shikshaangansin April 2023, the number of Shikshaangans in the Trust’s fold has increased to Ten.
Link to our Shikshaangans at —- Thane Snr., Thane Jnr., Rabale 1, Rabale 2 , New Panvel , CBD BELAPUR, Ghansoli & Khandeswar, Kalwa, Digha & Bonsori.
Thane Shikshaangans: There are two Shikshaangans – One for Juniours (up to 5th Std.) and one for Seniors( 6th to 10th Std.). The classes of both the Shikshaangans are conducted in two separate rented premises. The Thane Centre was divided in to two units in 2020.
Thane Senior Shikshaangan: Mr. Amol Jadhav is the instructor( seen on the right ) for the Senior section and there are 30 students at this Centre. Mr. Sushil S Kumbhar, a Chemical Engineer, has agreed to come and teach the 9th & 10th Std. students Maths & science. (This Centre was started in Feb. 2015.). This Shikshaangan is sponsored by r-pac ( India) Pvt. Ltd..
Thane Junior Shikshaangan: M/s Vishaka Yede is the instructor for the Primary section. There are 27 students at this Centre. This Shikshaangan is sponsored by Mrs. Rajeswary Balachandran.
Rabale 1 Shikshaangan:: There are 40 students at Rabale 1 Shikshaangan and it was started in June 2016. The classes are conducted in Kashiram Hindi Vidyalaya. The instructor is Mr. Rahul Pawar. This Shikshaangan is sponsored by ApMoSys Technologies Pvt. Ltd..
New Panvel Shikshaangan: There are 35 students at New Panvel Shikshaangan and this was started in July 2018. The instructor is Mr. Ajit Khattal. The classes are conducted in one of the houses of the students at Bhim Nagar, sector 3. This Shikshaangan is sponsored by Raman Subramanian in memory of his Father.in memory of his dear Mother & r-pac ( India) Pvt. Ltd.
Rabale 2 Shikshaangan: This Centre was started in August 2019. There are thirty two students in this Shikshaangan and it is also located in Rabale. Mr. Rahul Pawar takes care of the Shikshaangan. Shiv Sena Bhawan has allowed us to use their premises free of charge for conducting the classes. This Shikshaangan is sponsored by Nitin Khanapurkar in memory of his dear MOther.
CBD Shikshaangan: There are 28 students at CBD Shikshaangan and this was started in Jan. 2021. A temporary good shed has been built for the classes. Mrs. Kavita Sandeep is the instructor. This Shikshaangan is run in the memory of K N K Kartha, dear Father of Anil Kartha.
Ghansoli Shikshaangan: This Centre was started on 1st January 2022. There were 20 students. This Centre is now closed due to operational problems.
Khandeswar Shikshaangan : This Centre was started in August 2022. There are 28 students and the instructor is Mr. Jayshree. This Shikshaangan is run in the memory of Mrs. Manju Kaushik, wife of Mrs. Anil Kaushik. This is a hutment area with no power and water connections.
April 2023 : We recently added two more Shikshaangans to the Trust Fold — One at Digha and the other one at Bonsori.
2021 May: We conducted Online Holiday Classes for the Shikshaangan students. Master Aayush Gopal, an eight std. student conducted the sessions and covered : a) How to solve the Rubic Puzzle( already commenced); b) Basics of Chess; c)Magic Squares. Basics of Vedic Maths will be covered by Aayush’s grandmother, Mrs. Rajeswary Balachandran.
In addition to providing financial assistance for their education, we also engage with the students in various ways. One example of this is a trip we organized on May 13th, 2019, where we took children from different Shikshaangans on an educational excursion to Nehru Science Centre. It was an incredibly enlightening experience, serving the purpose of fostering a spirit of scientific inquiry among the students.
Saurabh, Tushar, and their team conducted simple experimental demonstrations that were a great success in stimulating the students’ curiosity and encouraging critical thinking. They also did an excellent job of explaining the film about our Solar System, which the children found fascinating. Later, the students watched a 3D film about life on Earth.
We believe that every school student should have the opportunity to visit the Science Centre for a full day. The Centre’s management was kind enough to waive all charges for entrance and films since the children were from underprivileged backgrounds. As a gift, all the participants received experimental kits from the centre.
We have also taken the students to the Biodiversity Park at Airoli and the Butterfly Park at Thane.