While serving as Governor in Uttarakhand Rtn. Sudarshan Agarwal set up a Boarding School for bright girls from impoverished families of Uttarakhand which is totally free for these girls for their education, food, uniforms, toiletries, hostel stay and all other needs. It costs Rs.60,000/- per year to support each girl in the Boarding School. The School, Hostel building and eight flats for teachers, covering 80,000 sq. ft. are built on a ten acre plot of land. It is amongst the finest school buildings in the schooling capital of the country. This bold experiment – a free boarding school – is supported by compassionate, caring and socially sensitive individuals and Corporates by contributions to the corpus and also by adopting girls till they finish their schooling under the 10+2 CBSE curriculum. Currently there are 267 girls in classes V to XII in a school designed for 280 girls (35 in each of the 8 classes).
Him Jyoti School is not just a school but a training ground for life. The girls handpicked from disadvantaged families from each District of Uttarakhand, based on a competitive entrance examination are getting an opportunity to learn the foremost values of love, trust and truth. Him Jyoti’s vision is to nurture the learners to be pluralistic, creative, interdependent and capable citizens with a global outlook. .
It is pertinent to note that these girls are daughters of a dhobi, an ayah, a tailor, a driver, a farm labourer, a book binder, a rickshaw puller, a school teacher, an office peon and the like. We are confident that they will grow up to make a difference not only in their own lives and the lives of their families and their villages, but will serve the state and the nation in positions of responsibility.
Till date, 3 batches have passed out from the school. All the 52 girls are now studying in different colleges in Delhi, Chandigarh, Moradabad, Dehradun and Nainital.
Two girls are studying in International Women’s University in Chittagong, Bangladesh; 5 girls in the prestigious Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi; 2 girls in I.P. College, Delhi; 16 girls in Govt. College for Girls at Chandigarh; with other girls studying in Dehradun and Nainital.
One of the school girls – Vineeta Pandey – daughter of a daily wage earner had topped in a Leadership Award Programme beating boys and girls from The Doon School, Welham Girls’ School, Dehradun, Vasant Valley School and Shriram School, Delhi. She has been to Brown University; an Ivy League University in USA for a 10 day summer camp.
Three girls and a teacher have been to Victoria College in Belfast, Ireland in September 2012 on an exchange visit. Earlier girls from that school spent two weeks at the Him Jyoti School under an exchange program supported by the British Council.
Girls from our school had participated in District Inter School Sports Events for the schools in Dehradun and Mussorie held on November 3 and 4, 2012. Our girls won three gold medals, five silver medals and one bronze medal. Besides, they won two out of four trophies earmarked for the games. Some of the other schools which participated in the Events are the Welham Girls’ School, Welham Boys’ School, Doon School, St. Georges School, Mussorie. Our girls have participated in debates in Delhi and Dehradun and have taken part in tree plantation, cleaning residential areas and several other activities.
The School governing body has Past R.I. President, Raja Saboo, Past R.I. Director Sudarshan Agarwa, Past District Governors Prem Bhalla and Hemant Arora as members. A PastPresident from a Delhi Club Rtn. K.N. Memani is the President of the Society.
Mrs Jyoti Dhawan
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